|Riding the Huckleberry Chair is part of the Huckleberry Festival experience|
It’s late August, but Castle Mountain Resort is a hub of activity. Castle’s annual Huckleberry Festival is in full swing with live music, a pop-up market, face painting, a bouncy house, food trucks, guided hikes, beer garden, and of course, berry picking. For just two days each summer, the Huckleberry Chair takes berry lovers up Haig Mountain to prime berry patches.
|Fantastic face painting!|
As we wait in line for the chairlift, buckets in hand, we get hugs from Marie Cameron, the hugging liftie, who has worked at Castle for over 10 years. Cameron isn’t the only one who returns to Castle year after year. Several festival-goers tell us “Huck Fest” is a family tradition and chance to re-connect with their winter ski buddies.
Read more about Huckleberry Festival fun on FestivalSeekers: Making memories at Castle Mountain’s Huckleberry Festival.
At the top of the lift, we enjoy the view and start hunting for huckleberries. They are easy to find if you know what you’re looking for. The girls make short work of one berry patch and move on to another bush full of sun ripened, sweet huckleberries. We feed like bears until lunchtime, then head down the mountain for burgers and live music (meals are included in All Access Passes).
|Enjoy the views while you pick berries!|
With a full calendar of events from Friday to Sunday, there’s fun for all ages (beer tasting, anyone?) all day long, but you should save time to do at least one hike while you’re in the area. Register for Friday night’s guided full moon hike and fine dining event, or take a detour to Haig Lake on your way back to the lodge. It’s a short hike to the beautiful little lake.
|Haig Lake, Castle Mountain Resort|
Bring a bucket and I’ll see you there!
If You Go
|Live music on the Huckleberry Stage, Castle Mountain Resort|
The 23rd annual Huckleberry Festival is from August 24-26, 2018 at Castle Mountain Resort. Visit the official Huckleberry Festival website for more information.
Castle Mountain Resort is located 45 km SW of Pincher Creek, about 2.5 hours from Calgary.