Winter festivities continue this weekend

Winter festivities in downtown Courtenay continue this weekend.

Winter festivities in downtown Courtenay continue this weekend and show no sign of slowing down as Downtown Courtenay WinterFest celebrates the Great Outdoors — West Coast Winter Fun.

It’s a weekend long celebration of season and all the amazing things we can do all winter long on the wild west coast!

Downtown Courtenay is a fantastic place to equip yourself for winter adventures and local stores carry top of the line gear for all conditions. From skis and snowboards to back country camping equipment, snowshoes, rain coat, kayaks, canoes, safety gear, repairs and tune ups, Downtown Courtenay is a one-stop destination for all your outdoor adventure needs.

In keeping with this celebration of the Great Outdoors, Mount Washington Alpine Resort will head downtown this Saturday, collecting for the local food bank and giving you the chance to win lift tickets or Ozone passes for your whole family! Just drop by with a non perishable donation on the Scotia Bank plaza between 11 and 2 and be entered to win.

The Great Outdoors is also all about walking more lightly on the planet and taking part in activities that are kind to the earth. In the spirit of caring for the environment, the WinterFest Hub (at the corner of Fifth and England) is offering art, craft and reading adventures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with special guests the Cascadian Crusaders and The Great Plastic Round Up.

Learn all about ways you can make a difference, contribute to a healthy environment and create some fun Earth-friendly art projects at the same time!

Guided tours are another great way to get to know downtown Courtenay even better. At 1 p.m. you can choose between two guided tours.

Meet in the Sid Plaza for a Guided Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Courtenay with former fire chief Lawrence Burns, chair of the City of Courtenay Heritage Advisory Commission. Or meet in the lobby of the Sid to peek behind the scenes of our civic theatre and explore the world behind the curtain!

At 2, the WinterFest Hub hosts another free Community Concert with the Helen Austin Family Band. This is a great all-ages event in a relaxed low key atmosphere.

Bring the kids, pull up a chair or a pillow on the floor, pile up your coats, boots and shopping in the corner and hear some great tunes from one of the Comox Valley’s most talented families.

Each and every weekend of Downtown Courtenay WinterFest includes live music events, walking tours, free kids arts and crafts, the Comox Valley Farmers Market, shopping and dining specials, art shows and lots of other cool events. Check out the detailed schedule or find out more on Facebook or www.downtowncourtenay.com.

Stay tuned for next weekend’s Downtown Courtenay WinterFest theme — Delicious Downtown-Tantalizing Tastes from Farm to Fork.
— Downtown Courtenay WinterFest

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