There are plenty of ways to celebrate Canada Day in the Peace River Region and, if you’re staying at one of our many hotel locations, you’ll be sure to find an exciting activity or a fireworks display close. Take a look below at some of the happenings around town and don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Pomeroy Inn & Suites. We’re conveniently located, with a wide array of beautiful accommodations, fantastic on-site amenities, and affordable rates. We’re also pet friendly! Make your reservations today.
Fort St. John
Head out to Centennial Park for an all day birthday celebration. The fun begins with a parade, which circles back to North Peace Arena. Then, right next door on 100 Street, the Fort St. John Classic Cruisers annual Show & Shine will feature some eye candy for classic car lovers. The World Fair tops everything off, with multicultural food vendors, clothing, games, and live entertainment.
Dawson Creek-Pouce Coupe
The Royal Canadian Legion will host a pancake breakfast at 8:00 AM, just in time to fuel up for the parade at 11:00 AM. Afterwards, make your way to Pouce Park for a BBQ, games, and live music. The evening ends with a bang with a fireworks display at dusk.
The Cheywynd Canada Day celebrations also begin with a parade, which starts at the new Visitor Centre, then continues in Spirit Park with cake, refreshments, face painting, and activities. The Little Prairie Heritage Museum will host a lunch by donation and there will be a free public swim at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre for those who want to cool off. Then, head out to Rotary Park at dusk for a special fireworks presentation.
As summer season is approaching, we’ve gathered fun outdoor things you could do to help you get the most of your trip. Check out all the best local places for hiking, biking and camping while you travel. Spend time outside with your family and friends, catch sunny rays and get back to the Mother Nature.
Camping |Dawson Creek
Explore Dawson Creek’s beautiful nature, as it has at least 4 camping and RV sites. Most of them you will find pretty convenient because they have all the amenities to make you feel almost at home, including water, power, sanitary dumps, toilets and showers. For those, who wish to experience a wilder version of camping, there are campsites in provincial parks available. Check these great places to hike around Dawson Creek: Swan Lake Provincial Park, One Island Lake Provincial Park and of course Kiskatinaw Provincial Park.
Hiking | Chetwynd
Another beautiful area in BC, Chetwynd can boast of amazing hiking trails. Most of the routes are well-developed, so there is no chance you get lost. There is a short trail hike for beginners located at Heart Lake in Pine LeMoray Provincial Park. During your hike you will get a chance to see flowers like Queen's Cup that blooms late spring till early summer.
Biking | Fort St. John
Explore the biking routes around Fort St. John! Check out the Cactus Loop which is just one of the top exciting mountain biking and hiking routes in summer. Being roughly 8 km of single track it usually takes an hour to complete. Maintained by the Blizzard Bike Club, this route is loved by many local hikers as well as tourists.
We hope that you’ve kept your energy level high during your trip! After spending wild nights close to the Mother Nature, come back to your comfortable room at Pomeroy Inn & Suites hotels. Enjoy the best amenities, soak in the pool and snuggle in your comfortable bed. Book your room now in one of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites hotel locations.
Alberta is active during the spring season as never before! See below for a variety of sport events you can attend, challenge yourself or observe an action. Hockey for guys, curling for ladies and a race for each and everybody! Stay healthy and active during this spring season, we can show you how:
Alberta Pond Hockey | Grimshaw | March 4, 5 & 6 |
Don’t miss this massive hockey championship in Grimshaw! See how the teams of four compete on a natural outdoor ice surface. Check the schedule and get your tickets to see this exciting hockey action and unpredictable scores. Stay in Pomeroy Inn and Suites Grimshaw and don’t miss fun events in Grimshaw!
Heather Curling Club Ladies’ Bonspiel | Vegreville | March 12 |
Join this annual curling opportunity for ladies under a theme “Anything Goes”. The day is going to be lots of fun: DJ, music, prizes for the best costume as well as door prizes. Stay for Saturday night banquet to finish off the day! Learn more about the event and book your room at Pomeroy Inn and Suites to stay with comfort in Vegreville!
The Amazing Race | Vermillion | March 19 |
Spring is a perfect time to keep fit and challenge yourself mentally, as well as physically. There is an excellent opportunity to do so in Vermillion this spring! Gather your team of four, invite family and friends to join you or support and participate in annual race organized by The Good Life Institute. We will meet at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites Vermillion for the finale. Learn all the details and see you there!
Choose one of our Pomeroy Inn & Suites Hotels for your spring stay in Alberta. Book your comfortable room directly for the best rate possible!
If you’re visiting Fort St. John over the holidays, you’re in luck — from Christmas markets to craft nights, there is no shortage of festive events happening around town. Book your stay with us at Pomeroy Inn & Suites to make the most of it. We’re pet-friendly and each of our 92 guestrooms and suites come with luxurious features including Hypnos Sleep System beds, premium linens, and Pomeroy Spa collection toiletries. Happy holidays from all of us at the hotel!
Christmas Artisan Market
Find unique gifts and support local artists at the same time at the Christmas Artisan Market. The market, held in Peace Gallery North, runs right through till Christmas Eve and offers a diverse selection of pottery, jewellery, knitwear, paintings, original prints, and more. Great if you’re a little late on your Christmas shopping.
Christmas Craft Night
Need to get some last minute shopping in? Travelling with little ones? Drop them off at the Pomeroy Sports Centre on December 22 for a special Christmas Craft Night where they’ll make their very own holiday-themed arts and crafts to bring home. The fun begins at 6:00pm and all supplies will be provided. Admission is $20.
Open Mic at On The Rocks Pub
Head over to On The Rocks Pub on Wednesday, December 30 for some entertainment in between Christmas and New Year’s. Every Wednesday is Open Mic night — everybody is welcome, so whether you get up on stage yourself or you just want to sit back and enjoy the show, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.
Don’t let the chilly, winter weather fool you—Dawson Creek is home to unforgettable fun, all year round. For evidence to support that claim, look no further than the region’s upcoming calendar of events, which is peppered with exciting activities of all shapes and sizes.
Here are a few of the upcoming highlights!
2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge | October 30- November 7
Hockey is Canada’s game. Up here in the Great White North, the sport is as much a part of most of our lives as our morning coffee. Starting on November 1st, visitors to Dawson Creek have the opportunity to get their hockey fix with the 2015 World Hockey Under-17 Challenge, which will feature some of the finest young players from Russia, the Czech Republic and of course, Canada! Best of all, this fantastic event goes down at Encana Events Centre, which you’ll find less than 10 minutes’ walk from the comfortable rooms of our Dawson Creek hotel. Find all the information you need on tickets and scheduling here!
Home Routes Concerts: Kevin Roy | November 17
More of a music lover than a sports fans? No problem. On November 17, head over to Faking Sanity, one of Dawson Creek’s funkiest establishments, for an excellent night of live music courtesy of Manitoba’s Kevin Roy. Doors open at 6:30, and the live music begins with opening act Ryan Maguire at 7:00. Admission will cost you just $20 at the door. Enjoy the show!
Dawson Creek Christmas Tree Light-Up | November 20
Feeling festive? Well, it’s that time of year! On November 20, visitors to Dawson Creek have an excellent opportunity to get into the spirit of the season with the city’s annual Christmas Tree Light-Up, which is presented in partnership with the South Peace Oilmen’s Association. Head downtown for the tree-lighting, some great live music, and of course, some delicious hot chocolate to keep you warm.
The fun never stops in gorgeous Dawson Creek, and the coming November is perfect proof of that fact! All you need to do to partake in these fantastic, upcoming events is book a room at one of our cozy hotels—and don’t forget to check out our promotions page!
Ever heard of a Bavarian Rodeo? Probably not, because, until last year, such a thing didn’t exist. That is, until the Oldstoberfest was created as way to meld German and Albertan culture while showcasing the best assets of the city of Olds, including the Olds College Hospitality and Tourism Program, The Olds College Brewery and the National Meat Training Center.
The big attractions at the 3 day event are:
Raise your glass to great bear in this authentic Bavarian bier hall, complete with long table, traditional german bands and some of Alberta’s best German-style beer.
This year’s headliners are country stars Dallas Smith and Kira Isabell, two of the biggest performers to play Olds in recent memory.
This rodeo might have a playful Bavarian theme, but make no mistake: the events are of professional quality. Come on down and watch some of the province’s best rodeo performers give it their all!
An all-access weekend pass to Oldstoberfest can be yours for just $79. Or, you can buy tickets for individual concerts.
The Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds, Alberta is a proud sponsor of Oldstoberfest. Book your Oldstoberfest accommodations with us today.
Visitors to Dawson’s Creek have plenty to explore, and we’ve compiled a little list of a few top attractions here in town just for you. Make sure to stop by our place, the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Dawson Creek, for the best accommodation at the best rates in town. We’ll see you soon!
Travel Back In Time At Walter Wright Pioneer Village
Check out what life was life before iPhones and (gasp!) the Internet! This pioneer village is a blast to the past with old schoolhouses, a fire hall with an ancient fire truck, a telephone exchange, a church, a blacksmith, a café and a few homesteads. The village is named after Walter Wright, a local with a passion for history, and close on August 31, so get in before it shuts down for the fall and winter seasons!
Cool Off At Rotary Lake
A man-made oasis of a lake, Rotary Lake has great summer swimming and lots of places to sit for a picnic, play beach ball games and relax with the family. There is a concession food stand and public washrooms onsite, but the swimming area is not watched over by a lifeguard so make sure you keep your eye on your little ones!
Catch A Show At EnCana Events Centre
Dawson Creek’s major events centre hosts concerts, shows and exhibitions year-round so there’s a good chance something cool will be happening no matter when you happen to come into town. This August 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., EnCana hosts the Touch A Truck free event and fundraiser, where you will get a chance to hop into emergency vehicles, work trucks, a Zamboni and more! All proceeds from special booths inside the free event go to support a local non-profit dedicated to provided transportation for seniors and those unable to use public transit.
Wander The Farmers’ Market
Grab a snack and check out the local artisanal talent at the Farmers’ Market. Find everything from handmade soap to preserves to furniture made by the people of the Peace. The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Dawson Creek.
An hour’s drive south of Dawson Creek lies Tumbler Ridge. What’s so special about the town? On August 1st and 2nd this year, Tumbler Ridge will be home to the ultimate Northern BC music festival experience: Grizfest. This year’s festival holds two days of great bands, plus a bonus first day. The lineup is fantastic and full of memorable rockers, so be sure to head to the stage and take in this great festival.
Day One – July 31st
The first day of the festival holds something a little different from the usual: a battle of the bands contest! Bands will compete for cash prizes, but that’s not all they’ll get—the winner of the contest will also get to open the Grizfest stage on August 2nd, making this a contest like no other. There’ll also be a contest for vocalists.
Day Two – August 1st
The lineup for day two is diverse and sure to please everyone. From the folksy Andrew Parkhouse & the Magpies to the rocking Aerosmith Rocks tribute band to the world-renowned Bif Naked to headliners The Glorious Suns, the stage will be full of all kinds of music going from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Day Three – August 2nd
Day three is where the festival really gets going. Educational act Safari Jeff takes the stage at 12:30 to show off his collection of reptiles—yes, we’re talking real snakes—even allowing for a hands-on experience. Then, the winner of the Battle of the Bands will play, followed by fantastic acts such as Prism, Puddle of Mudd, and the immensely popular Theory of a Deadman.
Grizfest will be sure to rock your world, so don’t miss. From the music to the setting, the festival is sure to be a smash hit, and it’s just one of the events near all our hotels. We have six locations all over Western Canada, so wherever you’re staying, be sure to choose our value and comfort. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
Dawson Creek is home many big concerts, such as the upcoming Kelly Clarkson and Journey, but we’re not going to talk about those here today. Instead, we’d like to showcase more local, talent, inspiring musicians who are truly passionate about their craft and entertaining us with their sounds. So from a bluegrass band to a pair of indie folkers to one of the greatest rockers of all time (impersonated, but just as good!), here are three of the best upcoming local shows.
Backwoods Revival – May 9th
In today’s world of pop music and electronic tunes, it’s nice to hear the authentic thing once in a while. That’s why this is the show to see—Backwoods Revival will be full of great original music, with real guitars, as well as plenty of country dancing! So put on your best stompin’ boots and your ten-gallon hat and come on over! This events is 19+. Learn more here.
Twin Peaks – May 26th
A seemingly unlikely duo of musicians at first glance, Lindsay Pratt and Naomi Shore make up Twin Peaks. But when they walk onto stage, despite the small size of their instruments, these two have a big sound. Hailing from Fort St. John, they’ve brought their small-town feel with them wherever they go, no matter how big the event (and they’ve opened for the likes of Peter Katz and Hey Ocean). Don’t miss them when they play Dawson Creek! This is a 19+ event. Learn more at their website.
Elvis Elite – May 30th
Those who still believe Elvis is out there living on the beach in hiding probably just caught a glimpse of Steve Elliott. This professional Elvis impersonator, known as Elvis Elite, owns the stage just as the great rocker once did. Singing all the hits, Steven—or should I say, Elvis—will be in Dawson Creek near the end of May, so don’t miss him! Check the king himself out here.
There are always plenty of great local acts in town and you’ll find them playing anywhere, but when you’re in town, don’t just stay anywhere. For the best accommodations in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and many more places, be sure to stay with Pomeroy. See all of our locations here. We look forward to your visit!
C’mon and Curl! Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown March 12 - 15
If you’re a curling fan (or perhaps even throw a stone yourself), you will most certainly know the names Jeff Stoughton, Nikolas Edin, Jeff Stoughton, Chelsea Carey and Rachel Homan. And if you know these names, you will most certainly be excited about seeing their famous faces during the 2015 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown happening March 12 to 15 at the Grande Prairie Curling Centre!
Tickets for the entire event are $25, or $10 per day/$5 per game at the door or check out Grande Prairie Curling Club for more ticket info.
Get those tickets now and book it to Grande Prairie for this Pomeroy-sponsored event! Stay with us while you’re in town and enjoy all of our amenities and features that will make your visit feel like home.
Stop In At The Vinyl Cafe With Stuart McLean: March 6
The motto for Dave’s humble Vinyl Cafe, “We may not be big, but we’re small,” speaks to heart of many Canadians. What is not so small, however, is the two million people who wait the entire week to tune into the CBC’s Vinyl Cafe radio show hosted by Stuart McLean - and he’s taking his show on the road with a stop in Dawson Creek on March 6.
You can’t have The Vinyl Cafe without Dave and Morley and the entertaining cast of characters who make up this audio wonderland, but the show also highlights new Canadian musical talent. This element comes to life on the tour as well, with live and recorded music by established and up-and-coming musicians of the True North.
Experience this truly Canadian phenomenon at the Unchaga Hall, just around the corner from the Pomeroy. Tickets are $37-$52 plus fees. More info here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.