What To Do In Banff In October

What To Do In Banff In October
See fall colours and larch trees at Larch Valley with Discover Banff Tours

Looking for the best things to see and do in Banff in October?

With cooling temperatures comes the changing of the seasons and the colours of the leaves. October is the best month to see the fall colours in Banff National Park, with snow-capped mountains as the perfect backdrop.

1. See Banff’s fall colours

As fall sets in, it’s the perfect time to see the leaves change colour in Banff. The morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour takes you to some of the most scenic viewpoints in Banff – and we might even see some wildlife along the way!

Sightsee Bow Falls in fall with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

2. Visit Lake Louise before it freezes

Want to see Lake Louise before it freezes for the winter? The water usually begins to ice over in November, so October is the perfect time to visit this famous lake. Take a scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway and then enjoy an hour of free time to wander the famous shoreline on the Discover Lake Louise Tour (please note that Moraine Lake closes in early October).

Lake Louise Instagram Photo

3. Take a Halloween ghost tour

With Halloween approaching, discover Banff’s ghostly past on a guided evening stroll through the paranormal with stories of haunted landmarks, unsolved mysteries and terrifying encounters at hotels.

Hear ghostly stories about Banff's past on a ghost walk
Photo Credit: Canmore Theatre Productions

The best Banff activities in October

Take a Banff ghost tour led by an interpretive guide

Ghost Walks

Spend a spooktacular evening unearthing ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of the Bow Valley’s historic
1 Hour 40 minutes
Horseback ride through the Spray River

Horseback Ride - Spray River 1 Hr

Our guides will lead you past roaring Bow Falls where you will cross the tranquil Spray River, followed by a
Throughout the day
1 Hour
Banff Gondola View in the Summer
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Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from
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Open Ticket
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback Ride - Bow River 1 Hr

A 1 hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave &
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1 Hour
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
3 Hours

Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling
11 Hours
See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

See two of the world's most beautiful lakes including iconic Lake Louise - famous for its jewel-like water nestled between
8:00am, 1:00pm
4.25 Hours

4. Take a fall horseback ride

Take a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River (or a one-hour ride crossing through the Spray River in early October) as you look out to the fall colours along the Bow River and snow-capped mountains. Banff trail rides run daily until mid October and are perfect for beginners, and you might even see some elk during their rutting season.

Horseback ride through the Spray River

5. Visit the Athabasca Glacier

Travel one of the world’s most scenic highways, the Icefields Parkway, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to walk on a glacier. See the snow-capped mountains and fall colours as you travel to the Columbia Icefield Centre, located about halfway between Banff and Jasper, and take an oversized bus right onto the glacier. As the cooler weather sets in, this full-day sightseeing tour is one of few that continues into mid October.

See the Athabasca Glacier on the Icefields Parkway Tour
Photo Credit: Mike Seehagel and Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

6. Celebrate fall at the Banff Gondola

There’s always something happening at the Banff Gondola! In early October there’s a special celebration of sunrise at the summit, and during weekends ride the Banff Gondola to enjoy the Harvest Festival with family fun activities, live entertainment and seasonal treats. Step outside and take in the breathtaking views of six stunning mountain ranges with fall colours that sweep the Bow Valley.

Incredible views from the Banff Gondola summit
Photo Credit: Chris Amat / Banff & Lake Louise Tourism

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