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Festivals and Events

See what’s happening in the Cariboo! 

Ball Hockey Tournament
June

Held in the Sugar Cane Gymnasium on T’exelc land, the annual Spring Ball Hockey Classic hosts teams from around the area to participate in tournament play.  

Fathers Day Pow-wow
June 17, 2018

Held in the pow-wow arbor near Williams Lake, which seats up to 1,000 people, the event is a celebration of the strong T’exelc community and culture.

Williams Lake Stampede
June 29 - July 2, 2018

This World Famous Stampede hosts competitors from around Canada and the United States who compete in multiple premier rodeo events.  Catch live entertainment nightly and be part of this historic annual Williams Lake tradition.
(Photo: Kylie Forseille)

108 Mile Canada Day
July 1, 2018

Free local entertainment is accompanied by numerous vendors, kids’ activities, tours of the museum and more events that honour and celebrate our country’s anniversary.
(Photo: Monika Paterson)

Performances in the Park
July & August

A free, outdoor concert series takes place every Thursday throughout the summer in Williams Lake’s Gwen Ringwood Theatre at Boitanio Park.
(Photo: Rick Magnell)

Hot July Nights
July 13 - 15, 2018

Hot July Nights is hosted in Centennial Park in Hundred Mile, where dozens of hot rod cars are lined up along Bridge Creek as owners proudly show off their prized rides to festival-goers.
(Photo: Robert Fry)

Arts on the Fly
July 13 - 14, 2018

In Horsefly, BC, which sits between the Cariboo Mountains and Quesnel Lake, bluegrass, roots, rock, jazz musicians and more come together for a weekend’s worth of concerts.

Billy Barker Days
July 19 - 22, 2018

A celebration of Quesnel’s Gold Rush Heritage, with stage performances, dances, a carnival, a parade, a rodeo and many other events. The town is transformed into a festival ground.

Interlakes Rodeo
July 21 & 22, 2018

Held since 1990 in the Interlakes Region, this event plays host to a variety of rodeo competitions for people of all ages, with vendors and concessions to keep spectators happy.
(Photo: Thomas Camus)

Williams Lake Art Walk and Sale
August

Merchants, artists and buskers bring a vibrant arts experience to downtown Williams Lake.
(Photo: Willie Dye)

ArtsWells
August 3 - 6, 2018

The Festival of all things Art brings over 100 musical performances to 12 stages, and hosts 20 workshops, as well as children’s activities, film screenings, an art-walk and literary performances throughout Wells.
(Photo: Thomas Drasdauskis)

Quesnel Sky Fest
August 2 - 4, 2019

A three day airshow held August Long Weekend at the Quesnel Regional Airport. Aerobatic airplane performers soar through the sky, twisting and turning as spectators watch in awe from below.
(Photo: Elizabeth Hay)

Prospectors Club Car Show
August 24 - 26, 2018

The weekend includes a show-car cruise around town, steak dinner and dance, and the main event, a car-show-and-shine in Quesnel’s Lebourdais Park.
(Photo: Elizabeth Hay)

South Cariboo Garlic Festival
August 25 & 26, 2018

This garlic themed festival in Lac La Hache brings garlic-lovers together to see, taste, and smell garlic and a variety of garlic-filled recipes. The festival hosts live musicians and several vendors.
(Photo: Jeanette McCrea)

Cariboo Places

100 Mile House

The town is located on the Fraser Plateau between the heights of the Coastal and Rocky Mountain ranges and is surrounded by lakes, forests, meadows and ranchlands.
(Photo: Josiah Barkowsky; Spring Lake Ranch)

Williams Lake

The community of Williams Lake sits along the shores of the lake itself and is surrounded by rolling hills of sagebrush, fir and pine trees, and hiking/riding trails that lead to valley-views.

Quesnel

Quesnel is a bustling city in a river valley in the North Cariboo. Tall trees, lakes and rivers surround a busy town with a strong sense of community.

T’exelc (Williams Lake Indian Band)

The T’exelcemc are members of the Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap people). They have lived in lands extending throughout the Cariboo and beyond for thousands of years.

Cariboo Regional District

From the Cariboo Mountains in the east, to the Coastal Mountains in the west, the CRD is a diverse land of crisp lakes, high peaks, semi-arid desert, rolling forest and ranchland.

Wells

Welcome to the hidden gem of northern BC, Wells! Nestled in the mountains of the Cariboo, this is an eclectic community of art, history, and outdoor activities, filled with trails that lead through beautiful meadows.