Icy Family Fun
Feb 5, 2015
Monday February 9 is BC’s Family Day. It’s the one holiday out of the whole year that was created solely for spending time with family. It is no coincidence then, that this is the weekend the High on Ice Festival in Fort St. John is being held. The High on Ice Festival is all about family and — of course — what’s the Peace Region full of at this time of year? Snow and ice. This year’s festival has something for every family member to enjoy with art, sports, winter activities and performances of all kinds.
In honour of the Winter Games being in Prince George this year, Pacific Sport is hosting Winter Games themed activities in Centennial Park. The North Peace Leisure Pool is also hosting a free Family Day. Other family friendly activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice slides and a birdfeeder craft workshop. There are also spectator events such as snowshoe, toboggan, and mountain bike races, as well as an ice fishing derby on Charlie Lake.
For the sports minded, there’s the Crystal Cup Pond Hockey tournament from the 6th to the 8th. This year, for the first time, there will be a ten team masters division. There will also be live music in the gardens on the lake the whole weekend, special guest appearances, prizes, giveaways and even an ice bar hosted by Mr. Mikes!
Curling fans will want to check out the Mukluk Bonspiel tournament, also from the 6th to the 8th, which will feature a dinner and dance on Saturday evening. Those who prefer less traditional sporting events will be interested in the Over the Line tourney on the 7th where teams of 4-6 people chase a ball around in deep, deep snow.
If your idea of having fun is enjoying some live entertainment, you are not going to want to miss the Laugh Your Ice Off comedy festival running from the 6th to the 8th at the Lido Theatre. The featured comedians this year are Kerry Unger and Johnny Gardhouse.
Last but not least, you’ll have to make sure to stop by the real star of the festival — the world-famous Ice Carving and Snow Sculpting Competitions — where you can watch some of the world’s best professionals and amateurs take chainsaws to ice and create breathtaking works of art.
You’ll find the complete schedule of events here. Even if you call Alberta home and have another weekend to go before your Family Day, it’s well worth the trip to Fort St. John for some Icy Family Fun!