Ice Magic Festival

January 15, 2016 - January 24, 2016
Ice Magic

Experience Lake Louise at its finest during the Ice Magic Festival, January 15 – 24, 2016.  At this world class event with over 20 years under its belt, you will experience the incredible talent of international ice carvers as they delicately balance grueling physical labour with precision artistry in a 34 hour International Ice Carving Competition. The ice is cold but the competition is hot! 

Watch as ice artists create their depictions of Earth, Wind, Ice & Fire carving out this years theme, "Elements of Life".  Who will take home gold?

Overwhelming success over past years has required us to create ticketed viewing Saturday's and Sunday's only during the event. Tickets are only required for the competition carving site during peak times.  This allows us to manage crowds (and traffic!) while also ensuring you have the best possible experience and go home with unforgettable memories.  There's also a whole host of fun free activities steps away from the competition carving site available throughout both Ice Magic weekends as a bonus to your Ice Magic ticket. Please be aware that prime viewing times do sell out quickly!


Here's how it works: 

  • Weekend Time slots for Carving Viewing from 10:00am - 4:00pm 


          Adults $10 (18 - 54 years)
          Children $5 (3 - 17 years)
          Seniors $5 (55 + years)
          Family $25 (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3 - 17 years)

        *Tickets can be purchased online or onsite at Samson Mall & outside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise near the pathway leading to the lake. Also be aware that 11:00am - 3:00pm has been extremely busy in the past and could mean longer shuttle bus wait times.  

  • Weekdays, Weekends before 10:00am and after 4:00pm free carving viewing
  • Staying overnight at a Lake Louise hotel? YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET! - Book your accommodation today and don't miss out!
  • Marvel at the finished sculptures from January 24th onwards (or until they melt!) for free

Both Ice Magic Weekends are jam packed with free activities! Check back in November for a full schedule.

*Please note Event Schedule subject to change without notice