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Two people hiking through larch trees in Banff National Park.

Fall in Banff and Lake Louise

Fall in Banff and Lake Louise is a time for invigorating adventures and nourishing connections. As the air becomes crisper, the trees come alive with radiant colours and the serenity of fall replaces the buzz of summertime. It’s the perfect time to connect with the beauty of our natural environment for a trip full of vibrant and tranquil experiences.

Experience fall in Banff and Lake Louise

  • Scenic Helicopter Rides

    Explore the surroundings of Banff National Park. Weave around mountain peaks, travel to mountains you've only seen in the distance, and catch glimpses of waterfalls and rivers, all from the seat of a helicopter.
  • Sightseeing Tours

    Discover more of Banff National Park this fall with tours to see wildlife and larches.
  • Gondolas

    Get above the trees and see the stunning colours of fall from the gondolas and lookouts in Banff and Lake Louise.
  • Horseback Riding

    Take yourself for a fall adventure on horseback. Embrace the changing seasons and venture to the backcountry or stay close to Banff and Lake Louise.
  • Guided Hikes

    Be amongst the changing colours of trees, the meandering rivers, and the still lakes on a guided hike this fall.

 

Relax this fall in Banff National Park 

  • Escape With Nature

    Have you ever felt peace amongst the trees? Spend some time this fall taking the time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.
  • Relax and Unwind

    Re-charge your body, mind, and soul with single classes, single day, or multi-day yoga and health retreats.
  • Self-care and Day Spas

    Re-energise your body and treat yourself after your adventures. Enjoy the Day Spas of Banff National Park
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs

    Get the blood circulating and the muscles relaxing for up to an hour in these 100% natural waters that are a warm 37 – 40 degrees Celsius.

 

Fall events in Banff and Lake Louise

  • Banff Pride

    Join us for a celebration of community with events and activities for everyone from October 3 - 10, 2021
  • Melissa's Road Race

    On September 25, 2021, join the locals in a family-friendly, fun, and colourful running event through the beautiful Banff town and area.
  • Parkway to Pint

    Everyone loves freebies, even if you technically have to work for it! Ride the 1A from Banff to Castle Junction and earn yourself not only a pint but a t-shirt too.
  • Banff Marathon

    Join runners and spectators as they gather in Banff National Park to run the scenic marathon on September 12, 2021.
  • Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

    From October 30 to November 7, 2021, join us for 9 days of mountain stories and adventures from around the world.

 

How to Get Here

Getting to Banff and Lake Louise is easy. Fly to Calgary International Airport and then enjoy a scenic drive or shuttle bus to Banff National Park. 

Direct Flights

Flying to Calgary International Airport (YYC) is an accessible and easy option when travelling to Banff and Lake Louise. Get on the plane, then after a glass of wine, a film or two, and a little nap, you will find yourself flying overhead the snow-covered peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  

Getting From the Airport

It takes around 90 minutes to drive from the Calgary International Airport to Banff depending on traffic. If you're heading to Lake Louise add another 40-45 minutes. It’s a very scenic and straightforward trip. You could rent a car from the Calgary airport or city centre or take one of the shuttle buses or scheduled coach services. Find out more information about trip planning.

Getting From Calgary

If you’re staying in Calgary, there are options to get from downtown and parts of the city of Calgary. Visit our Getting Here page for more information. 

Getting Around

There are many easy options for getting around and exploring during your visit, whether you’re driving, planning a vehicle-free visit, or in an RV. Read on for more information.

We have gathered together all our tips for getting around Banff and Lake Louise. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Take advantage of the extensive public transit and shuttle options to enjoy the scenery vehicle- and stress-free.
  • If you’re driving to Banff and Lake Louise you’ll need to purchase a Park Pass for entry into Banff National Park. Purchase the Park Pass online before you arrive for express entry into the park.
  • Rent a bike or lace up your walking shoes for a fun and healthy way to get around the town of Banff.
  • Check out the Town of Banff’s parking page for a parking map, current capacity at Banff parking lots, and traffic cameras.

Where to Stay

Banff and Lake Louise have accommodation options for everyone, whatever your preferences and budget. Stay in a classic backcountry lodge, enjoy epic views from your chalet, or immerse yourself in the colourful energy of Lake Louise in the fall. To explore all the accommodation options, please see our Places to Stay page.  
 

Legendary Lodges

Make the most of fall in Banff and Lake Louise by getting out for a hike in the crisp mountain air before cozying up in front of a fire. Frontcountry such as  Storm Mountain Lodge, and backcountry lodges are a wonderful way to enjoy both outdoor fun and indoor relaxation. Take a step back in time and away from reality, with the historic Skoki Lodge, located in the high alpine of Lake Louise. Emerald Lake Lodge can be accessed by road but offers a mountain experience on the edge of a pristine alpine lake.   

Stays on the Bow Valley Parkway 

The Bow Valley Parkway is a stunningly scenic road winding between Banff and Lake Louise with some great places to stay. With incredible mountain vistas, a stay at Castle Mountain Chalets or the log cabins and lodge suites at Baker Creek Mountain Resort is highly recommended. 

Lake Louise Hotels

Lake Louise truly glows in the fall as the leaves change colour and snow starts to fall on the peaks. There are plenty of options for where to stay in Lake Louise: Lake Louise Inn, Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Deer Lodge, Mountaineer Lodge, and Paradise Lodge and Bungalows (May - October 3, 2021).
 

What to Wear

In fall we see warm sunshine, cool mornings and evenings, and the chance of snow. We recommend bringing layers of clothing, including some warm clothes, so that you stay warm and comfortable whatever the weather during your visit.

During fall in the Canadian Rockies you might experience a range of weather. We usually enjoy sunshine and mild temperatures during the day, while the temperature drops at night. By mid-September there is often frost on the ground in the morning and leaves start to fall. In early October snow will likely start to cover the peaks and sometimes dust the valley floor. 

We suggest bringing layers, so you can stay warm during the chilly evenings and mornings and take layers off as it warms up during the day. Warm gloves, a toque (that’s Canadian for a woolly hat), and sunglasses are a good idea as well. 

Closer to your visit, keep an eye on our webcams and the weather forecast for live updates of conditions around Banff National Park.

Where to Eat

Banff and Lake Louise’s diverse food scene features a distinctive taste of place which connects you to our people and environment. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy intimate dinners and hot drinks in front of a cozy fire and golden afternoons with après on a sunny terrace.
 

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Plan Your Stay

Browse and book accommodation and lodging packages with our trip planning tool. To learn about the different types of accommodation available in Banff and Lake Louise, visit our Places to Stay page or Contact Us to speak to a local expert.