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There are several events througout the year in the West Chilcotin but since many are often dependant on weather, dates are rarely consistant year to year. Check with locals in the area you plan to visit to get firm dates for events.

In the spring, usually around May shortly after ice off, there is the annual canoe race on the Dean River. Competitors leave from the public boat launch, paddle on Nimpo Lake to where the Dean exits the lake, and follow it down to the Stampede Grounds in Anahim Lake. It can be very challenging some years, loads of fun, and there are often dunkings. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Usually in May but sometimes in June if the Dean River is too high from spring runoff, the Ulkatcho Band holds its annual Waterskipping race. This involves riding a snowmobile on the river (yes, you heard right) as fast as you can go around several bends, (very tricky) for a couple of miles down to the Stampede grounds where the river widens out enough to get turned around and back up to the start point. Few make it. Most machines end up drowning and have to be recovered while the rider, also in the water, hangs onto a tether to identify where the machine is in the bottom of the river. Anyone can participate but it's more fun and very advisable to just watch.

Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake areas and Tatla Lake have an annual snowmobile poker run mid winter to March but dates vary according to conditions.

Anahim Lake always holds its Annual Anahim Lake Stampede one week after the Williams Lake Stampede anywhere from the second to third weekend in July. It's a three day event with a parade and lots of riders arrive from all over BC and Alberta to compete.

The BC Floatplane Association usually has an annual fly-in to Nimpo Lake in the middle of July. Anyone with a plane is welcome but only BCFA members can attend the AGM.

Tatla Lake holds a film festival in April created to show works that highlight the Chilcotin places and people.

The Bella Coola Valley Rodeo is held on the same weekend as the Williams Lake Stampede (end of June this year), the Discovery Coast Music Festival in mid July and the Fall Fair and Logger Sports Festival is usually held around the first week of September at the Bella Coola Fair grounds. See below for a list of events in the West Chilcotin. See Here for more detail on some events and festivals in the Chilcotin region.


Anahim Lake
Annual Canoe Race - Nimpo to Anahim Lake
In May after ice off In May the Annual Canoe Races starts at the mouth of the Dean River at Nimpo Lake and ends at Anahim Lake. The route is hazardous and few of the racers make it to the other end unscathed. Anyone can participate and there is a dinner and dance at the Anahim Lake Community Hall to celebrate the racers. There is an entry fee and cash prizes. Dates depend on when the ice melts off of the two lakes so the event occurs around the middle to third week of May. Contact Cam at 250-742-3227 or Len at 250-742-3777 for dates. Start is Nimpo Lake, view points along the way. Finish is at the Anahim Lake Stampede Grounds.
Anahim Lake Rodeo
July 3 to July 5, 2015 Usually starts Friday night with a gymkhana. Saturday - Parade, rodeo, beer gardens, dances and barbecue. Riders from all over BC and Alberta attend this event.
Contact: Cam at 250-742-3227 for details.
Anahim Lake Christmas Fair
December Anahim Lake School Gymnasium 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Lots of crafts, baking, book fair and a bingo. Concession available. Contact the school at 250 742-3235.
Bella Coola
Bella Coola Valley Farmer's Market
June 1 - September 30, 2015 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Every Sunday locals and visitors head to the Bella Coola Farmers' Market located at the Quonset Hut on Highway 20, 6Km east of Bella Coola, from 10 am to 2 pm. It's a chance to
mingle with the locals, buy fresh produce, local honey and homemade goodies and get a sampling of the fine arts and crafts available in the Valley.
Bella Coola Rodeo
June 26 - June 29, 2015
Gymkhana, and competing in bronco riding, barrel racing, calf tie-down, team roping, bull riding.
See Bella Coola Tourism website for details.
Discovery Coast Music Festival
July 2015?
Musicians from across Canada perform rock to blues As well as music there are children's events, crafts, workshops and food.
See Bella Coola Tourism website for details.
Bella Coola Fall Fair
Early September
Fresh produce, crafts, train ride for children, dog show, dance, parade, and lots of food and games. Activities include horseshoes, ring toss and bingo, along with logger sports.
See Bella Coola Tourism website for details.
Nimpo Lake
Annual Nimpo Lake Poker Run
March 2nd, 2013 Starting at the Nimpo Lake Boat launch at 10:00 sharp. $5 per poker hand. Take a ride on well marked trails with a group comprising folks from Tatla Lake, Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake and as far away as Williams Lake. Anyone with a snow machine welcome. Family friendly. Parking available at the boat launch. Barbecue after to tally up the poker hands. Bring your own refreshments. Contact Leah at 250-742-3333 for more information.
Annual Canoe Race - Nimpo to Anahim Lake
In May after ice off In May the Annual Canoe Races starts at the mouth of the Dean River at Nimpo Lake and ends at Anahim Lake. The route is hazardous and few of the racers make it to the other end unscathed. Anyone can participate and there is a dinner and dance at the Anahim Lake Community Hall to celebrate the racers. There is an entry fee and cash prizes. Dates depend on when the ice melts off of the two lakes so the event occurs around the middle to third week of May. Contact Cam at 250-742-3227 or Len at 250-742-3777 for dates. Start is Nimpo Lake, view points along the way. Finish is at the Anahim Lake Stampede Grounds.
New Year's Party on the Ice
December 31, 2015 starts at 7:00 p.m - Fireworks, ice bar, snacks & barbecue, skating, curling with rocks made from aspen stumps, music, bonfires, Christmas lights, torches and fun. Parking on the ice and off. ATV's and snowmobiles welcome. Bring your own refreshments. No charge but donations for the fireworks are always welcome.
Contact 250- 742-3333 for details.
Tatla Lake
Artisan Fair Vendor sale and Uptown Garage Sale
Eagle Lake Road near Tatla Lake
May 2015 10 am to 4 pm - showcases the talented works of local artists and crafts people from all across the Chilcotin and includes a vendor sale and uptown garage sale. Cash prizes, 50/50, Chinese food, hamburgers and dessert table. Come out and support your community, have lunch with friends and maybe take home a few treasures. For additional information, please contact Karen at: karenandroy@xplornet.com. Fair located at The Barn Boutique 5652 Eagle Lake Road Tatla Lake, BC
Tatla Lake Gymkhana - Tatla Lake
June, 2015 Events; barrels, poles, scurries, keyhole, stakes, BCBRA. Games, lemonade, hangman, potato, ribbon races. Contact Brenda at http://www.chilcotinchatter.com for more info.
Tatla Lake Fall Fair
September, 2015 at the Tatla Lake Community Hall from 10 am - 3 pm. Special Events:
Clown & balloons, Surprise Games, Horse buggy rides
Petting Zoo & more. Various entry categories with judging by 3 different age groups. Farmers' Market, Vendor Sales and Demonstrations throughout the day.
Tatla Lake Christmas Craft Fair
November, 2015 Tatla Lake School Gymnasium 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Concession available
Contact: Connie @ 250 476-1131
For a list of more Tatla Lake Events go to 2012 Tatla Event page.
Puntzi Lake
29th Annual Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby
July 4th - 6th, 2014 Community: Chilanko Forks / Puntzi Lake Puntzi Lake is 3 miles wide and 7 miles long with a surface area of 4215 acres. It is at 3133 feet above sea level and has a gently sloping bottom from 0 to 140 ft at its deepest point. For information and reservation info call (250) 481-0080. Contact Info: Phone 1-250-481-0080 http://www.gobc.ca/chilanko-forks-puntzi-lake-travel/woodland-caribou-resort_3912
Alexis Creek
Alexis Creek Daze
July 20, 2014 A Family Fun Day with Activities for All Ages! Contact Persons: BEVERLY MADLEY - PHONE 250-394-4287 OR VAL TELFORD, 250-394-4269. E-mail
contact: valtelford@hotmail.com or bevmadley@gmail.com
Nemiah Valley
Nemiah Powow
Last weekend in July The traditional Pow Wow is a colourful display of celebration and dancing and occurs annually the last weekend in July. Dancers are regaled in different costumes with symbols, colours and artistic patterns that have special meaning for the dancer.

Rodeos are a favorite with all of our visitors. If you would like to attend more of our Rodeos, check out the Williams Lake and Quesnel Rodeos. The Williams Lake rodeo is always held on the first weekend in July (which can mean the last days of June) this year it is June 26-June 29 2015. The Quesnel Rodeo is held annually in conjunction with the Billy Barker Days. This year it is July 16-19, 2015.

 

Two guys in a canoe paddle hard to win a canoe race.
 
Riding a red snowmobile on the river to win a waterskipping race.
 
A horse and rider come around tight on a barrel race.
 
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