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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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Smarty Pants, Invermere band

Smarty Pants at Kicking Horse Coffee Cafe

December 15, 2018
Invermere band Smarty Pants will be playing at Kicking Horse Coffee Cafe, with all donations going to the Christmas Bureau ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

December 17, 2018
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

December 24, 2018
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

December 31, 2018
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

January 7, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

January 14, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

January 21, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

January 28, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Fresh Fridays youth open mic at Pynelogs

Fresh Fridays youth open mic at Pynelogs

February 1, 2019
Fresh Fridays youth open mic nights return to Pynelogs. All ages are welcome ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

February 4, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

February 11, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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Drum circles at Pynelogs

Drum circles at Pynelogs

February 18, 2019
Monday night drum circles at Pynelogs start on September 17. No experience or drum is required. Feel the beat! Feel ...
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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.

Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade

December 24, 2018
The Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade at the Fairmont Family Ski Hill is a FREE family event. Dozens of skiers ...
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Christmas Eve Service at the Stolen Church

December 24, 2018
Everyone is invited to join with us Christmas Eve in the Stolen Church, Windermere, BC, for our annual celebration of ...
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Edgewater Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2018
Our Edgewater Christmas Eve service will be held at 8 pm in the little All Saints Church. Individuals and families ...
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Fireworks

Christmas Eve Fireworks an annual Wilmer celebration

December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve fireworks ia an annual tradition at Conrad Kain Park in Wilmer, with bonfires and hot chocolate and a ...
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Birthday & New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31, 2018
The Birthday and New Year's Eve Celebration is an annual free family event in Radium Hot Springs. There's hot dogs, ...
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New Years Eve Fireworks in Fairmont

December 31, 2018
The night skies above the Fairmont Indian Baths at the resort will be alight on New Years Eve with a ...
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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,

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...]

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...]
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...]

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...]

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...]
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...]

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...]
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...]
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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]
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.

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...]

Pothole Park

Pothole Park in downtown Invermere is a small but lovely green space that is busy during the year with various community events. The name 'Pothole Park' may seem [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...]

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...]

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...]
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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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Pynelogs Cultural Centre photo gallery

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