What to Do in the Mountains in March

This month, attend a winter festival in Fernie, try a new chairlift in Lake Louise, go on a food tour in Banff and more.

Miette Mountain Cabins in Jasper National Park. Photograh by Darren Roberts, courtesy of Pursuit.

Attend the 45th Annual Griz Days Festival in Fernie

When: March 4 to 6

The annual Griz Days winter carnival is one of Fernie’s biggest events with family-friendly events and fundraising and entertainment activities. This year, take photos with the mythical “Griz” (a legendary mountain-man raised by grizzly bears), grab a team of four and compete in a curling competition or attend a live musical show at the Kodiak Lounge, among other events throughout Fernie. Most events are free to the general public but there are a handful of Griz Days events that are ticketed or have a registration fee. 

Fernie, B.C., ferniegrizdays.com

 

Join an “Eat the Castle” Tour in Banff

When: Every Friday starting February 18

Alberta Food Tours’ “Eat the Castle” tour has returned and you can join tours every Friday for the rest of the year starting on February 18. The experiential tour of signature dishes and delicious drink pairings starts at the Fairmont Banff Springs‘ Stock Food & Drink, before moving on to the recently renovated Rundle Bar, The Vermillion Room and ending at the 1888 Chop House. The tour includes a local guide who will deliver stories of the historic castle at each stop and each tour is capped at 12 guests for an intimate experience.

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

 

Ride the New Juniper Express Chair at Lake Louise Ski Resort

 

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Take advantage of the slopes before spring officially arrives by riding on Lake Louise Ski Resort’s new high-speed, quad chairlift, the Juniper Express Chair. The four-person lift will get skiers out of the base area faster (around six minutes) and provides access to five new and improved Juniper area runs (blue runs) and the green Easy Street run. Check out the new trail map online for more information.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, 403-522-3555, skilouise.com

 

Relax at a Wellness Retreat in Lake Louise

When: March 20 to 24

Celebrate the relationship you have with yourself by attending one of the wellness retreats at the Chateau Lake Louise. In March, you can attend the “Flow, Connect and Restore” retreat to focus on mindfulness meditation and breath work through Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga classes. Registration includes four nights accommodation, a welcome cocktail reception, yoga sessions and dining during your stay, plus access to the Chateau’s amenities. 

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, 403-522-3511, chateau-lake-louise.com

 

Stay at the Renovated Miette Mountain Cabins in Jasper

Miette Mountain Cabins, formerly known as the Pocahontas Cabins, has undergone a name change and renovation. The renovations include upgraded guest cabins, common areas and lodge rooms and the addition of contemporary mountain decor throughout the cabins. The new name was chosen by Pursuit in collaboration with Indigenous community members. The popular wilderness lodge in Jasper National Park is located near the Miette natural hot springs with access to hiking trails and other outdoor activities depending on the season. More guest rooms will be upgraded throughout the spring.

Miette Mountain Cabins, Highway 16 East and Miette Road, Jasper, 1-866-845-6338, banffjaspercollection.com

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