In the heart of these winter months, Banff National Park is inviting visitors and locals alike to embrace the cold and fun that winter brings, during SnowDays.
The annual SnowDays Festival, which kicks off Friday, January 13, is a highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise.
Held from mid-January until early 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.
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.
A full calendar of events is available online.