What to Do in the Mountains in May

This month, ride a new roller coaster in Golden, attend a mural festival in Jasper, shop at some mountain markets and more.

Railrider Mountain Coaster at Golden Skybridge. Photograph by Sean Parker, courtesy of Pursuit.

Dine at the Bloom & Brunch Festival

When: April 29 to June 4

Celebrate spring at Sulphur Mountain every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a delicious brunch that’s part of the Banff Gondola’s Bloom & Brunch Festival. Inside the Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen, enjoy a brunch buffet that includes a mimosa bar and waffle station, floral photo opportunities, a live DJ and more. Reservations can be made online (note: Banff Gondola tickets must be purchased separately).

1 Mountain Ave., Banff, 1-866-756-1904, banffjaspercollection.com


Check out colourful art at a mural festival in Jasper


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When: May 1 to 20

Uplift! Jasper Mural Festival is back for its second year, hosting artists who will paint the mountain town for 20 days this month. Starting May 1, artist bb iskwew will kick off the event by painting a mural on the Old Jasper Firehall wall, with a full artist and location lineup to be released soon. Check the festival website for updated information closer to the event



Go for a thrilling ride on a new roller coaster in Golden


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When: Starting May 12

The Pursuit Golden Skybridge adventure park opens this month, welcoming visitors back to Canada’s highest suspension bridges as well as rope courses, ziplines, axe throwing and climbing activities. New this year is the 3,375-foot Railrider Mountain Coaster, set to be the fastest and longest mountain coaster in Canada. Take a scenic ride through the forest at the edge of the canyon of Columbia Valley for an epic view of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. Railrider Mountain Coaster participants must be three years of age or older and children under the age of nine are only allowed to ride with a person aged 16 years or older. Tickets and adventure passes can be purchased online.

503 Golden Donald Upper Road, Golden, B.C., 1-800-278-1238, banffjaspercollection.com


Celebrate Mother’s Day in the mountains

When: May 12 to 14

Enjoy award-winning culinary experiences in the mountains over Mother’s Day weekend. Treat your family to a delicious afternoon tea or brunch at the Fairmont Banff Springs’ Rundle Bar, Vermillion Room or Waldhaus Restaurant. Or, opt for Mother’s Day brunch at the Post Hotel and Spa or the Rimrock Resort Hotel on May 14. All dining experiences can be reserved online and include ticket pricing for adults and children.

Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, 403-762-2211, fairmont.com/banff-springs; Post Hotel and Spa, 200 Pipestone Road, Lake Louise, 403-522-3989, posthotel.com; Rimrock Resort Hotel, 300 Mountain Avenue, 1-888-746-7625, rimrockresort.com


Get your hands dirty at a ceramics sale and open studio event

When: May 13

ArtsPlace Pottery Palooza, a free, family-friendly event, is perfect for those looking to try their hand at clay sculpting or pick up a new ceramic piece. The ceramics sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature one-of-a-kind wares by artsPlace students, with a portion of the proceeds supporting artsPlace. And from 1 to 4 p.m., drop in for the ceramics studio’s Clay Play Sessions where instructors will show you some clay hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques, with all materials included.

950 8 Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2623, artsplacecanmore.com


Shop at some markets in Banff and Canmore


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When: Banff Farmers’ Market runs from May 24 to October 4; Canmore Mountain Market runs from May 25 to October 5

Two exciting markets return to the Banff and Canmore area this month. Running every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting May 24, the Banff Farmers’ Market is a great spot to shop for local products, listen to live music or visit a beer garden. And over in Canmore, you can shop more than 65 vendors offering local food products, artisanal crafts, apparel, jewellery and more at the Canmore Mountain Market, which runs every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting May 25.

Banff Farmers’ Market, 110 Bear St., 403-763-8772, thebanfffarmersmarket.com; Canmore Mountain Market, 100, 700 Railway Ave., Canmore, canmore.ca 

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