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Banff National Park

Lake Louise Fall Festival

September 5 to October 5, 2014

Going to Haddo Peak! Photo by Pierre Carbonneau 
Pierre Carbonneau, Going to Haddo Peak!

Feast your eyes on the changing colours of the forest and enjoy unique activities, events, programs and outdoor recreation to celebrate the season.


4th Annual Lake Louise Fall Festival Photo Contest
- Scenic Selfie

September 5 to October 5, 2014

Picture yourself in nature! Take the ultimate scenic selfie for a chance to win great prizes from Parks Canada and Banff Photography. The contest is divided into three age categories with a winner declared in each category: 12 years old and under, 13 to 17 years old and 18 years old and older. Photograph you and your family enjoying the park in the fall and submit your best 2014 Lake Louise fall photo by October 5th.

Entries accepted starting September 5. Click here for full contest details!

What can I do to Make my Photos Special?

Saturday, September 6, 2014
11 a.m. to noon
Location: Theatre at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre
FREE with valid park pass

Join a free one-hour photography workshop offered by Banff Photography at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre. A photo-trainer will teach you tricks of the trade to taking the absolute best photographs. The workshop is recommended for beginner to intermediate photographers with DSLR or point and shoot cameras. No registration is required.


Yoga in the Park - Exploring New Paths

Guided interpretive hike with meditation and yoga
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Bow Glacier Falls trail on the Icefields Parkway (4.6 km one way; 155 m elevation gain)
Cost: $44 adults (17-64) $37.40 seniors (65+)
Preregistration required – ages 17+ only

Practice yoga and meditation in a spectacular backcountry setting as you witness the birth of a river. Join an experienced Parks Canada interpreter and a certified yoga instructor on this unique guided hike to Bow Glacier Falls. See firsthand how water changes the landscape and consider the importance of changes in our lives. Enjoy a cup of herbal tea after the hike as you admire the view and enjoy the company. No previous yoga experience is required.

Registration is required. Register today!
Call the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 1-403-522-3833.

Where to meet and what to bring: 

  • Dress in layers that are comfortable and suitable for variable mountain weather. 
  • Pack a hearty lunch and snacks and plenty of water (1 L). 
  • Bring your own yoga mat, strap and blocks. A few will be available for loan. 
  • Meet at the public parking lot in front of Num Ti Jah Lodge 
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow time to sign in and complete a waiver. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Note: The hike will be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Bow Lake  Yoga at Bow Glacier Falls
Left: Bow Lake / Right: Bow Glacier Falls


To Burn or not to Burn?

September 21, 2014
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Theatre at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre
FREE with a valid Park Pass

In the early years of our national parks system, fire was seen as something that destroyed scenic beauty and wildlife. By the 1960s, land managers noticed ingrown forests, decreased wildlife habitat, and forests more susceptible to outbreaks of insects and disease, and at greater risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Join Parks Canada Fire and Vegetation specialist Jed Cochrane in an interactive presentation highlighting current fire management strategy, including: prescribed fire, wildfire management, and forest health best practices. Through photos, videos and first-hand account, Jed will take you through the science and decision making to answer the question of to burn or not to burn.


Secrets of the Season: Explore Beyond The Golden Larches

September 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and October 4, 5
FREE with a valid park pass

Look for a Parks Canada interpreter at Moraine Lake or the Lake Louise shoreline on most weekend days during Fall Festival. Share hiking stories and ask for the “Secrets of the Season,” a trivia challenge for you to complete as you enjoy the golden larches and more.