Columbia Valley Festivals and Events

The Columbia River Wetland also lies along the Pacific Flyway, so particularly large numbers of ducks, Canada geese, and other migratory birds gather here in spring and autumn. The northbound spring migration is celebrated with the Wings over the Rockies (www.wingsovertherockies.org), which is held in the second week of May. The festival features ornithologist speakers, field trips on foot and by boat, workshops, and events tailored especially for children, all of which take place in Radium and throughout the valley. At any time of year, use the festival website to source the valley’s best birding spots.

Bighorn sheep butting heads during the Headbanger Festival.

Bighorn sheep butting heads during the Headbanger Festival.

The Headbanger Festival (250/347-6455, www.radiumhotsprings.ca) isn’t about 1980s music, but instead the annual ritual of bighorn sheep rutting. The spectacle takes places through the last two weeks of October through to mid-November and can be witnessed throughout residential areas of Radium Hot Springs and even in the middle of the main street. The festival itself takes place the last weekend of October and includes interpretive talks and guided hikes through prime bighorn habitat.

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