Fort St. James WinterFest

You’ll feel like a super Canadian throughout the Fort St. James Winterfest, with quintessential events like the fast-paced and unique dog sledding race, ice-skating, a winter film fest, an outdoor art show, and curling championships.

* 2021 dates pending
Community: Fort St. James
Region: Northern BC
Province: British Columbia
Festival Type: Arts & Culture

WinterFest is a month-long celebration of winter and winter recreation. Participants can try out the sports they know or maybe haven't tried before. From dogsledding to milk jug curling, the month is jam-packed every weekend with your favourite outdoor activities. Young or young at heart, everyone is welcome to participate, watch, or try something new.

Every day from Feb. 1 to 29, the northern B.C. town puts on its best winter face celebrating winter and the arts with activities and events for the whole family.

One of the most exciting events of the Fort St. James WinterFest is the dog sled races. It’s a one-of-a-kind event in North America for a number of reasons. It’s the only competition in Canada that has sprint and long-distance races and it brings race teams from all over the continent. It’s that big! Cool fact: It’s also one of the qualifying events for the 200-km Yukon Quest.

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Here’s a list of some of the events so you can start planning now:

  • Feb. 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Spend an afternoon ski touring through beautiful boreal forests, followed by dinner and live music at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 7-9, Noon – Did you know that Fort St. James hosts Canada’s only dogsled race that mixes sprint and long distances in one weekend? The Caledonia Classic attracts mushers from all over North America and is also a qualifier for the 200-km long Yukon Quest.
  • Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m. – Check out the beautiful works of local artists who have painted B.C. landscapes en plein air and will be showing their works at Pope Mountain Arts.
  • Feb. 8-9, – Head to the Fort St. James Curling Club to cheer on the teams competing in the Ladies Curling Bonspiel.
  • Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. – Take in an evening of skiing and snowboarding movies at the Pope Mountain Arts that are sure to inspire you to take to the slopes.
  • Feb  22 - 24  3rd Jordan Marshall Memorial Hockey Tournament
  • Feb. 1-28 – Free family skating every day from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Forum Arena.

When You Go

Make sure to check out Murray Ridge Ski Area while you are in the Fort St James area.

Get a sense of the community and head over to the Murray Ridge Facebook page and set your compass for a destination welcomes everyone. 

Learn more about all the outdoor activities in Fort. St. James.

Know where you are headed. Learn more about the area.

For all your Travel Northern BC details, the folks from Northern BC Tourism can help make the planning process go smoothly. 

Learn more about what B.C. has in store for you this winter by searching #SkiNorthBC  or visit our #SkiNorthBC expedition page , where more stories and videos will be coming out all season long.

* 2021 dates pending