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Arts and culture in the Columbia Valley region of the Canadian Rockies are strong and vibrant. The majestic beauty of the Columbia Valley and the rich blend of its cultural traditions continue to inspire our many artists and artisans to create beautiful masterpieces in every branch of the arts and culture.

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Art in the Park | Pothole Park | Invermere BC
Art in the Park @ Pothole Park, Invermere – Photo submitted by G. George

We celebrate our cultural heritage with cherished annual festivals, exhibitions, music concerts, dance, film and story-telling. Art galleries and studios offer star billing to hundreds of talented local artists and artisans who salute the beauty and vitality of this mountain paradise in every available media. Gallery shows and artist reception events give visitors exciting opportunities to meet many of these artists, view their works and learn what inspires them.

Visitors to the valley find that our inspiration is contagious and they usually try to take a little bit of it home with them, whether an original painting, a wood carving or the memory of the street festival where they sang and danced to the music of an accordion player.

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Artrageous – Open Art Exhibition

June 5, 2018
Artrageous is the saucy flavor of the 4th annual Open Art Exhibition at Centre 64 Gallery. Runs from June 5 ...
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Chalk Paint 201 workshops at Inspire

Chalk Paint Workshops in June at Inspire

June 13, 2018
Three Chalk paint workshops at Inspire Floral Boutique this month will teach you techniques for creating a beautiful decorative item ...
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The Comic Strippers

The Comic Strippers

June 22, 2018
Laugh till you cry as the Comic Strippers, a fictitious troupe of male strippers tries to act sexy but it ...
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Market & Music on Main

Market & Music on Main

June 29, 2018
Market and Music on Main is a Friday evening tradition in downtown Radium Hot Springs throughout the summer. Get great ...
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Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts

July 1, 2018
Follow the Canada Day Parade to the Mountain Mosaic Festival at Kinsmen Park. FREE family fun. Live music, dance, magic, ...
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Reading books

Book Camp this summer at the Invermere Library

July 3, 2018
Book Camp is a FREE summer program for kids grade 4 to 7 at the Invermere Library. Read four books, ...
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Summer Reading Club’s got ‘Motion Commotion’

July 4, 2018
The Summer Reading Club at Invermere Library is for kids from grade 1 to 5. Have fun with crafts, activities ...
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Steamboat Mountain Music Festival, Edgewater

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

July 6, 2018
The well-loved annual Steamboat Mountain Music festival in Edgewater brings musicians and music lovers together to experience an outdoor, all-genre ...
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Kimberley's First Saturdays

First Saturdays in Kimberley

July 7, 2018
The First Saturdays Arts and Culture Series is a monthly summertime event that celebrates the arts, culture and heritage of ...
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Kimberley Julyfest

Kimberley Julyfest

July 20, 2018
Julyfest is an annual weekend-long summer festival in Kimberley BC. Thousands enjoy the live music, pancake breakfast, beer gardens, artisan ...
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Wapiti Music Festival, Fernie

Wapiti Music Festival

August 10, 2018
The Wapiti Music Festival is an annual truly Canadian summertime music event in Fernie's Annex Park. There's spectacular scenery, great ...
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Summer Suitcase Theatre Camps at Key City Theatre

Summer Theatre Camp for 6 to 13 years

August 13, 2018
Kids play theatre games and work on voice while creating their own show at summer Theatre. Camp Live performance for ...
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Fairs and festivals

Here are some of our favorite annual fairs and festivals. Large or small, they draw friends and neighbors together to celebrate the uniquely beautiful tapestry that is Columbia Valley culture.

Canada Day in Canal Flats

July 1, 2018
Canal Flats Canada Day celebration takes place at the Civic Centre, with refreshments, birthday cake and fireworks! Everyone's invited to ...
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A ‘Happy Birthday Canada’ party in Fairmont

July 1, 2018
You and your family are invited to the a Happy 150th Birthday party celebration at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ...
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Celebrate Canada Day in Radium Hot Springs!

July 1, 2018
Celebrate Canada Day in Radium Hot Springs with a 150th birthday party for Canada. Enjoy Music and Market on Main ...
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Canada Day Celebrations in Invermere

July 1, 2018
Invermere's Canada Day Celebrations start with fireworks at midnight. In the morning, there's a parade and the Mountain Mosaic Festival ...
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Canada Day in Golden

July 1, 2018
Canada Day in Golden is always a smash hit as everyone gathers to wish our country a Happy Birthday. Multi ...
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Steamboat Mountain Music Festival, Edgewater

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

July 6, 2018
The well-loved annual Steamboat Mountain Music festival in Edgewater brings musicians and music lovers together to experience an outdoor, all-genre ...
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Kimberley Julyfest

Kimberley Julyfest

July 20, 2018
Julyfest is an annual weekend-long summer festival in Kimberley BC. Thousands enjoy the live music, pancake breakfast, beer gardens, artisan ...
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Valley Appreciation Day

Valley Appreciation Day

July 21, 2018
Everyone's invited to come and celebrate all the reasons why we love the Columbia Valley! Pancake breakfast, live music, farmers ...
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Invermere Music Festival

Invermere Music Festival

August 17, 2018
The 2018 Invermere Music Festival covers 2 glorious days of great food & drink, fantastic musicians. Hear the best of ...
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Golden Sound Festival

Golden Sound Festival – Summer Edition

August 17, 2018
The Golden Sound Festival is a twice-yearly music event held in different downtown locations and highlighting quality up and coming ...
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Kimberley Kaleidoscope

August 18, 2018
Kimberley Kaleidoscope is an annual 8-day arts and cultural festival through concerts, puppet theatre, poetry readings, exhibits, workshops, food and ...
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Flats Fest

Flats Fest

August 18, 2018
Flats Fest, Canal Flats' first ever music festival will host a line-up of great country musicians onstage at the Civic ...
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Of cultural interest

In this section, you will find things to do and places to visit that represent the blending of the cultures and traditions that have made the Columbia Valley the living, always-evolving and unique place that we celebrate today,

Invermere Art Walk

Spend pleasurable Friday evenings in July and August visiting Invermere BC art galleries to view the inspired work of local artists. See all in one evening or make it a regular Friday treat! [Read more...]
Indian Baths | Fairmont Hot Springs BC

Fairmont Indian baths

Fairmont Indian baths are natural hot spring pools that were popular among the indigenous people and the early settlers of the valley. A unique and interesting little piece of history. [Read more...]
Photo credit Tourism Kimberley

Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway

Kimberley's Underground Mining Railway is a novel tourist attraction with a fascinating 100+-year-old history, beginning with the famous Sullivan mine. [Read more...]
Canal Days

Embracing summer — Canal Days come alive!

Canal Days is an annual celebration of the reasons why the Canal Flats folks love living in this great little community. There's a full line-up of events. [Read more...]
The Legion Clubroom was built as a memorial to the veterans of WW I

Windermere Valley Pioneer Museum

The Windermere Valley Museum, with extensive archives,is a great destination for those who love all things historical. Take a family trip back to the days of the early settlers. [Read more...]

Valley Forged

Valley Forged is a Canal Flats-based band whose music is a seamless mixture of Country, Rock & Celtic. They perform at various Columbia Valley venues. [Read more...]

Kootenay Country Fair

[September 13/15] Come on out to the old-fashioned Kootenay Country Fair! It's a major event in Fort Steele's annual calendar. [Read more...]

The Stolen Church

Probably the most romantic tale of love and crime in the days of the pioneers of the Columbia Valley is that of the ‘stolen church’ in Windermere. [Read more...]

Conrad Kain Interpretive sign

The career and accomplishments of Conrad Kain, Canada's celebrated first professional mountain guide,are celebrated with an interpretive sign at a scenic viewpoint alongside Hwy 93/95. Worth the stop. [Read more...]
Bird watches (photo by Larry Halverson)

Wings Over the Rockies Festival 2017

Wings Over the Rockies, one of Canada’s largest wildlife festivals, draws hundreds of visitors each year in May to the Upper Columbia River region of British Columbia. [Read more...]

Kootenae House National Historic Site

The visitor to Kootenae House National Historic Site stands in a seemingly empty field, surrounded by majestic mountains which overlook the peaceful Columbia Valley. [Read more...]

Fort Steele Heritage Town

Fort Steele Heritage Town, once a thriving mining town, is today a magnet for thousands of visitors who want to experience life as it was in the late 19th century. [Read more...]

Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Art Gallery

A beautiful 100-year-old Invermere BC building, Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre is the home of the Columbia Valley Arts Council, displaying the works of more than 150 valley artists and artisans. [Read more...]
Popular arts and culture venues

This is a selection of venues where many of our Columbia Valley arts and cultural events take place. The list is by no means complete. We will continue to add others.

Edgewater Community Hall

The Edgewater Community Hall and adjacent park are the pride and joy of the Edgewater community and a perfect venue for any occasion. It is the main venue [Read more...]

Fort Steele Heritage Town

Fort Steele is a heritage town, an hour's drive south from Invermere. Thousands visit each year to be reminded of how life was lived in the the late [Read more...]

Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre

The Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre, is located at the Kimberley Alpine Resort. At 24,000 sq ft,  the centre is the largest meeting facility in the East [Read more...]

Platzl in Kimberley

The Platzl in Kimberley's city centre is what readily comes to mind when one thinks of Kimberley BC. Kimberley is widely known as the “City of Festivals” and [Read more...]

Golden Civic Centre

The Golden Civic Centre was originally built in 1948 from posts and beams salvaged from the Columbia River Lumber Company. It was restored and enhanced in 2011 and [Read more...]

Canal Flats Civic Centre

The Canal Flats Civic Centre, since its opening in 1968 as part of the Centennial Project, is the cultural and recreational heart of the Village of Canal Flats. [Read more...]

Pynelogs Cultural Centre

Pynelogs Cultural Centre is a heritage building on the shores of Lake Windermere in Invermere. The facility houses an art gallery which is a venue for more than [Read more...]

Cenotaph Park

Cenotaph Park in Invermere BC sits in the heart of the downtown business section. It's beautifully  landscaped with trees, flower beds brimming with color and benches where the [Read more...]
Kinsmen Park | Invermere BC

Kinsmen Park

One of the most popular outdoor venues in the Columbia Valley is Kinsmen Park, a beautifully manicured green space on the shores of Lake Windermere inInvermere. The park [Read more...]

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Pynelogs Cultural Centre photo gallery

Enjoy the latest photos from the Pynelogs Cultural Centre Instagram location feed. Click an image to open in Gallery view.

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