What to do in the Mountains in November
Ski films are screening, craft beer is flowing and Santa Claus is coming to town. Just a few of the things happening in November in the mountains near Calgary.
The 2018 Santa Claus Parade in Banff is on Saturday, November 17, starting at 6 p.m.
Photo by Kelly MacDonald/Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
If you can't make the screening of the Snow Show films at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, take heart in knowing there will be two re-screenings on Thursday, November 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at Lux Cinema in Banff. The lineup this year includes Hoji, a 50-minute movie about Canmore-born-and-raised big-mountain skier Eric Hjorliefson. Tickets are $25 at the door.
229 Bear St., Banff
Hans Gmoser, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 75, was a legendary mountain explorer and ski pioneer who is credited as the originator of modern heli-skiing. You can see archival footage of Gmoser skiing and climbing in locations such as Mount Logan and the Bugaboos in the film presentation Adventure Bound on Friday, November 2 at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. with the film screening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, available in advance at whyte.org/tickets.
111 Bear St., Banff
Shop the November Gear Swaps
Winter gear-swap season continues in November with two more upcoming events. The Canmore Nordic Ski Swap is happening this year on Sunday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon (or grab one of 100 early-bird entry tickets for $20 to get in there at 9 a.m.) at the Bill Warren Training Centre in the Canmore Nordic Centre. The FAST Fernie Ski Swap takes place the following weekend on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fernie Community Centre, with 20 per cent of consignment sale proceeds donated to FAST (Fernie Alpine Ski Team).
The raspy-voiced rocker, whose hit catalogue includes karaoke classics like “Jack & Diane” and “Hurts So Good,” is coming through the East Kootenays this month with a show at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook on Wednesday, November 7.
1777 2 St. N., Cranbrook, B.C.
It might seem like a ways to go, but Whistler’s food and wine festival is well worth the travel effort. The wide-ranging lineup covers brunches, chef's tables, workshops, tastings, big swishy parties and even a series called Nourish, which focuses on health and wellness/plant-based eating. The 2018 festival runs Thursday November 8 through Sunday, November 18 — for those who are less into skiing and more into eating, it’s a nice way to experience Whistler before the winter crowds take over the town. Visit whistlercornucopia.com for more information.
It’s always fun to see Santa Claus, but when you put the Jolly Old Elf in the snowy fairytale setting of the town of Banff it’s magic. See for yourself at the annual Santa Claus Parade, happening this year on Saturday, November 17 at 6 p.m. on Banff Avenue.
The Bow Valley craft community will be gathering on the weekend of Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 at Canmore Collegiate High School for their annual Christmas market. Shop for handcrafted jewellery, pottery, paintings, furniture, clothing, skincare products and more. Admission is $3 with proceeds to the Canmore Preschool Society.
1800 8 Ave., Canmore
The Banff Craft Beer Festival brings together Alberta brewers and chefs from local pubs and restaurants together in the unique setting of the Cave and Basin — a former hot springs bathing facility that is now a National Historic Site with an event space. This year’s festival runs November 22 to 24. For tickets and passes, visit albertabeerfestivals.com (tickets include shuttle access to the site from downtown Banff).
311 Cave Ave., Banff
Put Your Name in the Hat for Half Corked Marathon Tickets
This is technically not something you can do in the mountains in November, however, it’s something you do need to do in November if you want a chance at participating in the 2019 Half Corked Marathon this coming May. The annual “running race” (quotes entirely intentional) winds through the vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and features numerous wine tastings along the route. Needless to say, this isn’t your average pace-obsessed race, with entrants foregoing sleek workout wear for elaborate costumes. The Half Corked is so popular that if you haven’t done it before you have to enter a lottery for the chance to win a ticket. The lottery for the 2019 event runs November 1 to 8. For more information visit oliverosoyoos.com/halfcorked.