Winter Festivals & Events

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. 


 

MARCH 2019

K’AMBA WINTER CARNIVAL
Hay River, early March
(867) 874-6701
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 2-31, 2019
(867) 669-1571
snowking.ca
Celebrating its 23rd 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, early March
(867) 872-3065
fortsmith.ca
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!

THE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP DOG DERBY
Yellowknife, March 29-31, 2019
(867) 445-7223
The Annual Canadian Championship Dog Derby sponsored by Dominion Diamond Mines will be held in March in Yellowknife.

LONG JOHN JAMBOREE
Yellowknife, March 29-31, 2019
longjohnjamboree.ca
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.

MAD TRAPPER RENDEZVOUS
Aklavik, late March/early April
A fun weekend of old time dancing, dogsled races, snowmobile races and cultural events.


APRIL 2019

ANNUAL MUSKRAT JAMBOREE
Inuvik, April 5-8, 2019
(867) 777-3642
https://www.trulyarctic.ca/
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.

PEEL RIVER JAMBOREE
Fort McPherson, mid-April 
Fort McPherson's annual spring festival. 

MACKENZIE JAMBOREE
Tsiigehtchic, mid-April 
The annual community spring festival features dogsled races, traditional games and snowmobile races.

BELUGA JAMBOREE
Tuktoyaktuk, April 26 - 28, 2019
Celebrate springtime on the Arctic coast. Exciting events and contests include snowmobile races, log sawing, harpoon throwing, drum dancing, igloo building and square dancing.

 

JANUARY 2020

SUNRISE FESTIVAL
Inuvik, January
(867) 777-8618
https://www.inuvik.ca/en/getting-active/Inuvik-Sunrise-Festival.asp 
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
(867) 874-6680
Come to a weekend filled with fiddle fun: fiddle dances, fiddle classes at all levels, fiddle jams and orchestra classes taught by eight wonderful instructors from across Canada.

CRAFTS AND FINE ART WORKSHOPS
Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre, Fort Smith, year-round
(867) 872-2859
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.

FEBRUARY 2019

CABIN FEVER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Yellowknife, February
musicnwt.ca
This event brings Yellowknife musicians together for a great mid-winter music festival.

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