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Huckleberry Festival

Huckleberry Festival Weekend is our biggest summer event.  It brings our community, locals, families, and friends together for a celebration of summer!  We’ll have live music, vendors, games, hiking, berry picking, activities for young and old, BBQ’s, a down home community supper and more.   We operate the Huckleberry Chairlift on both Saturday and Sunday for scenic tours, as well as to give easy access to the Huckleberries.

23RD ANNUAL HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL – AUGUST 23 – 25, 2019

FRIDAY – AUG 23

T-Bar Pub & Grub Open (3 PM – 11 PM)
Full Moon Hike & Fine Dining Experience (by reservation only)
Huckleberry Fest Patio Party w/live music, beer tasting, outdoor BBQ
Live Music in the T-Bar Pub & Grub

SATURDAY – AUG 24

Hot Breakfast Buffet
Vendor Marketplace, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Concessions, Beer Garden
T-Bar Pub & Grub Open
Huckleberry Chair Open – Scenic Chairlift Rides / Huckleberry Picking
Alpenland Summer Sale
Specialized Bicycles E-Bike Demo
Wood Carving Demo
Big Rock Brewery’s “Castle Cornhole Championship”
BBQ Lunch
Outdoor Live Music
Pig Roast & Roast Beef Dinner
Live Music in the T-Bar Pub & Grub

SUNDAY – AUG 25

Hot Breakfast Buffet
T-Bar Pub & Grub Open
Guided Hike to Haig Lake
Huckleberry Chair Open – Scenic Chairlift Rides / Huckleberry Picking
Vendor Marketplace, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Concessions, Beer & Food Truck Garden
Outdoor Live Music

The team here at the Castle is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of guests, from near and far, our biggest summer event.  Huckleberry Festival.  Typically, Huckleberry Festival is held the 4th week in August Annually.  Here are some friendly tips on what to expect:

Huckleberry Festival is equal parts folk music festival, food festival, and family fun festival. For young and old, there is something for everyone! A full schedule of events will be released the week of July 15.

Admission to festival grounds is free of charge with meals, beverages, and lift rides available at cost. Some food and beverage experiences, such as our Friday night Full Moon Hike & Fine Dining Experience and Saturday evening’s pig roast are sure to sell out. For these experiences we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance by calling 403-627-5101 or 888-SKI-TONS (toll free).

Looking for the all inclusive route? Our Huckleberry Festival all-access pass returns again this year, available for Adults (13 +) for $89 & for children (6 – 12) at a cost of $59.  Passes are available online until August 22ndThe pass includes:

  • Access to festival grounds
  • Unlimited scenic chairlift rides both days
  • Buffet Breakfast on both Saturday & Sunday
  • Commerative Huckleberry Fest pass
  • Pig Roast / Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday
  • 1 BBQ Lunch (Saturday or Sunday)

Buy your Huckleberry Fest all-access pass now!

Our Full Moon Hike & Fine Dining Experience is a reincarnation of our ever popular Full Moon Snowshoe & Fine Dining Experience. This first ever summer fine dining event is sure to knock your socks off.

Includes a scenic chairlift ride, guided hike to our renowned Haig Lake, and 6 course fine dining feast complete w/ wine pairings!

Castle Central Reservations (Castle Ski Lodge & Hostel)

Castle Central Reservations is your one stop shop for accommodations, within the resort base. Not only do they operate the Castle Ski Lodge & Hostel, home to 11 hotel style rooms and 56 hostel beds, but they also have access to some two dozen condos and vacation homes in the base area. Visit www.staycastle.ca or call 403-627-5121 for more.

 

 

 

Camping

Powered sites ($25) at Castle Mountain Resort are available via reservation (403-627-5101 or 888-SKI TONS). Parking lot camping is available at a cost of $15 w/o access to power. Both powered and un-powered sites include access to our wash-house shower and washroom facilities. Camping is available in designated areas only and a permit is required from Guest Services.

Formal and informal camping is also available in Castle Provincial Park. For more information please visit Castle Provincial Park or call 403-627-1165.

 

More Accommodations 

Within the Castle region, including Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass, there are a litany of accommodation options. Cozy B&B’s, hotels, motels, and cabins are all on offer within a 30 minute drive of the resort.

Click on www.skicastle.ca/lodging/ for more places to stay, within our area.

Huckleberry Festival is predominantly an outdoor event so we encourage you to plan accordingly. Here are a few suggestions on what to bring:

  • Sunscreen 
  • Lots of drinking water for your Huckleberry search
    • Bottled water and other beverages will be available for sale at the top of Huckleberry Chair and the base area)
  • Appropriate footwear for hiking / berry picking
    • Think hiking boots, trail runners, etc. Sandals are not recommended unless you’re confining yourself to the base area
  • Bear spray
    • While there will be lots of people in the Huckleberry zone, you’re still heading out into the back country. Make lots of noise, travel and groups, and equip yourself with bear spray
  • Berry Bucket
    • We would highly suggest a small bucket, preferably with a tight fitting lid, for your berries.
  • Backpack w/ extras
    • We highly encourage you to put a pack on your back (don’t forget to remove it for your lift ride up the Huckleberry Chair) and throw some hiking poles on your bag, a snack inside, and an extra layer inside. Mountain weather can change in a heartbeat. Don’t be caught unprepared! 

A full list of Huckleberry Festival performers will be listed closer to our event date.

Friday – 

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM –

9:00 PM to Midnight –

 

Saturday –

Noon to 1:30 PM –

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM –

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM –

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM –

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM –

9:00 PM to Midnight –

 

Sunday –

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM –

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM –

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM –

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM –

The Huckleberry Chairlift will upload guests on both Saturday and Sunday. Downloading on the lift is also possible but, due to the design of our triple chair, 1 out of every 5 chairs can be loaded with guests on the way down. This means that wait times at the summit, for downloading, can be a bit lengthy (30 minutes +).

There is washroom facilities at the Huckleberry summit as well as refreshments being available (bottled non-alcoholic beverages, snacks) to help you out if you’re feeling snacky or you really just need to, you know, go! Not down with waiting? Take the Haig Ridge trail downward to where it connects with Haig Lake South trail, and follow it all the way to the base. We’ll have an abundance of summer trail maps on hand or you can click here.

A friendly reminder to those looking to take infants up the chair; they must be in a child carrier, controlled /harnessed to the adult at all times. Children and adults are able to ride the chair but pets and bicycles are not permitted on the lift.

Huckleberries are located all across the mountains but the easiest access to berries will be off the Huckleberry Chairlift. Berries can be found off the main Huckleberry ski runs, in our cat-ski terrain (Haig Ridge) and in the Haig Valley on the way out to Haig Lake. Huckleberries thrive in higher elevation environments which is why they’re plentiful in the sub-alpine regions of Castle Mountain Resort; not necessarily in the base area.

Our friends at Alberta Environment and Parks would like us to remind you to please pick only ripe berries.

While you will be surrounded by friends, family, and soon-to-be friends, you’re still in bear country and hiking in the back country. We would like to suggest that you travel in groups, make lots of noise (talking loudly), and carry bear spray. Bear encounters are rare and extremely unlikely at an event of this size. Still, it’s better safe than sorry and bear spray will be available for purchase in the base area should you need it. Any bear encounters should be reported to any staff or volunteers, who will be easily identifiable by their extreme orange Huckleberry shirts. A bear encounter at Huckleberry Fest has not been reported, in recent history.

For more on being Bear Smart, follow the link to best practices as indicated by Alberta Environment and Parks.

Let’s all be great environmental stewards this weekend. Garbage of any sort, even the peel from your fruit, doesn’t belong in the Castle. Leaving even a trace of food can lead to the wild animals becoming accustomed to human food. Our carelessness can lead to the relocation or even the death of a wild animal; not cool if you ask us.

Garbage receptacles and recycling bins can be found throughout the base area as well as at the summit of Huckleberry Chair. Pack out your trash until you reach one of these locations please! Remember, this pristine mountain environment is the home of the animals. We are only guests.