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January 13 - February 5, 2017

In the heart of these winter months, Banff National Park comes alive as visitors and locals 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. 

The annual SnowDays Festival is a highlight of the winter season in Banff & 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.

Friends take a selfie at Snowdays


A kick-off party marks the beginning of SnowDays every year. Held in the heart of downtown Banff, the party features all things ice – ice carving, ice skating, an ice bar and even an ice fire pit. Live music, a beer garden, and great friends round out this streety party. It is a suitably fun start to a month of events and activities. 

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. For all the foodies, Banff’s Big Taste is a celebration of Rocky Mountain cuisine featuring an evening of sampling unique dishes, craft beers, local spirits and Canadian wines. 

Two of the most popular events in the SnowDay celebrations are the Ice Magic Festival and the Big Bear Freestyle competition. They are must-do events, full of fun and passion. 

  • Ice Magic Festival

    Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history.

    Watch as talented ice artists from around the world compete to carve intricate frozen statues, and join the variety of other events held in Lake Louise.

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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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