Winterfest Weekend

  • Monday, February 21
    Mon, Feb 21
    Feb 21, 10:00 a.m. – Feb 22, 4:00 p.m.
    Sundre, 139 Centre St S, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0, Canada
  • Sunday, February 20
    Sun, Feb 20
    Feb 20, 11:00 a.m. – Feb 21, 4:00 p.m.
    Sundre, 139 Centre St S, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0, Canada
  • Saturday, February 19
    Sat, Feb 19
    Feb 19, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Sundre, 139 Centre St S, Sundre, AB T0M 1X0, Canada
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2nd Annual Mountain Survivalist Competition

Compete in Teams of Two for a Custom Pair of Awards

Questions? Call 403-638-3551 x 111

Survivalist Competition

Competition starts at 9am sharp.
Registration for a team of two is just $40.
Only a MAX of 9 teams will be accepted.

Tools to Bring

Each team is required to bring the following to use during the contest:
- a single knife per person (blade must not be longer than 25 cm/10 in)
- two cups
- single pot (to boil water in)
- No other tools or resources will be permitted, such as axe, rope, string, fire starters, sharpeners, etc.

Resource Provided

Each Team will be provided with resources of the same caliber. The following will be provided:
- a supply of wood
- baton
- grass
- char cloth
- a tarp
- some length of rope
- zirconium rod
- two eggs per team (bring some salt if that's what you like!)
- two bags of tea

Competition Theme

The teams of two will be judged on your skills for basic survival. This includes hands on skills and general knowledge to get you to the winners circle!

Your goal is to make a simple basic shelter, along with a fire to keep warm in a -40 C situation. You will also be showcasing how well you make a fire by boiling 2 eggs to a hard boiled stage, as well as making a proper cup of tea. 

You will be given a round of firewood and you must process it down without an axe. 


Photos of Winterfest and the Mountain Survival Competition from 2020/2021




Winterfest's Funding Sponsors and Organizing Partners


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Freson Bros. - Sundre's Supermarket

Freson Bros. is Sundre's premiere grocery store. Thank you to Freson Bros. for making this year's festival an expanded affair due to their generous financial contribution and donation of delicious hot chocolate!




Capital Pressure

Capital Pressure specializes in the handling and transportation of fluids related to all sectors of the Oil and Gas industry.


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Prairie Creek Crossing - Active Adult Lifestyle Community 

Prairie Creek Crossing is Sundre's newest adult community, featuring beautiful homes located in the heart of town, and just steps from nature. 


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Candre Cannabis

Candre Cannabis produces cannabis at their extensive Sundre facility.



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Wolfpack Mechanical - Heavy Duty Mechanical Shop

Wolfpack Mechanical is a very community-oriented heavy duty mechanical shop based out of Sundre. 

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Elk&Owl Craft Coffee Co.

Elk&Owl Craft Coffee Co. is Sundre's newest specialty coffee shop, featuring artisan coffee and accessories, with an exceptional focus on "craft".


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Wellworks Energy Services

Wellworks is a locally owned oilfield maintenance company, serving central Alberta!



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Ride n Glide - Bike and Ski Rentals

Ride n Glide is Sundre's only mountain bike, fat bike, and cross-country ski rental agency. Explore Sundre's kilometres of trails with their well-maintained fleet of bikes and skis. Ride n Glide also provides bike repair and tune-up services.


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Mahikan Trails - Indigenous Experiences

Mahikan Trails provides indigenous experiences out of the Sundre area and Canmore area. Let one of Mahikan Trails' guides take you on a medicine walk through the woods to teach you how to use the forest to survive, just like First Nations people have done for eons.



The Town of Sundre - #ExploreSundre

The Town of Sundre's Departments of Community Services and Economic Development are happy to help organize this special winter festival.


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Sundre & District Historical Society

Home to the Sundre & District Pioneer Village Museum and its World of Wildlife exhibit, the Historical Society has been one of Winterfest's primary organizers for years.



Sundre & District Chamber of Commerce

The Sundre & District Chamber of Commerce is a major community group in Sundre, not just as an advocate for small business and industry, but as a community organizing group too.


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Sundre Bike and Ski Club

Since 2015, Sundre's Bike n Ski Club has worked diligently to expand the quality and presence of our community's extensive trails network. Sundre boasts over 27 kms of trails and pathways, and in the wintertime, 10 kms of groomed XC ski and fat bike trails. These are all meticulously maintained by the Bike n Ski Club's volunteers, in collaboration with the Town of Sundre.



Sundre Family & Community Support Services

Sundre's FCSS is operated by our local Greenwood Neighbourhood Place (GNP), a community organization that touches on all facets of social service and community support.


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Cowboy Trail Farmer's Market

The Cowboy Trail Farmer's Market is the Sundre area's newest farmer's market, located just off Hwy 22 between Didsbury and Sundre. They are setting up a market at the Elks Hall, just next to the Sundre Museum. Be sure to visit them Saturday and Sunday!


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