Looking for the best things to see and do in Banff in November?
November is one of the quietest times of the year to experience the Canadian Rockies, and the best time if you want to avoid the crowds with lots of different festivals and entertainment to choose from. Plus, if you’re looking for a unique winter experience, the popular icewalk tour to Johnston Canyon starts up again as the thundering falls begin to freeze.
1. See frozen falls at Johnston Canyon
Our most popular winter hiking tour starts in mid November! Take an ice walk tour to Johnston Canyon and see the frozen lower falls (where you can squeeze through a natural cave for a close up look if you like) and continue on to the awe-inducing upper icefalls from the upper deck where you’ll warm up with a hot chocolate. This tour is recognised as a Canadian Signature Experience – a collection of once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences found only in Canada.
2. See Lake Louise start to freeze
Winter is approaching and there has never been a better time to see the rare sight of thawed, blue lakes with a blanket of snow around them. This narrow window is arguably the most beautiful time to see the world-famous Lake Louise. Not only will you have the place to yourself, but you’ll get to see it in a state not many ever do. Save yourself the parking hassles on a guided tour from Banff with a scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway on the Discover Lake Louise Fall Tour. You might even see ice start to form on this famous lake!
3. Explore a wild, undeveloped cave
Venture underground into Rat’s Nest Cave – a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain; near Banff and Canmore. These guided natural history tours take you climbing, crawling and even squeezing through the depths of the cave.
4. See the Canadian Rockies by helicopter
The Canadian Rockies are spectacular at any time of year – take to the skies on a sightseeing helicopter flight to see the turquoise rivers and lakes start to freeze, surrounded by golden foliage and snowcapped mountain peaks.
5. Craft Beer Festival, Santa Claus Parade and More
November is the month of events in Banff! The start of the month sees the famous Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, followed by the Santa Claus Parade in mid November with an early start to celebrating holiday festivities as winter starts to set in. If you’re visiting in late November don’t miss the annual Banff Craft Beer Festival or the Banff Christmas Market.
6. Visit a wolfdog sanctuary
Located just an hour from Banff, the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation that rehabilitates and regimes displaced wolf dogs. The sanctuary offers a variety tours to see wolf dogs up close and and learn more about these amazing animals. The interactive tour offers a semi-private guided sanctuary experience but book ahead, this is their most popular and sells out weeks in advance.