UPDATED: Winterfest is coming. (With fireworks! And the Hairfarmers!) But NO POLAR BEAR PLUNGE. It’s too treacherously slick at One Mile Lake.


Well, I admit I was wondering how the Polar Bear swim was going to go, back when everything, including my eyelashes, were frozen solid. Pineapple Express seems to have taken care of that…

The genius organizers (I’m talking to you, Carlee Cindric), got a jump on the weather changes by hosting last weekend’s pop-up Winterfest at One Mile Lake, making a disco ball my outdoor set decoration of choice.


And they continue demonstrating their agility, adapting to changing conditions (hey, that’s winter) – announcing last night that the Polar Bear Plunge (and associated lake activities on Sunday January 22) will be cancelled this year, because conditions at One Mile Lake and parking lot are so slick and treacherous (for anyone not wearing crampons and carrying an ice-axe), that the Village of Pemberton has closed One Mile Lake.

Winterfest organizers apologise for the disappointment, but state that the safety of their participants, vendors, volunteers and crew is their first priority.

So focus your energies on the action on January 20 and 21 at the Downtown Barn and have a great time.

So, this weekend, the Polar Bear Plunge will take place at One Mile Lake on Sunday, January 22, but All the other action centres around the Downtown Barn. Check out the schedule – there’s a ton of creative, fun, events planned.

So pull out your galoshes (or your dancing shoes) and good times will roll.


Because Winterfest is as much about defying the weather, as celebrating it.



Bonfire – Come warm up at our toasty bonfire any time during Winterfest.
Hot Dogs & S’mores – You roast hot dogs and S’mores generously provided by the Pemberton Valley Supermarket.
Outdoor Movie – Cuddle up for an outdoor movie extravaganza beginning at 6:30pm. We will be showing a classic – The Great Muppet Caper. Bring your blankets, toques and mits and get cozy! We’ll have heat lamps and a few chairs on-hand, but we encourage you to bring a camp chair or two. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided!
Live Band at the Legion  Come and dance the night away at the Pemberton Legion. Whistler’s own ‘Jon Shrier & The Ones That Made It Happen’ will perform live for what promises to be a great night! There will also be a draw to win a Big Sky Golf Package. Show starts at 10pm with doors at 9pm. Entrance by $5 ticket donation. Tickets on sale at AC Gas and the Legion as of January 6.
Live Band at the Prospect Pub  Northern Ignition will light up the stage at the Prospect Pub on Friday night. Winners of the 2016 Pemberton Music Festival “Be the Best, Play the Fest’ contest, Northern Ignition have since become a local favorite rock band in the Sea to Sky corridor, known for their great tunes and top notch musicianship. The Pub promises a Winterfest drink special and the doors open at 9pm with the show starting at 10pm. Entrance by donation. 

Bonfire – 
Come warm up at our toasty bonfire any time during Winterfest.
Kids Zone – Be sure to stop by the Kids Zone tent at the Barn for toddler/kids crafts, face painting and more between 11am-5pm.
Winter Market – New to Winterfest this year, the Winter Market will feature a variety of goods and goodies prepared, created and sold by local vendors. The Market will run from 12pm – 4pm.
Winterfest Adventure Hunt – We’re working hard to create the ultimate Winterfest Adventure Hunt – a mobile app based scavenger hunt around Pemberton. The Adventure Hunt will require teams to check in (via GPS), take photos and answer questions at various locations around town. Teams are encouraged to dress up and a smart phone required to download the free app. Check-in from 1-2pm, Adventure Hunt from 2-4pm. Presented by Fix Auto.
Spinning Art Project – A Take Home Activity – Have you ever mixed primary colours? Isn’t it fun?  Fun Science For All is inviting you to come create your very own Spinning Art Project between 2pm-4pm. While experimenting with primary colours, you will learn about colour theory, kinetic energy and some physics principals too! A fun (and free) science activity for all ages!  Be Curious.

Family Dance Party – Last year’s disco glow dance party was a hit, so we’re rollin’ out the lights, dance floor and fun once again! Join us from 4:30pm – 7:30pm and rock to the tunes of our DJ…and yes we’ll be bringing our massive 4′ disco ball once again. Snacks will be provided.
Much Music Video Dance  It’s back – the Much Music Video Dance Party! This event is open to 13-18 year olds and will be hosted at the Pemberton Community Centre. The dance will take place from 6pm – 10pm. $10 entry fee.
Fireworks – Come watch as we light up the sky with fire during our spectacular fireworks display at the Signal Hill Elementary School Field. Fireworks will begin at 8pm.
Live Band at the Prospect Pub  Whistler’s ultimate duo, The Hairfarmers are back in action at the Prospect Pub on Saturday night. Doors open at 9pm with the show starting at 10pm. Free admission!

Bonfire – 
Come warm up at our toasty bonfire any time during Winterfest.
Polar Bear Plunge  At 11am, we host the ever popular (and free) Polar Bear Plunge at One Mile Lake. Everyone who plunges will receive free hot chocolate and a toque. Prizes will awarded for the best costumes.
Innergex Warming Hut – Innergex will once again be onsite with their hot chocolate and a cozy warm tent. Be sure to visit before and after the Plunge!

Go to www.pembertonwinterfest.com for the details.

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