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Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

January 17-26, 2014

Two weekends. Twice the magic.

2014 will be the 20th anniversary of this Banff National Park classic. Experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival, centerpiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

International Ice Carving Competition Weekend- January 17 - 19, 2014

Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this 34- hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. Internationally renowned professional ice carvers work to sculpt towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise.  With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry. Stay tuned for more details regarding the 20th anniversary celebration of Ice Magic.

This weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event, interpretive ice carving demonstrations by Ice Magic's Lead Judge Dan Rebholtz, a Carve-Off at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, horse drawn wagon rides, ice skating on Lake Louise beneath the towering gaze of the Victoria Glacier and much more.

Ice Magic Judges Carve-Off at the Lake Louise Ski Resort:

  • Sunday January 19th
  • 10:00am-11:00am
  • FREE!
  • 2 professional ice carvers go head to head
Little Chippers Weekend- January 25 & 26

Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Not only can you marvel at the finished ice carvings from the previous competition weekend, this weekend is filled with activities and experiences that are focused on family fun. 

The Ice Playground at Samson Mall is where your kids - and you - can learn the art and science of ice carving first-hand, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide. You can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise, witness the 10-block ice carving event and spend time in the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre.

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