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.
February 5 to February 26, 2016
Every Friday evening, during the month of February, the Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Resort turns on the floodlights and hosts the popular annual Starlight Challenge, now in its 32nd year. Races include 4 person teams and individual racers, both skiers and snowboarders.
Winter in Motion Festival
December - March
The Columbia Valley doesn't slow down when the snow hits! We turn up the volume on getting outdoors in our winter wonderland.
December - March is the time to be in the Columbia Valley to enjoy the following activities and events.Click here for a full list of events.
Rocky Mountain Rally
October 31 & November 1, 2015
The Columbia Valley offers some of the best on and off-road driving available in North America. Taking place October 31 & November 1, 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.
Bonspiel on the Lake / Snowflake Festival
January 22 - 24, 2016
Bonspiel on the Lake is a curling event combined with Invermere's Snowflake festival. Friday kicks off with food vendors, live music, cocoa and warming stations as well as dazzling fireworks. Curlers from all over BC and Alberta enter teams to take on curling in the great outdoors on sheets of Lake WIndermere ice.
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.
Columbia Valley Rockies Pond Hockey Championship
January 29 - 31, 2016
This event formally known as the BC Pond Hockey Championship encompasses everything a Canadian winter weekend looks like (pond hockey, hot coco, beer, snow, ice, friends and fun). For hockey fanatics, it's hard to imagine it getting any better than this. Outdoor rinks, on either Lake Windermere or Lake Lillian, are approximately 75' x 150', nets are 6' wide and 10" tall and side boards are made of snow. It's 4-on-4 hockey with no goalies; teams can have up to 6 players. More information
November 7 & 8, 2015
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 on November 7 & 8 this year. The weekend is full of activities and educational opportunities for the whole family.
Columbia Valley Oktoberfest
East Kootenay Wine Festival
November 6 - 7, 2015
The East Kootenay Wine Festival celebrates the very best wines from British Columbia. The 14th 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 www.fairmonthotsprings.com/wine-festival
Nipika Toby Creek Nordic Skate Loppet
January 30 & 31, 2016
A weekend of Nordic skiing fun with Saturdays event being classic technique and Sunday is skate technique. There are lots of age categories for all events. There are distances for all ages and abilities and awards will be presented to the top skiers in each category on both days. There are lots of draw prizes to be had. Top male & female will be awarded a special prize for the two day total time. After the loppet, join in the awards barbecue.