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Ice Magic Festival

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Ice Magic Festival

January 16-27, 2019

Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world-class ice carving event. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition.

Winter in Canada is something to celebrate! Watch the alpine town of Lake Louise come alive during the 12-day Ice Magic Festival. Walk through a winter wonderland and explore ice castles, ice bars, and ice carvings at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. From the International Ice Carving Competition, to the One Hour, One Carver, One Block speed event, there's lots to see and do in Lake Louise this January. 

The best way to experience Ice Magic is to stay in Lake Louise. Tickets are included with an overnight stay at the following accommodations:

*Please note event details may change due to weather.

Ticket Information

There are many ways to enjoy the 2019 Ice Magic Festival.  Find all the details about tickets and exclusive access here. 

Tickets are required to visit the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lakeside Competition Carving Site during peak periods. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. are considered peak visitation periods. At all other times, the carving site is free for all visitors to enter and enjoy. Access prices vary depending on which type of visitor category you fall into. Please read the information below to determine which category is applicable to you.  

Banff and Lake Louise Overnight Guests

      Guests who book one of the partner hotels in Lake Louise have free access to the lakeside Competition Carving Site at all times. A wristband grants you access even when tickets are required.

      Guests who book any one of our Banff accommodations will receive discounted ticket prices. These prices are available online only with a special promo code given upon booking your Banff accommodation. 

      Day Visitors

      Limited tickets will be available for day visitors. Tickets are now on sale here

      Hotel Offers

      Find the perfect winter retreat and celebrate Ice Magic with these special hotel offers. 

      Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts

      Book Now, Save 15%: Explore Banff and Lake Louise before retiring back to Deer Lodge or Emerald Lake Lodge for Rocky Mountain Cuisine and a crackling fire. 

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      Deer Lodge

      Chef's Table Dine & Stay Package: Receive 40% off your room rate on January 18 or 25 when you book the Chef's Table Package. This package includes one night accommodation and a 3-course dinner complemented by 3 unique wine pairings curated by Chef Tyler Tays and Wine Director Brad Royale. 

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      Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

      Fairmont Savers - Book Now and Save: Find the perfect Lake Louise vacation package for your Ice Magic adventure.

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      Mountaineer Lodge

      Lake Louise Getaway Package: Escape to Lake Louise this winter with a cozy getaway including breakfast, wine and snacks in your room. Stay and play from $170 per night.

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      Storm Mountain Lodge

      Winter Cabin and Cuisine Package: Enjoy a 3-course meal for two, breakfast the next morning and one night's stay in a Historic Log Cabin. 

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      Festival Tips

      Ice Magic only comes around once a year, and with such an exclusive event you'll want to make sure you know all of the insider tips to make your visit as memorable as possible. 

      Stay in Lake Louise for Exclusive Access

      Book overnight accommodation in participating Lake Louise hotels and visit the Competition Carving Site as often as you like for free.

      Meet the Carvers

      Visit the finished sculptures mid-week and create fond memories of Lake Louise with no crowds, ample parking, and better photo opportunities. Plus, if you come Thursday or Friday during the competition, when admission is free, the ice carvers have more time to answer all your burning questions.

      Explore the Sculptures After Dark

      Catch a glimpse of the sculptures under the light of the night sky. The best photos are taken at night when the sculptures are lit up and the mountain peaks create faint silouettes in the background.

      Discover SnowDays in Banff

      If you're visiting Lake Louise for Ice Magic Festival, make sure you explore the rest of Banff National Park which comes alive with the SnowDays winter festival. This annual event celebrates all things winter with snow sculptures in downtown Banff and on the local ski hills, a new craft cocktail festival, skate parties, and more!

      Sample the TRIBUTE Cocktail Menu

      The TRIBUTE TO CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL held as part of SnowDays in Banff National Park will extend to Lake Louise with a special cocktail menu available at the ice bar during the Ice Magic Festival. The special cocktails can also be sampled at Alpine Social inside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

      Take Transit

      If you're staying in Banff, the easiest way to get to Lake Louise is to take transit. A new local route will operate between Banff and Lake Louise this winter.

      2019 Theme: Celebrating 25 Years of Ice Magic

      The world's best ice carvers have been visiting Lake Louise for 25 years to create inspiring ice sculptures that get bigger and better each year. Discover this year's theme and explore past ice carvings.  

      This year, the competitors have been challenged to construct iconic carvings to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the world's best ice festivals - the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival. 

      Ten teams of two are invited to capture the essence of the theme with their own style and creativity to transform 15 blocks of ice into epic masterpieces.

      These spectacular carvings from previous years will give you an idea of the inspiring works of art that you can expect to see.

      The Perfect Day at Ice Magic

      Ice Magic is an amazing time to embrace the wonders of winter. See what a perfect day exploring the spectacular setting of Lake Louise looks like.

      Visit Ice Magic early in the morning before the crowds show up, then use the rest of the day to play in the outdoors. Pick up a lift ticket from the Lake Louise Ski Resort and hit the slopes or simply view the breathtaking landscape from the top of the Gondola. Explore the Lake Louise area on a guided snowshoe tour with Great Divide Nature Interpretation, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Enjoy the groomed cross-country ski trails near Baker Creek Mountain Resort. Or race your friends down the tubing runs at the Lake Louise Ski Resort Sunny Tube Park.

      Free Shuttles

      With limited parking available near the Competition Carving Site, visitors are encouraged to take the free shuttle buses.

      • Shuttles are available on January 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 10:30 a.m. –  6 p.m.
      • The shuttles go between Samson Mall and Upper Lake Louise parking area. They return approximately every 20 minutes, wait times will increase during peak visitation from around 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
      • Shuttles start at Samson Mall at 10:30 a.m. and the last shuttles leave Upper Lake Louise parking area at 6 p.m.
      • Parking is limited, carpooling to the shuttle pickup site is encouraged.

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