High on Ice Winter Festival

PEMBINA Presents: the 2019 High on Ice Winter Festival  - Return of the Mukluk Rendezvous

Event Program & Information:

Community Ice Carving Workshop (Learn to Carve Ice with Chris Foltz)
Join world-famous ice carver Chris Foltz for a hands on session where you learn the tricks of this chilly trade! This session is available for all abilities – don’t be shy! Come take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Date: Saturday February 9
Times:
Adult workshop is from 10:00am-4:00pm
Youth session will take place from 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Centennial Park
Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch) - 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 15 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 for Opening Night:

4pm Ice Slides OPEN & Bonfire in Centennial Park
4-6pm Professional Single Block Carving
4:7:30pm Free 8 oz. hot chocolate (and additional hot beverages for purchase) brought to you by The Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea
5-9pm Pizza & a Pint with Beards Brewing (must be 19+ to purchase)
5-6:30pm & 7-9pm Live Music (short break for opening ceremonies)
5-7pm 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 at the Welcome Wall (Mayor Ackerman’s opening remarks, Carver Introduction, single block light up)
6:45pm Dance Performance by Caitlin Beale Coaching 101
7pm Fire & Glow Show

 2019 Carving Team

  • Ryan Cook- Canada
  • Dmitry Klimenko- Russia
  • Doug Linglebach- Canada
  • Slavian Borecki - Poland
  • Kevin Lewis – Canada
  • Chris Foltz - USA
  • Eliza Stanford (Colourd Ice) - Canada (Fort St. John)

Pizza & a Pint (ages 19+)
Friday February 15 & 16 from 5:00-9:00pm
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. There will be live music while you enjoy your brew! Can't make it Friday? Come on Saturday afternoon and enjoy a cold one!
NOTE: BRING CASH and two peices of identification for this event.

 Ice Slides *Free
OPEN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15  AT 4:00PM
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! Please remember the following rules when enjoying the ice slides:

  • STAY OFF SLIDES UNTIL THEY ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN FEB 15 at 4:00pm!
  • 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
  • Stay out of Centennial Park/off slides prior to the festival as there will be machinery and power tools on site. 

Hot Beverages from the Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea
The folks from Canadian Grind are back in Centennial Park for the weekend to keep everyone warm with delicious beverages! Their mobile trailer will be in Centennial Park at the following times:
Friday February 15 from 4:00-7:30pm - FREE 8 oz. hot chocolate brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada (other hot beverages will also be available for purchase).
Saturday February 16: 11:00am-5:00pm (regular beverage prices)
Sunday February 17: 11:00am-4:00pm (regular beverage prices)
Sunday February 17: 4:00-7:30 pm - FREE 8 oz. hot chocolate brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada (other hot beverages will also be available for purchase).

Face Painting *Free
Friday February 15 from 5-7pm 
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 ends at the exact advertised times.

Balloon Twisting *Free
Friday February 15 from 5-7pm 
Celebrate the start of High on Ice with a free balloon toy provided by Wiggy’s Creations! Note: some easier balloons are free of cost but others have a cost. Please bring cash if you plan to purchase a bigger/more complex piece of balloon art. Be mindful of when you get in line - Balloon Twisting ends at exactly 7pm.

Live Music *Free
Friday Feb 15 from 5:00-6:30pm and from 7:00-9:00pm (break for opening ceremonies)
Saturday Feb 16 from 11:00am-3:00pm
Head to the tents in Centennial Park to take in some of the awesome local talent our City has to offer! Our tents are heated and there will be other activities to enjoy while you listen!

Curling Bonspiel
Friday February 15 & Saturday February 16 (possibly Feb 17 depening on registration)
Nothing says Canadian Winter like a CURLING BONSPIEL! Sign your team up for a weekend 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 SATURDAY night. All adults 19+ are welcome to partake in a night of dinner, drinks and dancing with a live performance by Sweetwater! 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
February 15, 16, 17 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
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. Want to buy online? Click the poster to visit the Lido's website.
Contact: Lido Theatre
Phone: 250-785-3011

North Peace Cultural Centre presents:
Brendan McLeod – Brain & Other Stories
Friday, February 15 at 7:30pm
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental illness, and friendship from award-winning novelist and former Canadian poetry SLAM champ Brendan McLeod. “Brain” maps Brendan’s experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder – from a teenager struggling to understand his obsessions to an adult battling psychosis. A nuanced journey through the nature of thought, “Brain” is an upbeat, intense comedy about the miracle of the mind. This show is not recommended for children under 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance at a cost of  $35 for adults and $30 for Students & Seniors.
Contact: North Peace Cultural Centre
Website: http://npcc.bc.ca/
E-mail: reception@npcc.bc.ca
Phone: 250 785-1992

 Professional Ice Carving (LIVE)
Saturday February 16, 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 16, 10am - 4pm 
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 16, 10am - 4pm
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! 

Dog Sled Rides *Free
Saturday February 16, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Nothing says Mukluk Rendezvous like dog sledding! Want to go for a ride? Head to the Horse Ranch in Baldonnel for FREE rides with the crew from Northern Star Kennel Racing! These rides are a very special addition to the 2019 High on Ice program so don't miss out on taking a ride at a beautiful scenic location. Make sure to dress warm and bring safety glasses, goggles, or sunglasses. These rides will be done on a first come, first serve basis. Multiple rides will depend on volume of people on site.
Note: please leave your pets at home as they can distract the dog teams.
For more information on how to get to the Horse Ranch, visit their website by clicking here
For more information on the Northern Start Kennel and their dogs, visit their facebook page by clicking here

Soup Stock
Saturday February 16 11am-3pm
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
Saturday February 16 from 12-4pm
Missed face painting Friday? We’ve got round two on Saturday! 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 ends at the exact advertised times.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides *Free
KIN PARK - Saturday February 16, Sunday February 17, and Monday February 18 from 11am-3pm
Members from the Northern Horse & Mule Harness Association are back again to provide free horse drawn sleigh rides 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

Mini donuts will be served on site by: at a cost for $5.00 per bag. Please bring cash for this. Additionally, free hot beverages will be supplied on site courtesy of Peace Country Delight.

Engage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle Course *Free
Saturday February 16 from 12:00-2:00pm
Join our friends from Engage Sport North for a fun Obstacle Course in Centennial Park! Put your physical skills to the test – it will be sure to warm you up on a cold winter day!

Bergen Financial Mukluk Family Day Swim *Free
Saturday, February 16 - 1-5m at the North Peace Leisure Pool
Head to the North Peace Leisure Pool on Family Day! This swim is free to the public, thanks to our sponsor Bergen Financial Inc.

 Mukluk Rendezvous Loppet *Free
Saturday February 16 at 2:00pm (Registration at 1:00pm)
What is a Loppet you ask? It's a fun, all abilities cross country ski race! Drop by Beatton Provincial Park on Saturday to check it out! This activity is for all ages with shorter races for younger participants but ALL participants must register. Wear your wool socks, mittens, and other warm clothes. 

Rental equipment will be available for free. Equipment is available for ages 5 to adult but there are limited supplies for kids.  If you require equipment, please arrive as close to 1:00pm as possible to get fittered and registered. Free rentals only available to those participating in the Loppet.

Note: this event will be cancelled if temperatures reach -20.

Engage Sport presents: Try it Sports ft. Sledge Hockey & Broomball *Free
Saturday February 16, 5:00-7:00pm
Engage Sport North continues “Try it Sports” during the High on Ice Winter Festival by hosting a combined sledge hockey/broom ball session. Sledge hockey is an adaptive form of ice hockey. This sport is played at the Paralympic level by very skilled athletes. Don’t miss your chance to try it for FREE at the North Peace Arena. The ice will be spilt up and broomball will be going on at the same time. ALL equipment is provided. All ages welcome, just drop in and ensure your shoes are clean before stepping on the ice.

Note: Hockey players that have their own equipment can bring their own helmet and elbow pads if trying sledge hockey.

 Moonlight Mystery Ride – Snowshoe Tour at Beatton Park *Free
Saturday February 16 - 7:00pm
Ever tried Snowshoeing under the stars? Now’s your chance! Head to the Beatton Provincial Park at 7:00pm and take a guided tour at night time. Meet host Harriet at the Whiskey Jack Ski Club warming hut and head out on this guided group adventure that will be approximately 1 hour in duration. Bring any flashlights, glow sticks, or flashy objects and get decked out for the ultimate snowshoe experience! After the walk, there will be hot chocolate and a prize for individual in the best outfit. Bring your own snowshoes if you’ve got them and dress warm!

Note: Minimal snowshoes will be available to borrow. Please arrive early if you wish to borrow some. These will be given out on a first come, first serve basis and are FREE to borrow.

 Beards Brewing: Pizza & a Pint (ages 19+) and BEARD Competition
Saturday February 16 from 5:00-9:00pm
The crew from Beards Brewing will be back in the heated tents in Centennial Park on Saturday evening! Check out the ice sculptures then stick around for a pint of craft beer, pizza, and BEARD competition!  That’s right, we welcome the burliest, bushiest, and biggest beards FSJ has to offer. The boys with the best beards will win some sweet prizes! *BRING CASH for this event. 

Ice Fishing Derby – Charlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch *Free
Sunday February 17 8:00am - 3:00pm
The annual Ice Fishing Derby will be taking place at the Charlie Lake Rotary Boat launch this year. Registration for this event will occur on site. Don't forget your fishing license - you will need it at weigh in time. Last weigh in is at 3:00pm sharp. Note: this event will be cancelled if temperatures hit -20 or lower.
Contact: Paul or Tammi at Backcountry
Phone: 250-785-1461
e-mail: fishing@backcountryfsj.com

 Storywalk in Centennial Park *Free
February 17 – 11am
Storywalks combine nature and literature in one easy adventure! Storybook pages will be mounted on stakes and placed around the park. Read a page, then walk to find the next one until the story is complete! Head to Centennial Park on Sunday February 17 to check out the sculptures, go for a slide, and dive into a good story. This Storywalk will be left out for as long as the weather cooperates.

Bouncing Beans *Free
Sunday Feb 17 11am to 3pm at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse
Join City staff for this FREE session of Bouncing Beans! Bouncing Beans is for children ages 1-14 years to play run around on the pitch, build forts, throw the ball around, or jump on bouncy castles. Parents must accompany children on the pitch and supervise them at all times.

PETRONAS Energy Free Skate *Free
Sunday Feb 17 12:00-2:30pm  and 3:30-6:00pm at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Oval
Haven’t made it out to the free skate yet? The High on Ice Winter Festival is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and go ice skating with family and friends! Admission is free thank you to our sponsor PETRONAS. Rentals are available from Hard Edge Sports (located on the first floor of the Pomeroy Sport Centre).

Balloon Twisting *Free
Sunday February 17 from 3:30-6:30pm
Missed balloon twisting on Friday night? Head to Centennial Park on Sunday afternoon before closing ceremonies to get a balloon toy provided by Wiggy’s Creations. Note: some easier balloons are free of cost but others have a cost. Please bring cash if you plan to purchase a bigger/more complex piece of balloon art.

Fire & Ice Closing Ceremony *Free
Sunday Feb 17 at 6:00pm 
Everyone loves the annual Fire & Ice closing ceremony! Head to Centennial Park and watch the ice carving team light up ice tower and see it come crashing down! All are welcome to watch it burn down to mark the end of the ice/snow portion of the High on Ice Winter Festival. Note: spectators must stay behind the protective barricades and  parents must supervise their children at all times during this event.

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:

  • Airik Clark Music
  • Backcountry
  • Beards Brewing
  • Bell Media
  • Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea
  • Child Development Centre
  • Eliza Stanford
  • Engage Sport North
  • Fort St. John Curling Club
  • Fort St. John Metis Society
  • Lido Theatre
  • NEAT
  • Northern Star Kennel Racing
  • North Peace Cultural Centre
  • North Peace Gymnastics Association
  • Northern Horse Mule & Harness Association
  • Moose FM
  • The Horse Ranch
  • Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club
  • Wiggy's Creations
  • Youth Advisory Council

 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

  • PEMBINA
  • Telus
  • North Peace Regional Airport
  • Sound in Town
  • Blue Wave Energy
  • Bergen Financial
  • Atco
  • Poor Boy Trucking
  • Moose FM
  • Forster & Family - Big Steel Box
  • Fort St. John Advertising
  • Peace Country Rentals
  • Peace Country Delight
  • Royal Bank of Canada
Want to get involved in the Event? Here's how you can join the fun:
Become an Event Partner

The High on Ice Winer Festival is organized by a planning committee made up of various community members who represent different non-profit 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.

We welcome any and all organizations (sport teams, charitable organizations, clubs, and more) to coordinate a sub-event as part of the festival. Even if it's an hour or two we are happy to include new activities in the weekend program - we even help cover the costs!
If you have an idea for a community event or would like to volunteer to help with the festival, please contact us by email Recreation.
Sponsor
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 email Recreation.
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 email Recreation. 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.
 
Any questions or suggestions regarding the festival? Let us know and email the Recreation Department.