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January 18 - 28, 2018

In the heart of the winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors and locals to embrace the cold, 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 festival of snow in Banff National Park.

The annual SnowDays Festival is a highlight of the winter season in Banff National Park; a free 11-day long celebration held during January, centered around massive snow sculptures in downtown Banff. Occurring at the same time as the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, you’ll have plenty of winter creations to explore throughout the park.

Watch the snow sculptures come to life as the sculptors spend January 18 - 20 forming blocks of snow into masterpieces based on iconic photographs of Banff and Lake Louise. From January 21 – 28 the completed sculptures will be on display in the viewing areas on Bear Street and Banff Avenue Square. This year there will be 10 snow sculptures created by seven teams from around the world. Join us on January 20 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to mingle with the sculptors, celebrate with live DJ’s, and see the sculptures all lit up at night.

Make the most of your trip by taking part in our other winter activities like skiing, tubing and tobogganing, taking a sleigh ride, or skating on the famous Lake Louise. 

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