What to Do in the Mountains in August

This month, tune in for the virtual Canmore Folk Music Festival, go on hiking food tour in Jasper and support local during Alberta on the Plate.

Participants on the Peak-Nic Food Tour with Jasper Food Tours. Photograph courtesy of Tourism Jasper.

Enjoy an Early Breakfast or Midnight Snack at the 360 Dome

The Fairmont Banff Springs‘ 360-degree, translucent dome now offers two new dining options for the summer. Start the day with a family-style continental sunrise breakfast, available for one-hour bookings from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. If you’re a night owl, book a two-hour reservation from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The nightcaps include a pitcher of draft beer or frozen cocktail with a snack platter. 

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


Experience Dinner, Drinks and a Show at The Radiant 

Cabaret shows, drag nights, open-mic events and more are part of what makes this restaurant and performance venue a popular spot along pedestrian-friendly Banff Avenue. The Radiant re-launched in-person events in July and has a full calendar booked for August. On most Fridays, the Radiant hosts burlesque shows, while Saturdays and Sundays are booked for special musical acts. 

101, 111 Banff Avenue, 403-985-0730, theradiantbanff.ca


Tune In to the Canmore Folk Music Festival

When: July 31 to September 25

Music fans, rejoice. Although the main stage of the annual Canmore Folk Music Festival is under renovation, this year’s festival is still running as a virtual event. On July 31, the Canmore Folk DIY online festival website will launch concerts, workshops, a family area and an artisan and food vendor area.



Hike and Cook with Jasper Food Tours

Jasper Food Tours, a semi-new business that launched in 2019 before last year’s pandemic closures, is back this summer to offer a total of nine food tours. The newest tour, Peak-Nic, includes a four-kilometre hike to a local peak followed by a wilderness cooking demo for a unique meal with a view. Along the way, guides will point out edible plants and other wildlife. Peak-Nic tours run daily for lunch from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or for dinner from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. See the website for more information on ticket prices and other tours.

P.O. Box 976, Jasper, 780-931-3287, jasperfoodtours.com


Support Local Farmers and Restaurants During Alberta on the Plate

When: August 6 to 15

The third annual Alberta on the Plate festival celebrates local food during Alberta Local Food Week with 88 restaurants in 27 communities offering multi-course, fixed-price menus highlighting over 200 local producers, growers, distillers and brewers.

Nearly two dozen restaurants in the mountains are participating, including Tekarra in Jasper, änkôr in Canmore and Farm & Fire in Banff. Two-course lunches are fixed at $15 and $25, two-course dinners at $25 and $35 and three or more courses for a gourmet dinner are $65. Kids menu and takeaway prices are set by each restaurant. Some participating restaurants and breweries will also offer a quick service signature Alberta dish at varying prices. All menus will be available on August 1 at albertaontheplate.com.



Attend the Beer vs. Wine Lunch at the Whitehorn Bistro

When: August 12

Get ready for some friendly competition at the Beer vs. Wine lunch at the Whitehorn Bistro in Lake Louise. All four courses prepared by executive chef David Acero come with both a wine and a beer pairing from Quails Gate Winery and Trolley 5 Brewpub, respectively, and guests can vote for their favourites. Event tickets come with a gondola ticket and there is a free shuttle from the gondola back to Lake Louise village afterwards.

1 Whitehorn Road, 877-956-8473, skilouise.com

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