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The Winter Festival of Speed has been running in Lac La Biche for 41 years.


The event started with cars racing on the ice. Next came sleds with snow drags which led to ice drags with crazy high HP sleds. About this time we started the kids carnival, then came motorcycles and quads on an ice track. Last came the aircraft landing on the ice runway. The trappers put up a display and an axe throwing activity where people could try their luck. This year, there will be an ice and snow sculpting display. The vintage sleds are having a trail ride, vintage sled display and novice snowmobile rider training. Ice slalom event for cars and half ton pickups.

With the help of other non-profit groups in the area, we are able to host a one-of-a-kind event.


Our Board

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Ken Staples


First came to Lac La Biche 40 years ago and brought the Car Races with him. Has been spearheading the Festival of Speed ever since. 


Rob Kruk

President of Back Country Riders

Rob Kruk owns Full Tilt Powersports as well as Off Roads Adventures - a back country adventure company.


Mel Kuprowsky

Volunteer Herder

Coordinating the Emergency Procedures for the event. The event uses lots of volunteers, Mel coordinates where they will be placed and how many at each event.


Ken Zachkewich

LLB Flying Club

Aircraft owner, , uses any excuse to go flying.

Coordinates the setup of the runway, taxi ways and parking area for aircraft that fly in for our event.


Craig Kumpula

Large Equipment Co-ordinator

Coordinating the snow cats and the use of Diesel Fuel for our equipment use.


Clint Lawrie

SSRA  Coordinator

Came to Lac La Biche in 1984. Got involved with Winter Festival 39 yrs ago. In the last years coordinated with SSRA (Dale Roger) for the sled drags also park aircraft for fly in.


Dave Phillips

LLB Chamber of Commerce 

My history with the Festival goes back many years. I've volunteered in many areas.

We've entered an agreement to assist in making the 2023 event the best possible.

My job is to help Ken where ever I can.


Romeo Gauthier

LLB Trappers

A variety of tanned furs and various trapping supplies on display and trapping demonstrations will also be setup right on the lake.

In addition, the trappers will have the axe throwing target setup again and everyone is encouraged to come and try out their skills and compete in the various categories

Local trappers to help guide visitors through the displays and answer questions.  

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