With nearly turquoise water and mountain views, Alberta’s Lake Louise is a truly breathtaking spot any time of year. Winter brings an added touch of magic to the lake with the annual Lake Louise ice festival. You’ll feel like you’re in a real-life winter wonderland as you take in all the icy fest has to offer. 

The Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival is your chance to catch magical ice sculptures including castles so large you can walk through them. Plus, there are dozens of other icy masterpieces created by sculptors who you can watch working with ice and chainsaws.

You’ll see simple blocks of ice transform into crazy dragons, beautiful castles, and other magical experiences. There’s even a bar made entirely of ice where you can grab a drink.

If you’re looking for the perfect date night, or just need things to do close to Calgary, be sure to add the Ice Magic Festival to your winter bucket list. While you're in Banff, you can check out all the places that tourists don't know about yet.

Each year of the festival comes with a new theme the artists have to work with. Though this year’s theme has not yet been announced, you can bet it will be just as epic as years past. And the best part? Depending on which day you attend you might even get in for free.

In the evening, the sculptures take on a whole new look as they light up the night. The carvings sit in front of the Chateau Laurier. The hotel keeps the sculptures illuminated for as long as they stay intact. This is one of the most surreal sights in Alberta.

General admission is $13 but depending on when you attend you might be able to see the festival for free. If you're feeling fancy and want to take in multiple festival days, you could even book a room at the Chateau Laurier, in which case your festival admission is included in the stay.

Ice Magic Festival

Price: $13

When: January 15 to January 26, 2020

Address: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can watch live ice carvings and explore a magical ice castle on beautiful Lake Louise.

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