Opening Ceremonies, Nordic Fair and Registration Package Pick up all happen Friday, February 10, 2017, the day before the Birkie Ski Events.  They happen at our host venue, the Strathcona Community Centre in the Agora room, located at 401 Festival Lane in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Waxing Room
A wax room and tables will be provided at the Community Centre from noon to 8 p.m. on February 10th for travelling participants.  Bring your own waxing equipment and supplies and please clean up after yourself.

Opening Ceremonies; 11:45 a.m.
The legend that the Birkie recreates each year is described and the Birkie Baby (representing the infant prince that is rescued) is introduced.  We recognize our fabulous sponsors and then the Festival is officially opened by supporting dignitaries.

Nordic Fair; noon - 8 p.m. 

Visit our sponsors' and partners' booths, pick up a Birkie souvenir or two, get the latest waxing advice, watch waxing demos, and enjoy a sample of Alley Kat beer as you catch up with ski friends.   


Registration Package Pick-up; noon - 8 p.m.

Pick up your bib, returnable timing chip and information package.  If you cannot make the package pick-up you can ask a friend or family to pick it up for you.  They will need to know your full name, event, and check your timing chip before they leave. You must return your TIMING CHIP at the finish line.  There is a $60 charge if your chip is not returned, so be sure to return your chip immediately after the event.