Western Canada festivals that are worth the wait

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Amber McLinden, FestivalSeekers

Many festivals in 2020 were postponed, but that doesn't mean they're gone forever. We're getting stoked for when we can gather together in big, joyous groups and travel freely again.

Here's are some festivals that are worth the wait. Some dates are still pending while others have been confirmed. 

Five Acre Shaker

Port Alberni, British Columbia

This amazing music festival is definitely worth the wait. Happening in the heart of Vancouver Island in Port Alberni, typically in August, this event brings visitors from far and wide. 

Read on: The Shaker That Goes for Acres

Squamish Beer Festival

Squamish, British Columbia

Photo via Squamish Beer Festival on Facebook

This delicious beer festival features amazing beers from across BC and is officially scheduled! Put July 10, 2021 in your calendars to head to Squamish to enjoy some delicious brews. 

Read on: Squamish Beer Festival

Texada Island Roots & Blues Festival

Texada Island, British Columbia

Nothing is more classically Western Canada than a good roots and blues festival. Luckily, the Texada Island Roots & Blues Festival is currently in wait-and-see mode for this year, but will most certainly be worth the wait for next summer. 

Read on: Texada rocks: It all starts with a music fest and a blissed-out vibe

Castle Mountain Huckleberry Festival

Castle Mountain Resort, Alberta

So far, the Castle Mountain Huckleberry Festival is going forward this year, but for visitors further away, you can always look forward to this amazing event next year. Enjoy free live music, bbq, beer gardens, scenic chair ride lifts, berry picking, a market and more. 

Read on: Making memories at Castle Mountain’s Huckleberry Festival

Taste of Vermilion

Vermilion, Alberta

Photo via Taste of Vermilion on Facebook

What's better than tasting food from local vendors? Taste of Vermilion will be back next year, and it's definitely worth the wait, with plenty of food and entertainment to enjoy. 

Read on: Taste of Vermilion

River Rats Festival

Athabasca, Alberta

Audiences can expect big time small town fun, with pancake breakfast, the traditional parade, food trucks and retail vendors, classic car demos and more. The local Lions host the tennis ball drop, a race where participants buy tennis balls and race them in a mass start when a huge tub of balls is dumped down the street. Definitely worth the wait. 

Read on: Get footloose to the music and connect to Canada’s frontier past at the River Rats Festival

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