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Alberta's answer to the Botique Festival Experience. Join us July 26th + 27th for an expression of music, art and yoga showcasing our favorites from around the world and Alberta.

BASICS

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What Is Borealis?

Borealis Festival is Alberta’s answer to the boutique festival experience, providing an offering of emerging electronic music, art, ideas and technology. Nestled in the natural beauty of Alberta, our intimate size and setting puts you close to the action: Cream of the crop artists representing INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONS and the whole spectrum of AlbertaS BEST TALENT, immersive audio-visual environments with world class sound SYSTEMS BUILT OF PK Sound, illuminating YOGA & MOVEMENT workshops and Several original art installations. Attendees camp on site for the duration of the festival.
 

18+

Borealis Festival is an 18+ camping event with alcohol PERMITTED at personal campsites. All attendees must have valid government issued photo ID to enter. 18 is the age of majority in Alberta, Canada. Regardless of the laws in your home province or state, you must be at least 18 years of age to attend this event. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Date & Location

The 2019 edition of Borealis Festival takes place JULY 26-28, in YELLOWHEAD COUNTY, Alberta, Canada. General admission begins JULY 26. Staff, Volunteers, and Performers may arrive JULY 25.

Detailed directions are available only to ticket holders and will be mailed on JULY 12.

The FESTIVAL ends at NOON on Sunday JULY 28 . We ask all guests to leave the festival site BY 9PM on Sunday JULY 28. Please ensure that your driver is well rested for the RIDE HOME.


ALCOHOL and Drugs

BOREALIS FESTIVAL IS A DRUG-FREE EVENT. ALCOHOL is not PERMITTED outside of personal campsites.

Vehicles will be searched upon entry to the festival site for ILLEGAL/BANNED items.

ImPortant Do’s & Don’Ts

- Don't camp on the road before gates open. Those obstructing local traffic will be forced to move.

- Don't leave any waste on site. This is a leave no trace event. Pack it in and pack it out.

- Don't expect to buy a Thursday entry pass at the gate. Thursday entry is available next year by pre-sale only.

- Don't start a fire. BBQ’s and Camp stoves are allowed, but no open flames please. Fire spinning is not permitted at Borealis.

- Don't pollute, wash in, or obstruct the flow of any natural water sources found on site

 

DON'T BRING ANY OF THESE PROHIBITED ITEMS ON SITE:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Illegal substances

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares

- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons

- Speakers and sound systems (absolutely no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)


Showers

There are no showers located at Borealis, we invite you to use your own portable camp showers.

TICKETS

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Ticket Help

Borealis is Paper Free and Tickets are Will Call - Please bring your ID and have your confirmation Email ready to claim tickets.  If you haven't received your ticket via email, please check your junk mail.

Full directions will be sent out JULY 12 to all confirmed Ticket Buyers

For all other ticketing questions, please email customer service at borealisfest@gmail.com

 

Refunds

Borealis does not offer refunds. Join the Borealis Music Festival 2019 Facebook page and use it to find buyers for your tickets. Join the page HERE.

 

Transferring Tickets and Will Call

If you sell your ticket or you are considering buying a ticket from someone, or if someone is transferring you a ticket, please be sure to contact us at borealisfest@gmail.com to verify its authenticity and Swtich the names on the tickets so they can be EASILY claimed at will call.

If you wish to leave a ticket for a friend, you can do so free of charge.


Day Passes

LIMITED Day passes MAY be available on Saturday night only if the event does not sell out. Check back here for updates.

 

Thursday Entry

Thursday Entry is not available this year at Borealis.

CAMPING

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Campgrounds 

Part of the fun of Borealis Festival is camping on site. Your festival ticket includes access to 3 spacious camping areas - “Bass Camp’, the “Mid Range” and “Treble Clef” campzones. Most attendees camp in tents. There is limited potable water available on site, but we still RECOMMEND you bring full containers for your campsite.

VEHICLES 

parking for your vehicle is free. Car camping is available In “Treble Clef” camp for no fee. In “Bass camp” a vehicle camping pass is available for an additional fee. RVs passes are available WITH An additional FEE. however, there are no RV hookups on site.

Respecting The Land

Borealis Festival is a leave No Trace event. Attendees are responsible for keeping their campsites clean and packing out all waste at the end of the event. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for the this event. Buy quality camping equipment that will last and remove packaging from equipment and food before you come on site.
 

Accessibility

Accessible camping is available for those with limited mobility. The site is equipped with wheelchair accessible Bathrooms.

The festival grounds are flat dirt and grass pathways. All the environments are accessible by wheelchair however it is a little bumpy in places.

Please contact borealisfest@gmail.com to let us know if you will be attending with accessible camping needs. 

GATE

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GATE HOURS

FRIDAY : NOON - 2 AM

SATURDAY 10AM - MIDNIGHT

Guests appearing outside of normal gate hours will experience longer entry times.


Re-Entry

We strongly encourage you to stay with us on site for the entire event.

In an effort to keep vehicle traffic on site to a minimum, A Re-Entry Fee of $10 Per Person is In Effect.

 

Pets

Live Animals wandering an event of this nature creates much stress for the animal as well as other attendees and thus pets are strictly prohibited on site at borealis.  PLease leave your furry friends safely at home. (LICENSED SERVICE ANIMALS MUST BE REGISTERED AT THE GATE)

 

Vehicle Searches

All vehicles entering the festival site are searched for alcohol, illegal substances, animals, glass bottles and mirrors and other banned items.

 

Do not bring any prohibited items on site:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Illegal substances

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares

- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons

- Speakers and sound systems (no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter

Thursday Entry

We are asking our Staff, Volunteers, and Performers to arrive no earlier than Thursday morning at the earliest. We cannot have vehicles parked on public roads around the festival site. Vehicles arriving before FRIDAY morning and parked on public roads will be processed at the entry gates only after those who showed up in the morning as requested. We always try to be good neighbours and respect the community that hosts us.

 

GETTING HERE

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Driving

Detailed directions will be available only to ticket buyers.  The site is easily and conveniently accessible from any of the provinces primary cities - Calgary(350 km), Edmonton(115 km), and Red Deer(220 km)

 

Ride Share

Join the Borealis Music Festival 2019 Facebook page and communicate with other travelers as they make their plans. Join the page HERE.


Bus

Greyhound is discontinuing Alberta bus service. We recommend driving.

 

Fly

If you're traveling from another country, Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is the nearest international airport to the festival site. Get precise travel directions to Borealis Festival by purchasing tickets.


 

Arrival

All general admission ticket holders enter through the Main Gate. Please have your government issued photo ID and TICkET CONFIRMATION EMAIL ready. The gate closes for a period of time each night. Please have a close look at Main Gate hours above. Do not camp on the road while the gate is closed. You will be asked to move by event staff or police.

WHAT TO BRING

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Entering the Gate

Our gate staff work hard to keep everyone safe. Be Patient and courteous with our staff. Abuse of any kind will result in you not getting into the festival.

Bring Your ID. Government issued ID is required through the gate as Borealis is a 18+ event.

Make sure You have your ticket confirmation email to claim your Tickets - Screenshot them or ensure are already printed if necessary.

Check out the gate hours and arrive on time. There will be no entry after the gate is closed.

Your vehicle and belongings are subject to search so be prepared to open up everything for our security staff including luggage, coolers, RVs, etc.

 

Camping Essentials 

The following items are essential for getting the most out of your Borealis Festival experience:

-Tent

-Sleeping bag and blankets

-Solid footwear

-Flashlight

-Warm clothing

-Refillable water containers

-See our First Timer's Guide for more tips on what to bring.

 


Banned items

The following things are banned from coming in the gates and will be seized by security:

- Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)

- Illegal substances

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors

- Fireworks or Flares- Fire dancing equipment

- Weapons - Speakers and sound systems (no renegade stages please)

- Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)

- Aerial drones

- Laser pointers

- Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)

- Glitter (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)

SAFETY

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Conduct

Borealis is a safe space for everyone. All attendees are responsible for maintaining a culture of mutual respect and taking care of one another. If someone is unwell, help them get access to medical services. If someone is acting recklessly or harassing others, inform a member of the security team.

You can read Borealis’s Code of Conduct here.
 

Harm Reduction

In accordance with Canadian law, Borealis Festival is a drug-free event. However we realize, regardless of the law, our Harm Reduction plan and gate policies, and the inherent dangers of illicit drug use, some may still choose to use these substances.

With this in mind, we have a proactive approach to Harm Reduction. Our goal is to empower our peers to positively influence their own health and safety by providing some tools and information regarding harm reduction, and will do so leading up to and throughout Borealis Festival through education for and communication to our community around safer partying.

You can learn more about Borealis’s Harm Reduction Policy here.


First Aid

Borealis Festival takes the health and wellbeing of our patrons very seriously. We aim to continually raise the bar and learn from each event on how to provide the safest possible environment for our guests.

There will be a main First Aid tent located beside Harm Reduction that you can visit 24 hours for any questions or emergencies.