What is the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival?

The Canadian Birkie is a three-day celebration of cross country skiing and Nordic Legends which takes place the second Saturday in February every year.  It is Western Canada’s Premier Nordic Ski Event and one of only three Birkebeiner Loppets in the world with Norway and the USA hosting the other two. 
DAY ONE is our Nordic Fair & Registration package pick-up from 12-8 p.m. where you can visit our sponsors' and partners' booths, pick up some Birkie souvenirs, get updates on courses, the latest waxing advice, weather forecasts and much more.
DAY THREE is our family-fun Ole's Tour event
SKI EVENTS: We offer family and competitive ski events with various distances for all levels and abilities. Long distance events start at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, a unique starting area at an historic site.The start for the 13 km event and the finish line for all events are at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area just east of Edmonton, Alberta.
Challenge yourself or just meet up with friends at our ski events
  • Ole's Tour
  • 13 km
  • 31 km
  • 55 km with or without pack
VIKINGS’ FEAST: In true Birkebeiner tradition, join our Vikings’ Feast! Enjoy great food and drinks, awards, door prizes and more.   
There are also opportunities for Training and/or Volunteering; something for everyone!