- Tickets are required to view the ice sculptures and attend events in the ice carving competition area at the Lake Louise Lake Shore on Saturday, January 20/27 and Sunday, January 21/28 from 10 am – 5:30 pm. Purchase tickets for 1 hour time slots here. Ticket holders get VIP access to the shuttle buses.
- Peak times are 11 am – 3 pm. Stay in Lake Louise if possible, so you can get an early start and miss the lineups.
- It’s free to view the ice sculptures on weekdays and Saturdays/Sundays before 10 am or after 5:30 pm.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least busy days, but there are no events on these days.
Meghan Ward of Adventurous Parents says, “I’ve found the best time to go is in the evening when you can drive up to the lake yourself and view the completed sculptures… they light them up beautifully, it’s really cool.”
|Skating around the Ice Castle at the Ice Magic Festival|
Ice Magic Festival Events
- International Ice Carving Competition Days 1 & 2: January 16 & 17, 8 am – 10 pm. January 18, 8 am – 2 pm. Observe ten teams of two transform 15 300-pound blocks of ice into art!
- Ice Magic Sculpture Viewing: FREE on weekdays – January 16-18, 21-25 anytime. Also free on Saturdays and Sundays before 10 am and after 5:30 pm.
- One Hour, One Carver, One Block Speed Event: One ice carver will race the clock to carve a masterpiece in one hour. Friday, January 18 from 4:30 pm -5:30 pm.
- Light Up and Awards Ceremony: Friday, January 18 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Ice Skate on Lake Louise. Skate around an ice castle on one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor skating rinks. Bring your own skates and helmets or rent from Chateau Mountain Sports (at Chateau Lake Louise). For more info, read our story: Skate, Ski, Walk, and Snowshoe on World Famous Lake Louise.
|Canoe With Three Warriors by Team Sakha, Russia|
- FIS World Snow Days at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Kids 12 & under ski free with the purchase of 1 adult lift ticket (max 2 children per adult ticket). For more information, visit Lake Louise Ski Resort.
OTHER EVENTS (not included in Ice Magic Tickets)
- Guided Snowshoeing Trips & Brewster Sleigh Rides: For rates and information, contact Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
- Torchlight Dinner and Ski at Lake Louise Ski Resort: January 25, 3:30 pm – 9 pm. More info here.
|Ride the sleigh to majestic ice falls!|
- Skiers can take Tramline Trail: 4.8 km one way with 195 metres elevation gain. For more information, see The Best Beginner Cross Country Ski Trails in Lake Louise. Uphill is not recommended for Chariot towing.
- Snowshoers and hikers should take Louise Creek Trail: 2.8 km one way with 195 metres elevation gain. Please stay off ski tracks for everyone’s safety.
|Cross country skiing Tramline Trail, Lake Louise|
What to Bring
Where to Stay
- Walk, Skate, Ski and Snowshoe on World Famous Lake Louise – includes info on Sleigh Rides at Lake Louise!
- 9 Things to Do in Lake Louise This Winter
- Best Beginner Cross Country Ski Trails in Lake Louise
- Amazing Cross Country Skiing at Pipestone, Lake Louise
- Touring the Icefields Parkway With Kids – nearby Mistaya Canyon and Peyto Lake are gorgeous!
- 10 Fun Things to Do in Banff This Winter
|Skating on Lake Louise|
|Snowshoeing to Fairview Lookout, Lake Louise|