March 13, 2023 • Mountain Living
Spring Shoulder Season
By Kate Barker
March and April are the shoulder season in the Bow Valley. With the unpredictable weather, considerably less tourists, and everyone preparing to wrap up for winter and ramp up for summer, this is a unique time to be in the mountains. As a local, this is the time to really enjoy the small-town culture of our unique home.
There are plenty of ways to be entertained in both Banff and Canmore during the shoulder season. At artsPlace, regular events include comedy nights, live music, and film screenings. This spring, check out the Women’s Adventure Film Tour or Canada’s Rising Stars. The Banff Centre also has regular programming for locals and visitors alike. An Evening with Shane Koyczan promises to be a great event or stay tuned for their popular Decolonizing the Narrative series.
Make the most of spring skiing! Spring means more daylight to enjoy the slopes, and the ski hills typically have fun events this time of year to celebrate the season. Check out Norquay for the 55th Annual Bruno Engler Ski Race or enjoy easter on the mountain with an egg hunt for the kids and brunch at Lone Pine Pub. Make the drive to Lake Louise for their demo day or visit Sunshine Village for their annual Slush Cup party later in the spring.
Spring is a great time to get in shape for summer—and what better way to build some skills than climbing. Both Banff and Canmore have indoor climbing walls to hone your skills. Enjoy climbing for all abilities at Elevation Place. With over 1,000 square metres of climbing space, you won’t be bored anytime soon. The Sally Borden Fitness Centre is Banff’s go-to for indoor climbing, and they have options for all abilities. Both centres have auto-belays and options for top rope or lead climbing, so there’s something for all experience levels.
Spring is a great time to wander downtown in Banff and Canmore and get in touch with local businesses. Grab a coffee and check out some homemade fudge, see the latest at your favourite gallery, or simply enjoy a stroll along the Bow River without as many tourists. This is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy everything our mountain home has to offer.