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 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 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
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.
Schedule of Events
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
- 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
- 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!
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).
Ride up to breathtaking views during the extended season around McBride! Grooming and fee collection will continue on Bell and Lucille through this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (to April 30, 2017). Cool nights, sunny days and new snow this week! Click here for details. Avalanche conditions change frequently: check avalanche.ca
Have you checked out the the RVMBA’s BLUFF TRAIL, a multi-use trail built for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, dog walking, snow shoeing, and ungroomed cross-country skiing? Approximately five kilometres in length, the Bluff Trail is named for the stunning rock bluffs situated on it. The trail is part of the McBride and Teare Mountain Bike Trail Network, a trail system planned for the community of McBride by professional trail builder Joel Pirnke. The trail head is found on the west end of the parking lot at kilometre one on Rainbow Road. Day-use equestrian riders can access the trails from a staging area at the Northeast corner of Koeneman Park, as Rainbow Road is not recommended for horse trailers. The Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen have installed hitching rails and a kiosk at this location.
The trail follows an existing skid road to a junction that will climb through a mixed forest of pine, cedar and fir before looping back. The trail is rated easy, but there is approximately 100m of elevation change through the middle section. Two viewpoints are located on the trail. The lower viewpoint is approximately one kilometre from the parking lot on the left hand branch at the junction. The top viewpoint is approximately half way around the loop, just below the highest point of elevation. Watch for blueberries, huckleberries, thimbleberries, hawks, and fresh hoof prints.
Cars, trucks, buggies, tractors and carts.
Whether the ride is restored, show quality, a work in progress or just a working girl. Come join us on June 3rd for our Show & Shine, parade and Historic tour!
- Lyn Smith – 250 569 0312
- Linda Fry – 250 569 0138
- Email: email@example.com
Join in the Elks Pioneer Days parade at 10 am. After the parade head over to the Gigglin’ Grizzly Pub Neighbourhood Pub for the Show & Shine. Anytime after 12 o’clock, head over to Bell Mountain Motel to register for the Historic Tour. Then join us at 6 pm, back at the Motel for dinner.
Click icons for events calendar, weather, road and avalanche conditions, Mount Robson webcam and attractions. We have lots of snow! Snowmobiling? Click for current conditions. (Bell and Lucille are being groomed into late April. Renshaw grooming is finished for the season.)
Begin Your Adventure in The Robson Valley
With the snow capped Cariboo Mountains on one side, the majestic Rocky Mountains on the other, and the mighty Fraser River winding through forests and farmlands, the Robson Valley presents a healthy treat for the body and soul.
Explore forest-covered sand dunes near Tete Jaune, alpine meadows and glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and rare inland rainforests along the Cariboos. Visit Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies or hike through the Ancient Cedar Forest, an area undisturbed for thousands of years with cedars over 1000 years old.
Enjoy the work of local artists in our galleries and sample home grown goodness at the farmers markets. Check out our events page to see what is going on during your visit and explore the history of the Robson Valley through our local museum.
Come for a visit or stay for a lifetime, you are welcome in the Robson Valley! To find out more drop by the Visitor Centre and speak with our friendly staff between 9 am to 5 pm, or call 1-866-569-3366. The Visitor Centre is in McBride’s beautiful heritage railway station at First and Main.