What to Do in the Mountains in October

This month, celebrate 10 days of Banff Pride, check out Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival and watch lots of films at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Photo courtesy of Leo Houlding.

Watch TIFF films in the Crowsnest Pass

When: October 2, 16 and 30

Catch films courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) film circuit at Meet Me at the Movies. There will be screenings of Triangle of Sadness, Broker and The Good House at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, presented by the Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association. All showtimes start at 7 p.m. and tickets at the door are $10 per person.



Celebrate 10 years of Banff Pride

When: October 6 to 15

Immerse yourself in 10 days of Banff Pride by celebrating with drag brunches and performances, comedy shows, live concerts and parties. At the Pride Market in Mason Hall, discover art, crafts and creations by talented 2SLGBTQIA+ artists, and check out the speaker series highlighting a diverse lineup of voices sharing stories, insights and perspectives.



Shop for fall fashions at the new House of Angelica store in Canmore

If you love Marquesa Shore’s flagship boutique in Banff, you’ll be happy to hear you can now find her selection of trendy women’s clothing in Canmore as well. House of Angelica carries a mix of dressy and casual celebrity-inspired pieces from European, Australian and Canadian brands. Check out the new shop and find your fall fashion staples at the grand opening of its second location in The Shops of Canmore on October 8.



Attend the Dark Sky Festival in Jasper


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When: October 13 to 29

Jasper was designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society in Canada in 2011. This festival is all about stars, science and family fun, with plenty of workshops, outdoor concerts, geo-caching treasure hunts and more over two weekends. Don your best sci-fi-inspired costume for the Jasper Dark Sky Space Ball at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, catch drone light choreography in the night sky or attend a free Indigenous storytelling event on the shores of Lake Annette with Teneil Whiskeyjack.



Check out the fall exhibitions opening at the Whyte Museum in Banff

When: October 20

October 20th marks the Whyte Museum’s opening night for two exhibitions: A Celebration of Tom Willock: Celebrating an Exceptional Photographer and the Bow Biennial: Four Unique Perspectives. Check out Willock’s mountainscape photographs, as well as four Alberta artists in the Bow Biennial exhibit: Amy Dryer, Wanda Ellerbeck, Barb Fyvie and Eileen Murray. There will be free admission, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar on opening night.



Watch mountain films at the 2023 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

When: October 28 to November 5

Every year, this epic festival celebrates mountain films and books at the Banff Centre with a program full of films and talks, art and photography exhibitions, and a festival marketplace. This year features more than 85 films, many with world and North American premieres, and events with adventurers, authors, photographers and filmmakers. Highlights this year include talks with alpinist Ian Welsted, snowboarder Jeremy Jones and climber Leo Houlding. Don’t miss the interview with climbing icon Timmy O’Neill about his new book and the world premiere of the feature length Yamnuska by Sherpas Cinema. New this year is the Rab Stage, which features various free events.



Grab a coffee at Eclipse Coffee Roasters’ newest location

This beloved local coffee roaster in Canmore opened its newest location in the Elevation Place complex this past spring. So the next time you’re taking a break from your workout or dropping by the climbing gym, library or pool, recharge in the cafe with coffee and treats. The single origin coffee beans are sourced from local farms in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and India.



Eat your way through Banff during Taste for Adventure

When: October 26 to November 9

Indulge your inner foodie with exclusive menus and unique dishes that participating restaurants are cooking up for Taste for Adventure. Most participating restaurants are offering three-course dinners at set prices, which is a great way to sample the Bow Valley dining scene. Festival highlights include an event with Indigenous chef Shane Chartrand as he presents a five-course menu inspired by his experience with First Nations people and cooking techniques of Indigenous communities on October 26 and 27.



Find some gems at the Whyte Museum’s Back to the Community Book Sale in Banff

When: October 28 to 29

This is your chance to get some copies of books, pamphlets and postcards from the Whyte Museum Archives and Special Collections Library for your own home library. More than 1,100 duplicate books are available, with some from Catharine Robb Whyte, Ben Gadd and Jimmy Simpson’s libraries and many of which have been signed. Proceeds from the sale will support ongoing collection development, maintenance and preservation of the collections. Everything is sold on a first-come, first-served basis.


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