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8 - 10 January 2021

Thank you to everyone that has continued to support Frostbite Symposium and its journey towards being an annual event that brings new and old face together to celebrate winter.  Each year 150 people gather at Footshills Camp and Retreat Centre approximately 1.5 hours north of Calgary, Alberta.  30+ instructors volunteer their time to provide an incredible learning environment for the traditional skills of winter camping, bushcraft, wilderness survival, with a bit of craftiness and homesteading for good measure.



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To receive updates, and an invitation for early reservations, please fill out the form below.  You will begin receiving updates in August, with registration opening on 15 October 2020.  Registration is open to folks on the mailing list for 24 hours before it is available on the website.









Who Comes to Frostbite?

10% under 18 years

30% Hot Tenters

45% Female

68% Returning Frostbiters!

What is Frostbite!

Frostbite is Canada's 1st winter gathering that brings together instructors and students to learn and explore the art of winter travel in the Canadian Bush.  The instructors are both students and volunteers, but collectively represent some of the most respected names in outdoor education, bushcraft and wilderness survival in Canada.




What Happens at Frostbite!

Every year there are always a couple people that keep the fire burning for the rest of the participants.  They are always ready with a warm drink, perhaps a snack and some conversation.  But while they enjoy the fire, courses will occur indoors and outdoors.  So don't worry about being bored, or tired of walking, there is always something to keep you busy.  2020 Class Descriptions

The Fine Print

Where is the Event?

Frostbite! is hosted at Foothills Camp & Retreat Centre.  The camp is located approximately 25 minutes west of the QE2 highway, near Bowden, AB.  This central location, located between Calgary and Edmonton allows easy access for those driving or flying in for the event.  Please note that Foothills Camp is a family friendly environment and the consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs is not permitted.  Pets are only permitted through prior authorization and cannot be admitted into any buildings.


What is the Cost?

Admission to the 2021 event will be available for the sum of $65.00.  This provides access to the following:

  • Camping (non-hookup) for 2 nights

  • Access to hot showers and heated toilet facilities

  • Attendance at Keynote Presentations

  • All course (tuition materials fees excepted)

  • Catered meal on Saturday night

  • Copious hot drinks

What is not included?

  • Meals (except Saturday Supper) are on your own

  • Foothills Camp Kitchen will be serving meals, and tokens can be purchased in advance.

  • Materials fees: Instructors may charge to cover their costs

  • Your personal equipment and clothing

Other Options that Might Interest You:

You can reserve indoor accommodations that range from private Lodge Rooms to heated cabins that sleep 4 or 8 people.  You are able to make your selection when you complete the registration form.

Feedback from Frostbiters!

Frostbite was an amazing experience. It's like a summer camp for adults... in the winter! Courses were great but it's the people that made the event.

- 2018 Participant


I enjoyed being able to walk around and interact with people in other seminars, getting to watch and learn even though I might not have been able to sign up for that particular course, it was always a casual and welcoming atmosphere everywhere I went

- 2020 Participant

So much wisdom, willingness to share, camaraderie, and wool in one room😂

- 2020 Participant

I went to frostbite on a whim and now I'm hooked. I look forward to it every new year. I always learn a lot and have the chance to talk with some great people.

- 2020 Participant


Frostbite is where I can meet new and old faces of those who appreciate and value the outdoor life and all it has to offer. I like how people from diverse walks of life can come together and share and learn under a common interest.

- 2020 Participant

Frostbite is just like a huge Reunion between Friends within the Northern Bushcraft Community. I'll always recommend to friends outside the community to come join us and take in the culture with hopes that they leave with good memories and a bit more knowledge with desire to return the following year.

- 2018 Participant

Overall one of the top bush craft events that I have attended. Such an awesome community of folks, I can hardly wait till next year!

- 2020 Participant

Frostbite pushes me out of my comfort zone and introduces me to a world I'm not lucky enough to live in daily. My confidence in exploring the natural world has grown by leaps and bounds since my first Frostbite experience.

- 2018 Participant

For more information please contact us:

Frostbite! Symposium on Traditional Winter Skills 

Edited: 3 March 2020

Frostbite! 2021
8 - 10 January 2021
Out with the Old & In with the Cold
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