July 26th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 30
Very merry with huckleberries
Castle Mountain Resort hosts 22nd annual Huckleberry Festival in August
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Herald contributor
Hungry huckleberry pickers at Castle Mountain for the resort’s
annual Huckleberry Festival.
Pass Herald Reporter
With August looming upon us with the constant reminder that fall is just around the corner, our farewell with summer doesn’t have to be bittersweet – it can just be sweet at Castle Mountain Resort’s 22nd annual Huckleberry Festival.

Grab a bucket, hop on the scenic Huckleberry Chairlift and get your fill of picking huckleberries at the top of Castle Mountain.

“It’s family-friendly event where we open the lifts to the general public and we have lots of guests who are going up and making an annual pilgrimage to pick huckleberries,” says Cole Fawcett, sales & marketing coordinator with Castle Mountain Resort.

Starting on Friday, August 25 and running to Sunday, August 27, this is the first year that the event will span the entire weekend, with the Huckleberry Chairlift operational on both Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s successful in part because it doesn’t happen every day. Many of the resorts that exist in Alberta and British Columbia, the chairlifts are open all weekend if not all week. It’s a unique opportunity for both the community and come-from-away guests alike to get to the alpine reaches of Castle and explore the area and the unbelievably scenic vistas that it has to offer,” says Fawcett.
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While certain activities have fees associated with them, there is no charge to access to the grounds and a great opportunity to enjoy free events like live music at the base of the mountain on the Huckleberry Stage, a bouncy castle for the kids, a vendor marketplace featuring local businesses and artisans and beer tasting by Big Rock Brewery.

A new activity this year is Sunday’s group hike to Haig Lake, a subalpine lake 4.2 kilometres from the base. It’s an opportune time for Castle to highlight their new marked hiking trails that went up at the start of summer during Castle’s Summer Solstice event in June.

“It was a community association-led initiative to get those hiking trails marked,” says Fawcett. “We all got together and we properly signed these trails so that a general tourist could come and find their way up to Haig Lake,” says Fawcett, adding that the resort also produced their first official summer trail publication this year.
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“It’s real small and succinct, but it does indicate the six trails that we have marked here around Castle,” he says.

On the Sunday afternoon, instead of having an organized luncheon like in past years, Castle will host food trucks from the Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek areas.

Staple and fan-favourite events are also back this year, like Saturday’s pig roast and roast beef dinner, face painting for the kids and the bonfire at the base of the mountain, pending the lifting of recent fire bans in the area.

Throughout the three days, live musical entertainment will be provided by Elk, Run & Riot, Tin & The Toad, and The Tumbleweeds.

“There is nothing pretentious about Castle Mountain and the resort,” says Fawcett. “While we are trying to step the festival up a notch, it’s still got a real laidback family-friendly atmosphere. A guest can take in the whole weekend with our all-access pass or show up for an hour to enjoy some music, free of charge. There’s an option for every budget and taste.”

For a complete schedule and list of events, visit http://www.skicastle.ca.
July 26th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 30
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