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Historic display at North Peace Museum reminds us we’ve been celebrating winter for almost 50 years in the North Peace Region!

Author: BC Winter Games/Tuesday, February 18, 2020/Categories: BC Winter Games, 2020 BC Winter Games

Historic display at North Peace Museum reminds us we’ve been celebrating winter for almost 50 years in the North Peace Region!

In the spirit of the BC Winter Games, the North Peace Museum has created an exhibit showcasing winter sports in the peace region over the years. Unique sports like snow golf and dog sled racing are showcased.

This exhibit looks at our rich sporting history through photographs, stories and artefacts. The display includes antique cross-country skis, a 1930s hockey uniform, crazy snow golf photographs and a figure skating program from Canada’s Centennial in 1967.

“We wanted to find a way to include the museum in the excitement about the upcoming games,” said Curator and Manager, Heather Sjoblom.

One of the historic sports you can learn more about is snow golf.

Snow golf was introduced to the Mukluk Rendezvous (now called High on Ice Festival) in the late 1970s and continued to be an event into the 1980s. The golfer uses an oversize purple snow golf ball mounted on an oversize purple tee and whatever item he or she wishes to for a club. Participants have used two-by-fours, brooms, canoe paddles, putters, and even boots as clubs! Snow golfers dressed warmly with weird and outlandish costumes over their outerwear.

“As residents of a northern community, subject to Mother Nature’s whims, we need a mid-winter break. It helps remind us that the shortest and darkest days are behind and spring is not far away,” said then MLA Ed Smith in the 1975 Mukluk Rendezvous Program.

Another historic sport you can learn more about at the display is Snow-deo, which was a gymkhana for snowmobiles where the fastest time around a determined obstacle course won.

The museum is offering 50% off admission from February 18 – 22, so athletes and families traveling to Fort St. John for the BC Winter Games can enjoy the display!

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