Falls colours herald the 2017 Fraser Heritage Festival

See thrilling drama in front of this scene this weekend in McBride! Backdrop painting by Sheilagh Foster for Hunter of Peace, a live theatre production in McBride at 7:30 pm October 21 and 22. By Sharon Stearns, Hunter of Peace is a play inspired by the real-life adventures of explorer and botanist Mary Schaffer Warren, an American widow who led a dangerous expedition in search of the headwaters of the Athabaska River in 1907. Overcoming the limited expectations of women at this time, she journeyed on horseback through untouched wilderness–a thrilling adventure full of courage, romance, heartbreak and joy all set against a backdrop of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. See below, or click the calendar for details and ticket information.

Kinney Lake during the 2014 alphorn concert

The upper reaches of the Fraser River, the longest river running entirely within British Columbia, are the setting for upcoming events of the 2017 Fraser Heritage Festival.

Come and enjoy river rafting by Mount Robson September 29 (limited spaces), a free alphorn concert beside breathtaking Kinney Lake at the foot of Mount Robson (3 pm September 30), and a string ensemble in McBride (5 pm October 1).

Drama and musical theatre are in the works (7:30 pm on 13, 18, 19, 21, 22 October, $20) with Hunter of Peace, another in a series of inspired productions by Wishbone Theatre. Click this link to our calendars to see the latest information on these events and more.

Celebrating the geography, people and history of the upper Fraser River, the Heritage Festival is organized by the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council.

Fall in the Robson Valley is shaping up to be a particularly colourful one. While we do not have the red trees of eastern Canada, the bright yellow aspens and birches and red shrubs are a very scenic backdrop to our hiking trails, great subjects for art and photography, and well worth a look, even if you are not able to visit on a day of scheduled events.

“Alphorn” clouds appear as Jane Houlden plays at Kinney Lake, 2014

Keith Berg and Jane Houlden play at the base of Mount Robson, the top visible nearly three kilometres higher.

 

 

Watch for aurora September 6-7!

View over Beaver Mtn, Rocky Mountains at midnight May 28, 2017.

A particularly strong solar flare is heading for Earth, giving a good chance of aurora bright enough to see even in moonlight, and perhaps further south than usual. Visit spaceweather.com for latest details, and look outside any time after dusk.

Curtain of aurora overhead and south of the Robson Valley, May 28, 2017.

Visit community markets

There are a few more chances to stop by community markets before the season ends. In McBride, the last two Friday markets are August 25 and September 1. The Dunster market runs on Saturdays through September.

Enjoy browsing, visiting, and the chance to buy fresh produce and more at outdoor markets in the valley. In downtown McBride, the community market runs on Fridays 11 am to 2 pm in Kolida Park, by the playground and railway station. In Dunster, the farmers’ market runs Saturdays 11 am to 1 pm at the Dunster Community Hall beside Highway 16. While in the valley, or if you are here on other days, visit the indoor markets and shops in McBride and Dunster for art, crafts, produce, baking and much more, including any supplies you might need for travelling or camping. Drop by the Visitor Centre in the railway station at First and Main, McBride any day 9 am to 5 pm for directions, or call 1-866-569-3366.

Robson Valley Music Festival this weekend

Over 50 acts from across BC and all around the world are coming to Dunster August 11 to 13. The annual Robson Valley Music Festival is a family oriented celebration of music, art and community. More than just a spectator event, there will be many workshops, as well as activities for children in the Kids’ Zone. Food and camping will be available on site. The festival is right by the Fraser River at Dunster. Across from the Dunster Community Hall, turn south off Highway 16 onto picturesque Dunster Station Road for about one kilometre and turn right at the Fraser River Bridge. For information see the Robson Valley Music Festival’s official website: robsonvalleymusicfestivalbc.com

Enjoy market season in the valley!

Enjoy browsing, visiting, and the chance to buy fresh produce and more at outdoor markets in the valley. In downtown McBride, the community market runs on Fridays 11 am to 2 pm in Kolida Park, by the playground and railway station. In Dunster, the farmers’ market runs Saturdays 11 am to 1 pm at the Dunster Community Hall beside Highway 16. While in the valley, or if you are here on other days, visit the indoor markets and shops in McBride and Dunster for art, crafts, produce, baking and much more, including any supplies you might need for travelling or camping. Drop by the Visitor Centre in the railway station at First and Main, McBride any day 9 am to 5 pm for directions, or call 1-866-569-3366.

Celebrate July 1 in the Valley!

Celebrate July 1 with us! Starting in Kolida Park, by the Railway Station at First and Main, downtown McBride 10 am–noon, the McBride library hosts games and fun for kids, and McBride paramedics put on a teddy bear clinic. The museum will be selling BBQ lunches at the pavilion in the park noon-1 pm. Lunch will be followed by O Canada, the annual Cheryl Sansom award, cupcakes and speeches in the park 1-2 pm. In Dunster, the Ice Cream Social begins at 7 pm, followed by dancing to live music by Roadside Splinter at 9. In McBride, the fire department plans fireworks around 10:30 pm, or when it gets dark enough. For more on events and other things to see and do in the valley, drop by the Visitor Centre in the Heritage Railway Station, open every day 9 am – 5 pm.

150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation 1867-2017

Flower season in the valley

June is the month to see wild roses in the valley, and this year they have put on a spectacular show. They are easily visible from road or train, but their aroma adds to the experience if you have a chance to cycle or hike in the valley. Red paintbrushes and columbine are easily seen in fields and along roadways too. Even the exotic mountain lady slipper is sometimes found on roadsides here, while in parts of Alberta and BC it has been picked out of existence.

For many more opportunities to see flowers, birds and other wildlife, try hiking our exciting new McBride Peak trail.

(Please leave the flowers to grow, take only pictures and memories!) For a free map of the trail and more information on trails, what you can see, and wildlife safety, visit the Robson Valley Visitor Centre in McBride’s heritage railway station at Main and First, open every day 9 am to 5 pm.

Pioneer Days Weekend – June 2, 3, & 4th, 2017

Schedule of Events

McBride Realty Colouring Contest – Forms available in the McBride Realty week of May 29th and can be dropped off at Realty by June 2nd. Winners will posted in McBride Realty window

Win the load of wood – Sponsored by McBride Community Forest & Crazy Horse Logging – Tickets $1.00 each 6/$5.00 available at the Food Booth, Dance & Refreshment Cabin

Friday – June 2nd

  • 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Museum Display – McBride and District Library
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visitor Centre open until 8:00 p.m.
    Start your weekend by calling in at the Visitor Centre at the Train Station. Pick up a schedule of events.
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. RVMBA – Guided Walking Tours (any fitness level) – Location: 1 km Rainbow Rd.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sheep Herding Demo – Jennifer L’Arrivee – Gigglin Grizzly Pub
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Slo-Pitch Tournament – Village Diamond
  • 6:00 p.m. LDM Rodeo – prizes – LDM Yard
  • 8:00 p.m. “Rock, Paper, Scissors” – Elks Hall – 1st $1000.00 and 2nd Prize $200.00
    19 and over. – Refreshments available – Must show ID
    MANDATORY REGISTRATION 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Precise start at 9:00 p.m. $10.00 registration fee
  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. “Wide Games” – McBride Secondary School Gym – sponsored by the E-Free Church (Grades 7-12)

Saturday – June 3rd

All Day Slo-Pitch Tournament – Village Diamond (refreshments available)

  • 9:00 a.m. Parade – Meet at Village Office Parking Lot – to line up
    10:00 a.m. Parade – Main Street
    FREE small ice cream for all children that participate – pick-up at “Farm Store”
  • 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Two Rivers Art Gallery – Kids Hands-On Crafts – Village Park
  • 10:30– 6:30 p.m. Food Booth – Village Park
  • 10:30 – ? Plant Sale – 210 Main Street – hosted by Library/Museum
  • 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Bouncy Castle – Village Park – Sponsored by IDA Pharmacy
  • 11:00 a.m. Volunteer Fire Dept. Bucket Brigade – many prizes – Village Park
  • 11:00 a.m. Show and Shine – Gigglin Grizzly
  • 11:00 a.m. Fiddlin’ Around with Coral & Laurel – Village Park
  • 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Model Train Display – McBride Model Railroad Society – Train Station
  • 11:00 a.m. Norman Lamming Memorial Horseshoe Tournament (singles) Village Park
  • 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Tom Ryan – Horse clinic – Gigglin Grizzly Pub
  • 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Show & Shine Historic Tour – starts at Bell Mountain Motel
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bingo – Sponsored by McBride Legion – Elks Hall
  • 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Heavy Horse Pull – Gigglin Grizzly Pub
  • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Museum Displays – McBride & District Public Library
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Robson Valley Mountain Bike Assoc. – Guided Walking Tour – Location: 1 km Rainbow Rd.
  • 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Dance “Roadside Splinter” McBride Elks Hall
    Cost: $15.00/adults Advance tickets starting in May at RV Home Sense, Farm Store
    & Whistle Stop. Designated Drivers available.
    Sponsored by the Elks & Royal Purple

Sunday – June 4th

All Day Slo-Pitch Tournament – Village Diamond (refreshments available)

  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast – Elks Hall
  • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Kids Races – Village Park
  • 10:00– 6:30 p.m. Food Booth – Village Park
  • 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Kids Face Painting – Village Park
  • 11:00 a.m. Logger’s Events –McBride Self Storage Parking Lot – 2nd Ave
  • 11:00 a.m. Norman Lamming Memorial Horseshoe Tournament (doubles) – Village Park
  • 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Pony Rides – Village Park – Sponsored by Willow Ranch
  • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Oscar’s Wildlife Museum – open free admission (2430 Museum Road) – hosted by Bonneville’s
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday Night Jam – Village Park
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. “By Request” Band – Village Park
  • 2:00 p.m. Fiddlesticks – Village Park
  • 3:00 p.m. Regional District Fraser Fort George 50th Anniversary Celebration – Town Park – hosted by Dannielle Alan
  • 4:00 p.m. Announce winner of load of wood & presentations of Logger’s Sports Awards will be announced – Village Pavilion
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Robson Valley Mountain Bike Assoc. – Guided Walking Tour – Location: 1 km Rainbow Rd.

Volunteers are always appreciated!
If you would like to volunteer, please call Kathy Molendyk @ 250-569-3239

Have a Great Weekend!

The valley is alive with music, art and drama!

A winter’s work goes on show at the Robson Valley Piecemakers exhibition

Whether you are travelling through or live here, the valley has lots to offer, starting with a concert April 30, followed by more music, art and dangerous ideas in May. Click the calendar for times and details. Highlights include:

April 30, 5:30 pm: Robson Valley String Ensemble & Fiddlesticks Spring Concert in McBride (free admission)

May 11 in Dunster, May 12 in McBride: Wishbone Productions presents Theatre of Dangerous Ideas: An Evening of Sketch Comedy and Music with piano, fiddle & guitar ($15 admission).

May 13 and 14 in Dunster: 8 X 8 Exhibition. Nearly 70 works of art, all sized at 8 inches by 8 inches, have been created Robson Valley  residents. It is also a silent auction fundraiser for the community. Free admission.

June 3 in McBride: Quilt Show– The Robson Valley Piecemakers showcase a season’s work in during Pioneer Days (free admission).

Every Tuesday in McBride: Music jam night. Come by to enjoy or bring an instrument and take part! (free admission)

Every day, 9 am to 5 pm in McBride: Enjoy the work of more than 90 Robson Valley artists, artisans, videographers, sculptors, felt makers, jewellers and many more, at the Whistle Stop Gallery in McBride’s Heritage Railway Station (free admission).