International Ice Sculpture Competition at Lake Louise —
a world-class event that draws over 10,000 visitors. Witness
professional ice carvers from around the globe compete in this
Over 75,000 pounds of clear ice are transformed into breathtaking
sculptures on display along the shores of Lake Louise.
scuptures remain on display until the end of March, weather
and parents can also discover the wonders of chipping and
creating their favourite characters in ice.
LAST TWO WEEKS OF JANUARY:
The Canmore Winter Festival (ice carving,
curling, spelling bees, special concert performances, plus The
Rocky Mountain Ski Marathon and The Alberta International Dogsled
Canmore's International Dogsled Races. This event at the
Canmore Nordic Centre features over 100 International teams
in eight different classes of dogsled racing.
END-JANUARY TO EARLY FEBRUARY:
Banff Winter Festival. Enjoy 10 action-packed
days of winter fun for all ages featuring the Snow Ambassador Contest,
Lake Louise to Banff Loppet cross country ski, Bar Golf, Cascade
Plaza Fashion show, ArtVenture, family skating party, Locals Night
Out with free ski tickets to Norquay and the Banff Town Party.
Banff Mountain Funfest. Highlights include a Western
street dance, Siksika Native teepee raising, native arts and crafts,
birds-of-prey demonstrations, pack-horse races,
and ongoing entertainment and exhibits.
The townsite of Banff will also offer heritage home tours, native
cooking demonstrations, guided hikes and interpretive programs.
Weather permitting, both Sunshine Village and Lake Louise will
Springtime in the Rockies in Banff and Lake Louise (Folk
and country music, Taste of Banff Lake Louise, Family Western Street
Dance, Banff Indian Days, Heritage Tourism Awards, guided hikes
Annual Canadian Food and Wine Weekend. Indulge in fine
Canadian cuisine and an assortment of Canadian wines at The Fairmont
Chateau Lake Louise.
Canmore Children's Festival (theatre, storytelling, magic,
musical performances, puppet shows, fun games and crafts).
Canada Day (parade down Main Street, pancake breakfast, family
fun run, concerts and fireworks at dusk).
FIRST FRIDAY AFTER JULY 1ST (10 DAYS):
Calgary Stampede. This
is a world-reknowned annual wild west extravaganza that kicks off
with a three hour parade along Calgary's streets.
arts and crafts fairs, a casino and daily afternoon rodeos featuring
wild cow milking, wild horse riding, calf roping, steer wrestling,
bareback and saddle-bronc riding, barrel races, bull riding,
and rodeo clowns.
In the evenings, enjoy chuck wagon races and
shows.Kids will love the agricultural displays of various breeds
of animals, the petting zoo, plus the rides and games on the
MID-JULY TO EARLY AUGUST:
Banff Arts Festival--70 consecutive summers
celebrating the arts (over 100 summer events including Shakespeare
in the Park, contemporary and aboriginal dance, music concerts
FIRST WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
Canmore Folk Music Festival -- annual event
since 1978 (folk, world music, blues etc).
CANADA'S LABOR DAY WEEKEND (FIRST WEEKEND IN SEPT):
Games -- the largest Highland Games in Western Canada (heavy
sports, wee heavy sports, sheep-dog trials, massed pipe bands,
Highland dancing and Ceilidh dancing with Celtic music).
WEEKEND AFTER LABOR DAY:
Canmore's Rocky Mountain Half-Marathon and
The Festival of Eagles (lectures, hikes and special
events celebrating the annual golden eagle migration over Canmore).
END OCTOBER TO EARLY NOVEMBER:
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Exhibition. For over 25 years, the top producers, directors and
writers of mountain-themed movies, documentaries and books have
descended on Banff
for this annual festival. The Banff Mountain Film Festival brings
you the world's best mountain films, videos, and speakers.
The various ski resorts surrounding Canmore usually open
for their ski season!(As snow conditions may alter start dates,
please confirm dates with the respective ski resorts). Get set
skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and dogsleding action!
Santa Claus Parade (parade, festivities, photo opportunities
in Banff town)
END NOVEMBER TO EARLY DECEMBER:
Lake Louise Winterstart World Cups. Our area's
early ski season will be highlighted. Includes live music, breakfasts,
lunches, and a beer garden. New programs are also in place to make
it easier for skiers, snowboarders and spectators to get to the
Christmas season (go shopping, iceskating, snowmobiling,
ice-fishing, snowshoeing etc in picture postcard surroundings!)
Santa in Skis. See Santa at Ski Banff @ Norquay, Sunshine
Village, and Lake Louise Ski Area.
Annual Torchlight Parade down the North American run at
Ski Banff @ Norquay. Call Ski Banff @ Norquay (403) 762-4421.
Banff First Night Celebrations. Enjoy a family-orientated,
alcohol-free celebration of the arts, which takes place in a variety
of downtown Banff locations. For more information, call (403) 762-1144.
New Year's Eve Party on the Pond in Canmore.
IMPORTANT: All dates and events subject to change.
For the latest
info, please contact the respective tourism bureaus at info@BanffLakeLouise.com and info@TourismCanmore.com.