Festivals and Events
Snow Days. A highlight of this monthlong winter celebration is the Ice Magic winter festival, which features world-class ice carving and outdoor events. There's also a 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament and a Mountain Adventure Weekend, where you can try ice climbing and other exhilarating outdoor activities and watch mountain films. The festival begins in early January each year. 403/762–8421. www.banfflakelouise.com.
Christmas in the Rockies and Santa Claus Parade. Banff welcomes the holiday season with a one-day event featuring photos with that jolly old elf in Central Park, craft shows, children's ice-carving stations, and an evening parade of lights. On Christmas Day, Santa shows off his downhill skills at the three area ski resorts. 403/762–8421. www.banfflakelouise.com.
Banff Summer Arts Festival. The longest running arts festival in Canada takes place every summer at the Banff Centre and features film screenings, visual-art displays, theater, opera, dance, literary readings, speakers, and musical productions. 403/762–6300. www.banffcentre.ca/bsaf.
Canada Day. This holiday means free admission to the national park, as well as big celebrations in Canmore and Banff that include parades, fireworks, and live music. 403/762–0285. www.banff.com.