Enjoy a friendly get together in downtown McBride on Fridays! The community market is back for the summer with a wide range of offerings that are grown, made or assembled in the valley. Drop by the Pavilion in Steve Kolida Park at Main and First, McBride to see what is happening this week. It runs every Friday 11 am to 2 pm until August 30, 2019.
The Dunster Station Museum is now open for the summer! Come and see the many photos and artifacts from Dunster’s history, and try out the new deck, tables, chairs and umbrellas. Open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 to 4 pm. For driving directions, read about Dunster here.
The 2019 Natural History Speaker series has begun. Come out to hear botanist Barb Zimmer with Men, Orchids and Mountains at 7 pm, Friday June 7 at the new museum and library at 521 Main Street, McBride. This free event is hosted by the Valley Museum and Archives, McBride and District Public Library, and the Community Literacy Program. For more information contact the library at 250-569-2411 or museum at 250-569-3000.
The weekend starts the day before, Friday May 31, in Kolida Park by the railway station with a honey bee presentation, kids fun run on the McBride Mountain trails, and a free community barbeque. Come by the Visitor Centre for details, we are open until 8 pm tonight.
Right after the parade on Saturday, follow the cars trucks and tractors to the show n shine. From 11am to 1 pm the magical model railway is open in the railway station next to the visitor centre. Activities for kids in Kolida Park include a bouncy castle, face painting and fire department bucket brigade.
Sunday June1 starts off with a pancake breakfast at the Elks Hall. Then head over to watch or try your hand at old time loggers sports. Lots more live music in the park, kids games, and ongoing tournaments fill out the day, ending with the announcement of a lucky winner of the draw for a whole logging truck load of firewood!
For more than 80 years the McBride Elks club has been organizing the annual parade and sports, first as Elks Flag Day on July 1, and for many decades since as Pioneer Days in June.
In Your Dreams: Let your fancy take flight at the Rec Centre with the McBride Figure Skating Club’s season finale show 7 pm Saturday March 9. Get caught up in the drama and brilliant music of another fine cabaret, Head Over Heels, by Wishbone Theatre in McBride Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, March 8-10, 2019. Cool off outdoors at Snofest Sunday March 10 from 1-3 pm, with free skating and skate rental, free curling (bring clean shoes), and head outside for free hotdogs and hot chocolate at Steve Kolida Park downtown, where you can try your skill in snowshoe and ski races or have a go at street hockey. See the events calendar for details and enjoy winter in the beautiful Robson Valley! Remember that the clocks move forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time 2 am Sunday March 10.
Come out and see what the valley’s multi-talented residents have been creating lately! Artwork, crafts, baked goods, photography, books and much more from home businesses will be on show 10 am to 2 pm Saturday 17 November. Admission $1 or by donation, at the Robson Valley Community Hall at 441 Columbia Street, McBride. The Christmas Craft Fair is an annual fundraiser for the McBride Parent Advisory Council. Money raised goes towards supporting student activities at McBride Secondary School. A concession will be hosted by school sports teams.
Remembrance Day in McBride on November 11: At 10:30 am, the procession will assemble at the Legion Hall on Fourth Avenue (next to the Robson Valley Recreation Centre) and head along Main Street to the Cenotaph in Steve Kolida Park for the 11 am service. At noon, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75 invites everyone to a by-donation roast beef dinner at the Legion Hall, prepared by Beanery 2 Bistro.
A one-time photography exhibition October 22 features the volunteers who posed for the 2019 charity calendar and the chosen photographs, plus a large exhibition of other images by Robson Valley photographer William Clark. Doors open 6:30pm at 241 Dominion Street, McBride, two blocks east of Main Street at the old library/museum. Everyone welcome!
Well known in the Robson Valley and beyond as an art teacher and painter, the late Trevor Jones immigrated to Canada four decades ago, his entry to the country assured after staff at Canada House in London saw his paintings of the Canadian Rockies. Shortly after his passing earlier this year, he was honoured by Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George where some of his recent paintings shared the walls with those of Group of Seven member Lawren Harris. Come out to a special two day exhibition in McBride to see his passion for our landscapes and for art. Opens Saturday September 15, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, followed by one daytime show Sunday September 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, at the former McBride library building at 241 Dominion Street.