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.
Summer, Fall and Spring Festivals & Events
Winter Festivals & Events
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 2017
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 Center Park.
Mountain Biking and Hiking Socials - July to August 2017
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.
Clearwater Farmers Market and Elks Breakfast- May to October 2017
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 9, 2017
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 2017
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.
Contact : Liquid Lifestyles
(Photo Credit: Liquid Lifestyles)
Clearwater Kayak Festival- July 21 to 23, 2017- Cancelled
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.
Stargazing Festival- August 4, 2017- Cancelled
This festival returns to Wells Gray for tourists and locals to learn about the stars and constellations while taking in the Perseid meteor shower under the beautiful night skies.
First Fish Ceremony- Late August 2017
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.
Canoe Regatta- September 9, 2017
Join our community for an afternoon of canoe, raft, and kayaking games and races at Dutch Lake. Take part in the fun and games or enjoy being a spectator. Games, entertainment and crafts on the beach. All ages are welcome.
Stay for the weekend and enjoy the Serenity Music Harvest Festival (below) as past of your weekend getaway.
Serenity Harvest Music Festival- September 8-10, 2017
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.
Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament- June 17-18, 2017
Summer Solstice Ride and Hike- June 20, 2017
National Aboriginal Day Celebration- June 24, 2017
May Day Parade - May 2017
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
Featured Clearwater Winter Festival Events include:
Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby - January 2018 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.
2018 Wells Gray Outdoor Club's Birchleg, A Nordic Ski Fun Race!
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.