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Castle Mountain Huckleberry Festival

Come for the berries, stay for the fun.

Castle Mountain's Annual Huckleberry Festival is a weekend-long, family friendly event that attracts more than 800 people each year. The main attraction of this event is the Huckleberries! Castle Mountain's aptly named Huckleberry Chairlift whisks guests more than 1000 feet onto the ridge of Haig Mountain, home to thousands of Huckleberry bushes full of ripe barriers.

Make sure to bring a bucket with a tight-fitting lid so you don't lose your berries, sunscreen, water, a hat and good hiking clothes. 

Castle Mountain and their community association has spent the summer marking hiking trails that have been popular with the locals for years. Check out the trail map at http://www.skicastle.ca/hiking-at-castle/.

Bring your appetite! Breakfast buffets, BBQ lunches and a pig roast / roast beef dinner are all part of the program! On Sunday, expect to see food trucks on location.

Castle Mountain Huckleberry Festival

About Huckleberries

Huckleberries are a ground cover berry plant that grow in abundance in the Rocky Mountains all the way from Castle Mountain to Whistler. The best picking season for huckleberries in the Pincher Creek region is typically the last few weeks of August. The berries are small and round, 5-10 mm in diameter and look like blueberries. Huckleberries range in colour from bright red to dark purple or blue. Berry flavours can be tart or sweet, often similar to a blueberry, if they are blue or purple. But many also can have a different flavour from blueberries.

Schedule of events

Friday, August 25, 2017

3:00 PM – LATE                      T-Bar Pub & Grub open (children welcome until 10 PM)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM                 Beer Tasting presented by Big Rock Brewery (T-Bar Pub & Grub)

8:00 PM – LATE                      Bonfire (base area)

9:00 PM – LATE                      LIVE MUSIC by the Tumbleweeds (T-Bar Pub & Grub)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

10:00 AM – LATE                    T-Bar Pub & Grub open (children welcome until 10 PM)

10:00 AM – NOON                 Continental Breakfast in the T-Bar Pub & Grub – $6 (all ages)

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM              Huckleberry Chair open for huckleberry picking / scenic lift rides

Single ride tickets $19 / Adult (13 +), $14 / Child (6 – 12), FREE for children 5 & under

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM              Vendor Marketplace (day lodge)

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM              Refreshments available at top of Huckleberry Chair

11:30 AM – 3:30 PM              BBQ lunch in the base area $12.00 (all ages)

NOON – 6:00 PM                   Bouncy Castle, Concessions, Beer Garden (base area)

NOON – 6:00 PM                   Outdoor LIVE MUSIC (base area)

  • Elk, Run, & Riot (Noon)
  • The Tumbleweeds (1:30 PM)
  • Erin Ross Band (3:00 PM)
  • Tin & The Toad (4:30 PM)

NOON – 4:00 PM                   Face painting (base area)

NOON – 4:00 PM                   Castle Cornhole Championship presented by Big Rock Brewery (base area)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM                 Pig Roast & Roast Beef Dinner (Day Lodge)

$20 / Adult (13 +), $15 / Child (12 & Under)

8:30 PM – LATE                      Bonfire (base area)

9:00 PM – LATE                      LIVE MUSIC by Elk, Run, & Riot (T-Bar Pub & Grub)

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM                T-Bar Pub & Grub open (Children welcome)

9:00 AM – NOON                   Breakfast Buffet (T-Bar Pub & Grub)

$15 / Adult (13 +), $10 / Child (12 & Under)

10:00 AM Departure             Guided hike to Haig Lake

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM              Huckleberry Chair open for huckleberry picking / scenic lift rides

Single ride tickets $19 / Adult (13 +), $14 / Child (6 – 12), FREE for children 5 & under

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM              Face painting (base area)

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM              Bouncy Castle, Concessions, Beer Garden (base area)

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM              Outdoor LIVE MUSIC (base area)

  • The Tumbleweeds (11:00 AM)
  • Erin Ross (12:30 PM)
  • Elk, Run, & Riot (2:00 PM)

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM              Refreshments available at top of Huckleberry Chair

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM              Food Truck Garden

Admission

Admission to festival grounds is free of charge with meals, beverages, and scenic lift rides available for cost. 

New this year is our Huckleberry Festival all-access pass, available for Adults (13 +) at a cost of $69 per person or $49 per child (6 – 12). 

The Huckleberry Fest pass includes:

  • Access to festival grounds
  • Unlimited scenic lift rides both days
  • Continental breakfast on Saturday
  • Commerative Huckleberry Fest pass
  • BBQ lunch on Saturday
  • Pig Roast / Roast Beef dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast buffet on Sunday

Where To Stay

Festival organizers recommend staying on-hill at Castle Mountain to get the most out of your experience. Grab yourself a deal at the Castle Mountain Lodge and Hostel.

Click here for more information about where to stay. Camping is available by reservation at Guest Services. Call Guest Services on 403 627 5101 or visit skicastle.ca

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