Best Mountain Festivals

The winner and runners-up of Avenue’s Best of the Mountains 2023 ballot, where readers voted for their favourite places to eat, stay and play in the mountains near Calgary.

Fernie Griz Days. Photo by Vince Mo, courtesy of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

Winner

Griz Days

Fernie’s Griz Days festival has been running since 1977, but the “Griz” myth dates back to 1879. Legend has it that a baby boy born in a grizzly bear cave battled the bear for his life, and the boy later wore the bear’s coat while living in the mountains away from townsfolk. The Griz Days festival was developed in honour of the Griz with the goal of getting back to nature. The event is chock-full of sporting events and competitions like the Rocky Mountain Lumberjack and Downhill Dummy competitions, as well as community activities like fire pits, photo opportunities and the Griz Day Parade that travels throughout Fernie.

Fernie, B.C., ferniegrizdays.com

 

Runners-Up

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff, banffcentre.ca

 

Canmore Folk Music Festival

Canmore, canmorefolkfestival.com

 

Banff Pride

Banff, banffpride.ca

 

Banff Craft Beer Festival

Banff, albertabeerfestivals.com

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