Best time to go to Banff & Jasper National Parks

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2020

Canada's most scenic and beautiful ice festival

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019 - Best Time
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Set in the beautiful mountains, the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival gathers talented ice artists from around the world and thousands of spectators for an exciting international ice carving competition. For over 20 years, the tournament is held every January at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where skillful ice carvers create their unique artworks from huge 300lb ice blocks in 36 hours. There is also the Canada Cup of Ice Carving featuring the best ice sculpting in the country. Watch incredible ice sculptures come to life right before your eyes.

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival in Banff & Jasper National Parks - Best Season 2019
Best time for Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival in Banff & Jasper National Parks 2019

With a record annual snowfall of 3.5 m (140 in), Lake Louise is a perfect destination for all winter outdoor activities. Try winter hiking exploring the surrounding slopes, check out cross-country ski trails, or ride through the forest on a dogsled. Families visiting the festival can also enjoy skating on the backdrop of spectacular Victoria Glacier towering over the lake.