High on Ice Winter Festival

The 2017 High on Ice Winter Festival will take place February 10-13. Want to get involved in the fun? Here's how:


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. Check out the Sponsorship Information link at the bottom of this page. For questions related to sponsorship e-mail recreation@fortstjohn.ca.


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. 


Ice & Snow Workshops

Registration is now available for the annual ice carving and snow sculpting workshops that take place on February 4 and 5. After you sharpen your skills at the workshops, participate in the Community Ice Carving and/or Snow Sculpting Competitions taking place over the course of the festival weekend. Looking for more information on these events? Click the forms at the bottom of the page to find out more information regarding dates, times, what to bring, and more!

Weekend Schedule
Here is the schedule of events for the weekend. If you'd like a handy link in your phone just download the Fort St. John City app. The schedule is in the Home screen. Want to take a sneak peak at what the event has to offer? Click here 

Details of all of the events are below


Opening Ceremonies

Kick off this spectacular event at Centennial Park on Friday February 10 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! Then join Mayor Ackerman kick off the festival and cheer on our City councillors as they partake in the annual slide off! Come enjoy the sculptures, free hot chocolate, and a chance to meet the carvers! See below for a schedule for the opening ceremonies:

4:00pm - Ice Slides & Bonfire in Centennial Park
4:00-6:00pm - Professional Single Block Carving
4:30-6:30pm – Live Music
5:00-7:00pm – Face Painting with the Child Development Centre
5:00-6:00pm - Free Hot Chocolate provided by the Canadian Grind
6:00pm - Opening Ceremonies
6:15pm - Council Slide off
6:30pm - Meet the Carvers in the Centennial Park Tents

2017 Carving Team
David Ducharme- Canada
Ryan Cook- Canada
Dmitry Klimenko- Russia
Doug Lingleback- Canada
Susanne Ruseler – Netherlands
​Ilya Filimontsev – Russia
Andrew Blaney- Canada (Fort St. John)

Ice Slides *Free

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! Parental supervision is required for all children on the ice slides. Ice Slides may be closed if City staff deems them unsafe.

Please note: Ice slides will not be ready for public use until 4:00pm on Friday February 11. 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!

Curling Bonspiel
Friday February 10 & Saturday February 11
The High on Ice Winter Festival means 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 be hosting a comedy shows throughout the weekend. This is a 19+ age event and tickets must be purchased.

Contact: Lido Theatre
Phone: 250-785-3011​

Professional Ice Carving (LIVE)
Saturday February 11, 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 Challenge
Saturday February 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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
E-mail: recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Adult Dodgeball Tournament
Saturday February 11, 11:00am-6:00pm
The  HOI Adult Dodgeball tournament is back again! 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.

Must register in person at the Fort St. John Visitor Centre. 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. All participants must sign a waiver.

Registration deadline is February 1st by 4:30pm. Must be 16 years or older to register. 

Contact: Recreation Programmer
E-mail: recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Soup Stock
Saturday February 11 11:00am-3:00pm
Pop down to the Centennial Park tents for Soup Stock! A waste free event where you can take a break to 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 fest on delicious local soups!

Contact: NEAT
Phone: 250-785-6328

Face Painting *Free
Friday February 10 5:00-700pm & Saturday February 11 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 - all face painting ends at 4:00pm sharp.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides *Free
Saturday February 11, Sunday February 12, and Monday February 13 from 11:00am-3:00pm
The Northern Horse & Mule Harness Association is back to provide free horse drawn sleigh rides! Bring your family to Toboggan Hill (located behind North Peace Secondary School). 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.

Cross Country Skiing for Beginners *Free
Saturday February 11
2:15 – 3:00pm (children/family session)
3:15 – 4:00pm (teen/adult session)

Drop by Beatton Provincal 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 - no registration required. Rental equipment will be available for participants ages 4+ but come early to get sized! Wear your wool socks, mittens, and other warm clothes. This event will be cancelled if temperatures reach -20.

Chocolate Festival
Saturday February 11 at 7:00pm
The Chocolate Festival is back and is sure to be an exciting and delicious evening. With a "Fire and Ice" theme for 2017, participants can enjoy the contrast of a little heat in the chocolate or icy cold flavours. This Chocolate Extravaganza is a19+ fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Peace Arts Gallery Society. The event will take place at the North Peace Cultural Centre. There will be a Silent Auction, chocolate inspired beverages at the bar, and local professional bakers will design chocolate inspired masterpieces for sampling. The guests will be vote for their favourites on the night. Don’t miss out on the sweetest event during the High on Ice Winter Festival. Tickets are 2 for $55.00 or $35.00 for single admission

Contact: North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office
Phone: 250-785-1992

Community Snow Sculpting Competition
Sunday February 12 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 *Free
Sunday February 12 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
e-mail: fishing@backcountryfsj.com

Silly Bobsled Races
Sunday February 12, 10:00am - 2:30pm
Got a need for speed? Sign your crew up for the first ever Silly Bobsled Race! Get creative with friends or family and construct your own bobsled! It can be made of an old boat, addition onto a purchased sled, or use whatever you can ride down a hill! Teams head down the track at Toboggan Hill park and the top three will take home prizes! Children are welcome to participate in the Family division and adults (18+) will have their own division. Additional prizes will also go to the best dressed team, most enthusiastic team, and the crew with the most creative sled. Brought to you by volunteers from the Bank of Montreal.

Contact: Recreation Programmer
E-mail: recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Evangel Chapel presents: Church in the Park *Free
Sunday February 12 12:30pm
Head to the Centennial Park on Sunday for church in in a more 'wintery' environment. Space will be limited so there will be three services offered.

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.

Fire & Ice Closing Ceremony
Stick around until 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 of these people and their desire to celebrate life in the North. Thank you to our volunteers!

 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

Any questions or suggestions regarding the festival can be directed to recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Community Services
Phone: 250.785.4592