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Griz Days Winter Carnival | Fernie, British Columbia

Festival Event

Griz Days Winter Carnival – Vince Mo | Tourism Fernie

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

The 43rd annual winter carnival honours the legendary Griz Mountain Man and celebrates the season's snow. Events include a parade, curling bonspiel, skiing, a craft fair and other festive events in historic downtown Fernie and at Fernie Alpine Resort. Held each winter since 1978, the festival celebrates the community's connection to winter and the legendary mountain man, the Griz - a hero in these parts - who with the help of his musket helps coax snow from the sky, gracing the region with an astounding annual snowfall averaging more than 29 feet annually. A highlight of Fernie's winter Griz Days festival is the Dummy Downhill Race. This competition is strictly for fun, featuring imaginative and hilarious 'dummies' on skis launching themselves off a gigantic jump.

Activities to expect for 2020:

  • Extreme Griz Challenge
  • Downtown Fireworks Display
  • Griz Days Parade
  • Lumberjack Show
  • Classic Bed Race on 2nd Ave!
  • Snow Sculpture Creations
  • The Dummy Downhill
  • Smooshing Races
  • Snowmobile Drag Races
  • Cross-country Ski Challenge
  • Snow Golf, Snow Rugby!
  • Grizzly Hot Wings Challenge
  • Griz Story Time
  • Junior Griz activities
  • Griz Days Pub Crawl
  • Griz Days Craft Fair
  • Griz Baby Crawl
  • Station Square Live Music
  • Food trucks & beer garden

Driving Directions

The City of Fernie, British Columbia is located on the Crowsnest Highway #3. The Resort is 5 km (3 mi) south from the City of Fernie and only 1.5km up the hill from the highway intersection.

Event Setting

The Griz Days festival is celebrated throughout downtown Fernie and also at the Fernie Alpine Resort.

2020 Event Schedule