With the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada BC Golf Swing BC-based events over for 2017, you may think the excitement for this season is over. Far from it. The BC events calendar is jam-packed for the rest of the year, filled with all things good. Follow our guide to the hottest happenings on the BC events calendar and golf, eat, drink and be merry.
The Event: PGA TOUR Champions – Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
What: The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is an official event on PGA Champions TOUR featuring the world’s premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US$ 2 million purse.
Where: Tournament play at the Pacific Links Championship will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Victoria, British Columbia.
When: September 11th – September 17th 2017.
Golf the Region: Golf courses in and around the provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island are many – and all quite spectacular. Stay close to the action and golf the Victoria courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail – Olympic View, Bear Mountain – Bear and Mountain Courses, Arbutus Ridge and Highland Pacific are all 40 minutes or less from downtown.
Golf in British Columbia has long been revered by those in the know. But the province is also increasingly a recognized destination for foodies from all over. Great food, wine, beer and more can be found everywhere in this province – from world-renowned restaurants to local mom-and-pop diners in the tiniest of BC towns. The best way to experience what the BC food fuss is all about though, is at one of the many food and drink festivals all over the province.
The Event: Kamloops RibFest
What: Over three days in August, Kamloops has become the place to be in BC. Back for its sixth annual event, the Interior Savings Daybreak Rotary Ribfest, offers fun for the whole family: live entertainment, vendors, refreshments, a Family Fun Zone and, of course, award-winning ribs. All of the ribs.
Where: Riverside Park, Kamloops
When: August 11-13
Golf the Region: Kamloops has been coined the hottest market in Canadian golf, a literal nod to its location on the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert and a corresponding eight-month long golf season, and a figurative nod to the impeccable golf courses designed by world famous golf architects, including Robert Trent Jones Sr., Graham Cooke, and Thomas McBroom.
The Event: Feast of Fields
What: Feast of Fields are FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual local food celebrations and fundraiser, held each year on a different farm in the Okanagan Valley, in Metro Vancouver and on Southern Vancouver Island to support sustainable agriculture and celebrate local food. The past 21 years have seen 50 Feasts with 21 events in Metro Vancouver, 19 on Vancouver Island and 7 in the Okanagan Valley.
Where / When: Okanagan – Caldwell Heritage Farm, Kelowna, August 13 / Vancouver Island – Ravenhill Herb Farm, Saanichton, August 27 / Vancouver – Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, Langley, September 10
Golf the Region:
Okanagan – 65 lush vineyards surround 19 epic Kelowna golf courses. Talk about a feast of fields and greens.
Vancouver Island – Vancouver Island has been named in the top North American Islands by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine for the last 10 years. The more than 40 golf courses may have something to do with that.
Vancouver – While most people think of Vancouver as a big city with its nightlife and shopping, it also has an excellent range of golf courses, many within a short distance of downtown. Bonus: greens are green year-round which means a 12-month golf season.
The Event: Great Canadian Beer Festival
What: Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with 74 breweries and two cideries in attendance, the Great Canadian Beer Festival is the longest running, and one of the largest craft-only festivals in Canada. It is a non-profit society created for the purpose of introducing consumers to new brews and to raise awareness of craft brewing in the local community and beyond.
Where: Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
When: September 8-9
Golf the Region: You can’t beat Victoria on Vancouver Island for great golf and après golf. The courses in and around the city offer championship golf, city and ocean views, and easy access to “the cradle of the Canadian craft beer revolution”. Enough said.
The Event: Okanagan Fall Wine Festival
What: The Okanagan Wine Festivals are an experience for all who love fabulous wine accompanied by great food, unique events and a breathtaking setting. They strive to connect consumers through uniquely designed wine festivals and tasting events with over 100 member wineries across the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.
Where: Events take place throughout the Okanagan from Osoyoos in the South, to Kelowna in Central Okanagan, and Lake Country further North.
When: September 28 – October 10
Golf the Region: The multitude of championship Okanagan golf courses lie amidst more than 65 lush vineyards, with more than one winery for every five holes of golf. Go for the Wine Festival, stay for the golf.
The Event: East Kootenay Wine Festival
What: Fairmont Hot Spring Resort’s annual East Kootenay Wine Festival is a place where wine enthusiasts gather together to enjoy fine wine and good company. This sell-out event features many wines from some of BC’s most acclaimed wineries. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, local artisans, and live music on the slopes of the BC Rockies.
Where: Fairmont Hot Springs
When: November 4
Golf the Region: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort itself is your ticket for experiencing all that is great about the mountain golf genre – wonderful views, beautiful conditioning and a riveting collection of golf holes. Thirty-six golf holes to be exact. Boasting two championship courses – the Fairmont Mountainside and the Fairmont Riverside – you won’t have to travel far for a fantastic Kootenay Rockies round. Do stay a while though and experience the rest of the Kootenay Rockies golf scene – dramatic mountain golfing at its finest.
The Event: Whistler Cornucopia
What: Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual celebration of food and drink, has become something of a bucket list item for foodies and wanderers alike. For 11 days, taste-makers from around the globe embrace the palate, the plate, and the Pacific North West for the tastiest events of the year.
Where: Whistler – various venues
When: November 9-19
Golf the Region: Whistler is something of a bucket list item for golfers too. Home to four award-winning golf courses designed by internationally-renowned architects and players Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arnold Palmer and Robert Cupp. These expert course architects have helped make Whistler a world-class golf destination famous for challenging play and spectacular scenery by taking full advantage of the rugged Coast Mountain surroundings,
And Be Merry
To truly experience British Columbia, you need to attend at least one of these signature events, celebrating this province, it’s people, and a rich heritage and culture.
The Event: Victoria Symphony Splash
What: Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash.
Where: Victoria Inner Harbour, Vancouver Island
When: August 6
Golf the Region: Come a day early, leave a day later, whatever you do, don’t leave Victoria without playing a round or two at the many marvellous Victoria courses – none more than 40 minutes from downtown. Even better, why not stay a week and take a trip down the Vancouver Island Golf Trail – 250km of Pacific golfing Paradise and the golf trip of a lifetime.
The Event: Kamloopa PowWow
What: One of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada, the Kamloopa Powwow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage and a vibrant display of storytelling, song and dance in traditional regalia.
Where: Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Powwow Grounds, Kamloops
When: August 4-6
Golf the Region: Whether you prefer traditional tree-lined fairways, breathtaking panoramic views, desert-golfing, or golfing amidst the unique sage-covered rolling hills, golfers will find amazing diversity in a Kamloops round or three. Plus, they boast an eight-month long golf season.
The Event: Kimberley Kaleidoscope
What: Kimberley Kaleidoscope Arts & Culture Festival provides a series of visual, performing, and literary arts events celebrating community arts, culture and heritage. The event gives visitors the chance to see and/or participate in performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops in a variety of artistic events and activities, while local, regional, and touring artists get the chance to showcase their work, to receive performance or instruction fees, or to sell their artworks.
Where: Centre 64, Kimberley
When: August 5-12
Golf the Region: Dramatic elevation changes, spectacular scenery, wildlife, an away-from-it-all atmosphere, natural hot springs… golfing the Kootenay Rockies is designed to impress even the most seasoned and well-travelled golfer. Plus, did you know your ball flies further in the mountains?