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Snow Days in Banff National Park

24 Jan

Experience the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, centrepiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

Little Chippers Weekend – January 26 & 27 

Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Marvel at the finished ice carvings from last weekend’s international competition and enjoy loads of activities and experience focused on family fun.

Little Chippers Carving & Ice Playground – 11am to 2pm
Your kids can learn the art and science of ice carving for $2, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide at the Samson Mall.

Ice Carving Demo – 12pm to 12:30pm
Learn from a master carver during the 10 block ice carving demo on the shores of Lake Louise.

Lake Side Fun – 12pm to 3pm
Skate with the Ice Queen on magnificent frozen Lake Louise.

Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre – 12pm to 3pm
The Cozy Corner includes face painting, crafts and more at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise! $2 entry.

Snowy Treats and Snowshoes – 1pm to 5pm
Enjoy snowshoeing, hot drinks and snacks at the Mountaineer Lodge.

Park & Ride!

Avoid the hassle and take advantage of the FREE shuttle running from the Samson Mall to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, returning every 20 mins: Saturday & Sunday January 26 & 27from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Please drive carefully, obey all no parking signs and watch out for pedestrians.

SnowDays This Weekend

January 26 & 27

Central Park

  • Learn to Snowshoe (Saturday only) – Join a local Banff expert who will share basic skills – free.
  • Banff Park Museum – Known as the “University of the Hills”, the Banff Park Museum is one of Canada’s best examples of a Victorian-era natural history museum. Special winter opening hours!
  • Ice Playground – Kids will love the ice slide and other interactive playground features – free.
  • Cave and Basin Discovery Camp – Get a taste of what camp life was like for the crew that built the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Bow Valley in 1883 – free.

Banff Avenue Square

  • Sled Dog Meet and Greet (Saturday 6:30pm) – Meet the dogs, learn about the different breeds with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours – free.
  • Roasted Chestnuts (Saturday only) – All proceeds to the Banff Community High School Sports Program.
  • Ice Climbing Wall – Here is your chance to try ice climbing on a 40ft wall of ice.  Equipment and instruction provided for free.  Saturday until 8pm and Sunday until 6pm.
  • Banff Ave Base Camp – Have your photo taken for free against an epic mountain backdrop with a selection of vintage skis plus enjoy tea tastings courtesy of the Banff Tea Co – free.

Additional Activities

  • Culture Crawl (Saturday only) – Experience Banff’s rich art, culture and history. Canada House Gallery, Willock & Sax Gallery and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
  • 2013 Heritage Swim (Sunday only) – Dare to wear a heritage bathing costume and compete in dog paddle relay races and more at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
  • Lake Louise Historical Walking Tours – Walking tours departing from the ice castle at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – free.

SnowDays Mid Week Activities

Monday & Friday

  • Movies for a Nickel – Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT brings it all back with a collection of classic celluloid from days gone by at the Banff Visitor Information Centre – free.

Tuesday

  • Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Demo – Watch the club practice their skills at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Brewery Tour & Tasting – The Banff Ave Brewing Co invites you to an exclusive brewery tour and tasting. Reservations required – free.

Wednesday

  • Mountain Film Wednesdays – The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour brings a selection of the best short winter films from past festivals to the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Grill – free.

Friday

  • Sub Zero DJ Disco Skate – Skate to the beats and lights on Friday nights with DJ Dark Buddha at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

SOURCE: BANFF – LAKE LOUISE TOURISM

 

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