Festivals & Events

Plan 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.

Summer, Fall and Spring Festivals & Events
Winter Festivals & Events

Summer, & Fall Festivals & Events


Golden Skull Adventure Race & Festival - September 22, 2018

The legendary search for the Golden Skull Returns! A treasure hunt and adventure race on foot, bike or by boat! Follow clues around Dutch Lake and be the first to find the Golden Skull. Join us after the race for an awesome Fall beach-side concert and party~! FREE EVENT!

First team to find and return the Goldenskull will win the $500 prize! 2nd place will win the $200 prize. And 3rd place will win the $100 prize.

It’s a 3 hour Treasure Hunt and Adventure Race around Dutch Lake. Search for clues on foot, by bike, and by boat. Borrow a canoe, or bring your own canoe, kayak, or SUP. Teams
of up to 4 people.
1:00-4:30PM - Games, Crafts and Demonstrations on the Beach
Join the party and enjoy a FREE live music concert at Dutch Lake Beach. Enjoy the show from the beach or from the water on your canoe, kayak, SUP or inflatable.
Enjoy Beach Bonfires, S’mores, Mulled Hot Apple Cider, Display of lanterns and Lights made by local students. Additional evening concession for purchase by local Food Truck.
Register in teams of up to 4.





Harvest Faire: A Celebration of Local Food

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9Am-Noon
At the Clearwater Farmers Market. Free event! Food demos, games and prizes, live music, and "berry Best" contest!




Banff Traveling Film Festival - September 21, 2018

Don’t miss an evening in Clearwater, BC filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. This is a special screening in Clearwater that also features food and drinks and promises an awesome night! Organized by the Wells Gray Outdoors Club.




Canada Day Celebrations
- July 1, 2018

Come and enjoy our Canada Day celebrations in the Canada you Imagined! 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, and games on the beach.  There will be lots of ice cream and fresh watermelon to keep you cool.

Summer Thursday Night Concert Series - July and August 2018

Every Thursday night during July and August enjoy free outdoor music concerts brought to you by the North Thompson Music Guild. These free concerts are a family friendly event and take place from 7-9 pm in Clearwater. Concessions and activities will be available. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music underneath the Clearwater skies! Location: Dutch Lake Community Centre Park.



Stargazing Nights - Wednesday Nights, for four nights only
July 18 & 25 and August 1 & 8 2018

The Dark Skies of Clearwater and Wells Gray make a perfect setting for seeing stars and the Milky Way!

The evening starts with a free film screening of a retro sci-fi movie before the star gazing! Join us Wednesday night at the Wells Gray Air "star base" in Clearwater for this free event.

Concession available. Doors open at 8:00PM. Film begins at 8:30PM. Starviewing at close to 10PM.
Bring a blanket or chair. See more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/244108262861298/



Clearwater Farmers Market and Elks Breakfast- May to October 2017, Every Saturday!

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.



Clearwater Children's Arts Festival- August 8, 2018

With music performances, 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.



Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons - Summer 2018

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.

Want to go it on your own? Rent a SUP right on the lake at the Jasper Way Inn.

Contact : Liquid Lifestyles
(Photo Credit: Liquid Lifestyles)



Clearwater Kayak Festival- July 13 to 15, 2018

The Clearwater River is full of epic whitewater and rapids making it every kayaker's dream! Paddle and party on BC best whitewater.
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.

Everyone is welcome to join the party Saturday night with funk band, The New Groovement at Serenity Music in Birch Island on July 14th!



First Fish Ceremony- Late August 2018

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. Thank you to the Simpcw First Nation for hosting this event.



Serenity Harvest Music Festival- September 7-9, 2018

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 three-day music festival features indoor and outdoor stages, and free camping with your concert ticket. An intimate and family friendly music festival featuring a great selection of stellar artists. Come for the music, stay for the great camping and legendary cheesecake!
Learn more and get your tickets here.


Spring Events


Month of April 2018 - Lambing at the Historic Aveley Ranch

Established in 1913, this is the oldest and largest family run sheep ranch in British Columbia!

Every April you and your family can visit the ranch for tours, hayrides and a chance to hold and feed the baby lambs as they are born. Only $10 per person and children under 2 are free. 11am - 4pm every day in April. For more information see: http://www.aveleyranch.com/index.htm




Seedy Saturday - April 7, 2018

Get a head start on your spring gardening at this fun and informative event! Seeds galore, guest speakers, artisan food and crafts at the Clearwater Ski Hill from 10AM to 2PM.

Mini-Man Tracker! April 14, 2018

WHEN: April 14th @ 11 AM - 3 PM
WHERE: McNeil's Farm - Birch Island (Clearwater BC)

Come on out and hop on your horse, or put on your hiking boots, its time to Track and Evade!

Please Register with the Event contact: Candus - (250) 674-1650



Salsa Night at the Clearwater Ski Hill - April 13, 2018

Come and learn the basics of partner dance and see how fun this activity can be to socialize and make friends. No partner is necessary or dance experience required. The lesson will be followed by a social dance where you can practice all the moves you just learned in a fun, open and non-judgemental setting. Dance class at 7pm, Latin Night Social at 8PM.

Instructor Shalen Curle from Lets Move Kamloops will be teaching the class. Learn more here.


May Day Parade  - May 19, 2018

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.

Classic and contemporary vehicles on display   The parade was really


Local riders enjoy the May Day parade


June 21, 2018 - National Aboriginal Day! Stay tuned for more details on our annual celebrations


June 23 & 24, 2018 - Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament 

The Summer Solstice Tournament will be held at the Wells Gray Golf & RV Resort.
The tournament this year will be a 2 day event, with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes Sunday morning. Tentatively there will be a final 9 for all divisions that have 6 or more players.
Also tentatively, carts will be used this year for the Master + age categories.
‚ÄčBring the whole family! So much to see and do in the Wells Gray Provincial Park!
For more information or to register, see: https://www.greffards.ca/disc-golf-tournaments.html


Sister Soul Summit Retreat

Immerse yourself in nature and hike, swim & fish in the private lakes at Moose Camp. Stay in our rustic cabins & enjoy home cooked meals with your fellow sisters. Each day will be filled with unique & enlightening experiences to guide your healing journey at camp. Leave feeling centered & inspired to carry your blissful experience into your awaiting reality & beyond.

Learn more about this rejuvenating retreat set in secluded wilderness.


Winter Events


March 3, 2018 - Snowmobile Drag Races and Snowmobile Freestyle Show

The Turcotte Compound is hosting Snowmobile Drag Races and a Snowmobile Freestyle show Charity Event In Beautiful Clearwater B.C! The Event will take place in The Field beside the Raft River Elementary School, both the school and Clearwater Redi-Mix has donated weekend use for the event!!

All proceeds raised from the event will go to The B.C Snowmobile Federation and The British Columbia Lions Club Society Easter Seals fundraiser for Children with disabilities!
This event will be presented by X-Games Silver Medalist Brett Turcotte along with the help of The Clearwater Sno-Drifters!

Pre-Registration will open January 1, 2018, Contact Niki@Turcottecompound.com to get registration forms and information. Take place in Clearwater, BC To learn more see: https://www.facebook.com/events/345505642581635/
DRAG RACES 8:00AM- 4:30 PM
Spectator Entry Fee is $10 For Adults Kids 12 and under are free.
Food trucks & Beer Gardens, Vendors on site, and a Kid’s Zone


February 17, 2018 - Night Ski and Apres Ski Party

The Clearwater SKi Club presents an epic night ski and apres ski party! Complete skiing under the stars and with authentic Swiss style fondue and a DJ to get the party going, it's a night you won't want to miss!

Starts at 5:30PM at the Clearwater Ski Hill.
$40 for Lift Ticket, Fondue & Party. $25 for Fondue & Party, or $15 for lift ticket only.
5:30 Lift Opens. 7-9PM Delicious Apres Ski food. 9PM - Late DJ, Dancing and Party!
Cash bar will be open all evening.



February 24, 2018 - Skijoring Presented by the Wells Gray Riders Association

What do you get when you combine fast horses and skiis? Well, skijoring or course! Come on out and hop on your horse, or bring some skis for the Wells Gray Riders Association's local Skijoring in beautiful Clearwater, BC!

11am-3pm. On the Clearwater River Road near Camp 2 road. $25 per team to enter. Spectators are FREE!

For more information see event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2072929879608873/




January 28, 2018 -  Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby at Dutch Lake

Join us for a wonderful event on Dutch Lake with views of Trophy and Raft Mountain. Cash prizes for the three biggest fish caught that day! It's fun for all the family with a barbecue, prizes and free ice fishing lessons given by BC Fisheries Societies for anyone new to the sport or needing to brush up their skills. Free fishing rods and holes will be available for children who wish to try at no cost!

Event time: 9AM-12:00PM, Registration is $20 per participant. All proceeds go towards supporting student bursaries and student international exchanges.

To learn more about the Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby, see here.


Candle Creek Moonlit Ski - January 30, 2018 & February 6, 2018

Join community members at the Candle Creek Trail System for a moonlit snowshoe or x-country ski. Just on the cusp of a rare Supermoon, Blue Moon and Lunar Eclipse, enjoy this unique outing and get to know the locals over treats and hot chocolate over a bonfire.

Event begins at 7PM. Free for Wells Gray Outdoors Club Member. Non-members pay $10.00 fee for trail use. Bring an appy for after the activity. Prizes for most outrageous hat or scarf.
Beginners and advanced welcome.
Participants should bring a headlamp and dress for conditions.
(Dessert and Hot Chocolate sponsored by Tourism Wells Gray & the Bear's Den Cookhouse. S'mores sponsored by the Jasper Way Inn).



Will Gadd: An Evening with the Ice Climbing Legend! February 1, 2018

Join us for a special evening where you have the opportunity to meet and listen to Ice Climbing Legend - Will Gadd! Doors open at 6:30pm. Event begins at 7PM. Entry by donation and cash bar will be open. All funds raised by this event will help to keep the Ski Hill open.

Professional Ice Climber, Gadd was the first to climb frozen Helmcken Falls (the hardest mixed-climb in the world!) A multi-sport athlete, Gadd has set and broken world records.

Come and listen to Will talk about his experience and motivations for accomplishing some of the most difficult feats known to man-kind. Will has kindly and generously donated his time to benefit our community and volunteer run Clearwater Ski Hill which is an important place for encouraging our youth to get out into the outdoors! All funds raised by this event will help keep the Ski Hill open.

This event is being organized by Tourism Wells Gray and the Clearwater Ski Hill.
More Details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1790805541223885/


2018 Birchleg, A Nordic Ski Fun Race! February 3, 2018

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 Norweigan lunch is included with your registration. Learn more about this Wells Gray Outdoors Club event and register in advance of the race here. Get into the Viking Spirit in hit the awesome trails with locals.

The event takes place at the meticulously groomed Candle Creek Trail System just outside of Clearwater.
Entry Fees range from $10 dollars for students to $40 for a family. Learn more and register here: