Canmore Winter Carnival

Canmore Winter Carnival

Enjoy the annual Canmore Winter Carnival, full of fun kid- adult- and family-friendly events. Ice carving, snow sculpting and the popular Snowy Owl Kid N' Mutt races are just a few of the events on the seasonal menu. 

Festival Dates: -
Festival Type: Arts & Culture
Community: Canmore
Province: Alberta

Head to Canmore this winter for the annual Canmore Winter Carnival. For two decades this winter celebration brings crowds from near and far. This year, Canmore welcomes both the 2016 BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon and the Nordic Ski World Cup. The carnival will also feature 45 days of entertainments, such as ice carving, snow sculpting and the popular Snowy Owl Kid N Mutt races.

Featured Events

Winter Carnival Kickoff 

Canmore Nordic Centre
Feb. 1 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Tobaggan and tubing competitions will put you in the winter spirit. 
Photo by Tourism Canmore

Head to the Canmore Nordic Centre for the official Kick Off to the World Cup Edition of the Canmore Winter Carnival. Enjoy family-friendlyactivities like tobogganing, ice skating, fat bike challenges, hot chocolate and marshmallows with entertainment from local performers.

World Cup Biathlon Opening Ceremonies 

Downtown Canmore Pond
Wednesday, Feb. 3 - 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy the opening ceremonies for the IBU World Cup Biathlon Event with the Canadian Team.

Schedule of events

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Music
  • 6 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m. Live Performance by Seth Anderson
  • 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Parade of Nations
  • 6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Stoney Nakoda First Nation Opening Ceremonies Prayer, Drumming and Dancing
  • 7 p.m. Fireworks
  • 7:30 p.m.  – 8 p.m. Music

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Head to Canmore for the annual Canmore Winter Carnival. Check out some of the winter packages on offer here. 


Ice Carving Competition

Canmore Civic Centre Plaza 

Saturday, Feb. 6 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The annual Ice Carving Competition happens in front of the Canmore Civic Centre. Come down and watch talented carvers as they transform blocks of ice into magnificent works of art.

Paintbox Lodge Cooking Class

Paintbox Lodge

Thursday, Feb 11 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Take a cooking class and then indulge in the fruits of your labour. 
Photo by Tourism Canmore

Cost is $75 per person. You'll learn how to cook pub grub and comfort food - with a dash of French flair. It's a culinary mashup featuring, steak tartare, salad Nicoise with albacore tuna, yorkshire puddings stuffed with steak and au jus, ratatouille and Manchester tart.

Snowy Owl Kid N’ Mutt Races

Canmore Nordic Centre

Sunday, Feb. 21 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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The annual Snowy Owl Kid N' Mutt race is a hit is guaranteed to make you giggle.
Photo by the Town of Canmore

The Snowy Owl Sled dogs and kids races return again this year. Teams of two race against each other in this annual event, which is not only fun to participate in but also to watch. Head to the Canmore Nordic Centre to take in the action as teams battle it out.

  • 10 a.m. – Noon (10 to 12 yr. olds)
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Family Challenge)

NOTE: Pre-registration is required and will open on February 1, 2016. Check back on February 1st for registration information!

Culinary Funk – Live Music with Culinary Pairings.

Paintbox Lodge

Sunday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Join Chef Colin Metcalfe (Chef at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and formerly of Catch Restaurant, Raw Bar at Hotel Arts, Double Zero Pizza and Model Milk) for an evening of culinary treats paired with live music. Metcalfe has won gold medal plates in Calgary two time and once nationally.

Music will be performed by Alex Vissia. This unique event, combines music with culinary creativity with an cosy house concert feel. Tickets include live music, casual tapas-style dinner and dessert and a glass of prosecco/wine/beer.

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