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Travel Alberta


January 13 - February 5, 2017

In the heart of these winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors and locals to embrace the cold and all the vigour and fun that winter brings. The silence that comes with falling snow, the glowing crackle of a fire, and the joy of snowball fights: it is a magical time of year. Come love winter during SnowDays.

The annual SnowDays Festival is a highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A month-long celebration held during January and February, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture and winter action. By day, skate on the stunning frozen surface of Lake Louise, watch competitive ice carvers, or spend a day skiing or riding on the slopes of one of the nearby ski resorts. By night, join the festivities in town by watching live music, ski and snowboard competitions, or enjoying drinks by the fire.

Feature Events 

While all of the events during SnowDays are worth checking out there are four in particular that demand to be blocked off in your calendar: the SnowDays Kick-Off Party, the Ice Magic Festival, Banff's Big Taste and The Big Bear. For full event details scroll through the slideshow below.

  • SnowDays Kick-off Street Party

    In the heart of Banff enjoy an ice carving demo, ice bar, ice fire pit, ice skating and an ice playground, live music, a beer garden and delicious food vendors.

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  • Ice Magic Festival

    A celebration of ice and snow set in the quaint hamlet of Lake Louise. Marvel at ice and snow sculptures crafted by artists from around the world.

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  • Banff's Big Taste

    Sip, savour and experience Banff's incredible food scene for five days during Banff's Big Taste - January 18 to 22.

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  • The Big Bear

    Watch skiers and snowboarders show off their biggest airs and most difficult tricks in downtown Banff. 

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Events Calendar

During the festival, make the most of the festive atmosphere in town with special cultural and food events. The Cave and Basin Historic Site hosts ongoing activities during the SnowDays festival including film screenings, snow sculpting, an ice palace, and music. Many of the other museums and galleries also offer special winter exhibitions. Look below for a full listing of SnowDays events.

***Please note that event schedules are subject to change without notice

Calendar of Events