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SnowDays Festival 2024

At the beginning of each year Banff and Lake Louise comes alive with the SnowDays celebration. This festival is created and executed by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

The event includes five key elements: The Play Zone, Snow Sculptures, Ice Magic, Bear Street programming and Skijoring.

Full event details can be found at: 

This festival requires some road closures to make it successful. Please see the affected areas below and plan ahead.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Road & Parking Closures

Friday, January 12

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Beaver Street Fire Hall parking lot full closure.
  • Alleyway vehicle access closed between Parks Canada parking lot entrance and Caribou Street.

*Access to the Parks Canada parking lot from Wolf Street will be open with intermitted traffic delays (flaggers).

Monday, January 15 - Monday, February 5

6:00 a.m. Jan 15 - 6:00 p.m. Feb 5

  • Bear Street 200 block between parkades at Bear Street Mall and Brewster's Mountain Lodge closure.
  • Bear Street surface parking lot will remain open and retain access from the alley (except Feb 5, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.).

*Access to resident and hotel parkades open, with intermittent traffic delays (flaggers).

Wednesday, January 17

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Bear Street 100 block closure.

* Access to above ground and underground parkades open, with intermitted traffic delays (flaggers).

Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21

6:00 a.m. Jan 19 - 5:00 p.m. Jan 21 inclusive

  • 100 block Banff Avenue, between Caribou Street and Buffalo Street
  • Caribou Street 300 Block, closed to alley
  • Caribou Street 100 Block, open to traffic. Please note that only the turn to/from the 200 Block of Banff Avenue will be open

Saturday, January 20

6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • 100 & 200 Block Banff Avenue, between Wolf Street and Buffalo Street
  • Mount Royal Hotel Town of Banff parking lot closure
  • Buffalo Street, westbound lane tapered from Banff Avenue to west alley lane
  • Caribou Street is closed from Banff Avenue to alley on both sides

Monday, February 5

7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Bear Street surface parking lot closure.

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Beaver Street surface parking lot by fire hall closure.
  • Bear Street 100 block between parkades closure.

If your front-line teams need support on sharing information about SnowDays or answering visitor questions about the festival, all information about each event can be found here:

A couple are sliding down a slide made from snow in the SnowDays Playzone. A couple are sliding down a slide made from snow in the SnowDays Playzone. A couple are sliding down a slide made from snow in the SnowDays Playzone.
Published 2023-12-11