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Ice Magic Festival, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham
The Real Banff / Published: Sun, 01/02/2022 - 13:37

6 Reasons To Visit Ice Magic Festival

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Due to changing circumstances, our 2022 Ice Magic Festival has been cancelled. Ice carvings can still be seen in front of various Lake Louise businesses. 

Winter in Banff and Lake Louise is a little different in 2022. Many adjustments have been made due to COVID-19 to keep people safe and we recommend visiting the Travel Information page for more information before visiting.

The beauty of Lake Louise in winter is undeniable. 

Walk through an alley of snow-covered pines to the edge of the lake. Families skate hand-in-hand and the view stretches back to the stunning Victoria Glacier which rises over the lake like a frozen guardian.  

Full of remarkable natural ice sculptures, the shore of Lake Louise is also home to the world’s most scenic ice carving competition - The Ice Magic Festival.

Here are 6 reasons you’ll want to visit Ice Magic Festival this January:

1. Celebrate Canada's Most Scenic Ice Festival

The world's best ice carvers have been visiting Lake Louise for over 25 years to create inspiring ice sculptures that get bigger and better each year. From the glistening sculptures to the iconic Lake Louise ice rink, walking through the grounds will make you feel like you’re in a snow globe. Come for the sculptures, stay for the views. 

A mother helps her son to ice skate on Lake Louise, AB

2. Free if you stay in Lake Louise  

Extend the magic by staying in Banff National Park for a few extra during the festival. Admission to Ice Magic is free if you are a guest of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Deer Lodge, Mountaineer Lodge, Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Castle Mountain Chalets, Emerald Lake Lodge, or Storm Mountain Lodge. Guests of Banff area hotels will also receive an admission discount. Check out the official event page for more information or purchase your tickets online.


TRIBUTE Craft Spirits Celebration 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.

4. Have a winter adventure   

Explore the surrounding slopes, and experience the best of winter by using Lake Louise as a winter adventure base camp. Discover an extensive network of cross-country ski trails, race through the forest on a dogsled, or get in some fresh turns at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, which already has had a record snowfall! Bundle up and check out our winter adventure blog for more great ideas.  

Dogsledding along the Great Divide Trail in Banff National Park, AB

5. SnowDays in Banff 

The Ice Magic Festival is a part of SnowDays a 12-day celebration of all winter in Banff National Park. Visit the Banff townsite for a display of giant snow sculptures throughout downtown Banff. Come out and watch international sculpting teams as they create scenes that celebrate the spirit of Banff National Park. Check out everything that SnowDays has to offer.

6. One Carver, One Hour, One Block at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Experience the annual One Carver, One Hour, One Block competition at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Carvers will face off in a battle of technique and speed, which will result in several incredible ice sculptures that come to life before your eyes in just one hour. 

Ice Magic Festival, Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Are you coming to Banff National Park?

Make sure you purchase your Parks Canada Discovery Pass in advance for express entry into the park. All of the details, including frequently asked questions can be found in our Guide To The Parks Canada Pass. 

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