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!

See Banff's fall colours at Vermilion Lake with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Taylor Burk @taylormichaelburk

2. Visit Lake Louise

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. Combine some Banff sightseeing with a scenic drive to Lake Louise on the Discover Banff & Lake Louise Fall Colours Tour.

Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours

3. See a Show at Banff Centre

After a day of exploring, enjoy an outdoor concert or event at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This world-class venue is a hidden gem in Banff and offers programming for the whole family. Discover Banff Tours is offering $5 off select shows using promo code DBT, such as singer-songwriter Colin Linden and the roots acoustic trio, The Primary Colours, in an intimate club setting or the provocative film/theatre experiment for the stage, The Full Light of Day.

The Banff Centre

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4. Take a horseback ride

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

Banff Horseback Rides

5. Visit the Athabasca Glacier

Glacier Adventurer Ice Explorer Bus on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour
Photo Credit: Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit

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 continue into late October.

6. Celebrate the colours of fall at the Banff Gondola

During weekends in October, ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy the Harvest Festival! There’ll be family fun activities, live entertainment and seasonal treats to sample. Step outside and take in the breathtaking views of six stunning mountain ranges with fall colours that sweep the Bow Valley.

Banff Sightseeing Gondola

The best Banff activities in October

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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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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 &
Apr-Oct
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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
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Discover Banff & Lake Louise - Fall Colours

The fall is a fantastic time for sightseeing and viewing wildlife in Banff National Park. Foliage color start to change, the
Oct-Nov
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Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling
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