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Mark your calendars for Feb. 24-26, 2017 and get into the winter spirit. It's the 10th Anniversary of the The WinterPLAY Festival at Snye Park in Fort McMurray. Get outside and see incredible ice sculptures, fireworks and gather family and friends for fun activities, like Sno Cricket and fat bike racing and snow-shoeing. 

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One event everyone looks forward to is the "Shootout on the Snye pond hockey tournament, celebrating its 10th year.

Shootout on the Snye 10th Anniversary

Get your hockey-loving friends and family together to make a team for Shootout on the Snye. This is a fun four-on-four pond hockey tournament and each division consists of a one- or two-pool round-robin format. Each team is guaranteed to play three or four games. Pond hockey nets are used, so goalies are not required.  

There are  total of 11 rinks — 10 tournament rinks, and one feature rink. Games go for 30 minutes with a five-minute half-time break. 

hockey in Fort McMurray

A skills competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25. This competition is open to all age groups.

When: Feb. 24, 25 and 26
Registration deadline: Noon, Feb. 13 ($40 per player)
Early Bird deadline: Noon, Jan. 27 ($30 per player)

Purchase your registration here.

Sno Cricket

Cricket gets Fort McMurray twist with a pile of snow thrown in to the mix. Sno Cricket makes its debut at WinterPLAY this year. 


Local film-making teams are given a challenge of using three elements during this 48-hour film competition. The goal is to produce a short film in 48 hours with a chance to win a cash prize. Films will will be screened the following weekend along with the Hollywood film that inspired the elements. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is this year's free feature film. 

Schedule of events

Friday, Feb. 24

5 - 8 p.m. WinterPLAYGROUND 
Explore a frozen playground with ice sculptures and a giant ice castle. 

5 p.m. Ice Sculpture demonstration

5:30 - 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies 

call to action WinterPLAY

6 - 8 p.m. Shootout on the Snye
All ages, genders and skill levels are welcome.

6 p.m. - Midnight Sno Cricket
There's sure to be some intense competition in this wintry cricket match. 

6 - 8 p.m. Family Skate
Lace up your skates and glid on the WinterPLAY rink. 

6 - 8 p.m. Viking Village

6:10 - 8 p.m. Dance under the Snow 
Youth ages 12-17 are invited to this free party. There will be pizza and a DJ. 

Saturday, Feb. 25

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Shootout on the Snye (Round Robin) 

10 - 11:15 a.m. Telus World of Science - Edmonton presents Cryogenics: The Ultimate Cool

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Skills Competition
All Shootout players are invited to participate in the annual Skills Competition. Participants will test their agility, accuracy and speed.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Roving entertainment

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sno Cricket 

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sno N' Shine 
The Fort McMurray SnoDrifters show off their fastest and flashiest snowmobiles.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. WinterPLAYGROUND 

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Viking Village

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snowshoeing

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story Time

story time at WinterPLAY

12 - 3 p.m. Ice Sculpture demonstrations

12 - 6 p.m. Sugar Shack 

1 - 1:30 p.m. Dave Martin

1 - 2 p.m. Winter bike race 

1:30 - 2 p.m. Trevor Howlett.

2:15 - 4 p.m. Talent Show

4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Fam Jam!
A family-friendly party with music and activities for all ages

5 - 8 p.m. Family Skate

6 - 8 p.m. Canadian Xsports 
Rock tribute band

7 - 10 p.m. WinterREELS

Sunday, Feb. 26

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shootout on the Snye 

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Roving Entertainment

10 a.m. 8 p.m. WinterPLAYGROUND 

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sno N' Shine 

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Viking Village WinterART Tent 

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Traditional Round Dance

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Family Skate

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snowshoeing 

Noon & 3 p.m. Ice Sculpture demos 

Ice at WinterPLAY 

12 - 6 p.m. Sugar Shack 

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Meltdown with Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Check out some cool winter science experiments

2 - 3 p.m. Talent Show

2 - 6 p.m. Shootout on the Snye - Gold Medal Games 

3 - 8 p.m. Penguin Dash 

5 - 5:30 p.m. Matt Parlee 

5:30 - 6 p.m. Dan Tulk 

6:30 - 8 p.m. Closing Ceremonies 

7:30 p.m. Fireworks

If you go

Head to the official WinterPLAY website for more information.

Looking for more more fun things to do while visiting Fort McMurray? Head to the Fort McMurray Tourism website and get some ideas.

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