What to Do in the Mountains in January

This month, have a laugh at a comedy show in Canmore, stay at a new Banff hotel, celebrate winter at Jasper in January and more.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Canoe and Suites.

Have a laugh at a comedy show in Canmore

When: January 2

The 15th annual Snowed in Comedy Tour is making its Canmore stop at ArtsPlace this year. The show features four international comedians coming together for one hilarious show, including Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn, Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug, six-time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee Pete Zedlacher and comedian Erica Sigurdson from The Debaters.

ArtsPlace, 950 8 Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2623, artsplacecanmore.com


Stay at the new Hotel Canoe and Suites

There’s a new accommodation option in the town of Banff. Hotel Canoe and Suites is part of the Banff Lodging Co family of hotels and restaurants, and the hotel is now taking reservations for its rooms that come with large balconies, gas fireplaces and blackout blinds. Amenities like the hot pools and an on-site restaurant are set to open in 2024.

2000, 600 Banff Ave., 403-762-4581, hotelcanoeandsuites.com


Celebrate winter during Jasper in January

When: January 12 to 28

There’s something for everyone at this annual winter celebration in Jasper. Head to Whistle Stop Pub for the festival’s kick-off on January 12, taste local poutine creations from restaurants competing in the Poutine Showdown contest from January 12 to 28, attend a beading workshop with Warrior Women on January 13 and more.

Multiple locations, jasper.travel


Watch skijoring in Banff

When: January 20

At this free event, watch teams of athletes and horses from Skijor Canada perform a variety of exciting horse-riding, trick-riding and ski stunts. You can watch the show live on Banff Avenue at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or stop in at a participating restaurant that will be live-streaming the events. The events will be accompanied by a “SkijorStyle” half-time fashion show competition with attendee participation. Bring your boots, coats and anything neon you own to show off your signature style for the chance to win a variety of prizes.

100 Block, Banff Ave., banfflakelouise.com


Go bowling at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers many amenities for wining, dining and having fun, including its five-pin, on-site bowling alley, Bowl Valley. Hourly bowling prices start at $85 per lane for up to seven guests and include rented bowling shoes. The bowling alley also features neon blacklight bowling upon request, plus food, drinks and a takeout menu. Reserve your lane in advance online.

405 Spray Ave., Banff, 403-762-6892, fairmont.com/banff-springs


Take a nighttime snowshoe tour of Lake Louise

When: January 27

Take in the mountain views at night with an evening snowshoe experience at the Lake Louise ski resort. The one-and-a-half hour tour starts with a check-in at the Sitzmark Lounge, followed by the snowshoe tour, après-ski at the Ice Bar and live entertainment before you’re taken back to your hotel. Snowshoes and headlamps are provided for the excursion, rated at a moderate difficulty.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, 1-877-956-8473, skilouise.com

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