Ice Magic Festival January 17-19 2014
The Ice Magic Festival is an annual event at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel, with the 2014 event taking place on January 17-19. Starting at 8am on Jan 17 and finishing by 2pm on Jan 19, professional ice carving teams will use chainsaws to form huge ornate ice sculptures from 15 blocks of ice, which are then judged with awards presented at 4pm on Jan 19.
At Lake Louise Inn on Jan 18 there will be a speed competition from 2.30pm to 3.30pm where professional carvers will have just one hour to turn a block of ice into a masterpiece.
On both Jan 18 and Jan 19 there will be ice carving demonstrations, with demonstrations taking place both days from 12-12.30pm at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and on Jan 19 at the Lake Louise Ski Hill from 10.30 to 11.30am.
Taking place the following weekend January 25 and 26, the Little Chippers Weekend is an opportunity for the kids to have a go at ice carving as well as other fun activities on both Saturday and Sunday.
From 11am to 2pm each day at Samson Mall kids can try out ice carving for themselves. From 12.30 to 1.00pm and 2.00 to 2.30pm you can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise, and from 12.00 to 3.00pm the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers fun activities for the children including face painting, crafts and the chance to be a wildlife detective ($2 entry).
Finally on Saturday Jan 25 and Sunday Jan 26 The Cave & Basin Discovery Camp will be set up at Samson Mall from 12.00pm to 3.00pm where you can enjoy a camp fire and bannock courtesy of Parks Canada.
While it’s very impressive to see the ice carvers in action during the festival weekend, the magical sculptures can be viewed for several weeks after the event, as long as the temperatures stay low!
Ice Magic Hotel Packages in Lake Louise
If you are looking for lodging at a Lake Louise hotel during the Ice Magic Festival, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise cannot be beaten for convenience, as most of the events will be taking place right outside.
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