Most important Festivals & Events in British Columbia

Vancouver Pride Parade, ©seanhagen/Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade, ©seanhagen/Flickr

The region of British Columbia is quite large thus there is a wide variety of festivals and events throughout the land which would suite all tastes and likes. If you like culture and arts you can choose from the many festivals of BC which are focused on visual arts, dance, film, crafts or theater. There are others for music fans.

Choose a genre that you prefer most: jazz, accordions, classical, indie rock or bluegrass. There is always something for everyone. Another category is the sporting action event on to which you can latch all year round. Watch our best athletes at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, join the largest running event of Canada, the Sun Run or enter the Williams Lake Stampede. It’s always worth joining in an event for there is always good food and amazing wine especially at wine festivals.

Always a season of festivals

There is no such thing as festival season in BC because there’s is always a reason to celebrate or gather together. The summer festivals start in June and last until August. They are usually held outdoors, they include fireworks, sports such as mountain biking, rodeos, air shows and stampedes. From September to November there is harvest season and you can enjoy wine and autumn food at wine and beer festivals.

Annual Victoria Wine and Oyster Fest, ©John Bollwitt/Flickr

Annual Victoria Wine and Oyster Fest, ©John Bollwitt/Flickr

During the winter season, from December to February the gardens are decorated with beautiful lights. Visit and admire the impressive displays at The Butchart Gardensm, BC Wildlife Park or VanDusen Gardens. During spring festivals (March-May) you can celebrate wildlife migration together with the locals.

Significant festivals and events in British Columbia

Along Vancouver Coast and Mountains you can admire the largest air show in Canada in Abbotsford and celebrate bald eagles or watch the Rodeo in Cloverdale. There are wine festivals in Thompson Okanagan, such as the Blues Festival or the Kamloopa Pow Wow. In the Kootenay Rockies there are several music festivals and winter festivals such as the Rossland Winter Carnival, Kootenay Coldsmoke or Griz Days.

Rossland Winter Carnival, ©urbanworkbench/Flickr

Rossland Winter Carnival, ©urbanworkbench/Flickr

On Vancouver Island you can fill up your tummy with extra-fine foods at the food events. If you are visiting with the family you can join in the winter festivals in Northern BC and maybe try yourself at the chainsaw carving competition. Soak up some local culture along Cariboo Chilcotin Coast at ArtsWells or have fun at the Quesnel Rodeo and the Williams Lake Stampede. For even more culture visit Vancouver, the city that is home to literature, film and theater events. Here you can also witness the Chinese New Year Parade and the Vancouver Pride Parade.

Vancouver Pride Parade, ©seanhagen/Flickr

Vancouver Pride Parade, ©seanhagen/Flickr

And last but not least we should also mention the World Ski and Snowboard Festival which is organized annually in Whistler. Choose a festival that suits you best and join in the Canadian fun.

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