Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Valley
The Columbia Valley and Kootenay Rockies are host to many of the best festivals and events in BC. From the Snowflake Festival in January in INvermere to Radium's Music and Market on Main in the summer months, your vacation can be as busy or as relaxed as you like.
Invermere Farmer’s Market
July to September Long Weekend
Invermere's Farmers Market is a popular activity for locals and visitors. With over 20 vendors showcasing everything from fresh bread and locally grown vegetables to works of local artists, you are sure to enjoy perusing the variety of booths and likely will take some new treasure or tasty treat. Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm from July to September Long Weekend
Wings Over the Rockies
May 4 to May 10, 2015
Wings takes place in Radium, Brisco, Edgewater, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Canal Flats. Many different aspects of migration will be explored including the migration of waterfowl and songbirds and the seasonal movement of ungulates, carnivores, butterflies, bats, fish and even humans. The festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and will include hikes, river floats, workshops, presentations, children's activities, guest speakers, exhibits, food and more.
East Kootenay Beer Festival
June 18, 2016
Situated on the slopes of the BC Rockies at the Fairmont Hot Springs ski area, come for the stunning views as you sample over 70 varieties of beer from 20+ breweries. This is definitely a fun social event for locals and visitors alike. Must be 19+ to attend.
Bull Riding in the Rockies
July 22, 2016
World professional bull riding, kid's mutton busting, rodeo clowns and mexican poker followed by an evening family dance. This event takes place on at the Invermere Curling Rink starting at 7 pm. A cowboy dinner is served from 5 to 6:45 pm
Lakeside Splash Down
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Hang glider and paraglider pilots take off from Mt. Swansea and fly through the air and land in water targets on Lake Windermere. This is a great spectator sport from the comfort of a beach chair on James Chabot Beach. http://www.lakesideevent.com/
Rocky Mountain Rally
June 4 & 5, 2016
The Columbia Valley offers some of the best on and off-road driving available in North America. Taking place June 4 & 5, this event will provide a larger service park for the competitors as well as exciting spectator points on all the stages for people to come out and watch the action! This event was organized by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club and Calgary Sports Car Club. Visit www.rockymountainrally.com for more information.
Heart of the Rockies Triathlon
July 9 & 10, 2016
The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon started over 30 years ago in 1983. The event started with 56 competitors and now hosts over 200 athletes. The triathlon is very well designed and even has a children's competition on the Saturday with the main event occuring on Sunday. For more information on this fabulous weekend visit their website at: http://www.heartoftherockiestri.ca/ . For the details on our special for this event click here.
East Kootenay Wine Festival
November 5, 2016
The East Kootenay Wine Festival celebrates the very best wines from British Columbia. The 15th annual event will again feature over 50 of BC's most acclaimed wineries. Get your tickets now as this event sells out every year. For details visit https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/events-and-festivals/wine-festival/
Columbia Valley Classic Show & Shine
September 17, 2016
This event kicks off with live entertainment on Friday night. Start the show day with a pancake breakfast before you tour through rows and rows of a variety of cars and trucks on display. The car and truck show ends with a grand finale parade to Invermere. An evening of 50's/60's costume clad party-goers dance the night away from 8 pm to 1 am. Visit www.radiumcarshow.com
Columbia Valley Oktoberfest
Loop the Lake Walk & Run
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Loop The Lake Walk/Run is a half marathon family event. Go for your personal best, or come out, enjoy the route and cheer on the runners. Participants finish at Kinsmen Beach where you can enjoy your complimentary pancake breakfast and a cool down in the lake. http://www.loopthelake.bc.ca/
July 17 - 19, 2016
The biggest event of the year. Every year, on the third weekend in July, Kimberley hosts three amazing Hot Summer Days and two incredible Hot Summer Nights as we celebrate the ‘Best of the Fests’. This special weekend is filled with bocce tournament, live music and dancing, a variety of sporting events and beer gardens.
Valley Appreciation Day
Saturday, July 23, 2016
This downtown Invermere festival on Saturday, July 23 will host the service clubs complimentary pancake breakfast, Gagne Family logging show, a stage show, cart races and live entertainment. Incorporated into the event will be a market offering a variety of goods that cannot be found at the Farmer’s Market as well as children’s activities and interactive games.
November TBA, 2016
Only in Radium do the headbangers take it to the streets - Bighorn Sheep Rams that is. Come see nature in action as the Bighorn Sheep ram heads on our streets. Radium is hosting their annual Headbanger Festival in November. The weekend is full of activities and educational opportunities for the whole family.