Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Valley
The Columbia Valley and Kootenay Rockies are hosts 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.
Lakeside Splash Down
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/
Every Friday in February
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 33rd year. Races include 4 person teams and individual racers, both skiers and snowboarders.
Rocky Mountain Rally
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.
East Kootenay Beer Festival
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.
Nipika Toby Creek Nordic Skate Loppet
January 25 - 26, 2020
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.
Columbia Valley Oktoberfest
Sept 28, 2019
Oktoberfest happens in downtown Invermere and features, vendors, food, beverages and activities for the whole family.
Invermere Farmer’s Market
Saturdays - end of June to mid September
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 the end of June to mid September
July 17 - 18, 2020
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.
Columbia Valley Classic Show & Shine
September 19, 2020
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
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.
Heart of the Rockies Triathlon
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 occurring 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.
Bull Riding in the Rockies
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
Torchlight Parade at Fairmont Resort
Located at the Fairmont Ski Hill on Christmas Eve, dozens of skiers and their blazing torches wind down the slopes through the darkness during this annual event – a cherished tradition that kicks off the holiday season at the resort.
East Kootenay Wine Festival
Nov 6 - 7, 2020
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/
Kinsmen Ice Fishing Derby
The Annual Ice Fishing Derby drops line every January . Registration begins at 8 am. Catch a net full of squaw fish and you could win up to $500 (prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Follow up the fishing action with a great post-derby meal and drink at the Station Pub with your fellow ice fishermen.
Music & Market on Main
every Friday July through to September Long Weekend
Radium's main street opens up to fantastic marketplace with accompanying entertainment from a wide variety of musical talent. Come listen to the great music while cruising through the booths. This event runs from July through to September long weekend with the market running from 4-9 pm and music from 7-9 pm.
Bonspiel on the Lake / Snowflake Festival
Jan 17 - 18, 2020
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.
Valley Appreciation Day
This downtown Invermere festival 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.
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.
Loop the Lake Walk & Run
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/
Easy Rider Snowboard Cup
The Easy Rider Snowboard Cup at Panorama. It is the longest running snowboard contest. It is a fun event designed so that snowboarders of all ages and abilities can participate and have a great time.
Columbia Valley Rockies Pond Hockey Championship
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