Visit Canada’s Oldest Winter Carnival in Rossland, BC

Back in 1898, a Norwegian miner named Olaus Jeldness founded what would become Canada’s oldest winter carnival. Now in its 117th year, the Rossland Winter Carnival will take place from January 29th – February 1st, carrying on some of the classic traditions that locals and travelers know and love.


Here are just some of the great, fun events taking place in at the Rossland Winter Carnival this year.

Thursday, January 29th

The Nelson and District Credit Union Variety Show will take place at the Rossland School auditorium at 7:00 PM. You can also check out the Bobsled Calcutta Auction at the Legion, where you can bid on your favourite bobsled team and if they place in the top 3 on Saturday, you can win a cash prize!

Friday, January 30th

On Friday evening, the carnival parade will invite costumed participants to join the festival fun. In downtown Rossland, a group of fire spinners, known as Pyrophobia, will entertain the crowd. You will also want to make your way to the Olaus Ice Palace, created by Slocan Ice Sculptures, and enjoy some live music from the Good ‘Ol Goats. Then, come by the Prestige Mountain Resort where you can catch the shuttle and head up to Rafters Lounge at RED Mountain Resort to take in the music of Arthur Funkarelli.

DSC_4295 Saturday, January 31st

Saturday morning will bring the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race on Spokane Street. For most of the day, you can also check out “The Game” Rail Jam right downtown, next to the post office.


Sunday, February 1st

The Olaus Invitational BC Cup Luge Race will start bright and early at 9:00 AM at RED Mountain Resort. On Sunday afternoon, you can join the John Heintz Relay Race, competing to get from the top of Red Mountain to the Lions campground. If you prefer something a bit slower and more relaxing, you can check out the World Championship Bigolfathon, also at RED Mountain Resort, which is a combination of cross country skiing and golf!

Did You Know?

Olaus Jeldness came to Rossland, British Columbia in 1896 and quickly became a pioneer of skiing in the region. Thanks to Jeldness, Canada’s first competitive ski competition took place in Rossland in 1897 and on March 6th of the same year, he won his first downhill race on Red Mountain.

Visit the Rossland Winter Carnival website for a complete list of weekend events and registration information. The Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland is the perfect place to stay in Rossland during the carnival, with a convenient downtown location that is just steps away from the festivities. For more information on rates and availability, call 1-87-PRESTIGE or visit the Prestige Mountain Resort website.

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