What To Do In the Mountains In June
Celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage, take on a serious sporting challenge or just go for a soak in the hot springs. It's all going down in the mountains near Calgary this month.
The 2018 Banff Marathon is happening on Sunday, June 17 in full-marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometre distances. To register, visit banffmarathon.com.
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There are two very different “hot springs” in Banff: the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a functional public bathing facility, while the Cave and Basin is a former bathing facility that is now a national historic site and interpretive centre. Starting June 1, you can visit both sites for one discounted price with the Thermal Waters Pass ($11.35/adults, $9.95/seniors, $30.05/families). The passes can be used to visit both sites on the same day or you can split up your visits to fall on different days.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff launched their summer happy hour on June 4. Sunday to Friday between 3 and 5 p.m., you can get Alberta craft beers, glasses of prosecco and Aperol spritzes for $6. Buffalo Mountain also has new summer menu items including elk carpaccio and tuna poke that are best enjoyed out on the patio.
700 Tunnel Mountain Rd., Banff, crmr.com/buffalo
And now for something completely different: the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is staging a new play on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 called Slime, described as “a work of sonic theatre about the impact of climate change.” Written by British playwright Bryony Lavery and commissioned by the Banff Centre, the play follows the exploits of a ravenous sea creature and is presented as an immersive experience in which the audience members are delegates seated among animal delegates at a fictional conference on marine extinction. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Banff Centre’s Margaret Greenham Theatre.
107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., Banff, banffcentre.ca
Trails Fest is an annual event put on by the Friends of Kananaskis Country. This year's Trails Fest runs Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canmore Nordic Centre and includes information about trail projects, trail-related clubs, retailers and associations as well as free workshops on subjects such as trail-running, orienteering and how to be "wild smart." The family-friendly event also includes a free barbecue lunch.
1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, kananaskis.org
This popular mountain-bike race in Golden, B.C. is taking place this year over the weekend of Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17. The race can be done solo or as a team relay and the point is to complete the most laps of a 15-kilometre cross-country mountain-biking loop within a 24-hour or eight-hour time category. Even if you’re not riding, it’s still a fun scene with on-site camping, a farmers’ market, beer garden, massage tent, kids race and pancake breakfast. To register visit golden24.ca.
The Banff marathon, half-marathon and 10-km race brings the classic long-distance run experience into the stunning Banff National Park setting. This year’s run is on Sunday, June 17, with the finish area in Banff’s Central Park. Remaining space is limited so sign up soon at banffmarathon.com if you want to run.
Face it: when it comes to Fathers’ Day, most dads would rather have a barbecue than go for a fancy brunch. So this year, take Dad on a scenic drive through Kananaskis Country to Mount Engadine Lodge, which is doing their second-annual Fathers’ Day barbecue on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17. For $25, Dad gets a burger, beer and coffee or tea, not to mention the priceless view from Engadine’s amazing patio.
The Town of Canmore will mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on Thursday, June 21 with a parade from Main Street to Centennial Park starting at 11 a.m., followed by events at the park from noon to 2:30 p.m. including dancing, drumming, storytelling and an Indigenous food and art market. The celebrations continue into the evening with programming hosted by the Banff Centre.
The 15th annual Lizard Range Fernie Tourney disc-golf tournament happening on Saturday, June 23 in Fernie, B.C. is an official PDGA event (Pro Disc Golf Association) with a range of pro, amateur and junior divisions. You can sign up online until June 18 at ferniediscgolf.com, or just arrive the day of for late registration. The tournament takes place on the Lizard Range Disc Golf Course in James White Park and includes awards, a raffle, a “putting contest” and a wrap-up barbecue.
Canadian band Big Sugar has a super-dedicated fan base — the kind of fan base that would gladly drive all the way to Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops to see them play a free concert on Saturday, June 30 as part of the resort's Canada Day weekend celebrations. The outdoor show starts at 7 p.m. Make your Big Sugar experience extra sweet by sticking around for Canada Day birthday cake at noon the next day.