Magic of SnowDays

Winter in the Canadian Rockies is a spellbinding spectacle, and from January 19th –  February 4  SnowDays in Banff transforms the season into a magical experience like no other. Dive into the enchantment of winter wonder with these five delightful activities that promise to make your snowy escape truly extraordinary.

Sugar Shack mug sitting on a propane fire table

Sugar Shack Extravaganza

Indulge in the sweet charm of a Sugar Shack experience. Savor maple-flavored drinks that warm the soul, and try your hand at making taffy on the snow with pure maple syrup. Gather around crackling outdoor firepits, where the aroma of roasted marshmallows and the camaraderie of fellow winter enthusiasts create a cozy and unforgettable atmosphere.


Two women lacing up their ice skates
Two women ice skating on the terrace at Fairmont Banff Springs

Skating on the Terrace

Embark on a skating adventure like no other with unparalleled views on the Banff Springs Terrace. Glide gracefully against the backdrop of snow-covered peaks as you take in the breathtaking beauty of Banff National Park. After your skating escapade, warm up at the Vermillion Room for a delightful lunch that perfectly complements the winter magic.

Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Noel Hendrickson

Ice Magic at Lake Louise

Venture down the road to the iconic Lake Louise for an Ice Magic spectacle. Marvel at intricate ice sculptures that transform the lake into a frozen masterpiece. While you’re there, pay a visit to our friends at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where the snowy scenery and winter festivities continue in perfect harmony.

Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Josh Segeleski
Snow sculpture in the town of Banff
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Josh Segeleski
Snow Sculpture at the SnowDays Festival in Banff
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Josh Segeleski
Snow sculpture in the town of Banff

Snow Sculptures Galore

Immerse yourself in the artistry of snow sculptures scattered throughout the town of Banff. Admire the creativity and skill of local artists as they transform snow into intricate and ephemeral works of art. It’s a testament to the beauty that winter brings to Banff.

Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka
Sleigh Ride in Banff National Park
Photo Credit: Chris Amat @christopheramat
Dog Sledding in Banff National Park

Sleigh Rides and Dog Sledding

Experience the romance of winter with classic sleigh rides that transport you through the snowy landscapes of Banff National Park. Alternatively, feel the rush of the crisp mountain air as you embark on a dog sledding adventure. These timeless activities capture the essence of winter in the Rockies, offering moments of thrill and connection with the natural beauty that surrounds you.


SnowDays isn’t just a festival; it’s an invitation to experience the magic of winter in all its glory. From the sweet indulgence of a Sugar Shack to the artistry of snow sculptures and the thrill of dog sledding, each activity contributes to the enchantment of this snowy wonderland. Plan your SnowDays adventure and let the magic unfold in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.


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