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The Real Banff / Published: Tue, 09/21/2021 - 13:42

What's Happening in Banff and Lake Louise this October

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The first week of October is typically the prime time to view larches in Banff National Park. These deciduous conifers turn yellow in the middle of September before losing their needles in the middle of October. During larch season, you get fall colours darting high up into the alpine, giving you mixtures of yellows and oranges that contrast beautifully with the blues and snow-topped peaks of the surrounding mountains. This makes for magical walks amongst the trees and along alpine lakes. For the most popular larch hikes, you will want to arrive before sunrise or for a better experience, book yourself onto a Parks Canada shuttle.

Check out our favourite larch hikes or find three alternative ways to see these natural beauties if you can't hike.

Couple hiking through a valley of orange and yellow larch trees
Paul Zizka

Banff Pride

When: Oct. 3-11

Come and show your Pride in the mountains with Banff's annual Pride celebrations. From October 3-11, you can experience everything Banff has to offer while flying your rainbow high. There are drag shows, flag raisings, concerts, and Banff's restaurants are getting into the swing of things with specialty drinks and desserts.

Check out all of the events and get your tickets here.

Thanksgiving in Banff

When: October 8-11 (Thanksgiving Day is October 11)

Banff is the perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family. Snow-topped mountains, changing colours, and larches make for a picturesque backdrop to a day's adventure. And the chilly weather makes cuddling up in front of a fire with a warm drink the ideal ending to the day. Many of Banff's hotels and restaurants have special deals and meals for the weekend and the big celebration.

Family eating dinner at Juniper Bistro with Rundle Mountain in the background
Noel Hendrickson

Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival

When: Starts October 30

The world-famous film festival returns with limited live in-person events and virtual screenings of 75 action-packed films and world-class authors and guest speakers. The event starts October 30 and runs until November 7, with tickets going on sale on October 5 for in-person sales and virtual passes. Over nine days, you will hear stories of remote expeditions, thrilling achievements, and monumental stories as told by creative adventurers from around the world.

Learn more or get your tickets here.

Snowboarder riding down mountain slope with towering mountains in the background
Reuben Krabbe

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