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Community Novelty Races

Community Novelty Races, Family Fun Banff National Park

SnowDays in Banff and Lake Louise

The Community Novelty Races will be showcased on Banff Avenue during SnowDays as part of a day-long celebration that will conclude with a thrilling Skijoring demonstration, a throwback event that marries cowboy and ski culture in a fun and entertaining format.

The Community Novelty Races were a big part of the initial Banff Winter Carnival that launched in 1917, and we are extremely excited to continue these events as both a celebration of our history and community. Make sure you come along to watch the community come together and cheer each other on.

Community Novelty Race Details

Canoe Races
  • Description: Teams go head to head in a round-robin format as they "skoot" their canoe (one leg in the canoe, one leg out) across a 100m snow-course.
  • Team Size: 6 people per team
  • Minimum Age: 16
Fat Bike Skijoring 
  • Description: One fat bike rider pulls one ski or snowboard rider across a 100m snow-course. 
  • Team Size: 2 people per team
  • Minimum Age: 16
Reverse Dog-Sledding 
  • Description: Teams pull their four-legged friends on sleds across a 100m snow-course.
  • Team Size: 4 people per team (plus dog)
  • Minimum Age: 16
Three-Legged Snowshoe Race:
  • Description: One grown-up and one child team up in this wintery three-legged race across a 100m snow-course.
  • Team Size: 2 people per team
  • Minimum Age: One adult and one child

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