Canmore Folk Music Festival
The Longest Running Folk Festival in Alberta with lots of famous folk, blues, country, and world music performers. Visitors are quick to recognize there is indeed something very warm and special about the festival and the place, and it brings them back year after year.
The family event is usually held about the first week of August every year. I was here many years ago and would love to see it at least one more time in my life since I have not too bright memories.
Rum Runner Days in Blairmore
The Rum Runner Days are so much fun with a great and interesting historical background. I didn't know anything about this I arrived to the Crowsnest Pass area when the Festival had started. It was kind of like a fairground offering lots of programmes (and sweets) mostly for children. During these days the whole town gets together (or the entire Crowsnest Pass population?) and having fun.
Beside the family activities you will probably find many other kinds of events you difinitely won't be bored. This festival celebrates the community's culture and heritage. It's the biggest event in the area with fireworks at the end!
The area was a centre for "rum-running" during the prohibition of 1916 - 1923, when liquor was illegally brought across the provincial border from British Columbia.
The world renowned rodeo, fun fair livestock and manufacturing exhibition was begun in 1912 by four wealthy ranchers. It has grown and prospered into a globally-touted greatest outdoor show on Earth but at least definitely the biggest one in Canada. I was lucky to see almost everything in 1992 but not much last year in 2006 beside the opening ceremony in downtown. Meanwhile it's just fun to see the show and the locals even if you're not really interested.