Rossland Winter Carnival

Canada’s longest running carnival in the West Kootenay BC Since 1898

Welcome to the Official Rossland Winter Carnival Site. Friday January 28 - Sunday January 30, 2022

Rossland Winter Carnival, since 1898!

Olaus Jeldness would be amazed. He was the Norwegian miner who, way back in 1898, initiated Canada’s Oldest Winter Carnival.

We are excited to announce the return of the Rossland Winter Carnival, to be held the weekend of January 28th to January 30th, 2022!

Community and family-oriented activities will decorate this historical weekend, with lots of reasons and ways to celebrate!  Ice sculptures, snow slides, tobogganing, skating, fire spinners, local business specials, and more!

Olaus would be astounded to see boarders and skiers flying through the air during Saturday’s fantastic “The Game” Rail Jam competition that takes place at Red Mountain this year.

With the current Public Health Order in place – and issues and concerns related to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in our community and beyond – the Carnival will not be hosting large-participation or spectator-oriented events this year.

Event feasibility is currently being evaluated on a case-by-case basis; unfortunately, certain events will NOT be able to operate safely. This currently includes the CANCELLATION of the Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race, the Variety Show, the Parade, the Olaus Ice Palace Beer Garden, Night Skiing, Family Fun night, King/Queen of the Mountain and Blizzard Fest.

For a full schedule of everything Carnival has to offer check out our Events page

For more information on planning your vacation to Rossland including accommodations, and things to do please visit…

In conjunction with Rossland Winter Carnival, Rossland Recreation is encouraging people to take part in “Winter Yardival,” a fun, interactive contest series where families can bring winter carnival to their yards (or parks)! For the next two weeks, participants can send in photos/videos of their:
-best snow sculpture
-backyard jib set-up
-bobsled track
-most bumpin’ snow fort party palace!
And on Saturday, January 29, bring the ice bar to your own yard by hosting a small Covid-safe party in your snow fort party palace between 3 and 7 pm. Let the spirit of winter carnival live on!
Prizes for the contest series include staycation packages to the Flying Steam Shovel and the Josie (valued at $350 each) and other great prize packs from local businesses. Send in your submissions by Jan 31 to


contact us to contact the Rossland Winter Carnival Committee


Banner Image Ryan Flett & Tourism Rossland – video -Red Resort