What to Do in the Mountains in October

This October, dine at a new Indian restaurant in Canmore, visit a new tea shop in Banff, head to Jasper for the Dark Sky Festival and more.

Photograph courtesy of Tourism Jasper.

[Note: Please continue to consult provincial public health restrictions and operational restrictions for each event or business.]


Brunch in Style at The Roaring Rolls in Canmore

A new modern Indian bistro has opened in Canmore. Stop by The Roaring Rolls to treat yourself to fusion takes on classic dishes like tandoori chicken eggs Benedict served on naan with a hollandaise sauce infused with Indian spices or a creme brûlée with saffron and cardamom. All of the spice blends at this lounge-style restaurant are made in-house. The space will also feature a bar soon (opening date to be determined).

113, 304 Old Canmore Road, Canmore, 403-675-4474, theroaringrolls.com


(Virtually) Run the Fernie Half Marathon

When: October 3

The annual Fernie Half Marathon is normally a 21-kilometre run through forested trails that follow the Elk River, past Mount Fernie and into James White Park. But this year, the run is virtual. Sign up for the half marathon as a solo runner or with a relay team of three, or opt for the 10-kilometre run and walk to get your heart rate up as the weather gets a little colder.



Shop for Hand-Blended Teas at a New Tea House in Banff

Banff’s Natur’el Tea recently rebranded as Jolene’s Tea House and now has a beautiful new retail space where you can purchase its hand-blended teas and teaware. The company, which has been around since 2005, offers more than 60 small-batch blends of organic tea. You’ll find popular blends like masala chai and creamy Earl Grey as well as unique options like bestseller Femininitea, a sweet blend of herbs designed to revitalize the senses.

211 A Bear Street, Banff, 403-985-5500, jolenesteahouse.com


Soak Up the Stars at the Annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival 

When: October 15 to 24

Celebrate a decade of dark skies in Jasper by attending the annual Dark Sky Festival. Jasper is one of 17 dark sky preserves in Canada as well as the second-largest dark sky preserve in the world after Wood Buffalo National Park. Events include guided sunrise and sunset photoshoots, helicopter tours to see constellations, nightly light show installations, telescope experiences at the Jasper Planetarium and more. Events can be purchased or booked online or through various accommodations in Jasper.

Multiple locations, Jasper, jasperdarksky.travel

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