October, 10, 2022 • Mountain Living
By Kate Barker
We’ve reached the end of the busy summer and we’re on the verge of winter setting in for good. This is the quietest time in the Bow Valley, as the summer tourists have returned home and the winter skiers haven’t arrived yet. So what does that mean for a local? We’ve got the towns to ourselves! Here’s how we make the most of shoulder season in these tourist towns.
The main streets in Banff and Canmore are allowing vehicles again, but that doesn’t mean you can’t walk down the sidewalk and check out the small businesses. Most of them are regrouping after a busy summer, but this is the perfect time to act like a tourist at home and check out those little boutiques, get some fancy fudge, or just enjoy a coffee downtown and appreciate what people travel from all around the world to experience.
Embrace the Arts
The Bow Valley has an amazing arts community, and late fall is an excellent time to take it all in. Check out the selections at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, or take in Creative Combat at artsPlace, the annual fundraiser where artists go head to head to create masterpieces in a timed contest. artsPlace even offers classes throughout the fall and winter for locals to hone their skills or learn new ones. It’s a great way to get creative and connect with the community.
Do a Popular Hike
Tunnel Mountain is a fun little hike in Banff, and you get great views for a moderate effort. In Canmore, take advantage of the walking trails around Quarry Lake, or venture to Kananaskis for a quiet hike without the crowds. This is the perfect time of year to visit the popular hotspots without the press of tourists. So cross those summer hikes off your bucket lists this fall and truly enjoy the mountains.
Go Out to Eat
Fall is a great time to explore the local restaurants and enjoy great service and great food. In Banff, check out the new concept restaurant Brazen or stop by UNA Pizza for a neighbourhood feel. In Canmore, The Roaring Rolls serves excellent Indian fusion food in the Shops of Canmore while Kain Tayo has great food in a cool atmosphere.
Embrace mountain living this shoulder season and rediscover the beauty of our special oasis!