Fall brings fading colors, cooler temps, and a change in tempo from summer days lived outdoors. Reset your body clock to mountain time with valley festivals that showcase Kootenay wildlife, wine and wilderness.
Sync your rhythms with the valley pace and head to Fairmont Hot Springs for the 16th annual East Kootenay Wine Festival November 3 & 4. This merry event features British Columbia’s most acclaimed wines in a five-course wine and paired dinner, live music at after parties and unlimited access to Fairmont’s mountain-wrapped hot pools. Back in your room, snuggle into a fluffy robe while sipping complimentary wine, and plan your next retreat from city life.
If you’re bringing children or grandchildren with you to the valley check out Radium Hot Springs’ Headbanger Festival November 3-5. Each fall bighorn sheep stroll the streets of the Village of Radium Hot Springs offering easy access for nature lovers to watch rams compete in head-jarring crashes. The festival includes family-friendly art events, a photography workshop, hikes, several presentations, and a banquet of autumn culinary delights with an entertaining talk by retired Banff National Park Superintendent Kevin Van Tighem.
If cooler weather has you dreaming of wide open places and next year’s adventures cozy up with popcorn at the Columbia Valley’s brand new community center for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Saturday, November 25. This international festival tours 150 cities and towns in North America and offers inspiring short films by outdoor adventurers and conservationists striving for wild places. Start the evening with pizza and wine or beer while gleaning local hints on the best way to explore away from the crowds.