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March 7, 2024

Explore Our Vibrant Arts & Culture Scene

The vital arts and culture scene in the Kootenays is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered! Dive deeper into the unique narratives woven by each of our mountain communities. This creative journey kicks off in the town of Rossland, the gateway to adventure on Highway 3, the Crowsnest,  along BC’s Rainforest to Rockies route! Discover the spirited East and West Kootenay Arts & Culture loops.

Hand-weaving on the loom at Barefoot Handweaving in Crawford Bay; photo by Andrew Penner


Celebrate the arts scene in Rossland in the fall, as the town bursts with a riot of colours. World-class artists in the Kootenays unleash their creativity through various mediums. Get inspired by the stunning views and unique pieces available in these galleries. Experience the cultural richness supported by the Rossland Arts Council and Trail Arts Council. Explore theatrical performances with Gold Fever Follies and Rossland Light Opera Players.

Photo courtesy of the Gold Fever Follies Dancers

Discover the history and exciting entertainment scene of Trail. With fascinating landscapes and a legacy of sports champions, there’s no shortage of things to explore in this community. Get ready for an unforgettable experience full of arts, music, and live sports.


Castlegar, proudly showcase their unique Doukhobor heritage and honour the deep connection to the land. The Art Walk in Castlegar is a showcase of local talent partnering with businesses across town. Explore contemporary art at the year-round Kootenay Gallery of Art, and don’t miss out on experiencing the incredible Castlegar Sculpturewalk, showcasing an annual rotation of captivating sculptures by local & talented international artists.

Family fun on Castlegar’s SculptureWalk; photo by Mitch Winton


The Nelson & Kootenay Lake culture embodies the natural surroundings, arts, and rich heritage, enlivened by the spirit of the community.  Embrace the ‘Kootenay Vibe’ everywhere you go!

Nelson’s Street Car 23; photo by Field & Forest

Discover the history that shapes the area, with more heritage buildings per capita than anywhere in British Columbia. From the iconic SS Moyie in Kaslo to the historic Electric Tramway in Nelson, to the Artisans of Crawford Bay along the East Shore, the past comes alive through the stories of these locals.

SS Moyie in Kaslo; photo by Field & Forest
Luke Lewis of North Woven Broom Co. makes a broom at his display room in Crawford Bay; photo by Kari Medig

Journey along the Kaslo River Trail, lined with lush mossy banks, vibrant bridges, and intriguing sculptures waiting to captivate your senses. Let the local personalities and talented musicians lead you on an immersive forest bathing experience. Simply access the Kootenay Road Trip App and let the adventure begin.

Find the hidden sculptures along the Kaslo River Trail; photo by Mitch Winton


Creston is filled with a wealth of art, culture, and heritage. These communities boast top-notch galleries, award-winning community theatre, and the captivating Creston Museum. Come immerse yourself in the history and creativity waiting to be uncovered in the inspiring natural beauty of the Creston Valley.


Discover the spirited arts scene in Cranbrook. Enjoy live performances at Key City Theatre, explore local galleries, indulge in handcrafted chocolate and unique artworks, including artists from the Ktunaxa Nation. Don’t miss Summer Sounds in the Park at Rotary Park during July & August.

At Fort Steele Heritage Town, immerse yourself in the captivating street dramas and intriguing gossip tours. Witness the vivid portrayal of the town’s history that unfolds right before your eyes! Meet the townsfolk, blacksmith, leather worker, tinsmith, and heritage animals for a fascinating journey into the past.

Hand-crafted items made on-site are available for sale in the Fort Steele Heritage Town Gift Shop


In Kimberley, the community thrives on arts and culture! The music scene, festivals, artisans, and galleries bring a unique spark to each visit. Embrace the wonder, unleash your fun side, groove to the beat, and immerse yourself in this mountain community’s  creative spirit.  Centre 64 is a place to come mingle with locals, appreciate fine art exhibits, groove to live entertainment, and indulge in creative workshops suitable for all ages.


Discover the energetic cultural scene of Fernie & Elk Valley (Sparwood & Elkford). Immerse yourself in Fernie’s historic downtown with its heritage buildings, unique shops, galleries, and friendly locals. Explore Fernie’s rich arts and cultural offerings through their digital Fernie & Elk Valley Cultural Guide and stay tuned for upcoming festivals and events.  Reveal the wonders of the city on your terms – by uncovering the secrets with the Fernie Art Walk Tour Map.

Explore Fernie’s Art Walk in the historic downtown centre; photo by Mitch Winton


Explore the lively artisan scene in the Columbia Valley. Embark on a journey through the unique shops, galleries, and immersive experiences waiting for you. From the captivating stained glass of Funky Junk in Radium Hot Springs to the exquisite hand-blown glass at Bavin Studio in Invermere, and the diverse galleries along 7th Avenue (Invermere), the possibilities are endless. Discover hidden gems along the Columbia Valley Farmers Market Trail, where local artisans display their creations at these bustling markets

Blowed Glass Artist at Bavin Studio; photo by Scott Rowed
Invermere’s Farmers & Artist Market; photo by Scott Rowed


Experience the high-spirited world of professional cultural programming and arts education in Golden at Kicking Horse Culture.  Proudly located on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc Nations and the Métis Nation Columbia River. They harness the power of arts and culture to elevate local traditions, creating a community for residents and visitors  in Golden.


Discover the rich history and arts culture of Revelstoke. Commemorate the past of railways, industry, and mountain tourism that shaped this exceptional community. Explore the emerging arts scene, including the public Art Alleries’.

Discover the vibrant art scene of Revelstoke at the Visual Arts Centre! The downtown shops showcase the talent of local artists. Don’t miss out on the unique finds at our summer and winter farmers markets. And, take charge of your exploration with the Heritage Walking Tour.

Check out Revelstoke’s Art Alleries; photo by Mitch Winton


Immerse yourself in the arts and culture scene of Arrow Slocan Valley. Discover the masterpieces created by talented painters, sculptors, and photographers in the picturesque Slocan Valley. Local artwork shines in independent galleries, cozy cafes, and summer markets. Planning a coffee break? Elevate your experience by enjoying local art at the charming coffee shops, along the route.


April – Revy Beer Fest
May – Creston Blossom Festival
May – Kaslo May Days
May – Trail Silver City Days
May/June – Castlegar Sunfest
June – Cranbrook Spirit of the Rockies
June – Elkford Wildcat Days
June – Rossland RED Teeth Mountain Wine Festival
Jun-Aug – Golden Summer Kicks Concert Series
June-Sep – Invermere Farmers & Artists Market
June-August – Radium Hot Springs Market on Main
June – Sparwood Coal Miner Days
June – Ymir Tiny Lights Festival
July-August – Cranbrook Sounds of Summer
July – Crawford Bay Starbelly Jam
July – Kimberley Julyfest
July – Revelstoke Wildflower Festival
July – Salmo Shambahala Music Festival
August – Canal Flats Flats Fest
August – Columbia Basin Art Tour
August – Fairmont Wicked Woods Music Festival
August – Fernie Wapiti Music Festival
August – Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival
August – Nelson International Mural Festival
Sep – Columbia Valley Classic Show & Shine Car Show
September – Hills (New Denver) Garlic Festival
September – Kimberley Kaleidoscope Festival
September – Revelstoke Luna Art Festival
September – Rossland Between the Peaks: Mtn Music Festival
September – Rossland Golden City Days
January – Rossland Winter Carnival
March – Fernie Griz Days
March – Revelstoke Winter Carnival

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