High on Ice Winter Festival

2018 High on Ice Winter Festival  -  Event Program & Information

Community Ice Carving Workshop (Learn to Carve Ice with Ryan Cook)EVVP0012.jpg
Join world-famous ice and wood carver Ryan Cook for a session where you learn the tricks of the trade! This session is available for all abilities – don’t be shy! Come take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Date: Saturday February 3
Time: 10:00am
Location: Centennial Park
Cost: $30
This workshop has limited space. Pre-Registration required. Call 250-785-4592 to reserve your spot.
 
Helpful hints to enjoy High on Ice
• Dress WARM! Layers, toques, gloves, winter coats, and mittens are all encouraged
• Read the details (we have lots of event details on this page – study up and be prepared!)
• Carry Cash -  some of these events have a cost associated with them
• Supervise your children closely – This is a busy event, please ensure your family is safe while enjoying our many activities (specifically on the ice slides)
• Be respectful when looking at the sculptures – the ice is very fragile
 
Opening Ceremonies
Kick off this spectacular event at Centennial Park on Friday February 9 beginning at 4:00pm. Check out the Single Block carving competition where carvers only have 2 hours to create a masterpiece right before your eyes!
 
Schedule:
4:00pm - Ice Slides OPEN & Bonfire in Centennial Park
4:00-6:00pm - Professional Single Block Carving
4:00-7:30pm - Free 8 oz. hot chocolate (and additional hot beverages for purchase) brought to you by The Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea
5:00-9:00pm – Pizza & a Pint with Beards Brewing and Olios Pizza
5:00-8:00pm – Live Music
5:00-7:00pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES -  face Painting, popcorn, balloon twisting, mascot visits and more!
5:30-6:30pm – Roving Circus Entertainers (one hour only)
6:30pm - Opening Ceremonies
(Mayor Ackerman’s opening remarks, meet the carvers, single block light up, council slide off)
7:00pm - Fire & Glow Show
 
2018 Carving Team
Ryan Cook- Canada
Dmitry Klimenko- Russia 
Doug Linglebach- Canada
Slavian Borecki - Poland
Kevin Lewis - Canada
Andrew Blaney- Canada (Fort St. John)
 
Pizza & a Pint (ages 19+)
The staff from Beards Brewing are bringing their goods down to Centennial Park for opening ceremonies. Head to the tents in Centennial Park to enjoy Fort St. John’s signature craft beer and a slice of delicious pizza from Olios. *BRING CASH for this event
 
Ice Slides *Free
OPEN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9 AT 4:00PM
That’s right - the ice slides are back and will be set up in the heart of Centennial Park! Constructed by the carvers, these super fun and fast slides are free for the public to use all weekend! Don’t miss out on the highlight of the festival and make sure to come for a rip! 
 
EVVP0336.jpgPlease remember the following rules when enjoying the ice slides:
• Parental supervision is required for all children on the ice slides
• Ice Slides are subject to be closed if City staff deems them unsafe
• Use the proper entrance to the ice slides (do not climb up the slides, up the back of the snow pile, or between the slides)
• Ensure your children are patient and wait their turn to use the ice slides
• Crazy carpets and other sleds are not permitted on the ice slides
• Dress appropriately for the ice slides (snow pants preferred)
• Small children are encouraged to wear helmets
• Ice slides will not be ready for public use until 4:00pm on Friday February 9. Please stay out of Centennial Park prior to the festival as there will be machinery and power tools on site. 
 
Coloured Ice
Every year, local art enthusiast Eliza Massey Stanford creates her own coloured ice. She is probably the only person in Fort St. John who gets excited when the thermometer hits -25. Come to Centennial Park and see what creation she puts together and see these vibrant colours pop!

Hot Beverages from the Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea

We are exctied to have the folks from Canadian Grind back in Centennial Park for the weekend to keep everyone warm with delicious beverages! Their mobile trailer will be in Centennial Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hours of operation will be as follows:
Friday February 9 from 4:00-7:30pm - FREE 8 oz. hot chocolate available to all. Other hot beveragess will also be available for purchase. The trailer will be Saturday February 10 hours: 11:00am-5:00pm (regular beverage prices)
Sunday February 11 hours: 11:00am-5:00pm (regular beverage prices)
 
Curling Bonspiel
Friday February 9 & Saturday February 10
Nothing says Canadian Winter like a CURLING BONSPIEL! Sign your team up for two days of curling action at the Fort St. John Curling Rink. Teams must consist of 4 people and the registration fee is $200. Don’t forget to check out the dance at the curling club on Friday night. All adults 19+ are welcome to partake in a night of dinner, drinks and dancing! This is open to everyone – not just Bonspielers!
For more information or to register please call the number listed below:
Contact: Fort St. John Curling Club
Phone: 250-785-2037
 
"Laugh Your Ice Off" Comedy Show
The Lido Theatre will once again be hosting the annual “Laugh your Ice Off” comedy shows throughout the weekend. This is a 19+ age event and tickets must be purchased in advance or at the door. Shows take place February 9, 10 and 11 at 7:00pm.
Contact: Lido Theatre
Phone: 250-785-3011
 
Professional Ice Carving (LIVE)
Saturday February 10, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Not only do these carvers spend days working on ice slides and commissioned pieces in advance for you to view, they keep at it throughout the weekend and create even MORE sculptures right before your eyes! Come at watch professionals from around the world as they transform ice into art!
 
Mayor’s ChallengeEVVP0138.jpg
Saturday February 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
The annual “Mayor’s Challenge” will take place again. Observe elected officials from Fort St. John and other nearby communities to try their hand at Ice Carving and compete for bragging rights. This event will take place in Centennial Park so come down and cheer on the home team!
 
Community Ice Carving Competition
Saturday February 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Think you got what it takes to carve like the pros? Sign up and put your skills to the test at the Community Ice Carving Competition! This event is wide open to the public so don’t be shy and come try something new this winter! Registration is required. A workshop to learn some techniques is also being offered on February. for more information, view the forms are at the bottom of this page. 
 
Sledge Hockey Trial *Free
Saturday February 10, 8:00am-10:00pm
Sledge hockey is an adaptive form of ice hockey. This sport is played at the Paralympic level by very skilled athletes. Members from the Fort St. John Sports Council will be facilitating a free sledge hockey trial at the North Peace Arena. This is an exciting sport that many people don't get the opportunity to try so don't miss out! All ages welcome, just drop in!
Contact: Recreation Programmer
 
Adult Dodgeball Tournament
Saturday February 10, 11:00am-6:00pm
The HOI Adult Dodgeball tournament is back! Sign your team up for a full-day battle to finish in the top three positions! Prizes go to the top three teams, best dressed, most enthusiastic, and most sportsmanlike teams. Don't miss out on door prizes, beer garden, 50/50, and concession! Brought to you by North Peace Gymnastics Association.
*REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MONDAY,JANUARY 9 at 9:00am.
Must register in person at the Fort St. John Visitor Centre or North Peace Leisure Pool. Register as a single player for $20 or sign up a team (6-8 players) for $120. One representative from a team can sign a whole team up but it must be done in person.
Registration deadline is February 1st by 4:30pm. Must be 16 years or older to register. 
Contact: Recreation Programmer
 
Soup Stock
Saturday February 10 11:00am-3:00pm
Pop down to the Centennial Park tents for Soup Stock! Soup Stock is a waste free event where you can take a break from the cold and warm up with some hot soup! Bring your own mug, and for a small fee of $2 per serving, you have access to a selection of delicious soups. Enjoy live music while you feast on delicious local soups! Remember to bring your cash!
Contact: NEAT
Phone: 250-785-6328
 
Face Painting *Free
Friday February 9 5:00-700pm & Saturday February 10 12:00-4:00pm
Bring your little one into the tents at Centennial park to get their face painted up by volunteers from the Child Development Centre! This is a popular activity so get there early and be mindful of when get in line - all face painting end s at the exact  advertised times.
 
EVVP0258.jpgHorse Drawn Sleigh Rides *Free
NEW LOCATION – KIN PARK
Saturday February 10, Sunday February 11, and Monday February 12 from 11:00am-3:00pm
Members from the Northern Horse & Mule Harness Association are back again to provide free horse drawn sleigh rides at their NEW location at Kin Park! The loading zone will be directly behind the outdoor rink at Kin Park so park your cars by the rink and enjoy some outdoor skating while you’re there! No registration required. Sleigh rides will be canceled at -20 or colder temperatures. Please leave your pets at home as it can spook the horses.
 
*NOTE: the Kin Park outdoor rink is located next to Bert Ambrose Elementary School – please refrain from parking on the dirt road adjacent to the baseball diamonds
 
Cross Country Skiing Try-it Event *Free
Saturday February 10
2:15 – 3:00pm (children/family session)
3:15 – 4:00pm (teen/adult session)
Drop by Beatton Provincial Park on Saturday to give cross country skiing a try! Coaches from the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club will be there to show you the ropes and help you improve your skills. This activity is for all ages. Wear your wool socks, mittens, and other warm clothes. Event will be cancelled if temperatures reach -20.
 
Rental equipment will be available for participants ages 4+ but please e-mail the club in advance if you wish to rent gear. You can contact the club through their website at:
 
Peace Passage Skating Club – Dinner and Dance
Saturday February 10, Taylor Community Hall
Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm (Dance to follow)
Get your dancing shoes on for a great cause! Members of the Peace Passage Skating Club want you to get into the Winter Spirit at their annual Dinner and Dance Fundraiser! There will be a door prizes, prize balloons, a Winter Wonderland Theme!
Call or text Jada Coyle at 250-329-5953 any time after January 2 to get your tickets! Tickets cost $50.00 per person.
 
Community Snow Sculpting Competition
Sunday February 10 10:00am - 3:00pm
Not sure about Ice Carving? Try working with snow! See what kind of masterpiece you can create and maybe take home some prize money! This event is wide open to the public but pre-registration is required. A workshop to learn some techniques is also being offered on February. For more information, view the forms are at the bottom of this page. 
 
Ice Fishing Derby – Mile 54 Boat Launch - Charlie Lake *FreeEVVP0401.jpg
Sunday February 11 8:00am - 3:00pm
The annual Ice Fishing Derby will be taking place at the Mile 54 boat launch on Charlie Lake this year. Registration for this event will occur on site. Don't forget your fishing license - you will need it at weigh in time.
Contact: Paul or Tammi
Phone: 250-785-1461
 
Snowshoeing at Charlie Lake * FREE
Sunday February 11 8:00am - 3:00pm
Members from the Charlie Lake Elementary school PAC are lending out their snowshoes for the public to borrow! Check in at the ice fishing tent tent to borrow a set of snowshoes and explore the trails around Charlie Lake Provincial Park.
Contact: Lynette
 
Evangel Chapel Family Carnival *Free
Sunday February 12 1:00-3:00pm
The family fun continues on Sunday afternoon in Centennial Park! Bring the whole family down for fun and games between 1:00-3:00pm.
 
Bouncing Beans
Sunday Feb 11th 11:00am to 3:30pm at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse
Family FREE event! Fun for all ages to play run around on the pitch, build forts, throw the ball around, or jump around on the bouncy castles. Parents must supervise children at all times.
 
EVVP6003.jpgFire & Ice Closing Ceremony
Everyone loves the annual Fire & Ice  6:00pm Sunday evening for our closing ceremony and fire & ice show! Carvers light up the fire tower and all are welcome to watch it burn down to mark the end of the ice/snow portion of the High on Ice Winter Festival.
Bergen Financial Family Day Swim *Free
Monday, February 13 - 1:00-4:00pm at the North Peace Leisure Pool
Head to the North  Peace Leisure Pool on February 13 to celebrate Family Day! This swim is free to the public, thanks to our sponsor Bergen Financial Inc.
High on Ice Community Partners
High on Ice is organized by a planning committee made up of various community members who represent different organizations. The vast majority of this group is made up of volunteers who are the driving force behind the community events that take place over the weekend. High on Ice is possible because of these people and their desire to celebrate life in the North. Thank you to our volunteers:
• 2276 Army Cadets
• Baby Bear Daycare
• Backcountry
• Beards Brewing
• Bell Media
• BMO
• Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea
• Charlie Lake PAC
• Child Development Centre
• Eliza Stanford
• Engage Sport North
• Evangel Chapel
• Fort St. John Curling Club
• Fort St. John & District Sports Council
• Lido Theatre
• NEAT
• North Peace Gymnastics Association
• Northern Horse Mule & Harness Association
• Moose FM
• Peace Passage Skating Club
• Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club
 If you have an idea for a community event or would like to volunteer to help with the festival, please contact us by emailing recreation@fortstjohn.ca
 
Event Sponsors
The High on Ice Winter Festival requires a lot of resources. The event receives support from many local businesses and that's what makes it such a huge success. Cash or in-kind donations are accepted and there are different packages available. Thank you to all of the organizations who have
• BlueWave Energy
• CAT Rentals
• Caltech Surveys LTD.
• The Pomeroy Hotel
• Driving Force
• Brandt Tractor
• Moose FM
• Progress Energy
• Assertive Safety Services
• ATCO structures & Logistics
• Peace Country Rentals
• CO OP
• Poorboy Trucking
• Sound in Town
Check out the Sponsorship Information link at the bottom of this page. For questions related to sponsorship e-mail recreation@fortstjohn.ca.
 
Any questions or suggestions regarding the festival can be directed to recreation@fortstjohn.ca
 
Want to get involved in the event in the future?
Volunteer
High on Ice is organized by a planning committee made up of various community members who represent different organizations. The vast majority of this group is made up of volunteers who are the driving force behind the community events that take place over the weekend. Do you have an idea for a sub event? Even if it's an hour or two we are happy to include new activities in the weekend program!
Be a Vendor
It can get a little chilly down at Centennial Park! Perhaps you cook/serve delicious food that will warm up visitors! Apply to be a vendor by e-mailing recreation@fortstjohn.ca. All vendors must have a business license, food safe, own power supply and have a unit that is approved by the Fort St. John Fire Department.

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Community Services
Phone: 250.785.4592