Winter is magical in the Canadian Rockies
and there is no better place to celebrate the snowy season than Banff National Park
where the party last for an entire month.
Party Long and Party Hard
The town of Banff
annual SnowDays Festival
in January is a month-long celebration of winter. Climb a 12 m (40 ft) ice wall downtown - complete with gear and instruction. Explore a playground made entirely of ice. Learn about geo-caching on an outdoor treasure hunt. Compete in or watch a ball hockey tournament. Take in the international
ice carving competition. End a perfect day with a skate on the downtown ice rink (rent or bring your own blades), then sample festival inspired appetizers and quaff a locally brewed beer.
A Big Anniversary
The Ice Magic Festival
in nearby Lake Louise
will be running over two weekends showcasing Lake Lousie at its winter finest. The centerpiece of Banff's SnowDays
, the first weekend will feature internationally renowned ice carvers creating masterpieces out of 300 pound blocks of ice. This weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event, interpretive ice carving demonstrations and a Carve-Off at Lake Louise Ski Area. The second weekend will feature family events such as skating with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise. Parents and kids can visit the Little Chippers area where everyone can learn the art and science of carving their own block of ice.