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Huckleberry Festival

JOIN US FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL

CASTLE’S ANNUAL SUMMER TRADITION RETURNS AUGUST 27 – 28, 2021

Scenic chair ride tickets and meal tickets, for the 2021 Huckleberry Festival, are now available! Scroll down for more.

Our annual Huckleberry Festival is our biggest summer event and our team looks forward to welcoming guests from near and far for this special weekend. It brings our community, locals, families, and friends together for a celebration of all things summer.

Enjoy tons of FREE live music, our bbq / beer garden, scenic chairlift rides, berry picking, a mountain (vendor) market, and a chicken & rib dinner to cap it all off. Huckleberry Festival is held the 4th week in August annually.

Details on our 25th annual Huckleberry Festival are now available! As always, base area activities are absolutely FREE including our Kids Zone activities, our mountain (vendor) market, and live music!

Scenic chair ride tickets, for the Huckleberry Chairlift, are available now and limited in quantity. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, our first 250 tickets are available for 25% off!

Tickets won’t last, pre-purchase yours online now, with a click below. 

2021 EVENT INFORMATION

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM  –  Guest Services Open (camping check-in, ticket / meal voucher pick-up)

3:00 PM – MIDNIGHT  –  T-Bar Pub Open (children welcome until 10 PM)

5:30 PM – 8:15 PM  –  Outdoor Live Music (ATCO Community Stage) featuring TBD

9:00 PM – 11:45 PM  –  Indoor Live Music (T-Bar Pub & Grub) featuring TBD

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  –  Guest Services open (camping check-in, ticket / meal voucher pick-up)

9:00 AM – 12:00 AM  –  T-Bar Pub & Grub open (children welcome until 10 PM)

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM  –  Mountain (Vendor) Market (base Area / Day Lodge)

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  –  Huckleberry Chairlift open for scenic rides

Last upload from the village at 3 PM. Last download from the summit at 4 PM.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM  –  Face painting (base area adjacent to Snow School entrance)

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM  – BBQ / Beer Garden (base area adjacent to T-Bar Pub)

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM  –  Kids Zone Games, including mini-golf (base area outside the Day Lodge)

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM  –  Outdoor Live Music (ATCO Community Stage)

  • 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM – TBD
  • 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM – TBD
  • 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM – TBD
  • 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM – TBD

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  –  Chicken & Rib Dinner (Day Lodge)

9:00 PM – 11:45 PM –  Indoor Live Music (T-Bar Pub & Grub) featuring TBD

Scenic chairlift ride tickets, for the Huckleberry Chairlift, are valid for one ride up and down the chairlift. A total of 500 tickets will be available with a discount of 25% off applying to the first 250 sold, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of our event.

With a limited number of tickets available, we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets online, in advance of your visit. Pricing is as follows:

Age CategoryFirst 250 TicketsRegular Rate
Adult (18 - 64)$18.71$24.95
Senior (65 - 74)$15.71$20.95
Junior (13 - 17)$14.21$18.95
Child (6 - 12)$7.46$9.95
Tiger (5 & Under)FREEFREE

Tickets are valid for one ride up and one ride down on the Huckleberry Chairlift.

Last upload from the village will be at 3 PM. Last download from the summit will be at 4 PM.

You won’t go hungry at Huckleberry Festival as food and/or drink options will be plentiful, including:

 

T-Bar Pub

Our T-Bar Pub will be open extended hours on both Friday and Saturday to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and/or to quench your thirst. T-Bar Pub hours, over Huckleberry Festival, will be as follows:

  • Friday, August 27 – 3 PM to Midnight (food service until 10 PM)
  • Saturday, August 28 – 9 AM to Midnight (food service until 10 PM)
  • Sunday, August 29 – 9 AM to 5 PM (food service until 4 PM)

Our full Pub menu will be available with children welcome until 10 PM.

 

Beer Garden / BBQ

Saturday will see the set up of our traditional outdoor BBQ and beer garden, adjacent to the ATCO Community Stage and our T-Bar Pub. Enjoy our expanded licensed area while you take in the sweet sounds of our many local artists!

Our best value, BBQ Lunch vouchers, for both adults and kids, can be purchased online in advance. Each lunch voucher includes your choice of burger with all the fixins, chips, and pop. Cost for adults is $14.95 and $9.95 for children (12 & under), plus GST.

Only a la carte options will be available on the festival day so buying your combo voucher in advance is your best way to save!

 

Chicken & Rib Dinner

Saturday evening will see the return of our annual dinner – this time a delicious feed of chicken and ribs! On the menu will be a selection of salads, chicken, ribs, potatoes, corn, and your choice of fountain beverage.

Cost for adults is $29.95 and $19.95 for children under 12. A limited quantity of meal tickets will be available so we recommend purchasing them in advance. 

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 ($29.95 + GST) at Castle Mountain Resort are available via reservation online or by calling our Guest Services team at 403-627-5101. Camping is available in designated sites only and a permit must be displayed.

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! 

The Huckleberry Chairlift will upload guests on Saturday. 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 +). 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.

There are portable toilet facilities at the Huckleberry summit if you…you know…need to go!

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.