Winterstart Festival

Winterstart Festival: A Full Month of Fun

It’s winter, when the peaks are dusted in white icing sugar-fine snow and every exhale is a plume of smoke, when Banff National Park is at its most spectacular.  To celebrate, Banff & Lake Louise run a month-long festival to highlight the season’s very best.  Including everything from World Cup Racing to fine dining, events are sure to please every member of your crew.

The festival starts with Bon Appétit Banff running from November 12th to 22nd.  During this culinary showcase, over 30 restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise create special tasting menus of various courses to highlight what they do best.  Beyond tasting menus, a number of other culinary outings are planned including a Pop Up Italian Kitchen and Dine Around Banff Experiences which include an interpretive guide to escort you to 3 different dining locations, to enjoy a food course and cocktail at each.  Think pub-crawl for Foodies: genius!

Lake Louise World Cup

Lake Louise Ski Resort World Cup Racing

Photo: BLLT/Paul Zizka Photography

Making its debut this year is the Banff Craft Beer Festival. On November 27th and 28th, the historic Cave and Basin will become a posh tasting venue for Alberta beers accompanied by local food fare provided by various Banff pubs and restaurants.  It may well be the perfect après for the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup racing. The men’s races will run that same weekend whilst the women will hit the slopes the weekend of December 4th.

In to the mix are also a number of holiday themed events – most notably the Banff Christmas Market and the Santa Claus Parade of Lights.  The Market runs November 20th to 22nd, giving shoppers the opportunity to pick up Rocky Mountain themed gifts by local artisans.  The Santa Claus Parade of Lights takes over Banff Avenue on December 5th – a sight sure to impress everyone!

For further details and event listings, click here.

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