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Banff's Special Events

  1. Banff Winter Carnival Returns

    February 16, 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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  2. Parks Canada Winter Stories

    February 16, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Join Parks Canada interpreters in Banff Avenue Square for winter stories and activities. Every Saturday from January 26 - March 30. NOTE: Programs may be cancelled due to extreme weather.

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  3. Banff Gallery Hop

    February 16, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Various venues

    It’s Family Day Weekend… come enjoy this family-friendly event, the monthly Banff Gallery Hop! This self-guided tour takes you to unique Banff cultural sites where each venue will have special events happening. Maps available at all venues.

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  4. Banff by the light of the moon

    February 16, 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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  5. Wild - tales, fantastic facts and conversations about bears

    February 16, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Buffalo Nations Museum

    Featuring speakers Dr. Leroy Little Bear and Reno Sommerhalder. Guest appearance by pilot Jim Davies.

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Community Programs, Activities & Drop-In Sports

  1. Once Upon An Alphabet

    February 16, 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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  2. Motoring Munchkins

    February 16, 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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  3. Super Saturday at the Library

    February 16, 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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  4. Drop-in Public Skating

    February 16, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM @ The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre

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  5. Drop-in Sketching

    February 16, 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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