Please Note: Snowdays will still be taking place in 2021 but will look a little different this season. Stay tuned for more details.
From January 15 - 26, 2020, Banff National Park comes alive at SnowDays, transforming the area into a unique experience of events, snow and ice sculptures, family-friendly parties, and the Canadian culinary and shopping that visitors come to expect.
Looking for a snowy experience found nowhere else? You've found it in Banff and Lake Louise.
1. Experience live snow sculpting
Most people have never witnessed such dramatic art that is a snow sculpture. The snow sculpting artists themselves can be witnessed sculpting multi-storey high snow cubes into masterful creations that will ignite creativity and leave visitors in awe. Keep warm next to bonfires and dance the night away with live DJs at this unique event on Bear Street in downtown Banff.
2. Discover the TRIBUTE OUTDOOR TASTING EXPERIENCE
This year TRIBUTE returns to Banff and it's twice as big! Celebrate all things winter and explore the vibrant culinary scene of Banff and Lake Louise at the TRIBUTE Outdoor Tasting Experience. Warm-up with a special cocktail at one of the participating bars and restaurants and sample the best of local food and craft spirits. The cocktail fun isn't limited to the event - don't miss the featured cocktail menu around Banff and Lake Louise during SnowDays.
3. Play like a kid again at the SnowDays Play Zone
Dive into winter and explore the best of winter activities! Go for a spin on the fat bike course, try human curling or the obstacle course - there's something for all ages at the SnowDays Play Zone. Running weekday evenings and weekends January 15-26, 2020.
4. Discover Ice Magic in Lake Louise
Every January the iconic Lake Louise comes alive with Ice Magic. Watch as world-class sculptors create incredible works of art from blocks of ice during the international carving competition. Visit mid-week to see the carvers in action and to take advantage of free admission.
Thinking of staying in Lake Louise? Admission is free with stays at these partner hotels: Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Castle Mountain Chalets, Deer Lodge, Emerald Lake Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise Inn, Mountaineer Lodge, Storm Mountain Lodge.
Check out Ice Magic for full schedule and details.
5. NEW for 2020: Skijoring
Alberta Cowboy culture meets Banff ski cultures with Skijoring. Once a staple of the historic Banff celebrations, Skijoring once again returns to the streets of Banff on January 19, 2020. Watch as riders ski through a course down Banff Avenue behind a horse at full speed. This event only happens for one day, so don't miss it!
6. All-Canadian skate parties
Join live DJs at the Banff Ave skating rink as they light up the night with their beats while visitors skate in the shadows of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. Hang out by the fire pits to keep warm or go skating on the rink which will be illuminated every night of the week. Free ice skate rentals will be available, in partnership with Snowtips-Bactrax!
For a full event breakdown visit our SnowDays page.