What to Do in the Mountains in September

This month, check out the Canmore Highland Games, ride the Jasper Skytram, listen to a virtual music festival and more.

The Jasper Skytram. Photograph courtesy of Ski Marmot.

Watch the Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival 

When: September 2 to 5

The 2021 virtual International String Quartet Festival is back to fill your home with exceptional chamber music and international artists. The online festival features concerts with Banff Quartet Festival Chamber Orchestra and more, plus panel discussions and film screenings. The event is free to attend but registration is required.



Traverse the new Golden Skybridge

Golden, B.C.’s newest suspension bridge offers incredible views of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, a 200-foot waterfall and the Columbia Valley below. The massive bridge is actually two suspension bridges connected together via a forested walking trail between the two mountain ranges. The entire location is open until October and includes a treetop park, an all-ages ropes course, viewing platforms and a cafe, plus a two-person canyon swing and 1,500-foot zip-line, both of which are opening later this summer. Be sure to check the latest rules and recommendations around interprovincial travel restrictions and wildfire conditions before your visit.

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


Attend the 30th Annual Canmore Highland Games

When: September 4 to 5

If you’re looking for an authentic Celtic experience, be sure to check out the 30th annual Canmore Highland Games this month. You can watch lively bagpipe and highland dancing performances, as well as Scottish heavy athletics such as the hammer throw, caber toss, tug of war and more. The two-day festival includes entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Celtic culture, like the Taste of the Highlands food and drink festival, a British car and motorcycle show, sheepdog showings, a market and live music performances. Tickets are available online and all events take place at Centennial Park.

5 Avenue, Canmore, 403-678-9454, canmorehighlandgames.ca


Bike the TransRockies Singletrack 6

When: September 7 to 12

The TransRockies Singletrack 6, an epic mountain biking adventure, is back this year with a new “South Kootenays” alignment that includes biking through Rossland. With lots of varied riding stages, this event promises to showcase the best routes of the west, something that any mountain biker will appreciate. The event starts in Fernie, before moving on to Kimberley, then Rossland and ending at Red Mountain Resort. This year, there is also a three-day option for bikers who prefer that to six days, and there will be a Calgary arrival and Calgary or Castlegar departure option too. Be sure to check the latest rules and recommendations around interprovincial travel restrictions and wildfire conditions before your visit.



Dine Under the Stars with the Jasper Skytram Star Sessions

When: September 11 to October 30

Every Saturday of this month starting September 11 and every Friday and Saturday of October, you can experience dinner and a star-studded show at the Jasper Skytram. After riding the Skytram 2,263 metres to the Upper Skytram Station, guests will meet the Jasper Planetarium’s astronomy experts to learn about constellations, the solar system and more through powerful telescopes. An optional early or late dinner experience is available to complete the experience. Guests aged three and over will be required to wear masks during the tram flight.

Whistlers Road, Jasper, 780-852-3093, jasperskytram.com

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