Special Events

Annual special events in Elkford include Wildcat Days, Winter in the Wild, a Remembrance Day ceremony and parade—and more!

With the support of community clubs, volunteers and sponsors, the District of Elkford organizes and hosts several special events for the community each year.

For more information about the status of upcoming events, to register or inquire about participating as a vendor, entertainer or community group, please contact Community & Facility Services at 250.865.4010 or

All our events are designed to be inclusive, family-friendly and suitable for all ages:

Wildcat Days

The Wildcat Days festival typically takes place during (or next to) Canada Day long weekend. The festival lineup changes each year, but it typically includes a parade, pancake breakfast, Canada Day barbeque, burger and refreshment concessions, food truck vendors, live stage entertainment, beer gardens, craft fair, farmers’ market, baseball and volleyball tournaments, family entertainment (sumo wrestling, bouncy houses, face painting, petting zoos, gold panning, storytelling, etc.), fireworks—and much more!

Did you know? Wildcat Days is named in honour of Charlie Wiegert, also known as Wildcat Charlie, who was a German rancher in the Elkford area whose hospitality toward settlers and trappers in the Elkford area was famed. Wildcat Charlie owned a ranch at Sulphur Springs in 1905. He kept a padlock on his cabin door, although everyone knew where he kept the key. He did this because he was the proud owner of the only padlock in the Elk Valley.

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Winter in the Wild

Join us for one of the wildest celebrations of the year! Winter in the Wild is a family-friendly, fun-filled weekend full of classic winter activities that takes place in February every year.

Events, vendors and activities change each year, but it typically includes pancake breakfast, fireworks, food trucks, skating parties, cross-country ski and social, turkey toss (curling event), tobogganing and social (bonfire, hot chocolate and hot dog roast), sno-ball tournament (winter baseball), Elk Valley Minor Hockey games, Rod and Gun Club hunting film tour and dance, poker run/family ride snowmobile fundraising event and luncheon, snow sculpture contests—and so much more!


Remembrance Day Ceremony & Parade

Each year, on November 11, you are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend Elkford’s Remembrance Day events to honour those who have fought for our freedom.

Typically, a service is held at a nearby church or at the Community Conference Centre, which is often followed by a procession to the Cenotaph (located between the Community Conference Centre at 750 Fording Drive and District of Elkford Municipal Office at 744 Fording Drive). A ceremony at the Cenotaph follows, beginning shortly before 11 a.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Each year in April, Elkford gathers to recognize some of the outstanding volunteers who help our community thrive. This event includes the recognition and introduction of the Citizen of the Year, a speech by the mayor, luncheon and social and family entertainment.

Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon

Christmas is extra magical in the mountains! Every holiday season, the District of Elkford hosts a Christmas luncheon for residents who are 60+ years and their spouses. This event is free of charge, requires pre-registration and often includes carolling.

Annual Christmas Tree and Gazebo Lighting

In December 2022, Elkford held its first Annual Christmas Tree and Gazebo Lighting. Read more here.

This event is quickly becoming a beloved new community tradition. Stay tuned for more information!


For more information about the status of upcoming events, to register or inquire, please contact Community & Facility Services at 250.865.4010 or