What to Do in the Mountains in November

This month, tour the studio of a Bow Valley artisan, check out a virtual film and book festival, hit the slopes and more.

Jim Morrison and Hilaree Nelson, pictured here on the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, are two of the keynote speakers at this year's Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Photograph by Christian Pondella.

Attend the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival virtually

When: October 31 to November 8

The annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is going virtual for the first time in its 45 year history. Kicking off on October 31, you can enjoy 75 film screenings and 40 events such as film programs, guest speakers and author events, all from home. The nine-day festival includes films and books from across the globe to celebrate human adventures and the power of the outdoors. Festival passes are $150, or you can purchase single screening tickets. On November 1, you can also join the free event Indigenous Dialogue – What’s in a Name, a timely discussion on why reinstating Indigenous names to natural areas is an important part of decolonization.



Enjoy a special meal during the Taste for Adventure food tour

When: October 12 to November 13

Come hungry to one of the 27 restaurants participating in the Taste for Adventure food tour across Banff National Park. From October 12 to November 13, the region’s top chefs and restaurants will be offering unique prix fixe menus and dishes that highlight local ingredients from the area. Start your morning off with a breakfast bowl, croissant and latte from Seed N Salt, before indulging in a three-course tasting menu inspired by the changing colours of fall from Baker Creek Bistro for lunch. Finally, end your day with a five-course dinner from newly opened Farm & Fire with Canadian produced wine and cocktail pairings.



Shred some powder on the slopes

When: Various opening dates

Dig out your winter gear from storage and pack up the car because (some) of the slopes are open in November. Mount Norquay is set to open the last weekend of October, and Nakiska Ski ResortLake Louise Ski Resort and Banff Sunshine Village are all scheduled to open on November 6. And if you’re up for a drive, Marmot Basin in Jasper is also set to open on November 12. All dates are tentative and visitors should consult with resorts beforehand.

banffnorquay.com; skinakiska.com; skilouise.com; skibanff.com; skimarmot.com


Enjoy a glass of wine at the Fairmont Hot Springs

When: November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21

The Fairmont Hot Springs is taking a more intimate approach to its annual East Kootenay Wine Festival by replacing the two-day event with Wine in the Alpine every weekend of the month. Tuck into a tasting menu featuring wines from acclaimed B.C. wineries, hors d’oeuvres made in-house and even listen to a live guitarist. A Wine in the Alpine package includes accommodation and a five-course dinner on Saturday evenings. Packages can be purchased directly from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., 1-800-663-4979, fairmonthotsprings.com


Drink some beer during Banff Craft Beer Week

When: November 20 to 29

Yes, there is still a Banff beer event happening this year, albeit a little differently than past years. Led by Alberta Beer Festivals, the first annual Banff Craft Beer Week will feature a variety of bars, restaurants and hotels across Banff where you can enjoy Alberta’s finest craft beers and spirits, as well as beer-themed activities such as guided tasting dinners, trivia nights and more. Stay tuned to Alberta Beer Festivals for updates on the event and activities.

albertabeerfestivals.com; banfflakelouise.com


Tour the studio of a Bow Valley artisan

When: November 28 to 29

Replacing what would have been the 25th annual Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market, the Canmore Preschool Society is hosting the Bow Valley Artisan Studio Tour. This Christmas studio tour and market runs  November 28 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all proceeds will support the Canmore Preschool Society. Shop from local makers and artists and grab you and your loved ones a few unique gifts this season. The market will include glass, wood, jewelry, mixed media, photography, pottery, ceramics and more.


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