World-class bands thrill chanting crowds in the hot, hazy half-light of midnight. Children frolic among glittering ice sculptures beside a palace made of snow. Artists display their wares and lead tourists in workshops far above the Arctic Circle. Flotillas of paddlers play games in the waves of Canada’s top whitewater river. Storytellers and dancers mesmerize on the banks of the rushing Mackenzie. Wherever, whenever, the North has the very best festivals.