What to Do in the Mountains in April

This month, dine in a glass dome at the Fairmont Banff Springs, take in a virtual art exhibit or check out the Canmore Uncorked Festival.

The 360° Dome. Photograph courtesy of the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Dine Inside a Glass Dome

The Fairmont Banff Springs has launched a private, outdoor dining venue just in time for the spring season. At the 360° Dome, guests dine inside glass domes that offer 360-degree views of the mountains and the hotel. Parties of two to six people can book the domes year-round for brunch (where you can make your own mimosas), après and dinner. Dining options include a special charcuterie board service paired with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne for a luxurious afternoon (or evening) under the skies. Please consult the safety restrictions on dining and room reservations before booking.

405 Spray Avenue, 403-762-2211, banff-springs-hotel.com

 

Check Out an Award-Winning Food and Drink Festival in Canmore

When: April 8 to 22

The annual Canmore Uncorked Festival is running for 15 days this month in celebration of the local food and drink scene. Unlike past years, this year’s festival will feature an online marketplace with exclusive deals and offerings from retailers and activity companies. Purchase a “passport” online and gain access to specials from restaurants, eateries and pubs like Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. and Market Bistro that have no expiration date for use.

canmoreuncorked.com

 

Tour New (Virtual) Exhibits at ArtsPlace

When: Now until July 31

Canmore art centre artsPlace currently has a few exhibitions that can be viewed online. Stories of Resilience is a fully immersive, virtual exhibition of audio and visual stories from the pandemic alongside art pieces and photographs. The collaboration between the Canmore Museum, the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership and Kristy Wolfe Photography can be viewed online through a 3D tour until July 31.

And for those interested in the relationship between the land and skies, check out Between the Cosmos, a new solo exhibition by Calgary photographer and mixed media artist Rocio Graham, until April 12. The 16 artworks feature galaxies and star systems made with Alberta seeds from the botanical artist’s personal garden on cyanotype paper.

artsplacecanmore.com

 

Soak in a Private Hot Tub Overlooking Canmore

Basecamp Resorts has now opened private reservations for hot tubs at three of its Canmore properties. Guests of the Basecamp Resorts, Basecamp Suites or Lamphouse Hotel can reserve a private, 30-minute session at the hot tubs overlooking the town of Canmore and the Bow Valley via text message bookings on the day of the reservation. The spacious rooms and enhanced safety measures like virtual check-ins make for a great weekend staycation in Canmore.

Multiple locations, basecampresorts.com/canmore

 

Get a Massage at Kananaskis Nordic Spa

While most of the spa services at Kananaskis Nordic Spa remain closed for now, those looking for some rest and relaxation can now book private massages. Combine your massage service with a stay at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, which is offering discounts and specials including food and beverage credits that can be used at the Forte restaurant (one of the participants in the aforementioned Canmore Uncorked Festival) and the Blacktail Bar.

1 Centennial Dr., 403-591-7711, knordicspa.com

 

Attend a Yoga Retreat at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

When: April 18 to 21

Lululemon ambassador and seasoned yoga instructor Jeff Mah is leading a three-night yoga retreat, Yogic Explorations, for students interested in strengthening their techniques, postures and movement. This all-inclusive wellness retreat includes a three-night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a welcome cocktail reception, healthy meals, classes and workshops with Mah and more. Currently, all wellness retreats are capped at 10 participants for safety.

111 Lake Louise Dr., 403-522-3511, chateau-lake-louise.com

[This story previously stated that there were hot tubs at Basecamp Resorts, Suites and Lodge. It has been corrected to reflect that there are only hot tubs at Basecamp Resorts, Basecamp Suites and Lamphouse Hotel. We regret the error.]

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