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Jason Stang
The Real Banff Blog / 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.

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 18 - 28, 2018

Location: Lake Louise shoreline  

Cost: varies during peak times (Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), free at all other times

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 18 - 28, 2018

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

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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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. Register by Friday, January 12, 2018. Info at https://banff.ca/mountainmadness

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Location: Registration, Melissa’s, 218 Lynx Street, Banff

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Cost: $125 Adult Team, $75 Elementary Team

CATCH A SHOW AT BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

Reel Time Film Screening: The Other Side of Hope

Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Lux Cinema, 229 Bear Street, Banff

Cost: $12, available through the Lux Cinema | GET TICKETS

Reel Time brings you the best of the Toronto International Film Festival right here in Banff’s homegrown movie theatre. Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope intertwines the stories of a young Syrian refugee and a travelling salesman turned restaurateur.  

Harry Manx with special guest Kevin Breit

Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Eric Harvey Theater, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Drive, Banff

Cost: $40 Adult, $35 Student | GET TICKETS

Let Harry Manx take you through a series of musical short stories that blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues.

Frédérick Gravel: Some Hope for the Bastards

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 Adult, $20 Student | GET TICKETS

Location: Eric Harvey Theater, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Drive, Banff

Frédérick Gravel presents a choreographic concert featuring nine supercharged dancers and two musicians.