Sorcerers, Fairies and Dragons Make Lake Louise Magical

Free Family Fun at 17th Annual Ice Magic Festival

BANFF, AB, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Every January for the past 17 years, the shores of Lake Louise host an impressive display of creativity and craftsmanship at the Ice Magic Festival. 12 professional ice carving teams from Canada, Armenia, the United States, The Netherlands, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom will be converging this weekend at Lake Louise creating enchanting sculptures for this year's theme of Magical Madness.

Starting on January 21 the teams will have 34 hours and 300 pounds of ice to carve their works of art that reflect all that is magical and bewitching all set between the shores of Lake Louise and the enchanting Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Throughout the weekend other free family entertainment will be taking place including ice carving demonstrations, magic shows, the One Carver, One Hour, One Block individual speed carving event at the Lake Louise Inn, and the Little Chippers Festival at Samson Mall.

"The Ice Magic Festival continues to grow in popularity each year and with the mild forecast predicted for the weekend we are anticipating a larger number of festival goers," says Stu Back, director, in-resort services with Banff Lake Louise Tourism. "We encourage all who come out to enjoy the festival to cast their vote for the People's Choice Award and attend the awards ceremony on Sunday at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise."

With the recent snow-fall Lake Louise is looking more magical than ever and the conditions are perfect for cross country skiing, making some turns at the Lake Louise Ski Area, dogsledding along the Continental Divide or snowshoeing in fresh powder.

For a full listing of Ice Magic Festival events and weekend accommodation packages visit:

About Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Banff National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the rugged raw beauty of an unspoiled landscape with a lavish array of world-class amenities. From the finest bottle of wine to relaxing in a natural hot spring with the world's finest view, it can all be found in Banff National Park.

SOURCE Banff Lake Louise Tourism

For further information: Tulene Steiestol, Office: 403-762-0290,

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