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Banff's Special Events

  1. Snow Sculpture Exhibition

    January 16 - January 27 @ Banff Avenue Square

    Take in three massive snow sculptures by Canadian and international teams at Banff Avenue Square.

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  2. Snow Sculpture Competition

    January 17 - January 19 @ Bear Street

    Six Canadian and International teams compete for prizes as a part of the first SnowDays International Snow Sculpture Competition! Come to watch the creation on the sculptures on January 17th - 19th or see the finished products at the Snow Sculpture Street Party in the evening of January 19th or for the remainder of the SnowDays Festival.

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  3. Banff Winter Carnival Returns

    January 19, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Cave and Basin National Historic Site

    Immerse yourself in the magic of winter and let the snow fly! Just over a century ago (1917), the first Banff Winter Carnival kicked off with great fanfare and enthusiasm, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The original Winter Carnival faded into memory long ago, but in Banff the spirit of winter fun lives on! The Banff Winter Carnival Returns to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site this year with fun winter activities for all ages.

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  4. Skate Party at the Downtown Rink

    January 19, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Banff Community High School

    Join us for a family-friendly skate party with special guest DJ's.

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  5. SkiBig3 Slide & Ride

    January 19, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Banff Community High School

    The laughter that comes of sliding on snow is something that everyone should have the chance to experience. SkiBig3 invites kids of all ages to get outside and try out the sport, ski, snowboard or tube! Join certified instructors from SkiBig3 as they provide the expertise and all the equipment necessary to learn the basics of skiing on a mini-slope in downtown Banff. After, celebrate with cup hot chocolate. Ski equipment available for kids only.

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  6. Skate Party at the Downtown Rink

    January 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Banff Community High School

    Join us for Saturday family-friendly skate parties with special guest DJ's.

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  7. Winter Stories and Activities

    January 19, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Banff Avenue Square

    Join Parks Canada interpreters in Banff Avenue Square for winter stories and activities.

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  8. Snow Sculpture Street Party

    January 19, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bear Street

    Come celebrate as the winners of the SnowDays International Snow Sculpture Competition are announced. Meet the sculptors, enjoy bonfires and other fun activities!

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  9. Banff by the light of the moon

    January 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Banff Train Station

    Bundle up for an evening winter walk with a Parks Canada guide. Come prepared to experience the wonder and cold of the season as you search for signs of Banff’s winter wildlife. Meet at the Banff Train Station then walk along the Fenland Trail. Register in person with Parks Canada Visitor Centre staff (on Banff Avenue) by 12 p.m. the day of the walk. Group size is limited to 12 participants. Headlamps will be provided.

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Community Programs, Activities & Drop-In Sports

  1. Emergency First Aid

    January 19, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ The Fenlands

    Learn basic life support skills you can use while you wait for emergency responders. Focus on casualty assessment, airway management, bleeding control and further injury prevention. Occupational Health & Safety approved. For ages 16+. Register online at banff.ca/register or call 403.762.1251.

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  2. First Aid Re-Certification

    January 19, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ The Fenlands

    Recertification of current Standard First Aid. Focus on casualty assessment, airway management, bleeding control and further injury prevention. Occupational Health & Safety approved. For ages 16+. Registrants must bring a copy of current certification card. Register online at banff.ca/register or call 403.762.1251.

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  3. Standard First Aid Class

    January 19, 9:00 AM - January 20, 5:00 PM @ The Fenlands

    Learn life support skills for the emergency responder. Designed for those who may have a delayed response to emergency medical services or who work in an industrial or high-risk setting. ccupational Health & Safety approved. For ages 16+. Register online at banff.ca/register or call 403.762.1251.

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  4. Once Upon An Alphabet

    January 19, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Banff Public Library

    Stop by the Banff Public Library every Saturday and play, sing songs and tell stories. This program is for children 0-6 years of age and their parents. Snacks are provided. No registration required.

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  5. Motoring Munchkins

    January 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Banff Elementary School

    Join us on Saturdays throughout the school year to provide your little ones opportunities to meet friends, have active play, and ‘motor’ around the gymnasium. Parent participation is required. For ages 1 – 3.

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  6. Super Saturday at the Library

    January 19, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Banff Public Library

    Stop by the Banff Public Library for an hour of creative crafts, exciting activities and invigorating reading materials. Ages 4-7 are welcome from 1-2 p.m. and ages 8-12 are welcome from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Spots guaranteed to the first 15 participants.

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  7. Drop-in Public Skating

    January 19, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM @ The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre

    Drop-in Public Skating is open to everyone. It's held Saturdays, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Helmets recommended.

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  8. Drop-in Sketching

    January 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ 101 Bear Street, above the library, in the Pioneer Room

    Sketching is a fun way to improve your drawing skills with an experienced instructor. On nice days you will head outdoors. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and eraser. For ages 13+. Drop-in classes are held Saturdays from January 12-March 23.

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