Carving on the Edge Festival

See Indigenous master carvers at work, and learn more about this ancient art. *This listing is archival. As of last update, no festival information is available for 2024. However, you can check out the Carving on the Edge website for information about other events and workshops.

Festival Dates: -
* Dates pending for 2024
Location: Tofino, British Columbia

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

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

After an online event in 2021, the festival returns in person for 2022! Head to the official Carving on the Edge Festival website for events and exciting news. 

Read our FestivalSeekers story for a preview of what you can expect at the Carving on the Edge Festival.

The in-person events usually feature exhibits, hands-on learn-to-carve workshops, 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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While you wait, get excited for the open carving area that will be featured throughout the Carving on the Edge Festival.

You can visit to seer 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. 

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


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