Midwesterner’s looking for a little winter revelry should consider heading north of the border in early February.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has long been a haven for Great Lakes' snowsports enthusiasts. So it's no wonder that it’s also home to Ontario's largest winter carnival, Bon Soo, which takes place Feb. 3-12 this winter.
Bon Soo, which has been named one of the country’s top 50 festivals, is Canada’s second largest winter carnival next to the Montreal Carnivale in Quebec. This marks its 49th season.
There are more than 75 events that take place throughout the 10-day festival that include the whole family; outdoor events, concerts, breakfasts, contests, tournaments, train rides, wagon rides, snow shoeing, snow canoeing, dog sled rides, snow sculptures, and their famous bum slides. (Remember the McKenzie Brothers?) It's Canada after all. Just look for the back-bacon to slide on.
A New York Fries Youth Concert with tributes to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $12 CA ($11.79 US). A tribute concert to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson with special guests Zero Gravity Circus takes place on Feb 11. Tickets are $22 CA ($21.61 US).
Through Sault Ste. Marie Tourism there are packages for downhill skiing at Searchmont Resort, and cross-country skiing around the Soo. Enjoy the slopes during the day and the downtown festival at night.
Downhill packages start midweek from $129 CA ($126.70 US) per person, double occupancy and include two night's accommodations, two day lift tickets and free night skiing on weekends, which starts from $153 CA ($150.28 US) per person. You can add a third day for $20 and kids 10 and under ski free.
Cross-country ski package start from $89 CA ($87.42 US) per person, based on double occupancy, and include two nights lodging and two ski passes per person for either Stokely Creek or Hiawatha Highlands. Go here for lift and lodging packages.