Snow Days

January 18 – 28, 2018. Banff.
An Outdoor Gallery of Snow Sculptures.
In the heart of the winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors and locals to embrace the cold, vigour, and fun that winter brings. The silence that comes with falling snow, the glowing crackle of a fire, and the joy of snowball fights: it is a magical time of year. Come see winter artistry in action during SnowDays, the festival of snow in Banff National Park.
The annual SnowDays celebration is a highlight of the winter season in Banff National Park; a free 11-day long event held during January, centered around 10 massive snow sculptures in downtown Banff and two at Mt Norquay. Occurring at the same time as the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, you’ll have plenty of winter creations to explore throughout the park. Don’t miss these two special events during SnowDays:


January 19 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and January 20 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Winnipeg’s DJ Hunnicutt and DJ Co-op are your hosts for a family-friendly skate party at the Banff High School field (the corner of Wolf and Banff Ave.)


January 20 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Visitors and locals alike will be cheering on the snow sculptors as they finish their masterpieces in the Bear Street festival area. People can keep warm next to the bonfires and dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Hunnicutt and DJ Co-op.
Three sculptures (including a 20-foot tall snowman) will be built in Banff Avenue Square. Six will be built on Bear Street – one of Banff’s restaurant and shopping hubs. The final one will be on the corner of Bear Street and Lynx Street. For a map of all of the locations, click here.


If you’re planning to visit Banff during SnowDays you’ll want a place that’s going to be a perfect retreat after a day of playing in the snow. Search through grand hotels, boutique inns and cozy cabins to find the right one for your trip. The Fairmont Banff Springs even has a special SnowDays offer where you can save up to 45%.
You can also make the most of your winter excursion with activities like skiing, tubing and tobogganing, taking a sleigh ride, or skating on iconic Lake Louise.
See our calendar below to find other events during SnowDays.