Festivals and events in the Alberta Rockies—in the mountain towns of Banff, Canmore, Hinton, Jasper, Lake Louise and Waterton—combine artistic expression with epic surroundings.
Go for a festival or event, and soak in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies while you're there. Between the vast snowy peaks, jewel blue lakes, forests, campgrounds and trails you can luxuriate in a “castle” in the Rockies or get rustic hiking into a historic back-country lodge, like the Skoki.
Banff & Lake Louise
Banff is Canada’s oldest national park with a deep heritage of exploring. Hire an outfitter and horseback ride on the same trails as the famed explorers, crossing streams and setting up camp in the forest.
Not that adventurous? Banff town offers adventures in shopping and dining, like taking a tour of the new Park distillery and then dining on elevated camp food. Further afield is the tiny hamlet of Lake Louise with gigantic opportunities for skiing, ice climbing, hiking, or soaking up the awe-inspiring views.
The Icefields Parkway drive to Jasper is another bucket list activity, guaranteeing gob-smacking views and the chance to see wildlife around every corner. At four hours from the nearest city, Jasper has a strong mountain culture and a close-knit community.
In the most southwestern corner of the region lies Waterton Lakes National Park, a breathtaking Peace Park that borders on Montana.
The small lakefront town is surrounded by colossal peaks and abundant wildlife in every directon. Hike to iconic Crypt Lake for a brag-worthy adventure that includes taking a boat to the trail and climbing a ladder up the side of a mountain. During the winter months, Waterton is inhabited by only 30 people, making it the perfect peaceful getaway for the anti-tourist.