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for Up West Winterfest 2014 activities and events

Darlene Shea
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Organizers of this year’s Up West Winterfest want everyone to get physically active in West Prince’s great outdoors. They have organized numerous events Jan. 10-19 specifically to get people outside and moving.

Up West Winterfest offers lots of indoor and outdoor fun for people all ages. Enjoying outdoor fun are, from left, Jazzlyn Smallman, Sarah Hart and Isaiah Dixon with Chantel Henderson, a volunteer with the Western P.E.I. Recreation Council's Learn-to-Snowshoe program.

This year, festival organizers have partnered with P.E.I. 2014 to organize an even greater number of events to help kick off and celebrate this special anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

Some of the events are being held indoors but plenty will be happening outside.

In addition to promoting healthy living among citizens, Up West Winterfest aims to boost tourism and business.

“It’s great to see the local communities and towns working together to create so many active and fun events in what is often a quiet time of year,” says Up West Winterfest event co-ordinator, Courtney McCue.

Rodd Mill River Resort is a major partner in several of the Winterfest activities. At any time during the festival, people may take advantage of the Mill River Ski Shop’s special Winterfest prices for equipment rentals. Its outdoor fun centre offers skiing, skating, sledding, snowshoeing and outdoor slides, geo-caching on the ski trails, poker runs on the ski trails and more.

The fun will also move into the West Prince communities of Tignish, Alberton and O’Leary, with events such as ice fishing all day Jan. 18 and 19 on the town pond in Alberton.

Other events include hockey development camps at all three community arenas and curling tournaments at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary and the Alberton Community Curling Club. Community rinks will also host open skating sessions (fancy dress skates, family skates, etc.)

“You can even try your hand at curling. If competitive spirit is more your style, there will be Amazing rallies organized in every community,” added McCue.



An overview of the Up West Winterfest planned activities.

Friday, Jan. 10

·         Trivia qualifier at 7 p.m. at O’Leary Legion

·         Sock hop from 6-8 p.m. at Tignish Fire Hall

·         Chase the Ace Draw at 8 p.m. at Tignish Legion


Saturday, Jan. 11

·         Seniors bingo from 2-4 p.m. at Alice Duncan Centre, O’Leary

·         Teen dance from 7-10 p.m. at Alice Duncan Centre, O’Leary


Sunday, Jan. 12

·         Pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at Tignish Fire Hall

·         Firefighters Pond Hockey Tournament from 1-5 p.m. at Alberton Fire Hall

·         Snow Pitch Softball Tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 101 Mill River Road (P.E.I. Parks Office)

·         Fancy Dress Skate from 2-4 p.m. at O’Leary Arena


Monday, Jan. 13

·         Amazing rally from 6-9 p.m. at Tignish Recreation Office

·         Poker night starting at 7:30 p.m. at O’Leary Legion


Tuesday, Jan. 14

·         Amazing rally from 6-9 p.m. at Alberton Town Hall

·         Trivia qualifier at 7 p.m. at Tignish Legion


Wednesday, Jan. 15

·         Amazing rally from 6-9 p.m. at Alice Duncan Centre, O’Leary

·         Trivia qualifier at 7 p.m. at the Albert & Crown, Alberton

·         Crib tournament at 7:30 p.m. at O’Leary Legion


Thursday, Jan. 16

·         Poker night at 7 p.m. at Tignish Legion

·         Seniors social from 6-9 p.m. at Rodd Mill River Resort with transportation from each community


Friday, Jan. 17

·         Curling bonspiel at Alberton and O’Leary Curling Clubs (times to be announced)

·         Community Park Night from 7-11 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, Tignish


Saturday, Jan. 18

·         Ice fishing all day at the Town Pond, Alberton

·         Hockey Day in West Prince (hockey development camps) at Tignish, Alberton and O’Leary arenas (times to be announced)

·         Curling bonspiel at O’Leary and Alberton Curling Clubs (times to be announced)


Sunday, Jan. 19

·         Ice fishing all day at the Town Pond, Alberton


A more detailed list of events can be found at


Organizations: Rodd Mill River Resort, Alice Duncan Centre, Mill River Ski Shop Maple Leaf Curling Club Alberton Community Curling Club P.E.I. Parks Office Tignish Recreation Office

Geographic location: Tignish, West Prince, Charlottetown 101 Mill River Road Bicentennial Park

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