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New Year's Eve in Banff 2021-2022

What would you choose—an active or relaxing New Year’s celebration in the Canadian wilderness?

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Banff Avenue is a meeting place for everyone who stayed to celebrate the New Year in the town. The avenue turns pedestrian after 7 pm on New Year's Eve and transforms into a giant open-air party. Street performances, dances, fire pits, many restaurants, and, of course, the warm clothes will not let you sleep until morning.

Those who want an active, outdoorsy New Year's celebration should also come to Banff National Park. It is an ideal place for hiking by the frozen waterfalls in Johnston Canyon or dog sledding through the woods and across frozen lakes. To fully enjoy the views, take a helicopter tour above the Rocky Mountains. The cherry on top is a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs pools.

And no winter trip to Banff should happen without the iconic ice skating spot. As soon as the temperature drops, Lake Louise in Banff National Park is ready for ice skating. The giant skating rink is surrounded by forest and rocky mountains. On the lake, you can play hockey, layout ice sculptures, or a magical chateau. That's why many people choose this lake to spend an unforgettable New Year's Eve time with their family.

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