What To Do In Banff In September
See Larch Valley with a Professional Hiking Guide with Discover Banff Tours

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

September is a month to remember in the Canadian Rockies – continuing warm summer weather with crisp morning air creates a perfect (and slightly less crowded) environment for exploring as the leaves and weather starts to change.

1. Guided Hikes

As fall sets in, it’s the perfect weather for hiking. Our Lake Louise and Banff guided hikes explore the best accessible hikes in the area, showing guests the wild and rugged environments of Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Each of the hikes offers something different but seeing the larch trees change to a bright golden yellow around mid to late September on the Larch Valley hike is truly a special experience and one of our favourites at this time of year.

Take a guided hike to Larch Valley with Discover Banff Tours

2. ATV Tours

Another option for seeing the larch trees is on an ATV tour! While ATVs aren’t permitted in Banff National Park, there are fully guided ATV tours located just two hours from Banff on the edge of the Canadian Rockies. Our pick? Take the full-day ATV tour for free transport from Banff and lunch at an alpine cabin.

Toby Creek Adventures ATV Tour

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 this summer on shows using promo code DBT, such as alternative country singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger in an intimate club setting.

The Banff Centre

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4. Elk rutting season

Every fall, the rut happens during breeding season as mature bulls gather cows and their calves into harems. During this time of year it’s common to see the elk bulls fighting over the cows, and also to hear their unique ‘bugle’ noise (sounds like a high pitched roar). Our daily Evening Wildlife Safari is a great tour to spot elk during this important time of year.

See elk rutting in Banff National Park on a wildlife tour
Photo Credit: Stevin Tuchiwsky @stevint

5. Visit Moraine Lake

While many lakes in the Canadian Rockies are accessible year round, the access road to Moraine Lake closes in early October this year. September is the perfect time to visit this famous lake! Parking is extremely limited and so if you’re not planning on driving in at the crack of dawn, you can see this iconic lake on the afternoon Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour.

See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours

6. See a Grizzly Bear

As the fall weather begins to cool, it’s a great time to see Boo the grizzly bear as he prepares for hibernation. The full-day Discover Grizzly Bears Tour takes you to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden to meet Boo, and includes a sightseeing Gondola ride up to Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, for lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant.

Grizzly Bear Refuge
Photo Credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies RCR

The best Banff activities in September

Private Wildlife Tours

Looking for a more in depth way to connect with Banff's wildlife? Book a private wildlife tour of Banff National
Year Round
5 Hours

Private Hiking Tours

Looking for a guide to lead your group on Banff or Lake Louise's hiking trails? Our private full-day hiking tours
Jun-Oct
10 Hours
Year Round
Throughout the day
Hiking Lake Louise
Most Popular

Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
Jun-Oct
8:00am
Toby Creek Adventures ATV Tour
Most Popular

Paradise Ridge ATV Tour

A full day ATV tour to Paradise Ridge with 4 wheel power at your finger tips takes you up to
Jun-Oct
10:30am

Paradise Mine ATV Tour

Visit the remnants of an early 1900’s silver mining town located high in the mountains at 8,000 feet on this
Jun-Oct
9:30am, 1:30pm
Wildlife Evening Safari Elk
Most Popular

Evening Wildlife Safari

Where do you find the animals of Banff when the sun goes down? Your guide will know! So keep your
Apr-Oct
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay
Jun-Sep
8:30am
Most Popular

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
Apr-Oct
1:30pm