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SnowDays 2016 - January 15 – February 7

 

Celebrate SnowDays at Cave and Basin

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
January 15 to February 7
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free with site entry
Old time movies and music, ice palace, snow slide, costumed historical characters, snow sculpting, bonfires and curling (curling stones available). Ongoing through January, the historic Winter Carnival photography exhibition, in partnership with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Special Winter Opening Hours

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
January 16 to February 7
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Site entry fees apply
Visit one of Western Canada’s oldest natural history museums with over 5,000 natural history specimens from bears to bees.

Hands-on Bison

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
January 16, 17, 23 and 24
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Free with site entry
Find out how Parks Canada plans to bring Plains Bison back to Banff National Park. Discover the stories of the bison through our special temporary interactive exhibit in the Banff Park Museum.

Cave Lantern Tours

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, January 16 and 30
7:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.

$10.80 per person
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination. A family-friendly 40 minute experience. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Please call 403-845-3524. Limited tickets available at the door.

Banff...by the light of the moon: a free guided evening walk for all

Meet at Banff Train Station then walk along Fenland Trail
Saturday, January 16, 23 and 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bundle up and venture outside with Parks Canada into the silent, star-strewn wilderness just beyond the streetlights. Come prepared to experience the wonder (and cold) of winter after dark.
Group size is limited to 12, so participants are asked to register in person with Banff Visitor Centre staff by NOON the day of the walk.

Making Tracks – Snowshoe Tour

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, January 16
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Adults $39, Seniors $38.50, Youth $37.00
Experience the magic of winter on a guided snowshoe tour of Banff’s Marsh Loop Trail. Afterwards, cosy up fireside with some well-deserved chili, hot chocolate, and Rocky Mountain storytelling (ages 13+). Presented in partnership with MEC. To register: 403-762-1534 or banff.camping@pc.gc.ca.

Snow Retro - Snow Carving

Banff Upper Hot Springs
Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come watch a group of artists create some stylish hot springs bathers from 1886 using millions of snowflakes! Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the use of Banff Upper Hot Springs by renting an historic bathing suit and enjoying the springs afterwards.

Snowshoe Sampler

Lake Louise (at the lake)
Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17
10:00 a.m.to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Drop in and play some snowshoeing games and activities led by an experienced Parks Canada Interpretive Guide. Try this popular, easy winter sport and discover how wildlife use snowshoes to help them survive our snowy winters. Snowshoes are provided.

Voices from the Archives: Mary Schäffer

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
January 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 and 4,
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free with site entry
Join Laurie Schwartz from Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT as she delves into the intriguing life of explorer, artist and "mountain woman" Mary Schäffer with a dramatic reading of her unpublished writing, illustrated by images from the Whyte Museum Archives.

Lake Louise Wildlife Detectives

Chateau Lake Louise, Trails Room
Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Be a wildlife track detective and use the clues to match the wildlife with their tracks. Join a Parks Canada Interpreter for this fun indoor family activity at the Cozy Corner Kids Activity Centre during the Little Chipper Ice Magic Festival. Don’t forget to ask for Xplorers booklets full of fun activities to do while in Banff National Park or on the Icefields Parkway.

Learn-to Ice Skate

Banff Avenue outdoor skating rink
Sunday, January 24 and February 7
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Gliding on an outdoor rink is one of the best ways to experience the serenity of the mountains. Join a local Banff expert for this informal drop-in session as she shares basic skating skill. Skate rentals and helmets are available within town. Helmets are mandatory.
Pre-registration is not required.

Prospector Camp

Near the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, in Central Park
Saturday, January 30 and February 6
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Free
Get a taste of the old days when you cook your own sample of "Trapper's Bannock" at our cozy campfire. Hear the legends of winter adventures in early Banff.

Learn to Snowshoe

Central Park
Saturday, January 30 and February 6
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Free
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Join a local expert who will share the basic skills of this authentic Canadian sport. This free drop-in program is great for individuals, couples or families – no experience necessary. Presented in partnership with MEC. Snowshoes are provided.

Making Tracks – Family Snowshoe Tour

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, January 30 and February 6
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Adults $39, Seniors $38.50, Youth (6-16) $37.00
Experience the magic of winter with snowshoe activities on Banff’s Marsh Loop Trail. Afterwards, cosy up with some well-deserved chili, hot chocolate, and Rocky Mountain storytelling (for families with kids ages 6-12). Presented in partnership with MEC. To register: 403-762-1534 or banff.camping@pc.gc.ca.

Learn-to Snowshoe

Lake Louise (At the Lake)
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, January 30, 31 February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21
10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Adults $18, Seniors $15, Youth $9

Are you interested in trying snowshoeing, but not sure where to start? Come and join an experienced Parks Canada Interpreter for a guided “snowshoe sampler”. You will be introduced to the basics of the sport, and then take an interpretive trip around our newest, easy snowshoe trail at Lake Louise. You will also learn one of the great secrets of the Canadian Rockies- Hot Chocolate tastes better on snowshoes!

How to Register:

  • Please contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 1-403-522-3833 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday through Sunday 
  • Credit Card payments can be taken over the phone
  • You will be required to sign a waiver before participating
  • Once you register you will be sent a confirmation email. Please be sure to look at the attached documents as they contain important information you will need to enjoy your trip.
  • It is recommended that you register in advance with a phone call; however, last minute registrations will be accepted at the trail head up to 15 minutes before the departure time. Late registrations are dependent on availability and will only be accepted with credit card or exact change payments.

What to Bring:

  • confirmation email as proof of payment
  • toque (insulated hat)
  • warm mitts/gloves
  • insulation layers (fleece or down)
  • waterproof outer layers (snow pants and winter jacket)
  • non cotton socks (wool or warm synthetic)
  • winter boots (recommend 6”/ 15 cm ankle height)
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

Please note: Snowshoes and ski poles are included in the trip and your guide will have a small amount of other equipment to share. However, your guide will not have any outerwear (boots, jackets, snow pants). It is very important that you have proper clothing for this trip. Poor clothing can lead to frost bite and hypothermia which puts you, your guide and your entire group at risk. Because of this, anyone dressed inappropriately will be turned away and will not receive a refund. Note that many ski rental shops have warm winter clothing available for hire.

Where to Meet:

  • Meet near the main entrance of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting place to arrive promptly .

The Wild Rockies - Photo Exhibit

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
January 30 to February 28
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free with site entry
Wildness—a big bold idea—captured in images by those who live it every day. Mountain park staff (from Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Waterton Lakes national parks) showcase the best of their photographs. “The Wild Rockies” presents stunning close-ups of wildlife, dramatic shots of wild fires, small quiet moments and vast mountain landscapes. Part of the Exposure 2016 Photography Festival.

Movies for a Nickel

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Sunday, January 31 and February 7
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free with site entry
Experience the whirr and clack of the old 16mm projector as Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT dusts off some classic celluloid from days gone by.

Drawn to Nature

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Friday, February 5
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free
The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery presents a drawing session in partnership with the historic Banff Park Museum. Participants of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed into the museum after-hours to explore still-life sketching techniques. All materials provided.
Pre-registration: Contact Walter Phillips Gallery at 403-762-6281.

Photo Moments of 2015

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday, February 6
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Site entry fees apply
Join local nature and wildlife photographer Amar Athwal as he re-visits some of his favourite “moments” of 2015. Amar will present photographic highlights of the beauty of our surrounding mountains and its wildlife, and tell stories about how he “got the shot”. A wonderful way to warm up on a mid-winter evening.