Fun in the freezin' season
Inuvik celebrates the return of the sun in January of each year. After 30 days of twilight, it is time to celebrate. By March, where days are longer, every hamlet and town in the Northwest Territories feels the need for a spring break. Dogteam races, snowshoe races and snowmobile races are featured along with plenty of bannock, stew, and hot tea. Visitors are welcome to bundle up and join in. Yellowknife celebrates in late March, with the Long John Jamboree. In Hay River, the Kamba Carnival draws champion dog teams from across the north. Traditional hand games tournaments and jigging contests are popular.
Inuvik, January 5 - 7
An annual celebration of the return of the sun to the community. Bonfire and fireworks on the Saturday closest to the sunrise.
KOLE CROOK FIDDLE ASSOCIATION JANUARY JAMBOREE
Fort Simpson, January
Eighth Annual mid-winter traditional fiddling Jamboree!
CRAFTS AND FINE ART WORKSHOPS
Fort Smith, year-round
Traditional and contemporary crafts and fine art workshops run throughout the year at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre. Please call for more details and dates.
ARCTIC IMAGE FESTIVAL
Inuvik, late February
Celebrate images from the Arctic (north of the Arctic Circle and Nunavut). Images captured in photos and short videos will be featured during the festival. Competition is open to everyone and has professional, amateur, and youth categories.
CABIN FEVER MUSIC FESTIVAL
This event brings Yellowknife musicians together for a great mid-winter music festival.
K’AMBA WINTER CARNIVAL
Hay River, March 1-4
A family weekend full of activities with something for everyone — children and adult talent shows, dogsled races, outdoor activities, raffles, hand games and lots of prizes.
SNOWKING WINTER FESTIVAL
Yellowknife, March 3 - 30
Celebrating its 22nd year, come visit the snow castle on Yellowknife’s Back Bay and stay for art exhibits, live music, a film festival, family events, a hockey tournament and great hot chocolate throughout the month. Open 12 pm to 5 pm daily, with weekend evening events. Check the website for schedule details.
WOOD BUFFALO FROLICS/MUFFALOOSE DAYS
Fort Smith, March 8-11
The Frolics is a weekend event with a community feast, dances, games, hockey tournament and dogsled races. Most popular is the cabane à sucre - the sugar shack where maple syrup is poured over snow for a scrumptious winter treat!
25th Arctic Winter Games
Hay River/Fort Smith, March 18-24
The Arctic Winter Games is a high profile circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes. The Games provide an opportunity to strengthen sport development in the participants’ jurisdictions, to promote the benefits of sport, to build partnerships, and to promote culture and values.
THE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP DOG DERBY
Yellowknife, March 23-25
The Annual Canadian Championship Dog Derby sponsored by Dominion Diamond Mines will be held in March in Yellowknife.
LONG JOHN JAMBOREE
Yellowknife, March 23-25
Formerly held as Caribou Carnival, the Long John Jamboree is held on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife and features the De Beers Canada Inspired Ice Carving Championships as well as a variety of family friendly events.
ANNUAL MUSKRAT JAMBOREE
Inuvik, March 23-26
This Friday to Monday festival has several skills contests including snowshoe races, dogsledding, tea boiling and log sawing. Also, the third Annual Muskrat Cup Pond Hockey Tournament will take place.
Mad Trapper Rendezvous
Aklavik, March 29 - April 2
A fun weekend of old time dancing, dogsled races, snowmobile races and cultural events.
Peel River Jamboree
Fort McPherson, April 12 - 15
Fort McPherson's annual spring festival.
Tsiigehtchic, April 19 - 22
The annual community spring festival features dogsled races, traditional games and snowmobile races.
Tuktoyaktuk, April 27 - 30
Celebrate springtime on the Arctic coast. Exciting events and contests include snowmobile races, log sawing, harpoon throwing, drum dancing, igloo building and square dancing.