What to Do in the Mountains in June

Check out free National Indigenous History Month events, shop at mountain farmers’ markets, grab a drink at a new café in Canmore and more.

Grab a drink or bite at Canmore’s new Electric Wolf Cafe

Photo courtesy of Electric Wolf Café.

There’s a new all-day neighbourhood cafe in Canmore by the same team behind Basecamp Resorts’ Rhythm and Howl. Electric Wolf Cafe is the newest place to go for coffee, pastries, croissants, muffins and sandwiches by chef Jazon Leizert. You can also find fruit pies, scones and DIY pizza kits in the grab-n-go freezer. Craft cocktails and local wines are coming later this summer.

610 8 St., Canmore, 403-688-9653, electricwolf.ca

 

Try the Alberta wagyu menu at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise

When: Throughout June or until sold out

The Post Hotel & Spa has partnered with Weiss Ranch to offer a seasonal, four-course wagyu menu by executive sous chef Brian Harris. It includes wagyu consommé, beef tataki and a wagyu tenderloin served with a caramelized onion puree, seared mushrooms, truffle potato pave and balsamic wagyu Jus. A bourbon brownie tart with candied maple wagyu bacon rounds out the meal. $240 with optional wine pairings for $85. Reservations are encouraged.

200 Pipestone Rd, Lake Louise, 403-522-3989, posthotel.com

 

Shop local at weekly farmers’ markets in Banff and Canmore

When: Banff Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays until October 9; Canmore Mountain Market runs on Thursdays until October 3

The 2024 market season has kicked off in the mountains. On Wednesdays, visit the Banff Farmers Market where more than 100 Bow Valley entrepreneurs and artisans sell locally made gifts, gourmet food and other wares. And every Thursday until October 3, you can also catch the Canmore Mountain Market at Elevation Place to find arts and crafts, food products and more from over 75 vendors.

Central Park, 201 Buffalo St., Banff, thebanfffarmersmarket.com; Elevation Place, 700 Railway Ave., Canmore, @canmoremountainmarket

 

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month in Banff and Canmore

When: June 1 to 30

From concerts and storytelling events to dance workshops and online film screenings, the Banff Centre is offering free online and in-person events to honour National Indigenous History Month. On National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, catch a concert with Afro-Indigenous hip-hop and R&B artist Jah’kota in the Jenny Belzberg Theatre. The Banff Centre has also partnered with Canmore’s ArtsPlace to give away free Creative Kits for young artists that feature stories and artwork in a colouring book by Stoney Nakoda artists Tyson Crawler and Holly Kaquitts. The kits include a mini colouring book, coloured pencils, a pencil sharpener, watercolour paints and a paintbrush. Register for your free kit online and pick up between June 17 to 30.

107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., 403-762-6301, banffcentre.ca; 950 8 Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2623, artsplacecanmore.com

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Hankki Desserts in Banff

Photo courtesy of Hankki.

Hankki, a Calgary-based Korean street food chain, has opened a new dessert concept next door to its Banff restaurant. Stop in to try Hankki’s take on bingsoo, a popular Korean dessert that is a milk-based, flavoured shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings. Oreo and mango are the best-selling flavours, but you can also get strawberry or sweet red bean.

206 Buffalo St., Banff, 403-762-0332, hankki.ca

 

See paintings by a Group of Seven artist at Banff’s Whyte Museum

When: June 15 to October 20

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald is a founding member of the esteemed Canadian Group of Seven. The Whyte Museum’s upcoming exhibition, J.E.H. MacDonald: The O’Hara Era, commemorates the 100th anniversary of his first trip to Lake O’Hara. It showcases iconic paintings that spotlight the Canadian mountain landscape, paint scrapings and current site photographs that trace his annual trips to the Lake O’Hara region and Yoho National Park between 1924 and 1932.

111 Bear St., Banff, 403-762-2291, whyte.org

 

Cheer on runners at the Banff Marathon

When: June 16

Every summer, hundreds of runners come out to Canada’s first National Park for the Banff Marathon. The 2024 run is already sold out, but you can still cheer on the runners taking part in it. The full marathon route winds through downtown Banff along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway and along the Vermillion Lakes and Bow River, but the best spot for spectators is in town where the race starts and finishes.

banffmarathon.com

 

Check out a new mountain music festival near Fernie

When: June 22

Celebrate the solstice at Fun Field Festival, a new family-friendly music festival in the East Kootenays. There will be two stages with live music and DJs, arts and crafts, games, local food trucks, fire-spinning and overnight camping 10 minutes outside of Fernie. The lineup includes B.C. bands Bella Cat, Brotherhood of Lost Souls, Doggone Brothers, Garuda and more.

funfieldfestival.wixsite.com/2024

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