Last updated on May 4th, 2023 at 11:37 pm
As the summer crowds begin to dwindle, Banff National Park transforms into a breathtakingly beautiful autumnal paradise. The crisp air, vibrant foliage, and peaceful serenity of the season make Banff in fall an ideal destination.
From hiking through golden hued forests to soaking in hot springs surrounded by snow-capped mountains, there is something for everyone in this picturesque town.
This blog post will explore the best things to do, see, and experience in Banff during the fall season. Get ready to fall in love with Banff all over again this autumn!
Should I visit Banff in Fall?
10000%!!! Banff in fall is AMAZING. The temperatures are more tolerable, the crowds are less, the hikes are better (and prettier, in my opinion). DO IT.
HOWEVER, just make sure you visit before Canadian Thanksgiving as Moraine Lake access will be closed!!!! Moraine Lake is not something you want to miss. It is a once in a lifetime view.
What to do in Banff in Fall?
1. Visit Banff Town
2. Have a bite to eat in one of Banff’s best restaurants!
Fairmont Banff Springs Food Pairing Experience
3. Relax at a Banff Spa or Hot Spring (or both)
Your Banff Hotel
4. Visit Banff’s Famous Lakes
Two Jack Lake
5. Go For a Hike
HOT TIP: Download Alltrails, a free app that has information, maps and photos of hikes in a specific area. I use it for all my hiking trips. You can also upgrade the app to premium for a price, however, I don’t find this necessary, unless you are a serious hiker, the free version is perfect enough.
Bow River Bridge Trail
Johnston Canyon Trail
Lake Agnes Trail
More Banff Hiking
6. Visit Banff Gondola
7. Take a guided tour OR participate in a guided excursion/activity
Bow River Horseback Riding (1 Hour)
I don’t know why I love horseback riding so much while on vacation. I did it for the first time in Ireland and now love to do it on my vacations.
Horseback ride through the gorgeous landscape of Banff National Park with this tour.
Canoe Ride on Bow River (1.5 Hours)
Join this small group tour and canoe along the Bow River in Banff. You will be accompanied by professional guides, and given all necessary and lifesaving equipment.
Banff is all about being one with nature, what better way to do this than by taking a canoe ride on the Bow River!
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour
Hiking not really your thing but you still really want to see those gorgeous lakes? No problem, this guided tour offers a half day exploration of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.
On this tour, you will visit Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise itself and Moraine Lake.
This tour includes pick up and drop off from your hotel, a tour guide, snacks & a warm beverage.