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.
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.
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