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.
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.