On Now -- Rossland Winter Carnival!

Sara Golling
By Sara Golling
January 25th, 2015

It has begun:  Lots of fun, lots of activities, with good food and music.

In keeping with the historical nature of the event, started in 1898, the Rossland Museum has displays and activities beginning at noon on Thursday. 

On Friday, after luge lessons and ski races at Red (if they haven’t been cancelled ), dine al fresco downtown with fare from food vendors,  and visit the Olaus Ice Palace for music by the Good Ol’ Goats; — admission $10.  Dress up to take part in the Winter Carnival Parade at 6:30.  At 7:15 watch Porphyria, a fire show at Harry LeFevre Square.

On Saturday, don’t miss the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall on 2nd Avenue — only $5.  Watch the Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race at 9:30, if you’re not bombing down Spokane in a creatively-crafted sled yourself. 

Try out a Fat Bikeat Red Mountain for up to 45 minutes —  donations to the Food Bank will be accepted.   Watch “The Game” Rail Jam (Queen Street to Columbia).   From 2:00 – 7:00 you can browse the Winter Market at the Miners Hall.

Sunday starts with luge races at Red, followed by a Fat Bike Race.  Meanwhile, the artists among us can add interest to “Sculptathon” at Pioneer Park (1st and Spokane).  The Rossland Beer Company wants people to dress up as Olaus Jeldness;  the most convincing impersonation will win a growler of beer and a T-shirt.  

The events listed here are only a smattering — for the full events calendar, and ticket prices or registration fees and other information for events, go to:


… and make your plans.

I recommend watching the “RMR” (Rick Mercer Reports) video on that page, too — great for creating the right mood for Winter Carnival!

For a list of the sponsors that make the Carnival possible, click on the “Sponsors” tab on the Winter Carnival website.  Among the many contributors are the City of Rossland, the Nelson & District Credit Union, Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust, and too many more to list here — but check their names on the website.  Our community owes them all many thanks.  And our business, too.

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