What to Do in the Mountains in November

This month, sip hot chocolate creations, go shopping at a holiday market in Banff, relax at a wellness festival and more.

Photo courtesy of Alberta Beer Festivals.

Celebrate Christmas in November

When: November 3 to 12

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s annual food and wine festival, Christmas in November, is back with a lineup of delicious events hosted by food, drink and decor experts such as Anna and Michael Olson from the Food Network and local chefs like Milpa’s chef Elia Herrera, who was also a contestant on Top Chef Canada and Top Chef Mexico. Christmas in November features presentations, activities and events such as the welcome reception where attendees are encouraged to wear their most memorable Christmas sweaters, photos with Santa Claus, live music, a grill class, a four-course gala dinner and more. To attend, guests can select from three packages that include accommodations, meals and beverages, sessions and gratuities, and then register for individual events or classes. The VIP package includes additional perks.

1 Old Lodge Rd., Jasper, 780-852-3301, christmasinnovember.com


Feel rejuvenated at the Abundance Holistic Health & Yoga Fair


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When: November 4

Relax, rejuvenate and restore your body and mind at the third annual Abundance Holistic Health & Yoga Fair in Kimberley this month. The one-day fair offers 20 classes and workshops with guest speakers and health and wellness facilitators conducting yoga sessions, sound healing, dance circles and more. Plus, there’s a free-entry wellness vendor market during the afternoon. You can register for tickets and select your sessions for the fair online. Early-bird tickets of $85.47 end on October 31.

301 N Star Blvd., Kimberley, B.C., abundancefair.ca


Sip a delicious drink during the Hot Chocolate Trail event

When: November 17 to December 31

Warm up with a hot, chocolatey cuppa from a plethora of restaurants and cafés throughout Banff and Lake Louise during this year’s annual Hot Chocolate Trail. From November 17 to December 31, select eateries are offering limited-edition, holiday-themed hot chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. More details, including a list of participating restaurants and themed- drinks, will be added online closer to the start of the event, so check back soon for more information and to plan your route.

Multiple locations, banfflakelouise.com


Pick up some holiday gifts at the Banff Christmas Market

When: November 17 to 19, 24 to 26 and December 1 to 3

Shop from more than 100 artisans and vendors at this year’s Banff Christmas Market. The holiday market promises a fun-filled nine days of live music, Christmas treats and warm drinks, not to mention an outdoor fire lounge, Santa’s House and Reindeer Stables. Tickets need to be purchased online for the timed-entry market (children 10 years old and younger get in for free).

Warner Stables, 100 Sundance Rd., Banff, banffchristmasmarket.com


Fill your cup at the Banff Craft Beer Festival

When: November 23 to 25

One of the festivals under the Alberta Beer Festival umbrella, Banff Craft Beer Festival is a three-day celebration of craft beers, spirits and bites that’s hosted at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Ticket packages come with entry and a commemorative sample mug (and can also include $40 worth of sample tokens for an upgraded fee). Note that this year, the festival will only be accessible by shuttle, walking, biking or drop-off, as no parking for personal vehicles will be available at the historic site.

311 Cave Ave., Banff, albertabeerfestivals.com


Shop for locally made goods at two Fernie craft fairs


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When: The Twilight Craft Fair is on November 24 and the Holiday Craft Fair is on November 25

This month, you can visit not just one, but two Fernie craft fairs to shop for local, handmade goods before the holidays. The Twilight Craft Fair runs November 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Holiday Craft Fair runs November 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both fairs are under the Fernie Craft Fairs banner, which regularly organizes fairs with items that are 100 per cent handmade by local artisans. Entry is by donation.

902 BC-3, Fernie, B.C., ferniecraftfair.com


Sign up for the Pints & Pino Run

When: November 25

Take in a breath of fresh mountain air, an eyeful of gorgeous Jasper views and then a mouthful of a tasty drink during the Pints & Pino Run, a late-fall running event that takes you up scenic Pyramid Lake Road in Jasper. Choose from one of four races — the 16-kilometre “Full Pint” run, eight-kilometre “Half Pint” run, five-kilometre “Pino” run or one-kilometre “Babes” run — that range in price from $30 to $70 (prices increase as the race day draws nearer). Each race entry includes custom event merchandise, a medal at the finish line, fluid stations along the route, post-race snacks and more. $5 from every registration will be donated to charity, too. Registration is available online until noon on Friday, November 24 or until the event is sold out.

Jasper, pintsandpino.run

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