September 05, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Festivals & Events
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Just outside of Dawson Creek in the hamlet of Rolla, a yearly Music & Arts Festival is held each September. The talented artists come from all over western Canada to participate in this jewel of an event.
I've gone every year as an enthusiastic supporter and am continually amazed at how far people travel to enjoy this festival. A field of campers and tents attest to the numbers and dedication.
The festival is held on a private working farm and the artistry of the owners is apparent with each building and garden. All the stalls in the farm's two barns have been turned into individual art galleries, there are films offered in Albert's Loft, the loft performing art center, butter churning and ice-cream making, stock dog-sheep demonstration and pony rides for the kids.
I also took a tour of the farm on a wagon pulled by a beautiful team of Fjord horses as an extra treat.
On Friday night, after a short but intense storm, we were rewarded with the most spectacular triple rainbows I have ever seen. We gathered around bonfires well into the night visiting, listening and dancing to great music.
Sitting on a bench near a flower garden, I especially enjoyed the Saturday morning offerings in the main yard. A group of women poets who have recently published a book graced an enthusiastic audience with selected readings.
If you are looking for something extra-ordinary, this 3-day event is not to be missed!