Festivals & EventsPlan your getaway around one of our signature events. There’s no better way to mingle with the locals and enjoy our famous & genuine hospitality. Let's raise a pint, share a dance, stargaze and enjoy what Wells Gray has to offer, together.
Canada Day Celebrations - July 1, 2016
Come and enjoy the biggest celebration of the year 'Canada Day' it brings the entire community together at Dutch Lake Beach to join in the fun. There is a BBQ (by donation) face painting , horse display team , canoeing , zumba, games on the beach the "Great Water Challenge" hoola hooping , climbing wall , lots of ice cream and fresh watermelon to keep you cool.
Summer Thursday Night Concert Series-July 7 to August 2016
Every Thursday night during July and August enjoy free outdoor music concerts brought to you by the outdoor music guild. These free concerts are a family friendly event and take place from 7-9pm. Concessions and activities will be available. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music underneath the Clearwater skies! Location: Dutch Lake Community Center Park. Download the poster here.
Telling Stories Speaker Event Series- Sundays July 3 to August 1, 2016
The Wells Gray Visitor Information invites you to join in the celebration of First Nations and pioneer culture in Wells Gray Provincial Park! This free event series takes place on Sundays at the Wells Gray Visitor Information Center in Clearwater, BC at 7PM. Download the Events Series poster here.
Mountain Biking and Hiking Socials - July to August 2016
Join locals experts and enthusiasts for group hikes and mountain bike rides in Wells Gray and Clearwater. From exploring and learning about biking on local trails to exploring Wells Gray's signature waterfalls, adventuring with new friends is always more fun! The programs are a part of the Healthy Living Program with the District of Clearwater. Costs and times vary. Check the program schedule and download the poster here.
Clearwater Farmers Market and Elks Breakfast- May to October 2016
Every Saturday from 9am-12pm, there is a Farmer's Market featuring local produce, baked goods, crafts and demonstrations. Located on the lawn of Interior Whitewater Expeditions, the market is the perfect place to pick-up artisan food and gifts. Hungry? Come early for a traditional Canadian breakfast hosted by the local Elks Association. Come rain or shine as tents are set-up to keep you dry and shaded while you mix with the locals. Learn more about the Clearwater Farmers Market and Elks Breakfast here.
Outdoor Yoga- Summer 2016
Take your yoga practice to a new level and enjoy yoga outdoors! Takes place every Tuesday evening. Suitable for all levels. Don't have a mat? Don't worry, you can borrow one. Classes are from 7-8pm at the Dutch Lake Community Centre Field. Bring water, mat and a blanket. Cost: $10 per class.Learn more here.
5th Annual Clearwater Children's Arts Festival- August 3, 2016
With music performances by the Barefoot Caravan, ten hands-on art stations, drumming and dramatic performances, this year's festival has so much to keep your child happy and engaged. Did we mention, it's free! August 3rd, 10am-3pm at the Dutch Lake Community Centre Field in Clearwater, BC. The festival is organized by the North Thompson Arts Council.
Download the festival poster and list of additional arts programs.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons -July 2016
Have you ever wanted to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding? Come down to Dutch Lake in Clearwater BC during July for a beginner lesson, with all equipment provided. For dates, cost and how to register, click here.
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Clearwater Kayak Festival- July 22 to 24, 2016
The Clearwater River is full of epic whitewater and rapids making it every kayaker's dream! Kayak races, prizes, auctions, great food, music and camping all included with your registration. Spectators are welcome to join in the celebration! Learn more about this great event here.
The Wild Romantics Live @ Serenity Music- August 5, 2016
Armed with just two voices, guitar and sparse percussion, their music has drawn comparisons to the haunting, intimate folk of The Civil Wars to energetic, foot stomping, southern driven rock n’ roll in the spirit of Shovels and Rope and Johnny Cash.
Taking place on Friday, August 5th at 7pm at the unique music venue, Serenity Music in Birch Island, BC. Buy your tickets in advance, which includes free camping. Learn more here.
First Fish Ceremony- August 24, 2016
Discover deep-rooted traditions, sample delicious first nation fare and learn intricate games of chance, as you celebrate the annual return of salmon to the Raft River. Experience it all every August when the rivers start running red…with salmon. The event is held at the Raft River Viewing Platform in Clearwater. On this day, Simcpw invites guests to participate in several activities that highlight Simcpw’s culture and history, including pit cooking, sockeye salmon viewing, storytelling and a traditional game called Lehal. August 24, 106 at the Raft River Salmon Viewing Platform in Clearwater, BC. Thank you to the Simpcw First Nation for hosting this event.
Canoe Regatta- September 10, 2016
A full day of running, biking and canoe races and other fun outdoor events for all ages! Come one and all to the scenic Dutch Lake Beach in Clearwater, BC where this event is held. Cash prizes, vendors, BBQ, music, and swag- stay tuned for more details! Stay for the weekend and enjoy the Serenity Music Harvest Festival (below) as past of your weekend getaway.
Serenity Harvest Music Festival- September 9-11, 2016
Serenity Music is the premiere hub for live music acts all year long in the Canada you Imagined. Located in the nearby hamlet of Birch Island (just 15 minutes from Clearwater, BC) this music venues features indoor and outdoor stages, free camping with your concert ticket. In September, enjoy a three day music festival and extravaganza. Come for the music, stay for the great camping and legendary cheesecake! Learn more and get your tickets here.
May Day Parade - May 2016
Come and join the locals to celebrate the arrival of spring sunshine in the annual "May day" parade in Clearwater, it takes place on the Saturday of the May long weekend at starts at 11am, plenty of parking is available and the Rotary Club provides a BBQ after the parade has finished.
Winter Events and Festivals
2016 Clearwater Winter FestivalDownload the PDF
Featured Clearwater Winter Festival Events include:
Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby - January 31, 2016 at Dutch Lake
Join in at the Rotary Ice-Man fishing derby- it's fun for all the family at Dutch Lake right in the heart of town. There is a barbecue, prizes and fishing lessons given by Fish BC for anyone new to the sport or needing to brush up their skills. To register, call Tim Panko 250.674.2795.
Wells Gray Outdoor Club's Birchleg, A Nordic Ski Fun Race! February 6, 2016
The Birch Leg, similar to the Birkebeiner, is an annual ski event re-enacting a cross-country ski trip made by two Viking warriors in the 13th Century. This race is suitable for all levels of cross-country skiing and is a family-friendly activity. Mass start at 10am with finishing times between 11am-2pm. Prizes for best costume and registration fee includes a hot, traditional Nordic lunch. Come and enjoy Clearwater hospitality at its best! Takes place at the Candle Creek Ski Trails in Clearwater.
Download the 2016 Birchleg Brochure now!