Wells Gray and Clearwater Summer Events

What’s Going On Around Here?

Most of Alpine’s guests come here to take advantage of our spectacular natural surroundings. Wells Gray park and the resort amenities at Alpine offer so many options, it’s hard to fit everything into one trip. However, there are regular events in and around the Clearwater area that really make this part of the world come alive.

Looking for some unique experiences? Plan your Alpine Meadows adventure around the exciting festivals, community celebrations, and cultural ceremonies that take place throughout the season:


Clearwater Farmers Market

Saturdays, May-October
9am-12pm
73 West Old North Thompson Highway
(on the grounds of Interior Whitewater Expeditions)

Our local Farmers’ Market is legendary in these parts; offering excellent local produce and meats, delicious baked treats, artisanal products, plants, and crafts, this is a perfect spot to stock your Alpine chalet kitchen, or up the ante at your campfire!

Enjoy live music at the Events tent, or arrive early, and take part in the Clearwater Elks Association breakfast. Saturdays at the market are a delicious way to start your North Thompson weekend.

Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament

June 23 & 24, 2018
Wells Gray Golf Resort
6624 Clearwater Valley Road

Handy with a frisbee? Clearwater is the place for you this summer! This is the second year of the Summer Solstice tournament, held on the beautiful disc-golf course at the Wells Gray Golf Resort. Organized in the same manner as a traditional golf tournament, players will enjoy two days of challenges on the links, including a Masters division and finals rounds. Reservations are required for this C-tier PDGA event.

Canada Day

July 1, 2018
Dutch Lake Beach
209 Dutch Lake Road

The whole community (that includes visitors!) is invited to this District of Clearwater annual celebration! Traditional family events and fun make this the perfect way to enjoy the holiday. Among the activities: face painting and games, water activities, live entertainment and dancing, and plenty of time on the beach. Tempt your summer taste buds with bbq, watermelon, and ice cream under the beautiful, brand-new picnic shelter. Wear your red and white, and get into the Canada Day spirit!

Wednesday Night Star Gazing

July & August
Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Clearwater Airfield
75 Camp 2 Road

The Wells Gray area is fortunate to have clear, dark skies, ideal for allowing the stars to shine. Head out to the airstrip for a clear view of the constellations, and watch how they progress across the night sky throughout the summer. Enjoy pre-viewing film screenings and concessions –this event is by donation. Check out the Star Gazing festival in August for more twinkling delights!

Thursday Night Concerts

July & August
Thursdays, 7-9pm
Dutch Lake Community Centre Park
209 Dutch Lake Road

The North Thompson Music Guild hosts free all-ages evening concerts throughout the summer! Bring your picnic blankets and relax to the sounds of a variety of music styles (or maybe you’d like to get up and dance!). Food and drinks for sale –make it a dinner date!

11th Annual Clearwater Kayak Festival

July 13-15, 2018
Registration at Interior Whitewater Expeditions
73 West Old North Thompson Highway

Come make a splash and join the fun! This weekend-long paddling party welcomes participants from across BC to a variety of events, races across some of BC’s best rapids, tons of prizes, boat demos, post-race celebrations with live music, film screenings, and more. Spectators are invited to join in the fun! Registration required for paddlers, find more info, here.

Clearwater Children’s Arts Festival

August 8, 2018
Dutch Lake Community Centre Park
209 Dutch Lake Road

Sponsored by the North Thompson Arts Council, this free event welcomes all of the area’s little ones (and their families)! Kid-friendly performances, interactive music and arts activities, take-home crafts, face painting (of course!), entertainment, and plenty of delicious treats make this a great way to spend the day.

Star Gazing Festival

August 12-13 (exact dates TBA)
Wells Gray Park

If you’ve got stars in your eyes, don’t miss this evening event, which showcases the Perseid Meteor Shower. Open to all ages, visitors will be treated to an educational presentation by an astronomer, and then the awe-inspiring galactic show, courtesy of the Milky Way.

First Fish Ceremony

Late August (exact date TBA)
Raft River Salmon Viewing Platform

The salmon has always been central to the North Thompson’s aboriginal community. The First Fish ceremony celebrates the return of the salmon to the Raft River spawning grounds by inviting visitors to learn about the history and cultural practices of the area’s Simpcw First Nation. At this annual event, visitors can participate in traditional games and taste local delicacies prepared with indigenous cooking techniques. Among the day’s highlights: view the awe-inspiring salmon as they return to their home waters, hear history come alive through storytelling, and watch demonstrations of the rich cultural history of the North Thompson.

North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo

September 1-3
North Thompson Agriplex
4856 Dunn Lake Road, Barriere

Spend Labour Day weekend enjoying the delights of a true western harvest fair. The rodeo features traditional events, such as chuckwagon races, barrel races, and a variety of equestrian competitions, as well as the BCRA Polaris Championship Finals! Enjoy all of the family fun of a provincial fair, with logging shows, 4H competitions, livestock and poultry contests, agricultural products and competitions, a juried arts event, baking and canning contests, live entertainment, exhibits and vendors, and, of course, a parade! This beloved annual community event is the ideal way to welcome in the fall season.

Clearwater Canoe Regatta

Date TBA
Dutch Lake Beach
209 Dutch Lake Road

Grab your paddle and your canoe (or kayak, paddleboard, or dinghy!) for a series of fun races in the heart of Clearwater! Not a paddler? This highly anticipated event has plenty of excitement for landlubbers, too. While the Regatta is the main draw, athletes can take advantage of our remarkable natural playground, and join in the 5k race (on land!), or the Rotary triathlon (run/bike/paddle). Spectators get in on the action with games and entertainment on the beach. A community bbq and live entertainment add to the happy spirit of the day.

Serenity Harvest Music Festival

September 7-9
Serenity Performing Arts Centre
2461 Birch Island Lost Creek Road

This laid-back weekend event welcomes 12 musical acts to the gorgeous North Thompson region. Enjoy the sounds of summer with an incredible lineup of artists, ranging from bluegrass to rock. Music lovers of all ages are invited! Food vendors will be on site at this unique and stunning indoor/outdoor venue.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

September 21, 2018
Dutch Lake Community Centre
209 Dutch Lake Road

As we end our season at Alpine Meadows, we always look forward to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, sponsored by the Wells Gray Outdoors Club. The touring festival showcases the highlights and award-winners from the previous year. Exciting adventures from around the world are captured in these incredible films. Enjoy stunning and awe-inspiring stories and an evening of entertainment, with gastronomic delights to accompany the screenings.

 


It’s easy to enjoy these exciting events and celebrations from your home base at Alpine Meadows Resort. Book your stay at our world-class facility, now, and make your summer vacation one for the memory books!

 

 

Featured Image: Serenity Harvest Music Festival