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Got Griz Day Questions? 

Check out our FAQs below!

Griz Days is a multi-day festival of fun-filled, family friendly events, activities, fundraising and entertainment. It is traditionally Fernie’s biggest winter event, embracing the entire community and surrounding area. Griz Days celebrates our community’s winter heritage and historical traditions, while paying tribute to the mythical creature the Griz – who lives in the Lizard Range and shoots powder snow from his musket!

A legendary mountain man raised by Grizzlies. We celebrate him every winter to bring epic pow to Fernie!   

Griz Days is traditionally on the first weekend of March. This year, the event lands on March 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2024.

Griz Days is proudly organized by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce

It is important to note that this event would not happen without the support of our volunteers, sponsors, local businesses, The City of Fernie and our amazing community!


Fernie, B.C.  is a beautiful, mountain town in the Elk Valley region of the East Kootenays. 

Fernie is off the B.C. #3 in southeastern B.C. and is close to three airports: Calgary, Cranbrook and Kalispell.

Don’t forget – Fernie is on Mountain Standard Time!

Checkout Tourism Fernie more for info on our awesome town 🙂

Most events are free to attend! There are some events you will need to pay for to participate in. And, some that charge for entry (ie: bands at bars). Check out the ‘Registration’ tab for events that require pre-registration.  

If you would like to participate in an event, the following require pre-registration and payment before. Make sure you read all the details of each event so don’t miss the deadline! 

  • A float, walking group etc. in the parade 
  • Extreme Griz Competition  
  • Bed Races  

All events are accessible to everyone to watch. There might be limitations on the events you have to sign up for. Please read all event details before registering for any event! 

Yes! There will be food tents around Station Square on Saturday, March 2nd to entice you while you enjoy the entertainment!

Won’t make it to Station Square? Fernie has so many awesome cafes, restaurants, and watering holes to check out.

Tough to say! In our beautiful little mountain town, we can experience temperatures ranging from above 0 to minus 30! This includes snowstorms, rain and our favorite blue bird days. Check the weather reports a couple days prior so you are prepared.  

Griz Days will happen rain or shine, but some events on the schedule will be subject to weather/conditions. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates!  

The event is run by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help successfully run this event! 

Reach out to to volunteer. We have a pretty great volunteer party too… just sayin’!

Contact us to learn more our sponsorship packages and how you can become more involved in the event. 

Fernie has a variety of accommodations. As this is a very popular weekend, we recommend booking your accommodation ASAP to avoid any disappointment! 

Yes! Our deadline for events to be included in the magazine is December 31st. However, if approved, we can add your event to the schedule on our website. Please contact us to learn more about our schedule of events and how your business or organization can be involved.  

Each year the Fernie Chamber of Commerce partners with the Fernie Rotary Club to sell commemorative Griz Pins. Pins go on sale the week of  February 5th. 

Buy Griz Pins HERE

Pins are $4 each and numbers are limited. This year, proceeds from the pins will go to the Fernie Food Bank 

Why buy a Griz pin?  

  • You could be the lucky winner of a $1,000 cash prize! The draw will be announced on  March 6th via social media channels for the lucky pin number!  
  • A portion of the proceeds from Griz pin sales are distributed to local community groups or charities by the Fernie Rotary Club.  
  • You could go to jail without a pin! That’s right! Sheriff Shazz & Sheriff Bull will be out to make sure everyone is wearing their pins the week before. You don’t want them to catch you without one! 

Stay tuned for where to buy your pins!