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Banff WinterStart Festival

by K Gordon Schultz

Join in on the Banff, Alberta Winter Wonderland Fun

Just because the weather starts getting cooler in Banff doesn’t mean that everybody heads inside for hibernation. Residents of Banff start sharpening their ice skates, waxing their cross-country skis and digging out their snowboard gear.

Along with all the preparations, the beginning of winter is actually marked as a celebration in Banff! November brings the WinterStart Festival, a fun time for people of all ages.

The festival has a ton of activities, including a parade, the World Cup Ski Races, the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup Downhill, musical concerts, film screenings, Christmas socials and family events with face painting, Santa and theatrical performances.

The week-long event usually takes place at the end of November or beginning of December, right when Banff starts looking like a real life winter wonderland.

The businesses of Banff have teamed up to offer great WinterStart Festival getaways for visitors. Packages may include hotel stay plus amenities like restaurant vouchers, holiday treat baskets, firewood to build a warm crackling fireplace, indoor/outdoor pools or even groceries to make a scrumptious breakfast! Check the Banff Lake Louise Tourism Board website for special accommodation packages for the festival!

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