Arts and Entertainment

Arts & entertainment

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.

Arts and entertainment directory

Artistic Glass Studio

Edgewater Work Phone 250-347-6967 Feature Page glassartstudio.ca

Bavin Glassworks

4884A Athalmer Highway Invermere Work Phone 250-342-6816 Feature Page bavinglass.com

Black Star Studios

1021 – 7th Avenue Invermere Work Phone 250-342-6663 Feature Page www.blackstarstudios.ca

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

57 Van Horne Street South Cranbrook Work Phone 250-489-3918 Feature Page www.cranbrookhistorycentre.com

Fernie Museum

491 – 2nd Avenue Fernie Work Phone 250-423-7016 Feature Page ferniemuseum.com

Golden Cinema

802 – 10th Avenue South Golden Work Phone 250-344-5510 Feature Page www.kickinghorsemovies.com

Golden Museum and Archives

1302 – 11th Avenue South Golden Work Phone 250-344-5169 Feature Page www.goldenbcmuseum.com

Kimberley Heritage Museum

105 Spokane Street Kimberley Work Phone 250-427-7510 Feature Page kimberleyheritagemuseum.blogspot.ca

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Arts and entertainment events
Art in the Park | Pothole Park | Invermere BC

Art in the Park

August 4, 2019
Spend a lovely Sunday in August at Pothole Park visiting Art in the Park, a FREE outdoor art show and sale of the work of local artists.
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Oktoberfest in Kimberley, the city of Festivals

October 7, 2017
Oktoberfest in Kimberley's downtown Platzl happens the first Saturday in October, combined with the last of the First Saturdays events of the summer, it's a grand splash!
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Motion Notion, Golden BC

Motion Notion is back!

August 23-27, 2018
Motion Notion is returning to Golden this summer with a festival of electronic music, art, nature in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Get tickets early!
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Kimberley Kaleidoscope

August 18-25, 2018
Kimberley Kaleidoscope is an annual 8-day arts and cultural festival through concerts, puppet theatre, poetry readings, exhibits, workshops, food and fun for the whole family. You're invited.
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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 Centre ball diamond. Please join us!
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Invermere Music Festival

Invermere Music Festival

August 17-18, 2018
The 2018 Invermere Music Festival covers 2 glorious days of great food & drink, fantastic musicians. Hear the best of the best. Tickets on sale now.
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Summer Suitcase Theatre Camps at Key City Theatre

Summer Theatre Camp for 6 to 13 years

August 13-20, 2018
Kids play theatre games and work on voice while creating their own show at summer Theatre. Camp Live performance for family and friends on the final day.
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Wapiti Music Festival, Fernie

Wapiti Music Festival

August 10-11, 2018
The Wapiti Music Festival is an annual truly Canadian summertime music event in Fernie's Annex Park. There's spectacular scenery, great music good food, lots of dancing.
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Golden Sound Festival

Golden Sound Festival – Summer Edition

July 27-28, 2018
The Golden Sound Festival is a twice-yearly music event held in different downtown locations and highlighting quality up and coming western Canada artists.
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Kimberley Julyfest

Kimberley Julyfest

July 20-22, 2018
Julyfest is an annual weekend-long summer festival in Kimberley BC. Thousands enjoy the live music, pancake breakfast, beer gardens, artisan vendors, food, soccer and bocce, bocce, bocce!
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Kimberley's First Saturdays

First Saturdays in Kimberley

July to October, 2018 - first Saturday of month
The First Saturdays Arts and Culture Series is a monthly summertime event that celebrates the arts, culture and heritage of the Kimberley BC community. You're invited!
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Steamboat Mountain Music Festival, Edgewater

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

July 6-8, 2018
The well-loved annual Steamboat Mountain Music festival in Edgewater brings musicians and music lovers together to experience an outdoor, all-genre musical gala in the shadow of Steamboat Mountain.
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Summer Reading Club’s got ‘Motion Commotion’

July 4 - August 30, 2018
The Summer Reading Club at Invermere Library is for kids from grade 1 to 5. Have fun with crafts, activities and books.
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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, kids activities, food & boat-building contest.
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Radium Days 2018

Radium Days

June 16, 2018
Everyone's invited! Help us celebrate all the many reasons why we love Radium Hot Springs. There's a pancake breakfast, a parade, Brits Best Car Show and more!
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Vibrant Music Festival

The Vibrant Music Festival rocks again!

June 1-3, 2018
The Vibrant Music Festival is back again for the 3rd year at an unknown location in the Invermere area. An unforgettable audio/visual experience for the festival goers.
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DTSS REACH art show

REACH DTSS Student Art Show

May 29 - June 10, 2018
The REACH DTSS Student Art Show features the best work of the Columbia Valley high school art students. See it at Pynelogs Art Gallery. Open daily 11am-5pm. The REACH DTSS
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Shred Kelly

Fernie Stoke Fest in downtown Fernie

March 24, 2018
Fernie Stoke Fest is a party for everyone with Fernie band, Shred Kelly. A show for all ages and one for adults only. Retro music with an upgrade!
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Art From the Heart

Art From the Heart is back!

March 24 - April 28, 2018
'Art From the Heart' features the artwork of the Columbia Valley elementary school kids with a sneak peek at Copper Point Resort & the main show at Pynelogs.
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Jay Gilday

High Notes Music Festival

March 23-25, 2018
The High Notes Music Festival opens with Big Eli Blues Band, local music legends, sharing the spotlight at the T-Bar & Grill Friday evening! Tickets at the door.
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Masque Parade

Snow King’s Masque Parade – 12th Anniversary

February 17, 2018
The Snow King's annual Masque Parade, for the 12th year, brings a joyous celebration of their culture and history to the community of Golden, BC. Please join us!
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CPR Holiday Train celebrates 19th year!

December 11-13, 2017
The CPR Holiday Train stops in several East Kootenay communities each year, heralding the arrival of the season with a FREE live music concert and Santa.
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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

November 25, 2017
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, touring 150 communities in North America, will feature several fantastic films that cover topics of environmental concern to our local population.
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Show & Shine

Show & Shine Car Show dance

September 16, 2017
The annual Car Show Dance tops the charts every year! There is always a live band so you can dance your bobby socks off the whole night!
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Butterfly Barn Dance

August 26, 2017
The 5th annual Butterfly Barn Dance at Coy's is a fundraiser for the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. Live music, roast-beef-on-a-spit, live and silent auctions. Adults only.
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Art Walk

Art Walk

July 7 - August 25, 2017
Art Walk is one of summer's favorite cultural pleasures in Invermere. Visit participating local art galleries as you take a pleasant Friday evening stroll around town.
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REACH Student Art Party

June 20, 2017
Everyone's invited to the REACH Art Party. Come and meet the gifted high school students whose works are featured in the annual show at Pynelogs Art Gallery.
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Pynelogs art show

Wings Over the Rockies Art Show

May 2-14, 2017
The Wings Over the Rockies Art Show is a showcase for the theme-related artwork of many local artists. It's free and runs at Pynelogs during the festival
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Music

Big Band Dance

April 29, 2017
It's hard to believe it's the 34th year for the DTSS Big Band Dance! Fantastic music by the school stage band. Get your tickets now!
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Fireman’s Ball

October 22, 2016
The annual Firemans Ball has been the Invermere Fire Rescue Services's largest fundraiser for more than 4 decades. Great food, dancing, silent auction, door prizes, Balloon Pop.
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Columbia Valley Volunteer Appreciation event

April 14, 2016
Say thank-you to all your organization's volunteers at the Columbia Valley Volunteer Appreciation party at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Live music, appetizers and gifts. Meet other volunteers.
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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 Celebrations in Invermere

July 1, 2019
Invermere's Canada Day Celebrations start with fireworks at midnight. In the morning, there's a parade and the Mountain Mosaic Festival with music, fun and birthday cake!
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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, chili, hot chocolate, cake and fireworks!
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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 magnificent fireworks display to usher in 2017.
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Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade

Decembert 24, 2018
The Christmas Eve Torch Light Parade at the Fairmont Family Ski Hill is a FREE family event. Dozens of skiers light the dark with torches. Fireworks! Santa!
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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 the eve of this holy season.
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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 are welcome to join us in our celebration.
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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 spectacular display for everyone. Join the fun.
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Fairmont Holiday Lights & Winter Nights festival

Fairmont Holiday Lights & Winter Nights festival

November 28, 2018
The Fairmont Holiday Lights & Winter Nights festival will have outdoor light displays and tons of fun activities for all ages.
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Invermere Light Up Celebration & Santa Claus Parade

November 17, 2018
The annual Light Up Celebration in Invermere is the official kick-off for the holiday season. Santa Claus Parade, Snowball Drop, lighting of the Christmas Tree, shopping specials.
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Oktoberfest in Kimberley, the city of Festivals

October 7, 2017
Oktoberfest in Kimberley's downtown Platzl happens the first Saturday in October, combined with the last of the First Saturdays events of the summer, it's a grand splash!
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Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest

Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest

September 29, 2018
Downtown Invermere Oktoberfest is an all-day event that takes place every year on 13th Street in front of the Invermere Legion. This is a super fun event for the whole
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Kootenay Country Fair 2017

Kootenay Country Fair

September 9, 2018
Celebrate the harvest season in style - Kootenay Country style! Join hundreds and enjoy all the excitement, the fun, the food, the prizes - and much more!
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Motion Notion, Golden BC

Motion Notion is back!

August 23-27, 2018
Motion Notion is returning to Golden this summer with a festival of electronic music, art, nature in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Get tickets early!
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Kimberley Kaleidoscope

August 18-25, 2018
Kimberley Kaleidoscope is an annual 8-day arts and cultural festival through concerts, puppet theatre, poetry readings, exhibits, workshops, food and fun for the whole family. You're invited.
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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 Centre ball diamond. Please join us!
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Invermere Music Festival

Invermere Music Festival

August 17-18, 2018
The 2018 Invermere Music Festival covers 2 glorious days of great food & drink, fantastic musicians. Hear the best of the best. Tickets on sale now.
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Golden Sound Festival

Golden Sound Festival – Summer Edition

July 27-28, 2018
The Golden Sound Festival is a twice-yearly music event held in different downtown locations and highlighting quality up and coming western Canada artists.
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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 market, bouncy castle, kids games etc.
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Kimberley Julyfest

Kimberley Julyfest

July 20-22, 2018
Julyfest is an annual weekend-long summer festival in Kimberley BC. Thousands enjoy the live music, pancake breakfast, beer gardens, artisan vendors, food, soccer and bocce, bocce, bocce!
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Steamboat Mountain Music Festival, Edgewater

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

July 6-8, 2018
The well-loved annual Steamboat Mountain Music festival in Edgewater brings musicians and music lovers together to experience an outdoor, all-genre musical gala in the shadow of Steamboat Mountain.
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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 events end with a giant fireworks display.
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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. Cake, live music by L8, puppets, fireworks!
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Canada flag

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 plus s piece of birthday cake.
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Fireworks

Canada Day in Canal Flats

June 30, 2018
Canal Flats Canada Day celebration takes place at the Civic Centre, with refreshments, birthday cake and fireworks! Everyone's invited to the party. Bring the whole family!
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Radium Days 2018

Radium Days

June 16, 2018
Everyone's invited! Help us celebrate all the many reasons why we love Radium Hot Springs. There's a pancake breakfast, a parade, Brits Best Car Show and more!
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Sam Steele Days

Sam Steele Days

June 14-17, 2018
Sam Steele Days in Cranbrook is a weekend-long event in June each year. There are dozens of fun activities, including the largest annual parade in the Kootenays
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Coal Miner Days, Sparwood

Coal Miner Days: community celebration in Sparwood

June 7-10, 2018
Coal Miner Days is an annual community event in June, celebrating the mining heritage of the area & highlighting the great amenities Sparwood has to offer.
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Canal Days

Canal Days

May 30 - June 3, 2018
Join Canal Flats folks as they celebrate their community. Pancake breakfast, parades. beer garden, ball game, bingo, lots more.
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Shred Kelly

Fernie Stoke Fest in downtown Fernie

March 24, 2018
Fernie Stoke Fest is a party for everyone with Fernie band, Shred Kelly. A show for all ages and one for adults only. Retro music with an upgrade!
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Jay Gilday

High Notes Music Festival

March 23-25, 2018
The High Notes Music Festival opens with Big Eli Blues Band, local music legends, sharing the spotlight at the T-Bar & Grill Friday evening! Tickets at the door.
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Fernie Griz Days

Fernie Griz Days celebrates winter in the Elk Valley

March 2-4, 2018
The downtown area and Fernie Alpine Resort are the venues for Fernie Griz Days, the community's annual 3-day winter festival, honoring the legendary "Griz". Fun for everyone!
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Snowflake Festival

January 19, 2018
Invermere's annual Snowflake Festival is a real family affair with live music, fantastic food, drink, ice skating, fire pit and fireworks as a grand finale.
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Kimberley Alpine Resort

ULLR Dag Fest

January 13, 2018
The ULLR Dag Fest is a huge free Viking-style community celebration at Kimberley Alpine Resort to honor ULLR, Norse god of snow. It's a tradition! Join us!
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Cranbrook Santa Claus parade

Santa Claus is coming to Cranbrook!

November 25, 2017
The 2017 Cranbrook Santa Claus Parade is coming to town with its theme of 'Flannel & Frost'. There will be colorful floats, Christmas music and Santa himself!
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Canal Flats Fall Fair & Artisan Market

October 21, 2017
The Canal Flats Fall Fair and Artisan Market is going to top the charts this year! Great fun to put happy faces on everyone. Contests, prizes, market.
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Kimberley Community Fall Fair

Kimberley Community Fall Fair

September 23-24, 2017
The Kimberley Community Fall Fair is a great family celebration of the autumn season, With music, entertainment, booths, food and kids games, it's fun for everyone!
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Windermere Fall Fair & Scarecrow Festival

September 17, 2017
Celebrate the coming autumn season at the Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival! There's live music, exhibits, demos, kids zone and great food! Mark your calendar!
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Golden Mountain Festival

May 19-22, 2017
The annual Golden Mountain Festival celebrates everything that makes the town of Golden BC a great place to live. There are Art exhibitions, speakers, films, musicians.
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BC Day Celebration at Ft. Steele

July 31, 2016
BC Day celebration at Fort Steele Heritage Town is an annual event on the mid-summer long weekend. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to be here.
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Canada Day Party at Panorama

July 1, 2016
There's a Canada Day party coming up at Panorama Mountain Resort and everyone's invited. Come early for the pancake breakfast. Fire department barbecue at noon. Kids fun too.
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Radium Harvest Festival

October 25, 2015
The Radium Harvest Festival is a grand celebration of autumn and the harvest season. It's a fun-filled family event with a pumpkin carving contest. Fun for all.
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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,

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...]
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...]

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...]

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...]
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...]

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...]

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

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...]
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.

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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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