If you love winter, then SnowDays is the ultimate cool festival for you. Held at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the month-long event (which runs this year from Jan. 10 to Feb. 8) is an endless series of snowy activities. The first weekend alone will feature a number of ice carving demonstrations, unique street performers, curling, ice climbing, and delicious barbecue at the White Winter Long Table Picnic. And, we doubt you can resist an activity called “If the Snowshoe Fits, Eat Chocolate”?
Subsequent snowy days will allow guests to experience the Ice Magic Festival, Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game, The Big Bear ski and rail event, as well as more traditional snow activities like heritage horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and geocaching, a family-friendly “game of high-tech hide and seek.” And if all the frolicking in the snow leaves you a tad chilly, you can always end the day with a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
While in Banff National Park, visitors can also explore 6,641 square kilometers of magnificent Canadian vistas (think: waterfalls, forests and glacial lakes) and wildlife ranging from bears and cougars to mountain goats. For a particularly spectacular view of the park, take a trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain on a Banff Gondola.
This year, SnowDays ends on Feb. 8—just one week before Hockey Day in Canada, which is sure to keep the winter festivities going. For all Banff-bound cruisers in the upcoming month, consider a side trip to SnowDays; the experience will make you wish it could be winter all year long.