The first annual Walden Winter Carnival took place in February of 1973. The next carnival will occur on February 9, 10, 11 and and 12, 2017; therefore, it will be the 44th carnival. We are proudly one of the longest running carnivals in Northern Ontario.
Prior to 1973 there were many outdoor rink associations in the Walden area. Each outdoor rink association was hosting their own winter carnival every year. The Walden Community Centre (now known as T.M. Davies Community Centre) was just built and the Councillor for the area suggested that the outdoor rink associations amalgamate to host one “better” carnival at the new arena. Thus, Walden Winter Familyland was created.
During the first few years the carnival was only held for one day, on a Saturday. The activities were mainly “games of chance” such as ring toss, penny toss and were held inside the ice rink area. Each year the committee strives to bring a variety of fun events. Throughout the years we have evolved to host events over four days at several venues which include the T.M. Davies Arena, St. James Elementary School, Anderson Farm and École St. Paul.
Somewhere in the 1980s the name was changed to Walden Winter Carnival and our mascot Wally was introduced..
The Walden Winter Carnival is a local event enjoyed by many generations of families. We are a non-profit event that relies solely on the generosity of sponsorship from local businesses and money received from carnival button sales.
The Walden Winter Carnival presents a Merit Award every year to a business or individual with long standing sponsorship, commitment or volunteerism to the carnival. This year the Merit Award goes to: Morin Industrial Coatings Ltd.
The carnival button is chosen yearly by a button contest given to all of the schools in the Lively area including Copper Cliff and Whitefish. The children are given a button contest sheet. We ask that the children draw a picture of a certain theme; this year the theme is Canada 150 (Canada’s 150th birthday).
The carnival is currently run by 13 committee members who organize and plan each and every event commencing in September of each year. We are always looking for new committee members, so if you’re interested see our section “Get Involved”