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Jason Stang
The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:12

5 Excuses To Visit Banff and Lake Louise in January

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Canadian Winters are an adventurer’s paradise with three ski resorts, an abundance of cross-country ski trails, and exciting terrain for snowshoeing and dogsledding. Not to mention the exceptional après scene. Spend your January outside exploring nature or enjoying these exciting events, and finish the day off fire-side with cocktails and appies, or at the hot springs soaking in mineral-rich waters.

1. EXPLORE THE ICE MAGIC FESTIVAL IN LAKE LOUISE

Lake Louise is proud to present Ice Magic Festival again this year. This 10-day long festival brings world-renowned ice carvers from around the world to compete for the Canada Cup of Ice Carving. Mingle with the carvers as they craft works of art out of ice and learn about their inspiration. Come mid-week and enjoy free admission. Book your hotel at one of our participating locations in Lake Louise and receive free entry throughout the festival. For discounted tickets, book with a Banff hotel. Find all of the details at Ice Magic Festival.

Dates: January 17 - 27, 2019
Location: Lake Louise shoreline  

2. EXPLORE SNOWDAYS IN BANFF

Banff presents a 10-day long festival that spreads across downtown. Snow sculptors from around the world will create short-lived sculptures. Visit the locations around Banff to see these once-in-a-lifetime sculptures. Find all of the details at SnowDays.

Dates: January 17 - 27, 2019
Locations: Banff Avenue Square (200 block downtown Banff), corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street, corner of Bear Street and Lynx Street, and Bear Street
Cost: Free

3. TRY STARGAZING AT THE BANFF GONDOLA

Come stargaze with astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on the rooftop deck of the Banff Gondola. Above the town of Banff, you’ll have an unprecedented view of the night’s sky and with a little luck, you may see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Date: Various Dates 
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Banff Gondola, 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
Cost: Free with purchase of gondola admission

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4. JOIN THE MOUNTAIN MADNESS RELAY RACE

Gather a team to compete or watch the teams of racers in this winter-themed relay race. This high-energy race starts with downhill skiing at Mt. Norquay, running and classic cross-country skiing along the Bow River, skating on the river itself, and finishes with a final leg of snowshoeing. Info at https://banff.ca/mountainmadness

Date: Friday, January 29, 2019
Location: Registration, Melissa’s, 218 Lynx Street, Banff
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Cost: $125 Adult Team, $75 Elementary Team

5. CATCH A SHOW AT BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald & JJ Shiplett.  

Join Two of Alberta's singer/songwriters for the first time on stage together; Michael Bernard Fitzgerald & JJ Shiplett.  

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eric Harvie Theater, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Drive, Banff
Cost: $30 Adult, $27 Student 

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Bruce McCulloch and Cathy Jones

An incredible evening of comedy with two of the Canada's funniest; Bruce McCulloch (Kids In The Hall) and Cathy Jones (This Hour Has 22 Minutes).  

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eric Harvie Theater, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Drive, Banff
Cost: $30 Adult, $27 Student 

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