North Thompson Valley Events and Festivals

Come on in, make yourself at home at one of our events and festivals. The communities of the North Thompson Valley love to bring locals and visitors together and celebrate. There’s something going on in every season. Have fun in the North Thompson Valley, where wilderness is just a step away.

Sun Peaks

Venture into Sun Peaks in winter to taste your way through the village at the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. In the summer, tap your toes to the beats during the annual Alpine Blossom Festival.

Barriere

Barriere and the the Lower North Thompson celebrate Tod Mountain Days in the spring. In the summer, bring the whole family to Barriere’s Music in the Park. When the air begins to cool, put on your boots and head over to the Fall Fair and Rodeo.

Clearwater / Wells Gray

In the warmer months at Clearwater / Wells Gray, be sure to stock up on local goodness at their weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market and Elks breakfast. In September check out the Harvest Music Festival. If the great outdoors is where you like to party, hop on over to Clearwater. Join others to celebrate the return of the salmon and experience First Nations tradition during the Simpcw First Fish Ceremony. Next up… go and make a splash at the Clearwater Canoe Regatta, located on beautiful Dutch Lake in Clearwater’s centre.

Blue River

Over at Blue River they have their Blue River Blues Slo-pitch tournament in August. There are also dances and dinners almost every month of the year! Don’t miss their welcome to summer community BBQ in June.

Valemount

Let the mountains move you in Valemount during Valemountain Days every June. Also in June is the vALEmount Craft Beer Experience. Every August you can let loose in Valemount and can dance like no one is watching at the annual Robson Valley Music Festival in Dunster. Hit the trail running in September, for the Mount Robson Marathon.

There’s also fun for those who love to fish. Grab your gear and try your luck at the Valemount Marina Fishing Derby at Kinbasket Lake on the Labour Day long weekend.

More 2017 Events and Festivals

 

January

  • Winter Festival (Valemount)
  • Clearwater Winter Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Ice Man Fishing Derby (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Sun Peaks, 2018 Winter Okanagan Wine Festival
  • Sun Peaks, BC Family Day 50% Alpine Lift Passes for BC residents

February

  • Birch Leg Cross Country Ski Race (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

March

  • Sun Peaks March Music Madness

April

  • True Grit Big Four Rodeo and Dance (Barriere)
  • BC Team Cattle Penning Double Header (Barriere)
  • Honouring Young Women Pow Wow (Chu Chua)

May

  • May Day Parade (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • High School Rodeo (Valemount)
  • Saturday Farmers Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

June

  • Second Annual Big Barriere Block Party (Barriere)
  • Welcome to Summer Community BBQ (Blue River)
  • BC High School Rodeo (Barriere)
  • Valemount Craft Beer Experience (Valemount)
  • Foam Fest (Sun Peaks)
  • North Thompson Fish & Game Father’s Day Fishing Derby (Barriere)
  • Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament (Clearwater)
  • Sun Peaks Farmers Market opens for the summer (Sun Peaks)
  • Valemountain Days (Valemount 3 days)
  • Thursday Farmers Market (Valemount)
  • Friday Night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere)
  • Saturday Farmers Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

July

  • Celebrate Canada’s birthday
  • Bull In The Woods Regional Logging Competition (Barriere)
  • Valemountain Days (Valemount)
  • Canoe Mountain Rodeo (Valemount)
  • Canadian Blue Moon Elvis Festival (Barriere)
  • Canada Parks Day (Mount Robson)
  • Clearwater Kayak Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Alpine Blossom Festival (Sun Peaks)
  • Thursday Night Concert Series (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Thursday Farmers Market (Valemount)
  • Friday night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere)
  • Saturday Farmers Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

August

  • 4-6 Kamloopa Pow Wow (Lower North Thompson)
  • 9 Clearwater Children’s Arts Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • 4-7 Blue River Blues Slo-Pitch Tournament (Blue River)
  • 5-6 North West Mud Racing (Valemount)
  • 11-13 8th Annual Retro Concert Weekend (Sun Peaks)
  • 11-13 Robson Valley Music Festival (Dunster)
  • 23  First Fish Ceremony (Simpcw First Nation – north of Clearwater)
  • 26 Summer Concert – Canadian band Trooper (Sun Peaks)
  • The Blueberry Tea (Valemount)
  • Star Gazing Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Thursday Night Concert Series (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Thursday Farmers Market (Valemount)
  • Friday night Bandshell Music in the Park (Barriere)
  • Saturday Farmers Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

September

  • 2-3 Valemount Marina Fishing Derby (Valemount)
  • 2-3 Peaks Pedal Fest (Sun Peaks)
  • 2 -4 North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo (Barriere)
  • 2-4 Chu Chua Men’s Softball Tournament (Barriere)
  • 8-10 Serenity Harvest Music Festival (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • 9 Canoe Regatta (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • 9 Mount Robson Marathon Run (Mount Robson)
  • 9-10 North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run and 50 km Relay (Sun Peaks)
  • 9-10 Little Britches Rodeo (Barriere)
  • 16-17 BC Enduro Series (Sun Peaks)
  • 21-25 Provincial Winter Fair (Barriere)
  • 23-24 Reebok Spartan Sprint, Beast, Ultra Beast and Junior (Sun Peaks)
  • Wells Gray Wilderness Race (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Thursday Farmers Market (Valemount)
  • Saturday Farmers Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)

October

  • 26 Coho Day at Dunn Creek Hatchery (north of Barriere)
  • 28 Annual Community Harvest Dinner (Blue River)
  • 31 Kid’s Halloween Party (Blue River)

November

  • 11 Remembrance Day (Blue River and Clearwater/Wells Gray)

December

  • 8 Welcome to Winter Dance (Blue River)
  • 31 New Year’s Eve Professional Bull Riding and Dance (Barriere)
  • 31 New Year’s Eve Celebrations (Sun Peaks)
  • Christmas Craft Fair (Blue River)
  • Christmas Light Up and Market (Clearwater/Wells Gray)
  • Spectacular Holiday Kick Off Weekend (Sun Peaks)