What’s on in Banff?

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As always, we kick of the new year with LOTS of things going on in Banff & the Bow Valley.

Banff’s Big Taste starts this week, kicking off with fresh tracks & mountain lunch at Lake Louise Ski Resort. This is all part of the Snowdays winter festival, now in its 6th year of celebrating the best bits of winter! From culinary delights, to ice climbing on the main street, to ice carving, this festival really embraces and promotes what it is to live in a winter wonderland.

So what else is covered in this magical festival of winter-ness?

– Cardboard sled derby at Mount Norquay
The rules are: only sleds constructed from tape, string, cardboard, garbage bags and glue, and with prizes for fastest sled, best crash, best overall sled, longest run and best costume… what’s not to like?! January 20th at 7pm – whilst you’re there, why not check out the tube park?
– Heritage Hockey at the down town rink
Outdoor hockey is a classic Canadian pastime, brave those wintery conditions (or warm up by the fire pit) and enjoy some local rivalry! January 20th at 7pm
– Learn to snowshoe in partnership with MEC
MEC provide the snowshoes and know-how, all you have to do is participate! This FREE, family-friendly event will ensure a fun day out on January 28th.

To me, the pinnacle of snow days, although not officially part of the event, is the Ice Magic festival in Lake Louise. A unique and marvelous festival in its own right, Ice Magic brings together world class ice sculptors to compete to convey this year’s theme “Canada – True North” best. In just 34 hours, these teams transform blocks of ice into works of art. The competition starts Friday with ticketed viewing available over the course of the weekend to watch the carvers in action. Following the competition, admission to see these magnificent works is free.

Ice magic - photo credit Kelly MacDonald
Morning, noon and night the view is wonderful from Banff Avenue. #mybanff #banffave #guidemebanff #sunset #beautiful #mountains #cascade #mybackyard #getoutside #neverstopexploring #explorealberta #optoutside #banffnationalpark
Ice Magic - photo by @guidemebanff
Ice Magic - photo by @guidemebanff

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