It took a while longer, but winter has finally made a delayed arrival by us.

It’s gotten us to more familiar and comfortable seasonal rythyms – when just about this time we get to thinking how folks in various parts celebrate the cold and snow.

For example, the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival is an annual event taking place over a ten day period in January where professional ice carving teams come from around the world to compete. Events and activities are held at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel and as well as other venues throughout the Lake Louise village.

The 2016 Ice Magic festival runs from January 15th to 24th. This years theme is Earth, Wind, Fire & Water – Elements of Life.

The Ice Magic Festival is just one event taking place during SnowDays in Banff National Park. It’s a month long celebration of winter that runs from mid January to mid-February.