A Month of Celebrating Winter
While other ski towns wind down after the holidays, Banff and Lake Louise are just gearing up for SnowDays, a nearly month-long festival that celebrates all things winter. Running from January 15 to February 7, street parties, food fairs and other exhibits are scheduled throughout the National Park. To help you pick and choose, here are a few highlights…
Banff Block Parties
You know it’s going to be a fun party when the town shuts down the street to make way for festivities. Both the SnowDays Kick-Off Party and the Big Bear, which marks its end, are just such occasions.
The Kick-Off Party is a family-friendly affair running from 7 -9pm on January 15. Wolf Street is taken over by live music, ice carving demonstrations and a beer garden. Bring the family or grab a beer – there is something for everyone at the opener.
The Big Bear is where block party meets terrain park – a ramp and rails are laid down right in town for pros to take the stage and stomp out their biggest tricks. A live DJ set, beer gardens and onsite food vendors make this event a real block party and the entry ticket gets you into the official after party too!
Boasting over 130 bars, restaurants and cafés, there is a robust culinary scene in town sure to impress any foodie. To showcase local eateries, brews and booze, Banff’s Big Taste, running January 28-29, is a two night affair where different eateries and bars offer samplers of local fare. Entry tickets run $20 and samples are priced between $3 to $6. Click here for more info.
The aptly named Ice Magic Festival takes over Lake Louise from January 15 to 24. While the weekends are bustling with ticketed international carving events, there are a series of free demos, exhibits and opportunities to try your own hand at carving during the festival. For a full listing of events, click here.