What to Do in the Mountains in June

Shop at a new sustainable clothing store in Canmore, order takeaway pastries from a new bakery in Banff, ride a chairlift at Mount Norquay and more.

The Uprising Bake Shop is now open in Banff. Photograph courtesy of The Uprising Bake Shop.

Style Yourself in Sustainable Clothing

Liberty Clothing, a brand of eco-friendly clothing originally from Ontario, has opened a store in Canmore. The brand was conceived by designer Anne Joyce over 30 years ago as a hemp-based clothing line of t-shirts for kids in summer camps. But the line has evolved to include materials such as organic cotton, and items for all-ages like masks, bags, sweats, shorts and more. One fun feature of the Canmore store is the patchwork program. Pick a garment, pick a patch and have your own custom piece of Liberty clothing pressed in-store.

1, 626 Main Street, Canmore, 587-361-1130, libertyclothing.com


Get a Personal (Virtual) Tour of A Harlem Nocturne

When: Until July 17

Presented by the Banff Centre and circulated by Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, A Harlem Nocturne by Deanna Bowen is now on display at the Walter Phillips Gallery and available for viewing by Zoom. Unlike other virtual tours, the curators are offering one-on-one personal Zoom sessions to experience this exhibit that explores the histories of Black entertainment and entertainers in Canada from the 1940s to 1970s (many of whom are relatives of Bowen herself). Register for the free tour where a gallery assistant will take you through the exhibit using a handheld gimbal. Each tour is 30 minutes long and can be booked for Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from now until July 17.



Order Pastries and Espresso from The Uprising Bake Shop

If you didn’t participate in the bread-baking trend during the first quarantine period of 2020, fear not. The owners of The Uprising Bakery in Canmore have launched a new bake shop in Banff. The Uprising Bake Shop fulfills your breakfast, lunch, pastry and espresso bar desires all at once. Every delectable item, including sourdough baguettes, vegan sandwiches and banana bread varieties like hazelnut cream or almond vanilla, is made from scratch. Pair a takeaway pastry with an espresso (the shop serves Fratello Coffee Roasters) and take a socially distant stroll on Banff Avenue.

202 Banff Avenue, theuprisingbakery.com


Sip on Bottled Signature Cocktails from the Fairmont Resorts

There’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing beverage after a long day of hiking or biking in Banff National Park. And while you may not be able to dine in at restaurants right now, you can still enjoy crafted cocktails from the Fairmont Resorts in Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, which recently launched a series of signature bottled cocktails. The Wildflower, Emerald Glow and Iconic Peak bottled cocktails are each inspired by one of the resorts and were designed by Fairmont’s regional mixologist Nils Schabert. The cocktails are available for takeaway from the respective on-site restaurants and bars or through in-room dining.

Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, 403-762-2211, banff-springs-hotel.com; Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Old Lodge Road, 780-852 -3301, jasper-park-lodge.com; Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, 403-522-3511, chateau-lake-louise.com


Ride the North American Chairlift

When: Starting June 12

Mount Norquay’s North American Chairlift is set to open on June 12 for the summer season. The chairlift will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers riders the opportunity to appreciate Banff’s wildlife and wilderness from a sky-high seat (with an elevation gain of 2085 metres or 6840 feet). If you’re lucky, you might even catch a peek at black or grizzly bears from above.

2 Mt. Norquay Road, Banff, 403-762-4421, banffnorquay.com

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