The winter scenery of Lake Louise is not less breathtaking than its summer counterpart. In addition to outdoor ice skating on lake top, ice sculptures done by carving artists around the world is another famous tourist attraction in winter.
I believe the ice sculptures were done during the annual Ice Magic Festival—a three-day event held in the third weekend of January by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. During this 34-hour International Ice Carving Competition Weekend, 24 internationally recognized professional ice carvers work in teams of two to sculpt towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise in the shadow of the glacier-clad Mt. Victoria. With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry. Weather permitting; the sculptures will remain on display through March.
In year 2012, this competition is held January 20 – 22; the carving theme is “WordPlay: Where language comes out to play”.
Map and Driving Direction
Exact location of Ice Magic Festival is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).