This year the festivities in Canmore will be even bigger and better. The 2012 Canmore Winter Carnival will be held for ten days from February 10th to the 20th. Events take place downtown and at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The International Biathlon Union Cup Races will be held at the nordic center. The Xterra Triathlon and Chandra Crawfords’s Fast and Female will also take place during the carnival.
To open up the event on February 1oth the Athlete’s Parade and Welcoming Ceremony starts at Friendship Park and moves down Main Street, ending at the Canmore Civic Center Plaza.
Highlights of the winter festival include ice and snow carving, ice skating, live music and an outdoor photography screening with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The best part of the carnival is the transformation of Main Street into a cross country ski track. Ski and dog sled races will be held on it as well as road hockey events. During set public times everyone is welcome to bring their cross country skis to enjoy the groomed tracks.