SnowDays winter festival coming to Banff next month

Dec 17 2021, 12:00 am

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Banff is always enchanting in the wintertime, especially with all the sparkly snow. And now, a winter festival is about to bring even more magic to the area.

SnowDays, Banff and Lake Louise’s annual winter celebration, returns this January, bringing the national park to life with a wide array of activities, sights, and events.

Check out giant snow sculptures throughout the streets of downtown Banff and then head to Lake Louise to lace up your skates and take a whirl around the lake for an iconic Canadian experience.

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Snow sculpture during SnowDays in Banff (Elle McLean/Daily Hive)

Once you’ve worked up a thirst, head to select bars and restaurants in Banff, where you’ll find special cocktail menus from January 19 to 30. 

For some family friendly festivities, hit up the SnowDays Play Zone on weekday evenings and weekends, where you’ll find exhilarating activities and hands-on fun for all ages.

Banff will also be hosting a craft spirits festival and a skijoring event, with teams of athletes and horses performing trick riding and ski stunts in the town of Banff. Although originally planned to take place during SnowDays, with COVID-19 cases continuing to surge across the province, these events are set to be rescheduled for later in the year, so stay tuned for updates!

During the Tribute Craft Spirits Festival, you’ll be able to sample some local sips from Alberta and British Columbia distilleries along with Banff and Lake Louise’s vibrant food scene. Banff’s Bear Street will host a range of enticing food and drink stations outdoors for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

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SnowDays runs from January 19 to 30, with plenty of frosty sights, free activities, and unique events to warm up the year’s chilliest season.

Take a staycation to Banff this winter and experience all the magic of SnowDays for yourself!


When: January 19 to 30, 2022
Where: Various locations in Banff and Lake Louise
Cost: Varies by activity, with plenty of free programming

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