July 07, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Chetwynd, Festivals & Events
I had the priviledge of attending many events in Chetwynd, Northern BC, during the month of June. They sure had a busy month! The main event, and a very impressive one I must say, was their International Chainsaw Carving Championship that was held on June 11-14. They had carvers from all over - even as far away as Japan and Wales! It was very interesting to watch these talented gentlemen take a log and in only four days turn it into an amazing work of art. They awarded first, second, third, and fourth place prizes but also allowed the public to vote on their favourite one. They call it the 'People's Choice Award' and it sure wasn't easy picking one favourite! On Sunday the 14th, they then gave their carvers a smaller piece of wood and asked them to create a smaller carving in only one hour. These were then auctioned off to the public so we had an opportunity to take a fabulous carving home with us.
The local Visitor Centre also had some great events to help celebrate "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town" month. They started off by giving their local seniors a bus tour of all the local chainsaw carvings in town. Then they had an event called "Kids Fishing Fun" that gave the kids in town a chance to play some fishing games and learn about the best places to fish in the Chetwynd area. They then had a guided tour of one of their hiking trails and topped off the month with a yummy community BBQ!
Hats off to the community of Chetwynd!!