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"Ice Magicâ€ť International Ice Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Usually held in mid-January
Held in various locations
in Lake Louise, this is an unusual and delightful exhibition to see. Ice carvers
from around the world compete to create sculptures that will appeal to all ages.
Banff/Lake Louise Winter
Usually held around the
last week of January
Admission Charged for some
This event is fun for everyone and includes an art walk and cultural events, the
Town Party, a Family Winter Carnival, silly and serious winter athletic
contests, and nightly bar and social activities. The Winter Festival has been a
tradition in Banff since 1917.
Winterfest - Canmore
Held in mid-January
On the Pond from 9am to 4pm
â€śGrab a Slab!â€ť
Everyone is invited to participate in the annual ice sculpture event on
the 10th Street Pond. Bring your own files and chisels, and any other equipment
you may need to satisfy your creative side.
The Kananaskis Ski Marathon â€“ Canmore
Usually held near the end of
Location: Peter Lougheed
Provincial Park, start/finish at Pocaterra Parking Lot. To get there, drive
south on Hwy #40 from the junction with Hwy #1 for 56 km.
This is a "loppet", a cross-country ski race open to the public, emphasizing
participation, personal challenge, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and fun. The
competition takes place in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, one of Alberta's
finest cross-country ski trail systems, about a ninety-minute drive west of
Calgary in Kananaskis Country. All competitors -- over 400 of them --are treated
to beverages, hot soup, and plenty of home-made cookies -- that's why the loppet
is called "the Cookie Race"!
Arc'teryx Canmore Ice Climbing Festival
Usually held in early March
Ice Climbing enthusiasts
look forward to a little ice time in Canmore, AB during the "Arc'teryx Canmore
Ice Climbing Festival". The event brings together beginner and skilled ice
climbers to enjoy the sport of ice climbing in a fun, festive atmosphere. People
new to the sport have the opportunity to try ice climbing on an artificial ice
wall, try out the latest equipment from core manufacturers, and watch and learn
from some of the top climbers in the sport.
Slush Cup â€“ Banff
Held during the entire month
Skiers and snowboarders
seek fame and fortune by attempting to sail over a precipitous pool of ice
water. The Slush Cup has been a Sunshine tradition for several years and a
not-to-be-missed show. This event marks the last ski event of the season.
Festival of Music and Wine - Jasper
Usually held over a weekend
Jasper will be bringing the
music to the mountains during the annual "Jasper Festival of Music and Wineâ€ť.
Internationally renowned artists move from the concert halls to the mountaintops
to perform in unique venues around Jasper. The performances are followed by
informative wine tasting.
Banff/Calgary Road Race
This annual road race features over 1,500 athletes running in a team relay
format from Banff to Fort Calgary.
Wildlife Festival of Birds & Bears - Golden B.C.
Several days of events of high quality which offer interpretive, educational,
entertaining and interactive activities including trips in the lushest part of
the renowned Columbia River Wetlands, where many bird species are found and
where bears thrive in the generous surrounding wilderness.
Canmore Children's Festival
This 2-day event is a
celebration of children. It's an opportunity to unleash your inner child for two
days of fun, laughter and merriment. Storytellers, theatre, comedy, magic,
puppets, crafts and games await discovery.
Usually held in mid-June
This exciting weekend
festival will celebrates artistic spirit by featuring performing artists,
artists and artisans, an art walk, a literary festival, film screenings, and
Usually held in mid-June
Hours: 10am - 7pm on
Saturday and 10am - 5pm on Sunday.
This exhibition celebrates
the Mountain Cabin Quilters' Guild of Canmore. The quilts are displayed at the
Seniors' Association Drop-In Centre.
Race the Rockies 18 Hour Challenge
Looking for a perfect
springboard into longer multi-day races or just 18 hours of adrenalin? Teams of
3 (mixed gender) and solo categories paddle, trek, orienteer, and mountain bike
a spectacular 100 km course through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Race the
Rockies 18 Hour Challenge is one of the few adventure races in the world that
allows solo athletes to race throughout the night.
Canada Day Parade and Celebration
Held on Canada Day, July 1
One thing you can count on
for fun is Canada Day, with festivities celebrating the special joy of being
Canadian. Locals line up early for the pancake breakfast that starts at 7:30 AM.
Main Street is jammed with people who come from all over southern Alberta to
view the parade. There are spectacular fireworks at nightfall.
Race the Rockies
Held early July â€“ early August
Get ready for â€śRace the Rockies 30 Day Challengeâ€ť. Solo athletes and teams of
two will paddle, trek and mountain bike a challenging 3340 km race course
through one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth.
Banff Arts Festival
Usually held midâ€“July through
Don't miss the Banff Arts
Festival, a four week period of intensive programming during the summer season.
From the new Canadian Opera FILUMENA to the genius of great masters such as
Shakespeare and Mozart, to extraordinary break-troughs by young artists on the
verge of discovery, this sizzling summer festival is filled with more than 60
events that will make you fall head over heels in love with the arts!
Canmore Folk Music Festival
Alberta's oldest folk music festival offers a weekend filled with afternoon
workshops, craft and food booths, an extensive family area and a stellar line-up
of evening concerts all taking place in Canmore's Centennial Park.
Usually held in midâ€“August
The wheels are set to roll
for one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. 350 two-person teams
grind their way over the Continental Divide through almost 600 kilometers of
Jasper Heritage Rodeo
303 Pyramid Ave
(Jasper Activity Centre)
Jasper, AL T0E 1E0
780-852-4622; 780- 852-3858
Performances are held
nightly at 7pm. A dance Saturday night features a top Canadian Country
sanctioned event attracts top cowboys and stock from around the world. Events
include bull riding, bareback and saddle-bronco riding, steer wrestling, calf
roping, barrel racing and the local favorite pack horse race.
Over 2,000 runners compete in 3 km, 10 km, or 22 km races.
Highland Games â€“ Canmore
The Celtic spirit prevails in Canmore when hundreds of participants of Highland
Dance, Piping, Drumming, Running and Heavy Sports give their best performances
in their quest for excellence.
Celtic merchants from
across Canada offer their wares, and clan tents provide family history and
genealogy information. Highland cattle and sheep dog demonstrations can be seen
and the Massed Bands will stir the soul. The Beer Garden features non-stop
entertainment such as Scottish Country Dancing and Irish Stepping. The evening
Ceilidh is where the Celts let loose with lively entertainment and dancing. The
Provincial Piping & Drumming Champions for the year are announced here.
Canada Canadian Rocky Mountain Half
Marathon and 8K Race
Take part in the 8K or half marathon, or cheer on the over 1,000 racers. This is
one of the most scenic courses in Canada and it's a pleasure to run on the
trails and roadways of Canmore.
7-Minute Film Festival
This innovative event provides a free opportunity for filmmakers to experiment
publicly with film and video in an environment fully conducive to concept-driven
creative expression. For viewers, it's a free opportunity to enjoy some
wonderful short films. Includes drama, animation, comedy, underground, cutting
edge, and has entries that make you laugh, make you cry, make you question. What
more could you ask from a film festival?
The Banff Centre Mountain Ekiden Relay
Ekiden: a Japanese word
meaning running from post to post; an early Japanese form of courier. Ekidens
are traditionally shorter than most relay runs, totaling only 43 km. Runners
pass off a Japanese-style sash at the exchange area. The original Ekiden was
staged as an all-women's event in Yokohama, Japan. The Banff Centre Mountain
Ekiden Run includes up to 75 - 5 person teams and is a fund raiser for the
Centre's artist scholarship fund.
Pan Canadian Wordfest
Usually held in mid -
The PanCanadian Wordfest
brings together national, international and local writers for a series of
readings, panel discussions, performances, workshops and book signings.
Festival of the Eagles
Become enraptured! Join
professional birdwatchers and amateur bird lovers in this October celebration of
the ancient annual migration of the Golden Eagle along the high crests of the
Canadian Rockies. Share in the spirit of the eagle as you listen to interpreters
explain the phenomenon on a guided hike, or simply gaze upward at the birds
soaring above the peaks in the perfect autumn sky.
October â€“ November
Banff Mountain Book Festival
This annual mountain book festival offers outdoor enthusiasts the chance to
enjoy the best of mountain literary views from publishers and writers from all
over the world. This festival is held in conjunction with the Banff Festival of
"Light Up Canmore" Christmas Season Kick-off
Celebrate the holidays in
Canmore, starting with a light-up ceremony at the Northwest Mounted Police
Barracks. Enjoy choirs and hot chocolate, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special
Banff Mountain Film
One of the largest and most prestigious film festivals of it's kind, this annual
event previews and honors the top mountaineering/adventure films taken from
around the world.
Banff Winterstart 5
miler night run
Mid November, race starts
Start at the Banff Caribou Lodge and run on a scenic, winding course along Banff
Avenue and Tunnel Mountain Road.
Santa Claus Parade
Usually held in late
Join the Town of Banff as they welcome the arrival of Santa Claus. Watch
Saturday's noontime parade make its way down Banff Avenue and meet Santa for a
photo in Central Park.
Annual Torchlight Parade
December 31, begins at 7pm
and is best viewed from Banff.
Town of Banff First Night Celebration
Hours: 7:30pm - midnight
Enjoy a family-orientated,
alcohol-free celebration of the arts, which takes place in a variety of downtown
Community Party on the Pond
10th Street Pond, Canmore
Children's events are from 6 to 9 pm with fireworks at 9:30 pm for the little
This is an alcohol-free
event for the whole family, featuring music and entertainment, hot dogs and hot
chocolate, skating, wandering performers, an all-night bonfire, and horse and
wagon rides. The festivities (music and bonfire) will continue until midnight
when the Fireworks Grand Finale takes place at Millennium Park to welcome the
Banff Center for the
104 St. Julian Rd
Banff, AB, T1L 1H5
Located on Tunnel Mountain,
The Banff Centre provides educational opportunities in arts, leadership
development, and Mountain Culture. As well, the centre hosts public performances
and events year round featuring dance, music, theatre, opera, films, books, new
media, and visual arts.