Canada 150 in the Kootenays: Top 10 Things to Do

Canada 150 in the Kootenays: Top 10 Things to Do

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2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday celebration! On July 1, most of our mountain communities are hosting events such as pancake breakfasts, artisan/farmers’ markets, run and bike races, parades, live music, fireworks and more! Be sure to check out our festival calendar to find out what’s happening in your favourite #KootRocks community.

Canada Day Fireworks Celebrations, photo by David Gluns

To memorialize this year’s grand celebration, here are some unique “Top 10 Things to Do”:

#10 – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s two 18-hole championship golf courses (Mountainside and Riverside) has a Canada flag on every third hole. The RV Resort is planting brand new maple trees around the campground, to commemorate Canada’s 150 birthday.  

#9 – Check out the Columbia Valley, Nelson and Revelstoke’s fun-tastic list of 150 things to do & see in these communities.  

#8 – Cardboard Boat Race in Fernie, returns on Canada Day.  Participants need to cross Maiden Lake in their self-made crafted ‘cardboard’ boats. Who will win? Participate or watch – it’s going to be a splashing good time.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Fernie

#7 – In Golden, the Redline Car Show will show off vintage and restored cars in their downtown centre. The show is open to all makes and models, and all are welcome to enter into this event happening on July 1.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Golden

#6 – The community of Trail is celebrating Canada 150 by producing a Passport.  The passport will feature 150 unique activities to do in Trail and will be launched on July 1.  The passport will be available at the Canada Day celebrations at Beaver Creek Park, online and at various City venues.

#5 – In Wardner, a Community Dinner, Concert and Campout is set for June 30. Followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Cranbrook to Wardner Destination Trail (including Isadore Canyon) on July 1.  Celebrants can hike, bike and horseback ride all the way to Cranbrook to join the Canada 150 Celebrations at Rotary Park. 

#4 – Nakusp is celebrating 125 years and will be unveiling two restored rail cars (a 1920’s snow plow and 1970’s caboose) to celebrate the day. These will be open to the public and on display on July 1.

#3 – Rock the Fort, takes place on Jun 30 at Fort Steele Heritage Town. Fort Steele is excited to welcome Chad Brownlee, David James and local band - Shred Kelly to perform at this outdoor concert, followed by an awesome firework display!

Fort Steele Heritage Town, photo by David Gluns

#2 – The 1st annual Kootenay Country Music Festival (Jul 1-2) in Castlegar will see country performers such as George Canyon, Aaron Pritchette, Jason Benoit and more take the stage.

#1 – Celebrating its 6th year, the Edgewater’s Steamboat Mountain Music Festival (just north of Radium Hot Springs) features family-friendly fun, great music and good times on Saturday, July 1.   

If you wish to celebrate with Canada 150 swag, our own Kootenay Knitting company (in Cranbrook, BC) has mitts, toques and scarves available to purchase.


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