FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND

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FEBRUARY 18-21, 2022 | SYLVAN LAKE

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$3,000 GRAND PRIZE


Spend three days fishing on Sylvan Lake for perch, walleye, whitefish, and burbot. Winner of this catch-and-release ice fishing tournament will take home a cash prize of $3,000! Over $7,500 in total prizes. The tournament is organized online through the Angler's Atlas MyCatch App. Be sure to read and follow all event rules carefully. Bring your own gear or rent from providers in town!

Open to all ages. CFE license number #607752. Register now to enter the derby!

RULES AND REGISTRATION

Event Schedule


ALL WEEKEND LONG


Pass-the-Poutine Contest 

At participating restaurants while supply lasts. Menu below!

Ice Slide and Snow Maze

FREE | Access at Lakeshore Drive and 49 St

Lake Skating Rinks

FREE | Access at Lakeshore Dr and 49 St

Band 
6pm-9pm | TBD

Winter Village Lights

FREE | 5pm-10pm | Lakeshore Dr and 50 St


FRIDAY, FEB. 18


Winterfest Glow N' Throw Axe Throwing

6-10pm | Pre-registration required | Wood Shed Axe Throwing | 56 Cuendet Ind. Way

Colossal Sam LIVE

7-11pm | Chief's Pub & Eatery | 4707 Lakeshore Drive


SATURDAY, FEB. 19


The BIG JIG Ice Fishing Derby

Learn to Fish

FREE | 11am-4pm | Lakeshore Dr and 50 St on the west side of the Sylvan Lake pier

Kinabik Discovery Village

FREE | 11am-4pm | Access at Lakeshore Drive and 49 Street

Featuring Sledge Hockey, Snow Bikes, Snowshoes, Curling, Bean Bag Toss, Tug of War, Polar Ping Pong, Badminton Blitz, and Arctic Disc Golf. Sponsored by Canadian Tire Sylvan Lake

Sleigh Rides

FREE | 11am-4pm | Pick up and drop off at the library parking lots at 50 Avenue and 49 Street

Outdoor Games

FREE | Noon-4pm | White Frog Cafe | 5025 46 Street

Giant Jenga, mini golf, and dominoes!

Fire on Ice Show

FREE | 4:30pm-6:30pm (every 25 minutes)

Access at Lakeshore Drive and 49 Street

Fireworks

FREE | 7pm | Watch from anywhere along Lakeshore Dr

Band 
6pm-9pm | TBD

Wiklund vs. Wiklund LIVE

7:30-10:30pm | Bukz | 4903 Lakeshore Drive


SUNDAY, FEB. 20


The BIG JIG Ice Fishing Derby

*Cancelled* Learn to Fish

FREE | 11am-4pm | Lakeshore Dr and 50 St on the west side of the Sylvan Lake pier

Outdoor Games

FREE | Noon-4pm | White Frog Cafe | 5025 46 Street

Alberta Oval Ice Racing Series

8am-4:30pm | East of the Pier

Band 
6pm-9pm | TBD


Giant Jenga, mini golf, and dominoes!

2022 Oval Ice Racing Series

10am-4pm | Rocky Motorcycle Club | Access at Lakeshore Drive and 49 Street, follow driving trail east past the Lake Rinks to event grounds. $5/person, $15/car cash only.


MONDAY, FEB. 21


The BIG JIG Ice Fishing Derby


find your winter spirit


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Fire Show on Ice

A stunning fire show heats up the frozen lake! Experience the magic of spinning fire as acrobatic dancers flip, twirl, and spin, showing off their latest tricks. The Fire Show on Ice gives a dazzling display after dark! Catch one of five 10 minute showings at the Kinabik Village on Saturday  from 4:30-6:30pm.

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Sleigh Rides

Experience the sparkling snow covered town with an old fashioned sleigh ride! A must-do activity! Stop by one of our lakeside cafes, grab a warm drink and make your way down. Cozy up and take in the sights. Pick up and drop off in the Library Parking lots at 50 Avenue and 49 Street.

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Fireworks

Watch spectacular winter fireworks light the sky from on land or out on the ice! An explosive fireworks show caps off a day full of winter fun. Please maintain a 2m social distance between households and respect safety barriers around the fallout zone.


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Learn to Fish Workshops

Beginners can try their hand at setting up a line, casting, and jigging at Learn to Fish workshops. All ages welcome. Did you know? Feb 19-21, 2022 is an Alberta Family Fishing Weekend! That means that this weekend only, no fishing licenses are required! It's the perfect time to try something new

Learn to Fish Workshops are provided by the Alberta Conservation Association's Kids Can Catch Program! Workshop snacks sponsored by The Popcorn Company

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Winterfest Glow N' Throw Axe Throwing

It's GLOW time! Live it up under the neon Northern Lights at Wood Shed Axe! Get out of the cold and into Canada's hottest Glow N' Throw axe experience! Digital axe throwing targets are all the rage, and when the lights go out you'll be ready to GLOW! Winterfest Glow N' Throw at Wood Shed Axe Throwing Friday, February 18 from 6-10pm. Ages 10 and up; pre-registration required. For more info visit woodshedaxe.ca

REGISTER

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Polar Dip

Take the plunge for charity with this one-of-a-kind experience! Brave the icy cold waters of Sylvan Lake for a cause, and you'll have one heck of a story to tell. This activity always draws a crowd!

REGISTER TO JUMP

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Winter Equipment Rentals

Bring your own gear or rent from providers in town. Make sure to book as early as possible - rentals book fast! Find ice fishing shacks and equipment, snowshoes, snow karts, and more!


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2022 Oval Ice Racing Series

High speeds and excitement you don't want to miss! Featuring motorcycle, ATV, and UTV races, watch from the warmth of your vehicle as competitors whip around the track and kick up a storm of snow spray. $5/person or $15/car at the gate, cash only. Sunday, February 20, hosted by the Rocky Motorcycle Club and Obee's.

LEARN MORE

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Outdoor Games at White Frog Cafe

Grab a delicious hot drink and snack at White Frog Cafe and enjoy their beautiful yard space to sit and relax or play some old time family favorite games with the kids! What could be better on a beautiful winter day than hanging out with the family, having a specialty drink and playing some games? Games include, Giant Jenga, Mini Golf and Dominos! Two afternoons of outdoor fun Feb. 19 and 20 from noon-4pm.

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Stop by in Town

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Pass-the-Poutine Contest MENU

Try 'em all and VOTE for the Best Poutine in Town!

It doesn't get more Canadian than poutine! Head into town after a day out on the ice to try some of the best and most creative versions of deliciousness-on-top-of-fries in appetizer sized portions from Sylvan Lake's best restaurants! Save some room to try them all! VOTE for your favorite below!

VOTE
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MUY RICO POUTINE

The Driftwood

House-made queso cheese sauce drizzled over top of crispy crinkle cut fries, topped with Driftwood signature barbacoa beef, and fresh made Pico di Gallo. Available all weekend from Feb. 18-21! $8.00
VOTE
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TURKEY LURKEY POUTINE

Main Street Eatery

Roasted baby potatoes, turkey, stuffing, bacon, sugared cranberries, and smothered with turkey gravy and cheese curds. Available Feb. 18 & 19! $5.00 sm or $12 lg

VOTE
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CANADIAN POUTINE

Lago Pizza

Clear-cut fries, cheese curds, cheddar cheese, 2 strips of bacon and 6oz homemade chicken gravy! Gluten Free. Available all weekend Feb. 18-21! $12.00
VOTE
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BREAKFAST BENNY POUTINE

Lodge 43

Tater tots and home fries smothered in Lodge 43's famous gravy, cheese curds, strips of bacon, chopped back bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Available all weekend Feb 18-21! $9.50
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SPICY CHICKEN TACO POUTINE
Roundabout Eatery

Hand-cut fries topped with cheese curds, smothered in nacho cheese, crushed tortillas, spicy chicken, tomatoes, green onion and sour cream! Available all weekend from Feb. 18-21. $7.00

VOTE
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CARMELIZED ONION AND CANDIED BRISKET POUTINE

Snake Lake Brewing Co.

Caramelized onion, candied brisket, gravy, cheese curds and jalapenos! Available all weekend from Feb. 18-21. $9.00
VOTE
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MAC CURRY POUTINE

Bamboo Hut
A delicious combination of yellow coconut curry with cheese curds and macaroni, sprinkled with fried onions and topped with fresh scallions. Available Friday to Sunday Feb. 18-20. $10.00
VOTE
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SPICY HOT DUCK POUTINE

Bukwildz
Fever BBQ pulled duck, bacon, jalapeños, ranch drizzle, cheese curds and gravy over straight cut fries. Available Friday to Sunday Feb. 18-20. $10.00
VOTE
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PULLED PORK POUTINE

Chief's Pub and Eatery

Gravy, shredded cheese, cheese curds pulled pork, and BBQ sauce on fries. Available all weekend from Feb 18-21. $4.95

VOTE
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DUCK CONFIT POUTINE

Sun of a Beach
Loads of crispy fries topped with Sylvan Star smoked cheese curds, pulled duck confit and duck foie gras with homemade red wine beef gravy. Available all weekend from Feb 18-21. $8.00
VOTE
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BIG MOO PULLED PORK POUTINE
The Big Moo
Loads of crispy fries topped with smoky BBQ pulled pork, cheese curds, gravy, extra-thick bacon and chives. Available all weekend from Feb 18-21. $6.50

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

DJ Colossal Sam

at Chief's Pub & Eatery

4707 Lakeshore Drive | 7-11pm

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Wiklund vs. Wiklund at Bukz

4903 Lakeshore Drive | 7:30-10:30pm

ICE SLIDE & SNOW MAZE

Put the ice slide and snow maze at the top of your Winterfest x The BIG JIG bucket list! Featuring four ice slides and a 1,400 square foot snow maze, this activity is sure to be a favourite. For a little extra winter magic, the ice slides are lit after dark!

ICE SLIDE &

SNOW MAZE

Put the ice slide and snow maze at the top of your Winterfest x The BIG JIG bucket list! Featuring four ice slides and a 1,400 square foot snow maze, this activity is sure to be a favorite. For a little extra winter magic, the ice slides are lit after dark!

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Kinabik Discovery Village

Discover interactive Canadian-style winter activities for all ages!

Practice Snowshoeing 

Snowshoes have been a Canadian staple for many years.  Traditionally, Indigenous people crafted and used snowshoes to travel and hunt in the winter months. Today, snowshoes are often used recreationally. Try out a pair and you just might fall in love with a new favorite pastime! 


Bean Bag Toss

Are you a yard game champion? Grab a partner and warm up that tossing arm! We're bringing out this summer classic for a little winter fun. And don't worry... if you miss, you can totally blame it on the mittens. We won't tell!


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Hit the Snow on a Fat Tire Bike

Built to conquer the tough terrain of snowy trails and slopes, fat tire bikes look like a mountain bike with an extra thick tire to explore winter surfaces. Venture out and try one of these snow bikes!


Tug of War

Who doesn't love a friendly game of tug-of-war? This playground essential will take you right back to your childhood days. Get the family together and build the ultimate team. You might even take home some bragging rights!


Try Sledge Hockey!

This paralympic sport makes hockey accessible through the use of a seated sled. Athletes push forward and navigate the ice with spiked metal sticks, chasing the puck across the ice. Get in a sledge, manoeuvre, and get a feel for the pro athlete experience

Sponsored by Sylvan Lake Canadian Tire

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even more winter fun


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Lake Skating Rinks


Winter magic lives at the lake! Bring your skates and glide around the ice on the general-use or hockey-style rinks. After dark, the Lake Skating Rinks have the perfect view of the Winter Village light show. Be sure to warm up with a hot cocoa from one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby!
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Winter Village Light Show


Stay until the sun goes down and let the Winter Village enchant you with its lit archways, twinkle lights, and dancing light beams! Lights come on nightly from 5pm - 11pm. Featuring bonfires and dancing lights set to music on the weekends!

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Thank you to our event suppliers and volunteers!

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You are responsible for following all current provincial public health orders and regulations. For more information on Covid-19 in Alberta, please visit alberta.ca/covid-19This event operates under all Alberta Sportfishing Regulations and the conditions of CFE license #607752. Fish and Wildlife officers will be monitoring the area. For more information on Sportfishing Regulations please visit albertaregulations.ca