Carving on the Edge Festival

Carving on the Edge Festival

Every September, a great celebration of the West Coast carver takes place on Tofino's main street on the very edge of Vancouver Island's west coast. 

Festival Dates: -
Festival Type: Arts & Culture
Community: Tofino
Province: British Columbia

It doesn’t get more West Coast than the five-day Carving on the Edge Festival on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Learn and watch from talented traditional and contemporary carvers who use their artistic talents to the tell the stories of this ancient land with their tools and hands.

Totems & Tributaries is the fitting theme of this year’s event, held Sept. 6 to 9 in Tla-o-qui-aht Territory, Tofino, B.C., a celebration of the vital inland waterways that connected the coastal communities and the totems that tell the stories of the people and the land.

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The event also feature exhibits, hands-on learn-to-carve workshos, regional food, cultural shows, along with many family programs and demonstrations each day.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

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Simple but beautiful wood bowls will be on display at the carving festival. 
Photo by Christopher Roy

There will be presentations by master carvers, storytelling events, and family carving workshops for all ages. All events are open to the public at no charge. A "Carving Map" will be available from local businesses and visitor centres will lead festival-goers to event locations.

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The 2018 Carving on the Edge program is TBD 

While you wait, get excited for the open carving area that will be featured throughout the Carving on the Edge Festival. Enjoy a space within the festival venue for carvers to set up and work on projects throughout the week. All carvers are welcome to come enjoy this shared workspace, work on existing projects or begin new ones, and carve alongside each other. This is a great opportunity to share tips and techniques and gather inspiration from fellow west coast carvers of all skill levels. 

Master carver Carl Martin will teach visitors to carve a paddle and a canoe.
Photo by Tarina White

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