It’s finally here! Hope will once again be hosting their chainsaw carving competition this August in Hope’s Memorial Park. From August 19th-22nd, you’ll be able to get your front row seat to world class carvers and the amazing creations that they will carve!

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, August 19th

Carvers begin: 8am-5pm

Friday, August 20th

Carvers continue: 8am-5pm
Speed carving: 11am-1pm
Speed carving auction: 2pm
Hope Blackbear Committee onsite

Saturday, August 21st

Carvers continue: 8am-5pm
Chamber’s Market in the park: 9am-3pm
Food trucks & bannock: 11am-4pm
Speed carving: 11am-1pm
Speed carving auction: 2pm
Sidewalk sale: 10am-4pm (Hope Businesses)
Birdhouse painting for kids: (hosted by Envision Financial)
Concerts in the Park: 7pm-9pm

Sunday, August 22nd

Carvers finish: 8am-12pm
Speed carving: 11am-1pm
Speed & designated large carving auction: 3pm
Food trucks onsite: 11am-3pm

If food trucks aren’t your style, stop at one of our delightful cafes like the Blue Moose Café or Hope Mountain Café. Or grab a refreshment or two from Mountainview Brewing Co. or a burger and a beer from the Silver Chalice Pub! If you’re looking for a delicious home style meal, try out Hanky’s or the Home Restaurant.

If you’ve been to Hope before, you’ll have undoubtedly seen some of the 80 plus chainsaw carvings scattered all over town. Each of these carvings are pieces that chainsaw carvers have created during past competitions! During your visit, stop by the Hope Visitor Centre to start the self-guided tour of chainsaw carvings around town and imagine where this year’s carvings may end up!

Credit: @carverkingstv on Twitter

We’d like pay homage to Pete Ryan, a legendary carver and integral member of the chainsaw carving community who passed away in January 2021. A mentor to young carvers, Pete had a natural artistic talent and a kind, friendly and easy-going nature that made him beloved by many. Several of Pete’s carvings can be spotted around Hope to this day, but the legacy he left behind was much bigger than his beautiful carvings. Pete was an inspiration to many carvers and his memory will live on due to his love of art and helping others thrive in carving.

We can’t wait to see what the visionary carvers come up with this year! Come on out and witness their brilliance and skill while basking in our beautiful summer weather. Check out Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition for more details!