Fall is here! If you’ve been enjoying relief from one of Alberta’s hottest summers on record, there’s never been a better time to hit the Rockies! This autumn and winter, explore Banff National Park and experience the thrilling chill that fills the air once the seasons begin to transition!
At Banff Adventures there’s nothing we love more than helping families from all over Alberta, as well as the rest of the world experience the wonder of the Canadian Wild. Below, we’ll give you some shoulder season’s (Late October into early December) top activities to explore and experience in around Banff. Read on to learn more!
Why Visit During Shoulder Season?
Banff is an incredible playground all year round, but for those looking for a little extra privacy and tranquility, shoulder season is a special time of year. Not only do the fall months see the park transform from a lush green landscape to an explosion of red, orange and yellows, but the wild becomes a whole new adventure just waiting to be explored. With fewer people around, cheaper hotel rates, and just as much to see, coming during the quieter months is a great way to plan a unique visit and get the most out of your stay! Some of the most exciting things to explore during fall and the early winter months include:
The Banff Gondola
Get a bird’s eye view of nature’s biggest performance and soar over larch country during one of the most magical times of the year! The famous Banff Gondola takes riders to the very top of Sulphur Mountain and gives you unbeatable views from the world-class interpretive centre located at the peak. Perfect for families, couples, and anyone wanting to see the Rockies like never before, the gondola is an accessible activity that’s easy for everyone to enjoy!
Throw on your favourite boots; it’s time to hit the trails and reconnect with your western roots! Horseback riding is a long-standing favourite activity amongst explorers visiting Banff, and for good reason. These easy, perfect-for-all-levels tours treat you to plenty of fun and education as you follow your guides along beautiful trails that will show you the hidden side of the Rockies. Learn more about the history of the region and keep your eyes peeled for visitors…you might just spot some curious local wildlife watching from distance!
Hiking and Biking
There’s no better place to stretch your legs and get a good workout than the Rockies! With countless trails to hike and bike at your own pace, you’ll get your fill of mountain air while working up a sweat during your adventure. Banff Adventures is happy to provide you with the tools you’ll need to explore; we offer mountain bike rentals as well as plenty of other gear that’s ideal for adventurers of all sizes and experience levels!
Johnston Canyon is a year-round staple in the Banff/Lake Louise area, with visitors stopping by for a leisurely hike during the summer and an extra breathtaking ice walk during the winter months. Fall is often one of the most stunning times to visit the canyon thanks to the rich natural colours of the area being on full display!
Plan Ahead For Winter
Planning ahead for Christmas and beyond this winter? Don’t miss out on some of the most thrilling winter activities Banff has to offer including dog sledding, heli-skiing, sleigh rides, and more! No matter the season, Banff Adventures is your all-access pass for adventures in the Rockies. Contact our team to learn more about fall and winter activities in Banff!
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