Festivals & Events

Plan 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

Summer, Fall and Spring Festivals & Events



First Fish Ceremony- September 5, 2019

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. 

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.

TIME: 12pm - food into pit cook* 1:00-5:00pm - Lehal, stories, displays, activities, traditional games, drumming & singing 
5:00pm - dinner served - donations are being accepted to help with the cost of the ceremony and provide support to our Raft River Interpretive School Program on September 24-26 
PLACE: Raft River Viewing Platform approx. 8km north of Clearwater Wells Gray Information Centre



Banff Traveling Film Festival - September 20, 2019

Don’t miss an evening in Clearwater, BC filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. This is a special screening in Clearwater that also features food and drinks and promises an awesome night! Organized by the Wells Gray Outdoors Club. Learn more and get tickets here.





Harvest Feast and Dance: at the Clearwater Ski Hill - Saturday Sept 21, 2019

Individually we are one drop,
together we are an ocean.
Ryunosuke Satoro

Game & Fun for all, catered outdoor long table dinner, corn shucking contest, and live music with onsite band Serious Dogs!

$15/person (16+)
$10/children under 16

Tickets available at the District of Clearwater, 209 Dutch Lake Road.
Learn more here.




 Jack Garton and the Demon Sqaudron at Wildflour Cafe - September 25, 2019

Put your dancing shoes on, or kick them off, but be ready to shake it. A full on band with not only an accordion lead but a trumpet that will blow the roof off.

Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron be laying down some serious live music at the café on a fabulous Wednesday evening in September.

Hailing from Galiano Island, this so-many piece band has something for everyone, especially those who love to dance. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. Learn more here.




   Latin Night at the Clearwater Ski Hill - September 27, 2019

The night you've been waiting for all year is finally back!
We're bringing you Latin Night with a touch of Afro-beat:)
To make it extra fun, the suggested attire is TROPICAL!

We'll kick off the night with a Salsa-ton lesson taught by the beautiful and one and only Andrea Valček Valovičová to get you fired-up for the night. No dance partner required.

Doors at 8PM. Dance lesson at 8:30PM. Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds benefit the Clearwater Community Ski Hill. Learn more here.



Harvest Faire: A Celebration of Local Food - Saturday Sept 28, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019  from 9AM-Noon
At the Clearwater Farmers Market. Free event! Food demos, games and prizes, live music.
This year is all about celebrating the bee!

Learn more here.




Clearwater Farmers Market and Elks Breakfast- May to October 2019, Every Saturday!

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 2019

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.



Canada Day Celebrations
- July 1, 2019

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 2019

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 Centre Park.



Stargazing and Sci-Fi Movie Festival- August 9, 2019

The Dark Skies of Clearwater and Wells Gray make a perfect setting for seeing stars and the Milky Way!

The evening starts with a free film screening of a retro sci-fi movie before the star gazing with BC Parks Astronmer Bill Burnyeat and his 16 inch diameter telescope!! Friday night August 9th, at the Wells Gray Air "star base" in Clearwater for this free event.

Concession available. Doors open at 9:00PM. Film begins at 9:15 PM. Starviewing at close to 10:30 PM.
Bring a blanket or chair.




Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons - Summer 2019

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.

Want to go it on your own? Rent a SUP right on the lake at the Jasper Way Inn.

Contact : Liquid Lifestyles
(Photo Credit: Liquid Lifestyles)



Clearwater Kayak Festival- July 2019

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.

Everyone is welcome to join the party Saturday night at the Clearwater Ski Hill!





Serenity Harvest Music Concerts

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) venue offers indoor and outdoor stages, and free camping with your concert ticket. An intimate and family friendly music festival featuring a great selection of stellar artists. Come for the music, stay for the great camping and legendary cheesecake!
Learn more and get your tickets here.


Spring Events


Month of April 2019 - Lambing at the Historic Aveley Ranch

Established in 1913, this is the oldest and largest family run sheep ranch in British Columbia!

Every April you and your family can visit the ranch for tours, hayrides and a chance to hold and feed the baby lambs as they are born. Only $10 per person and children under 2 are free. 11am - 4pm every day in April. For more information see: http://www.aveleyranch.com/index.htm



May Day Parade  - May 18, 2019

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.

Classic and contemporary vehicles on display   The parade was really


Local riders enjoy the May Day parade


June 21, 2018 - National Aboriginal Day! Stay tuned for more details on our annual celebrations


June 2019- Summer Solstice Disc Golf Tournament 

The Summer Solstice Tournament will be held at the Wells Gray Golf & RV Resort.
The tournament this year will be a 2 day event, with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes Sunday morning. Tentatively there will be a final 9 for all divisions that have 6 or more players.
Also tentatively, carts will be used this year for the Master + age categories.
Bring the whole family! So much to see and do in the Wells Gray Provincial Park!
For more information or to register, see: https://www.greffards.ca/disc-golf-tournaments.html


Sister Soul Summit Retreat

Immerse yourself in nature and hike, swim & fish in the private lakes at Moose Camp. Stay in our rustic cabins & enjoy home cooked meals with your fellow sisters. Each day will be filled with unique & enlightening experiences to guide your healing journey at camp. Leave feeling centered & inspired to carry your blissful experience into your awaiting reality & beyond.

Learn more about this rejuvenating retreat set in secluded wilderness.


Winter Events


March 39th and 10th 2019 - Snowrama Drag Races and Freestyle Show

The Turcotte Compound is hosting it's second annual Snowmobile Drag Races and a Snowmobile Freestyle show Charity Event In Beautiful Clearwater B.C! The Event will take place at Smokin True Ranch.

All proceeds raised from the event will go to The B.C Snowmobile Federation and The British Columbia Lions Club Society Easter Seals fundraiser for Children with disabilities!
This event will be presented by X-Games Gold and Silver Medalist Brett Turcotte along with the help of The Clearwater Sno-Drifters!

Contact Niki@Turcottecompound.com to get registration forms and information.


February 17, 2018 - Night Ski and Apres Ski Party

The Clearwater SKi Club presents an epic night ski and apres ski party! Complete skiing under the stars and with authentic Swiss style fondue and a DJ to get the party going, it's a night you won't want to miss!

Starts at 5:30PM at the Clearwater Ski Hill.
$40 for Lift Ticket, Fondue & Party. $25 for Fondue & Party, or $15 for lift ticket only.
5:30 Lift Opens. 7-9PM Delicious Apres Ski food. 9PM - Late DJ, Dancing and Party!
Cash bar will be open all evening.



February 18, 2019 - Skijoring Presented by the Wells Gray Riders Association

What do you get when you combine fast horses and skiis? Well, skijoring or course! Come on out and hop on your horse, or bring some skis for the Wells Gray Riders Association's local Skijoring in beautiful Clearwater, BC!

10am-2pm at the Smokin True Ranch!




January 28, 2019 -  Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby at Dutch Lake CANCELLED

Join us for a wonderful event on Dutch Lake with views of Trophy and Raft Mountain. Cash prizes for the three biggest fish caught that day! It's fun for all the family with a barbecue, prizes and free ice fishing lessons given by BC Fisheries Societies for anyone new to the sport or needing to brush up their skills. Free fishing rods and holes will be available for children who wish to try at no cost!

Event time: 9AM-12:00PM, Registration is $20 per participant. All proceeds go towards supporting student bursaries and student international exchanges.

To learn more about the Rotary Ice Man Fishing Derby, see here.


Birchleg, A Nordic Ski Fun Race! February 2, 2019

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 Norweigan lunch is included with your registration. Learn more about this Wells Gray Outdoors Club event and register in advance of the race here. Get into the Viking Spirit in hit the awesome trails with locals.

The event takes place at the meticulously groomed Candle Creek Trail System just outside of Clearwater.
Entry Fees range from $10 dollars for students to $40 for a family. Learn more and register here: