the most well known event in the Anahim Lake, Nimpo
Lake area is the annual Anahim Lake Stampede
in the second week of July. Rodeo riders come some distance
to compete in the various events. World class
rough stock is brought in for the Bull riding
and Bronc riding. You'll see some excellent
barrel racing and many
other top rodeo events. The Rodeo lasts
for several days kicked off by a parade, and community
dances in the evening are all part of the fun. If you
would like some real excitement, join
us in May for the Annual Water Skipping
Event in Anahim Lake. No, we're not talking
about skipping rocks. This involves snowmobiles
traversing the Dean River from start to finish
line without taking a swim. The fastest wins! Of course
the biggest challenge is not just making it to the finish
line, but doing it without dunking you and your machine
in the water! It's great fun and good for a lot
of laughs. You will find lots of great pictures
and a more complete explanation on how it all works
on the Wilderness Adventures Blog at Wilderness
Adventure May Week Three .The 'cowboy'
sled called Frankenstein are there and
there's all kinds of pictures showing a lot of people
getting very wet! The ball hockey tournament is held
at the same time and draws Native teams from all
over central British Columbia. There's a hot barbeque
lunch and a party in the evening after the racers have
all dried out around the fire.
Also in May, there are the Annual Canoe Races
that start at the mouth of the Dean River
at Nimpo Lake and end at Anahim Lake.
The route is hazardous and few of the racers make it
to the other end unscathed. Anyone can participate and
there is a dinner and dance at the Anahim Lake
Community Hall to celebrate the racers.
The Children's 139 Fund Raising auction
and supper is in February and is held at the Anahim
Lake Community Hall. The Auction raises money for children
in conjunction with the Variety Club Marathon in Vancouver
held on a weekend as close to Valentine's Day as possible.
About the middle of February around Valentine's Day,
many of the local resorts start their ice cutting
parties. These generally involve finding as many people
as you can willing to work at cutting ice from the lake
with a power saw attached to a special jig, and hauling
it to their sawdust filled ice houses (for storing clients'
fish on ice in summer). Wilderness Rim Resort even builds
an ice igloo with left over ice as part of the fun.
The best part is the big campfire, food and drinks after
to celebrate a big job finished!!
The Annual Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby is held every July and draws competitors from all around to fish for Kokanee to 2.5 lbs and Rainbow Trout to 2.5 lbs. Adult and children's categories so come join the fun!! Check with accommodations providers at Puntzi Lake for dates.
There are numerous other events occurring at any time
of the year in this area and in local communities nearby.
Everything from fishing derbies to flea markets
and everyone is encouraged to participate! Check with
your host to find out what events may be on while you
are here and to get the exact dates and times.
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