Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival 2018

By Renee Willmott February 13, 2018

The Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival is testimony to the great Northern Ontario lifestyle. This carnival spans two weeks, brimming with sporting, outdoor, and music/art events. There’s something for everyone in the family!

Outdoor enthusiasts

Enjoy a wide range of things to do in our Great Outdoors, including:

  • $50,000 Ice Fishing Derby
  • Snow Drag Races
  • Snowmobile Poker Run
  • Helicopter rides
  • Horse sleigh rides

A moonlight snowshoe and XC ski was added last year, making use of the free equipment rental at the Community Complex.

Golden Corridor Snowdrifters maintains around 300 km of groomed snowmobile trails that connect to the ‘A’ trail, so there’s some great day trips to be had in between events! Snowmobilers welcome.

Arts & culture enthusiasts

Photo provided courtesy of JR Daoust.

Enjoy headlining music acts performed on both weekends. This year’s headliners are Allan Frew on February 16 and Little Bones on February 24.

Concerts are held in relatively small venues, allowing for a more up-close and personal concert experience. Check out KL Festivals Committee Facebook Page for more details.

The local Kaberet showcases local gritty humor and talent that runs for three nights. Trailer Park Boys’ satires are always a crowd hit. A Yuk Yuk’s comedy night keeps the fun spirit going with travelling comedians performing in a licensed venue.

The LaSalle Theatre hosts a 24-hour playwright challenge for aspiring theatre buffs of all ages. Contestants have 24 hours to submit a 10 minute play. The winner receives prize money, as well as a dramatic reading of their original play, which is then uploaded to the LaSalle Theatre’s Youtube channel.

For the Sports Nut

There are hockey tournaments, basketball, badminton, roller derby, skating, and curling events to either spectate or participate in.

These are mostly fun, social events focusing on participation and sportsmanship. The Curling Bonspiel is the carnival’s closing event, with lunch, dinner, and prizes offered.

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