Ice Magic Festival

January 16, 2015 - January 25, 2015
Ice Magic


Experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival, centrepiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

International Ice Carving Competition Weekend: January 16 - 18

Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this 34 hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. Watch in amazement as Internationally renowned professional ice carvers work to sculpt towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise.  With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry. 

This weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event, interpretive ice carving demonstrations by Ice Magic's Lead Judge Dan Rebholz, a Carve-Off at the Lake Louise Ski Area, horse drawn wagon rides, ice skating on Lake Louise beneath the towering gaze of the Victoria Glacier and much more.

Little Chippers Weekend: January 24 - 25

Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Not only can you marvel at the finished ice carvings from the previous competition weekend, this weekend is filled with activities and experiences that are focused on family fun. 

The Little Chippers area at Samson Mall is where your kids - and you - can learn the art and science of ice carving first-hand, with blocks and carving tools on hand. You can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise and spend time in the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre.

*Please note the event is subject to change without notice