The Carving on the Edge Festival is an annual gathering held in Tla-o-qui-aht Territory, Tofino BC, Canada, that celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts.

This year’s theme, Totems & Tributaries, will explore carving as a visual language.

Totem Poles stand tall, telling stories of the land and its peoples. Tributaries connect our coastal communities to those upstream, uniting us along ancient salmon migration routes.

The festival offers something for everyone –

from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels. We welcome you to join us!


September 6th-9th, 2018 Main Festival Weekend:

Carving workshops, demonstrations, cultural performances, artist talks, & canoe tours.

September 7th-11th, 2018:

Edge Art Show, Featured Exhibits, & the Open Carving Area

September 6th, 2018:

Artists’ Welcoming Day

Evening Programs

Public galas and presentations.


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September 2018

Family Carving at the Tofino Market – Saturday, September 1st, 2018

September 1 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Public Market – Tofino Village Green, 366 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC Canada
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Come and visit us at the Tofino Saturday Market to learn more about our local tradition of the carving arts. Children and their families will be introduced to traditional tools, techniques, and meet carving artists as they demonstrate their skills. Accomplished visiting carvers will be working on their projects and curious visitors of all ages will be given guidance for using basic hand tools and a chance to explore play in carving.

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2018 Carving on the Edge Festival

September 6 - September 9
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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The Carving on the Edge Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts with something for everyone from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels. Full event details and schedule will be finalized in August, 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on evening talks, workshops and all events.

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368 Main Street, Tofino, BC

Festival Photos

We love to take pictures during the festival. Enjoy a taste of our previous events by having a look at photo galleries from past events.




Our Sponsors

We're grateful for the generous support of our festival sponsors.