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The festival is a celebration of the community and culture of Fort Nelson.

This year we are proud to celebrate the Fort Nelson First Nations and indigenous artists and culture from across Canada.

To see what is included... please visit our Packages and Passes page here.

Join us with the Community and Culture Pass and then add-on your favourite adventure!

Northern Rockies Lodge Experience

Dog Sled Adventure

Snowmobile Adventure


This is what everyone is coming for... The Northern Lights are an amazing phenomenon that have inspired people from around the world. Viewing stations are located around the festival with shuttle transportation starting at 10pm each night. Feel the magic of the Northern Lights! Seeing is believing.

DJ Shub - March 19

Cultural Music Night! First Nations artists range from traditional dance and drum to the new and upcoming artists who blend the sounds of indigenous traditional music with new forms of dub step and electronica. Experience a whole new era as the journey of the First Peoples head into the new century.

Alex Wells - March 19

Championship Hoop Dancer, Alex Wells, brings an inspiring demonstration of the traditional Cree hoop dance. The hoop represents the never-ending circle of life. It has no end or beginning and reminds one that we, as nations, are all connected. Alex and his dancers will be performing multiple times throughout the festival.

Traditional Muskwa River Dancers

Muskwa River Dancers are indigenous people from the Northern Rockies region of all ages who learn traditional dance and will be performing during the Cultural Concert night.

Ceremonial Festival Fire

The Ceremonial Festival Fire! The Fort Nelson First Nations light the Northern Lights Festival ceremonial fire during Opening Ceremonies. The fire is located in the Fort Nelson First Nations Moose Camp where it is watched over twenty-four hours a day.


Arts, crafts, services and adventures are all within the doors of the Northern Lights Marketplace. Visit the Community Hall and be transformed into a winter wonderland where unique treasures can be found!

Dog Sled Adventure

The heritage of dog sledding dates back to 2000 BC... and it has always been a part of transportation in Northern BC. During the Northern Lights Festival, local sled dog caretaker and kennel, Streeper Kennels, offers up an experience for you to meet the dogs and experience the beautifully silent ride that carried this region for centuries. Click to discover more about this add-on adventure.

Hot Springs Adventure

The Liard Hot Springs bring the Northern Lights and the winter wonderland together for an unforgettable evening. Bask in the warmth of the natural hot springs while gazing up at the open night sky filled with the aurora borealis. This experience can be added on to your festival pass or purchased in the Liard Hot Springs / Dog Sled Adventure Package.

Snowmobile Adventure

Brace yourself for the most fun in the snow and sun! A two hour training and tour on one of Northern BC's most exciting ways to travel - the snowmobile! Learn how to ride and then take a guided tour through the trails of Fort Nelson.

Closed due to Covid 19

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