Stories

Western Canada has no shortage of stories on all kinds of entertainment.

Within these pages, search out your favourite destination, or search for things to do based on your interest, such as music. @FestivalSeekers, we’ve produced many stories guaranteed to ignite your passion to explore music, food, arts and cultural experiences.

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  • A bucolic coastal landscape, where leaves turn the colour of sea kelp and the tide’s emerald sheen reflects the bright boughs of rugged conifers. It may seem peaceful, serene and even sleepy on the Sunshine Coast in autumn, but just as I watched honey bees buzz around a patch of purple flowers at the botanical gardens on a sun-kissed September morning, this region is a hive of activity - particularly in the fall.

  • Lethbridge, AB – With autumn lingering on the horizon, Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge is the perfect way to end the summer.

  • Williams Lake

    Williams Lake was once a patchwork of ranches until the railway came through in 1919. To celebrate its connection to the rest of Canada, the stampede was established, and the town grew up around cowboys, lumber, and trains. Today, that trifecta of heritage can be found in every corner of the region, complemented by locally inspired art, cuisine, music, and some unique and entertaining attractions.

  • Brooks Faire

    All around me there’s medieval mayhem and much merriment. Standing at the tournament ring, fighters head to toe in steel armour try to knock each other down to the ground. To the backdrop of the baritone sounds of drums, the clashing swords ring out somewhere behind me. Costumed characters walk by as I hear the herald calling out for the crowd to gather in the tournament ring with the king and queen. It’s time for the height of medieval entertainment – the jousting tournament.

  • Sun Peaks Resort

    "Take a look at you. Lord have mercy!” Gordie Johnson exclaimed as he took the stage at Sun Peaks Resort on Canada Day weekend. “Canada, I know you can handle it."

  • Tis the season to test your limits in the great outdoors. Throughout Alberta and B.C. we’ve found some wild and unusual sporting events to either get you down right muddy, soaked, or sparkling clean. Check below for some slo-pitch tournaments, a mud-fest, a bathtub race and a challenge in the Crowsnest that will test your mettle.

  • Texada

    Texada is one of Canada’s largest islands. Ever heard of it? If not, you should because it rocks.

  • Horsefly

    Chances are if you pop into a cafe, boutique, or gift shop in the Cariboo, you’ll see Pharis and Jason Romero’s latest album. The darlings of Horsefly, B.C., and Juno-award winners for traditional roots album of the year in 2016, have recently released Sweet Old Religion - just in time to headline the annual Arts on the Fly Festival in Horsefly.

  • The first day of summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes festival season and all the delicious food and drink they have to offer. With food festivals happening almost every weekend, it may be overwhelming to decide which ones to fill your calendar with. Check out these events happening across western Canada that put food at the forefront and do it with a unique twist.

  • Five Acre Shaker

    Unzip your tent, take a stretch in the sweet forest air, walk down the lawn past the old steam engine, past the historic sawmill, hear the buzz of guitar amps receiving their charge, and get ready to rock out and take in the beauty of this unique festival site. The Five Acre Shaker at McLean Mill Historic Park took the concept of a celebration - for a cause - and cranked it up to 11.

     

  • Quesnel

    “We had the first bathtub in town,” Barb Dodge said from behind her laptop. I did a double-take and looked at my surroundings. I was in an office at the RBC Building on St. Laurent Ave. in Quesnel, B.C. Barb, the branch manager, had brought in some old archival photos mounted to cardboard along with an original scale they used back in the days when they accepted gold at the bank.

  • 100 Mile House

    The Hot July Nights (July 13-15, 2018) car and bike show is fast-approaching but as you head up or down Highway 97 this season, consider exploring 100 Mile House from a unique angle - from the water. Whether you’re out at the family cabin by the lake, or right in town.