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Special Events in British Columbia

Every city, town and community in British Columbia holds special events during the year. These occasions usually pertain to the character of the region that the city, town or community is located in. Some of these particular affairs are purely of a historic nature, others take advantage of the season, while some events are held to celebrate certain Canadian or Provincial Holidays. Throughout this great country we live in, Canada's Birthday is celebrated on July 1, and many distinctive events are held to coincide with Canada Day. These special affairs take many different forms to help celebrate B.C.'s diverse regions and cultures.

The spring and summer seasons mean numerous amateur and professional rodeos, fishing derbies, music festivals, golf tournaments, stock car races, logger sports days, air shows, regattas and ball tournaments are being held in British Columbia. Come September, when the chill returns to the air, most communities hold their own unique fall and craft fairs, wine and beer festivals.

Winter in B.C. does not mean hibernation, instead the people celebrate with winter carnivals, cross country ski races, curling bonspiels, figure skating carnivals and competitions, hockey games and tournaments, down hill ski races, snowmobile racing and hill climbs. There are a number of places in B.C. that hold very particular events that take a unique format, such as a whale watching festival, bathtub races, jazz festivals, sand blasts, polar bear swims, blossom festivals, poetry reading festivals, art exhibitions, film festivals and much, much more.

There are so many exceptional events held in British Columbia throughout the year that it's impossible to mention them all, nor where or when they will be held. When you decide what specific event, you wish to attend, and where it's going to be held, you will be able to get complete details by contacting that particular Regional Tourism Association. Click here for information on how to contact them.

There are six official tourism regions in British Columbia:

  • The Islands (includes Vancouver Island)
  • Vancouver, Coast and Mountains
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • BC Rockies
  • Cariboo, Chilcotin, Coast
  • Northern BC

BC's Destination Marketing Organizations are also a good source of information

Most communities offer tourist information centres often administered by the local Chamber of Commerce. The addresses and phone numbers for these friendly folks are listed on their cities page in the BC Adventure Network.

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