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Devaan Ingraham
The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 01/02/2020 - 14:20

7 reasons to visit SnowDays 2023

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From January 19 - 30, 2022, 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 at this unique event on Bear Street in downtown Banff. 

Snow sculpture competition and exhibition

2. Wander the Snow Sculptures

If you miss the carving, don't worry. The sculptures are up for the full days of the event. Wander the sculptures, marvel at their details, and sit by the fire amongst the masterpieces. See the sculptures throughout Banff's core while wandering in and out of Banff's beautiful shops. We recommended seeing the sculptures at night, while they are illuminated.

SnowDays sculpture in Banff

3. Discover the TRIBUTE Craft Spirits Celebration

Explore the vibrant culinary scene of Banff and Lake Louise at the TRIBUTE Craft Spirits Celebration. The festival brings together the best craft distilleries from Alberta and British Columbia and showcases the vibrant local food scene in Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy 12 days of special cocktail menus in local bars and restaurants, culminating in a two-day, outdoor event, when Bear Street will host a range of enticing food and drink stations. 

Smoked Maple Sazerac at the Balkan

4. 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 during SnowDays.  

Winter Family Hiking Fun, Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham
Lake Louise

5. 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. 

Ice Magic Festival, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham

6. Skijoring: Cowboy Culture Blends with Banff Ski Culture

Alberta cowboy culture meets Banff ski cultures with Skijoring. Watch as skiers tear through a course behind a horse at full speed hitting jumps and pulling tricks. This event only happens for one day, so don't miss it. Get your tickets now!


Skijoring in Banff, Canada.
Greg Samborski/Skijor Canada

7. Winter Magic

Winter means more in Banff National Park. When you're here for SnowDays, make the most of the time and take in Banff's majestic views on skis, by snowshoe, or by foot. Winter is the only time you'll be able to explore a frozen Johnston Canyon, skate on the iconic Lake Louise, or sit in the Banff Hot Springs with snow falling all around you. 

Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff, Canada

For a full event breakdown visit our SnowDays page. 

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