What to Do in the Mountains in May

This month, work on your swing at the Fairmont golf courses in Banff and Jasper, bike through downtown Canmore and more.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa. Photograph courtesy of Kananaskis Nordic Spa.

Book a Golf Game at the Fairmont

It’s time to trade-in your ski poles for your golf clubs because the 2021 golf season has begun at the Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge golf courses. Both the Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge are offering multiple stay-and-play packages that include accommodation, golf games, rentals and more. At the Banff Springs, Alberta residents can also book a tee time at a discounted rate. Health restrictions will be in place for all tee times, please see the website for more details when booking.

Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, 403-762-2211, fairmont.com; Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Old Lodge Road, 780-852 -3301, fairmont.com


Stroll or Bike on Main Street in Downtown Canmore

When: Until October 15

Cyclists and pedestrians, rejoice! Starting May 5 until October 15, two blocks of Main Street in downtown Canmore will be open for pedestrians and cyclists only, making a day trip out to Canmore even more attractive during the spring and summer months. The stretch from 6 Avenue to 8 Avenue is filled with restaurants, bars and shops that will be allowed to expand their entrances or seating areas into the street to safely allow visitors into their establishments if restrictions permit. The closure of this strip of Main Street started last year and was a “huge success” according to the Downtown Canmore Association.



Make a Mid-Week Trip For Some Hydrotherapy in Kananaskis

When: Until May 31

If you’re prioritizing self-care right now, you’ll be happy to know that the hydrotherapy facility at Kananaskis Nordic Spa is now available for private, two-hour bookings for you and your household (up to 10 people).  Any household visiting Kananaskis can book this deal from Monday to Thursday, with Friday through Sunday reservations held for guests of either the Pomeroy Kananaskis Lodge or Crosswaters Resort.

1 Centennial Dr., 403-591-7711, knordicspa.com


Listen to Playlists from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

While the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival Virtual World Tour continues to run its extended program, you can also turn your ears to a collection of Spotify playlists curated by alumni from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The playlists feature original tracks produced and recorded by alumni from the Banff Centre’s international songwriter’s residency,  jazz and creative writing workshops and more. Listen to hours of unique tracks featuring classical instruments, spoken word and more across a variety of genres.



Attend a Virtual Documentary Screening and Discussion

When: April 21 to May 9

This month, Artsplace Canmore and The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies are screening a new documentary that looks back at a time when Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their communities in the United States. In Blood Memoryviewers follow Sandy White Hawk, an international Indigenous child welfare advocate, as she assists the repatriation of adopted and fostered individuals from the Rosebud Reservation of South Dakota through the first annual Coming Home Ceremony. You can watch a free virtual screening of Blood Memory until May 9 and a discussion with White Hawk and director Drew Nicholas will be hosted virtually on May 5. Registration is required.

bloodmemorydoc.com; artsplacecanmore.com

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