Festival essentials

Cariboo, Kamloops, Prince George and a few spots along the coast are battling with wildfires. Homes, ranches, businesses and major events are at the mercy of the wind and the weather.

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Growing up in the East Kootenays, I spent my share of time at the local tourist attractions. I spent many nights on class sleepovers in the old Northwest Mounted Police Barracks at Fort Steele, and even performed in a few school plays at the old Wildhorse Theatre.  

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Alberta’s capital city has some fun and unusual claims to fame. The diverse city is home to some of the sunniest Canadian weather, Canada’s youngest urban centre, and the world’s largest indoor triple loop roller coaster. It is also home to one of the biggest festival scenes in Canada.  

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It was potentially a dumb idea. After taking a tour around the Medalta Museum we walked into the artist’s studio and there in front of us was a pottery wheel. To most people it’s an awkward looking contraption.

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Please state your purpose for visiting the United States. Ferris Fest. Excuse me? The Ferris Bueller festival? It’s a three-day event in Chicago.

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One of the cornerstones of Medicine Hat’s pottery industry was Medalta Potteries, whose facilities still stand in Medicine Hat’s Historic Clay District – one of Canada’s National Historic Sites in Alberta.

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Festival season is here and that means road trip!   If you're the one packing up the car, have we got a few great ideas and some cool gear that will make to a breeze and have you on your way no time.

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One of the best things about going to a music festival (well, any type of festival) is that it is the perfect time to festersize. Fes-ter-size is defined as the act of excessive movement (also known as exercise) when at a festival.    

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It’s summer and that means you have to dust off the cowboy boots and get ready to do some two-stepping at country music festivals. Where? All over British Columbia and Alberta you are going to find some of the best acts on tour. Here’s our list of top Country Music Festivals for 2017.  

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The home of Debbie and Brian Hamilton is quiet and serene - a peaceful retreat that’s country living at its finest. But it’s the warm, friendly smiles and the sense of adventure of our hosts that makes Hamilton House the perfect retreat after all the festival seeking we’ve done.

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I doubt there will be many times in our life that we can shout, “Happy Sesquicentennial!” so we better practice saying it without stumbling over our lips. Happy Ses - qui – cen – tennial. Easy. Now, lets head out to some festivals across our FestivalSeekers territory and celebrate like it’s 1867.  

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It's that time again. Beers on the patio, Frisbee at the park and best of all - OUTDOOR FESTIVAL TIME! Spread out the calendar and grab the felt pen and start circling dates for an epic summer.  

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There you are, in line at the gate waiting to get into the music festival and suddenly you see what everyone else is toting. Maybe – just maybe - you should have brought more than just the hula-hoop and flipflops on your feet.  

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So everyone thought Kevin Costner was crazy, plowing over his cornfield to build a baseball park. Sharing that “build it and they will come spirit,” runs deep in the Cariboo Chilcotin. All that is missing is you; jump into history, saddle up, prepare to soar, and spin your wheels.  

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Word on the streets is that zombies are known to eat much more than brains for brunch. Get your morning fill of festivals here.

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What makes a summer festival for you? Star-studded musical lineups that you have to line up for, or something a little more low-key and casual?  

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