11 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Alberta Pond Hockey Championship 

There’s nothing like a good old hockey game, but nothing compares to the Alberta Pond Hockey Championships – one of Canada’s largest pond hockey events happening right here in the Peace Region.

  1. Outdoor Rinks

With 15 outdoor rinks spanning across the lake, you will be able to take in multiple exhilarating hockey games at once and be surrounded by non-stop action. Not only that, but two rinks are dedicated as Family Rinks and can be used all weekend by spectators – perfect for families who want to experience the thrill of skating on the lake themselves!


  1. Good Old Hockey Games

With hundreds of games happening over the weekend, you’ll be able to watch different divisions show off their skills on the ice. Cheer on the Competitive, Recreational, Old Timers, Women’s, and Juniors teams, or catch an exciting game of Ringette – the choice is yours! Either way, you won’t be disappointed. 


  1. Music

The vibes stay high during the entire weekend thanks to the wide variety of upbeat music that plays throughout the tournament. Pop, Country, Top 40 Hits, Classic Rock and more, the energy will be high, and it’ll be easier than ever to bust a move. 


  1. Gala

As one of the most memorable Galas of the year, this event takes place on Saturday and draws crowds from near and far. Known to sell out quickly, this fun filled event comes with live entertainment, great local food, and one heck of a party. This is something you won’t want to miss!


  1. Food & Drinks 

Hunger will be nonexistent whether you’re on or off the ice thanks to multiple local businesses. Mr. Mikes Steak House Casual caters the entire weekend and provides everyone in attendance with hot dogs, hamburgers, and smokies, while Tim Hortons is always on site ready to serve free hot chocolate and coffee. You’ll also be able to enjoy a fully stocked beer garden with your favourite brews and drinks. Plus, during the Gala you will have the chance to indulge in delicious meals from the Krooked House, and Norm’s Pizzazz.


  1. Lac Cardinal Provincial Park & Lake

Taking place at one of the most scenic spaces in the Mighty Peace, there are many things to do in between games here. Bring your snowshoes and check out one of the many beautiful trails along the lake, skate with your family and friends, or see if you can catch a glimpse of the many kinds of wildlife in the area. Complete with two playgrounds, this is the ideal spot for all ages to enjoy. 

  1. Dogsledding 

It doesn’t get more Canadian than this! Take a break from watching hockey and experience a thrilling ride on a dog sled with Whirlwind Acres across the snowy lake. Pulled by gorgeous huskies and driven by experienced, local mushers, this is something you will want to cross off your bucket list this winter. 


  1. Curling

There are so many ways to have fun on the ice, which means you will have a shot at taking part in a fun game of stick curling! Set up by the Grimshaw Curling Club, anyone can join in and participate during the weekend. Whether you’re a seasoned curler or a complete rookie, throwing rocks on a frozen lake is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t soon forget.  


  1. Shootout

High stakes, high energy, and one of the most exciting parts of the Alberta Pond Hockey Championship is the shootout! Watch as select junior players battle it out in a classic hockey shootout and get ready to cheer on your favourites. 


  1. Ice Racing

Have you ever wanted to watch ATV’s and dirt bikes race on the ice? Well now you can! This event is fast paced, thrilling and not for the faint of heart. Riders race full speed through a snowy and icy course with studded tires, plenty of layers and all their safety gear. This is one event that will have you on the edge of your seat!


  1. One of Largest Pond Hockey Events in Canada

Hands down one of the BIGGEST pond hockey events in Canada, the Alberta Pond Hockey Championship draws people in from all over the world. With thousands of spectators and players, this tournament is truly in a world of its own. You won’t find anything quite like it, so bundle up, grab a friend, and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience on the ice! 

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