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big horn sheep in Radium

When you think of Radium Hot Springs, the bighorn sheep are likely what come to mind right after the hot springs and the gorgeous Columbia Valley.

The sheep have been a main attraction in the Village of Radium Hot Springs for decades, so the town celebrates the local wildlife, which have drawn visitors from around the world.

The first event - the Headbanger Trail Challenge happens Sept. 24. Runners of all abilities - from kids to adults - can take part. Choose between  1, 3, 5 and 10-kilometre options. Trails wind through the beautiful Sinclair Canyon in Kootenay National Park. The run is followed by a bunch of fun events in town. See details below. 

Then from Nov. 5-6, enjoy the Headbanger Festival and learn just what makes the Bighorn Sheep rut. Learn about their habitat and habits through informative talks with Bighorn Sheep enthusiasts, interpretive hikes and photography workshops and more. 

Trail Challenge - Sept. 24, 2016

Headbanger Trail Run in Radium

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After completing the trail running challenge you'll be ready for a well-deserved mini-massage from Jim McElroy, who has over 25 years of experience of soothing the tired muscles of runners. 

Get a preview of the Headbanger Trail Challenge and Festival from Joanne Elves.

Headbanger Trail Run in Radium racing

Post-race, the fun continues with more relaxation at a yoga class, that'll get your more then ready for some musical - and maybe even a little dancing - in the park.  

Sheber Dean & The Postmistress take to the stage with their fun brand of lively folk music. 

There will plenty of opportunities to gain back those calories you burned on the trails with an array of food on site.

enjoy Radium Hot Springs


1KM $5

3KM $25

5KM $30

10KM $40

Register online here.

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Headbanger Festival - November 5-6, 2016

This year the Headbanger Festival has added an incredible photography workshop with Jim Lawrence and Barb Butchart, and keynote speaker Charlie Russell on Saturday Evening. 

Schedule of events

Big horned sheep in Radium Hot Springs

Saturday, Nov. 5

9:30 a.m. - Registration – Best Western Plus Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs – (Banquet Room) 

10 a.m. - Best Western Plus Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs – (Banquet Room) 

  • The Bighorn Experience with Kent Kebe, Local Bighorn Sheep Enthusiast

    • Hands-on, interactive discussion all about the Bighorn Sheep and local wildlife 

Noon – 1 p.m. - On your own for Lunch 

1 – 2:15 p.m. -  Best Western Plus Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs – (Banquet Room) 

  • Urban Wildlife with Andrea Smillie – Wildsafe BC

    • Enjoy an interpretive presentation with Radium’s Wildsafe BC representative.

    • Learn about the wildlife issues we have in our community and the programs in place to avoid human interaction issues.

2:30  – 4 p.m. -  Photography with Jim Lawrence & Barb Butchart 

4 – 6 p.m. -  Explore the Village, Photograph the sheep, enjoy a short break prior to dinner

6 – 9 p.m. -  Dinner with guest speaker and renowned naturalist and bear expert Charlie Russell.

Sunday, Nov. 6 

9 a.m. – Noon – Family Creative, interactive, Wildlife Art Workshop 

Your choice of two  interpretive hikes

12:30  – 2:00 p.m. – Vegetation and Wildlife Corridor along Sinclair Creek 

  • Discover one of Radium’s trail systems that takes you along the Sinclair Creek to the Columbia River Valley. This trail has beautiful landscapes and a wide range of plants and wildlife.


12:30 - 2 p.m. – Redstreak Restoration Areas 

Event Rates 

  • Adults (13+) $50

  • Children (ages 5-12) $20

Only interested in attending a workshop or two, or perhaps just dinner with Charlie Russell? Workshop and dinner pricing as follows:

  • Adult Dinner with Charlie Russell $30

  • Child Dinner with Charlie Russell $20

  • Individual Workshops $10 per person

If you go

Interested in learning more about things to do in the Radium Hot Springs region? Learn more here.

Get a preview of the Headbanger Trail Challenge and Festival from Joanne Elves.

Will you be visiting Radium Hot Springs? Find out what’s in store by exploring Radium Hot Spring’s website.

Ready to take part in a beautiful fall season in Radium? Share this page with your friends.