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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  • “This area is about boats, entirely about boats,” said Mark Brezer of SloCat Tours after he picked my mother and I up from John Henry’s Resort & Marina. Mom and I had just spent the night in the adorably quaint Prawn Palace, a well-appointed cottage literally right on top of the water in Hospital Bay. We sat back in the bench seats, armed with the binoculars and harbour map provided by Mark and slipped past our waterfront cottage and its sister cabin next door, the Oyster Shack.

  • Halfmoon Bay, B.C. – Located just up the road from Sechelt on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, Halfmoon Bay celebrates the “forbidden fruit” all through October, with everything coming together on Oct. 28 – Apple Festival Day.

  • 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.