Hudson’s Hope is ‘socking it to winter’ in the most enjoyable way with the upcoming 2016 Winter Carnival from Jan. 24-31.
The annual event features an ice sculpture and snow carving event, curling, snowshoeing, skating, a cross country skiing workshop, games, sleigh rides and a big bon fire, to name a few of the highlights.
The theme this year is Sock it to Winter, explained Lindsay Richardson, office assistant with the District of Hudson’s Hope.
Although she wasn’t able to say how many people typically attend the winter festivities over the week-long celebration, the purpose is to “get people out there enjoying the different things the community has to offer,” she said. “We usually get a really good turnout.”
In addition to the classic winter activities, there will be a Fit for Life fitness workshop, a story time event, and a free karate class for kids and a separate one for teens and adults.
All of the events are free, although the Snowed In Coffee House, tentatively scheduled for Saturday evening at the Pearkes Centre, will be by donation, as it will feature local singers.
To wrap up the celebrations, on Sunday morning there will be an Ultimate Deep Woods Tour – “a hike, basically,” Richardson said – and in the evening a potluck community dinner and auction at 6 p.m. at the Community Hall.
“They had great prizes last year, snowboards, a whole bunch of stuff donated from Ernie’s (Sports Experts), gift cards, local things that were donated from the community, great prizes,” said Richardson.
A schedule of the Winter Carnival events will be finalized and made public in the coming days, she said.