Check out our local culture. Events and venues for all tasks. From the ordinary to the extraordinary. From local flavour to world class,
Enjoy local crafts, farm fresh produce and artisan food and gifts at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market, every Saturday May – September (9:00-12:00 AM). The market is held at the Interior Whitewater Expedition Grounds on the Old North Thompson Highway ( a two minute drive from Valley Hideaway Guesthouse). Hungry? Come early for a traditional Canadian breakfast hosted by the local Elks Association. Rain or shine, the market goes on, with canopies set up to keep you dry or shaded as you mingle with the locals so be sure to check it out.
Across the street local arts and crafts, and delicious Helmcken Chocolates, can be purchased at the Red Umbrella , or at Kathy’s Market.
Summer Music Nights
Every Thursday night during July and August enjoy free outdoor music concerts brought to you by the outdoor music guild. These free concerts are a family friendly event and take place from 7-9pm. Concessions and activities will be available. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music underneath the Clearwater skies (in the event of inclement weather the event is moved indoors)! Location: Dutch Lake Community Center Park.
Your hosts at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse can arrange the loan of lawn chairs if you need them.
Canada turns 150 in 2017. The annual Canada Day Celebrations (July 1st) promises to be a great time. Check it out at Dutch Lake Beach 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo
September travellers be sure to allow some time to see the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. A half hour drive from Valley Hideaway Guesthouse will take you to one of the best celebrations of agriculture, livestock and western tradition held anywhere. The event began in 1950 and has since grown to one of the biggest and best gatherings in the North Thompson Valley. Featuring pony chariot and chuck wagon races, an outdoor logging show, heavy horse pulls, equestrian events, and open livestock and poultry competitions, the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo spans three days over the Labour Day Weekend at the fairgrounds on Dunn Lake Road in Barriere. The event also includes exhibitions cut flowers, baking, preserves, hobby-craft, art and photography, plus an open-air stage for live music performances.
If you want a taste of rural Canadian/Western culture this event is a must see.
Simpcw First Nation
For 10,000 years, the Clearwater region has been a home to the semi-nomadic Simpcw First Nation of the Secwepemc (or Shuswap) Nation. The Simpcw Peoples moved throughout the north Thompson Okanagan region hunting and fishing in accordance with caribou and salmon migrations.
Simpcw winter settlements were dependent on the keekwilli, or round pit-house with an earth-covered roof. Traces of these are found throughout the area, particularly at the North Thompson River Provincial Park. There are signs directing you to the keekwillis from the parking lot in the park. The park is located about ten minutes from Valley Hideaway.
In addition to aboriginal pictographs found along the shores of Mahood Lake, there are more than 50 archaeological sites in the area. Feel free to explore but most importantly, please leave things as you find them.
The pristine wilderness of Wells Gray Park is undeniably world class. There is a movement underway to have it designated with Unesco World Heritage or similar status to further preserve it.
Join us for the tree lighting, local entertainment, Santa’s visit and more at the Visitor Information Centre on the highway.
Explore Clearwater all year, we are more than just a summer stop. You can find flavours of local culture year round.