One Week Left of Winter Magic 33!
In 1987, the province was swept with Olympic fever. Calgary was to host the Winter Olympics, and all Albertans were being encouraged by the Alberta Sport Council to find new ways to engage with Olympic sports. The ASC brought outreach opportunities for all communities to try out not just the big ticket sports, but even some of the more unique or european elements. Hinton has always had events in the winter months, being situated in the natural splendor of the Rockies, but with this support from the province and the momentum of the Olympics, a plan to bring as many unique activities and events together under one banner and create a festival was begun. Since then, every February, Hintonites join together to create something amazing. Town Divisions, local nonprofits, teams, organizations, businesses; they all contribute and host events to contribute to the overall festival.
Two weeks of winter activities, ranging from winter sports through cultural pursuits, break up the monotony of the cold weather and bring together residents and visitors alike to revel in the winter wonderland.
This weekend's events include Cup for Compassion, Chili Loppet, Ryan McNally and the MesaRounders, Battle of the Badges, the Bonhomme Carnaval, and Archery Fun Day. Winter Magic 2020 runs from February 8-23. You can download our schedule here
, view the Winter Magic Festival webpage here,
and the calendar here
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New this Year!
New this year for the Winter Magic Festival is our Winter Magic Passport! You can pick up your passport at the Hinton Municipal Library and then bring it along to Winter Magic events, getting stamps to earn your entry into a prize draw. Hidden at some events are particular stamps with the letter S N O and W; if you collect all four, you'll be entered into the grand prize draw. All passports must be dropped off at the Dr Duncan Murray Recreation Centre before 4:00 PM on Monday, February 24.