Festival

The Creston Valley Blossom Festival is back again this year. (Black Press file)

Creston Valley Blossom Festival returns for 81st annual celebration

Festivities will be held over the long weekend from May 20 to 23

 

The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).

Summer’s looking brighter for Fernie: Wapiti Music Festival 2022 lineup announced

The lineup of the August music festival includes 11 bands, including Fernie locals and from afar

 

Griz faces drawn by 1/2 students at École Isabella Dicken Elementary School in the lead-up to the 45th Griz Days. (Image courtesy of Jesse Bell / École Isabella Dicken Elementary School)

EIDES students get creative for Griz Days

Grade 1/2 students wrote about what they’d do if they were the Griz

  • Mar 7, 2022

 

Riders on horseback were trotting down the Fernie streets as preparations were being made for the Griz Goes Wild Parade for Griz Days 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

PHOTOS: Sunny skies and community spirit for Griz Days 2022

The 45th annual Griz Days was back in traditional format after a modified 2021

Riders on horseback were trotting down the Fernie streets as preparations were being made for the Griz Goes Wild Parade for Griz Days 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Fernie woodcarvers Michael Penny and Dave Richards participate in Elkford’s ‘Winter in the Wild’ 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Winter fireworks and family fun in Elkford

The longstanding tradition did not take place last year due to COVID-19

Fernie woodcarvers Michael Penny and Dave Richards participate in Elkford’s ‘Winter in the Wild’ 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Wapiti is returning in 2022, just not at Annex Park where it’s been held before. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)

Wapiti 2022 going ahead – just not at Fernie’s Annex Park

Annex Park will be a construction site for half of 2022

Wapiti is returning in 2022, just not at Annex Park where it’s been held before. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)
The Griz himself hard at work ahead of the 2021 festival. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Griz Days back again for 2022

The popular winter festival will return for a 45th year in a row

The Griz himself hard at work ahead of the 2021 festival. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Festivals and events in Fernie to get $190k in provincial funding

Griz Days, the Pride Festival and the Wednesday Socials are among beneficiaries of $30 million spread around B.C.

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
A crowd gathered for the 2019 Ski and Board Film Fest. (Courtesy of Ted Van Rhijn)

Fernie ski season to kick off with film festival, ski swap

The Ski and Board Film Fest and the FAST Ski Swap are both fundraising events

A crowd gathered for the 2019 Ski and Board Film Fest. (Courtesy of Ted Van Rhijn)
Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)

Merritt country music festival’s ‘crazy-ass scene’ recalled in photographer’s new book

Campground C party zone and more remembered in Dee Lippingwell’s third book

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)
The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Wapiti 2021 struck off the lineup, due for a comeback in 2022

The music festival in Fernie has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but is looking good for 2022

The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)
Shaking things up a little, the annual festival had a Drive-by Float Parade instead of the traditional parade, in keeping with COVID-prototols. (Photo credit: Vince Mo)

Griz Days goes off without a hitch

The modified event kept some of the favourite events from years past

Shaking things up a little, the annual festival had a Drive-by Float Parade instead of the traditional parade, in keeping with COVID-prototols. (Photo credit: Vince Mo)
Michelle Thorne of Fernie Distillers with some Griz-themed cocktails available for Griz Days 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz Days comes to town

While mostly virtual, there’s Griz-themed food and drink around town

Michelle Thorne of Fernie Distillers with some Griz-themed cocktails available for Griz Days 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Francofest joins Griz Days for 2021

For musical francophone events will be streamed on Facebook as part of a virtual Griz Days

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Fernie Meat Market owner Mark Brown with the newest addition to his Griz Pins collection. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz Days this weekend!

The 44th annual Griz Days will be mostly online

Fernie Meat Market owner Mark Brown with the newest addition to his Griz Pins collection. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz Days goes (mostly) virtual

The pandemic has changed a lot about the popular winter festival in Fernie

The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City declines taxpayer funding, commits RMI funding to Griz Days

The City of Fernie traditionally contributes $10,000 to the popular festival

The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Extreme Griz competitors got a little rowdy during their five hours of competing.

Competitors battle for Extreme Griz 2020 title

Straun Loken and Alex Simons were crowned this year’s Extreme Griz champions

The Extreme Griz competitors got a little rowdy during their five hours of competing.
It’s Griz-ception. The famous mountain man stopped by to help with carving his self portrait. Photos: Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Downtown events a huge hit for Griz Days festival

All of the Griz Days events on Saturday were based in the downtown core

It’s Griz-ception. The famous mountain man stopped by to help with carving his self portrait. Photos: Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Brian Gray stands proudly beside his snow sculpture in the Fernie Alpine Resort plaza on Sunday. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Griz Days excitement continues on day two

Several events took place at Fernie Alpine Resort, including the ever popular dummy downhill

Brian Gray stands proudly beside his snow sculpture in the Fernie Alpine Resort plaza on Sunday. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press