“Happy Ness” Ness Creek Weekend
We left Saskatoon at noon for a music filled weekend at Ness Creek. Driving north for three hours, we made a quick stop for ice, and finally arrived.
A queue of cars and trucks were waiting there for us; we slowly crept up to the box office to pick up our wrist bands for the weekend, and we were off to find a spot.
We managed to pick a good one (really we had no choice) with over 4000 people in attendance, we were lucky to find what we did.
Almost every person walking by greeted us with a “Happy Ness” and other friendly salutations.
It was a nice change from a lot of other camping experiences where people sometimes struggle to keep eye contact, or even say hello.
Ness Creek is an entity unto itself. An energy created by thousands of people coming together annually since 1991. Part music festival, part psychedelic camping experience, all good vibes and friendly faces.
Not only can you enjoy camping and live music, but there are also several free workshops you can attend; from bannock making, to reiki, to anti racism workshops. There was also a sweat lodge set up, a drum and sharing circle, and a pow wow that we unfortunately missed.
Several musicians performed throughout the 4 day festival. A few of our favourites were The Brothers Landreth, Lindi Ortega, and Wagons.
There was also an after hours stage playing music until about 2am for the people still in the mood to party and dance.
The energy at Ness Creek was always upbeat and positive. There were people of all age groups and people felt free to dance wherever they pleased, and there was no violence or aggressive behaviour. That’s our kind of party.
We loved our time at Ness Creek and would definitely return again!