Rossland Winter Carnival

There was another party going on over Super Bowl weekend: the Rossland Winter Carnival in the West Kootenays of southern British Columbia. Family-friendly and packed with events on and off the snow, Canada’s oldest Winter Carnival is also one of the region’s best.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada's oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A towering marionette honors Olaus Jeldness, the Norwegian miner who began Canada’s oldest winter carnival in 1898.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland's historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

A snowboarder admires the aerial view of Rossland’s historic downtown during the Rail Jam finals.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

The balmy weather was perfect for a snow volleyball tournament.

More Rail Jam action.

More Rail Jam action.

 A snowboarder catches air--and some sun--at the Rail Jam.


A snowboarder catches air–and some sun–at the Rail Jam.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

Bobsled teams raced down Spokane Street at speeds nearing 50 mph.

...and in their own post-parade show.

…and in their own post-parade show.

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..

The artists of Pyrophoria spun fire in the streets during the parade..

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