Annual Events & Activities

There are too many events happening each year in Vanderhoof to be able to list them here. Below are just some of the main events that take place throughout the year that are fun for visitor and resident alike. Please contact us for more information or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event announcements.


Migrating Birds (spring and fall) – Bird Sanctuary Riverside Park

The Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located on the Nechako River at Riverside Park, is a major migratory stopping grounds for thousands of Canada Geese along with many other species of birds including Trumpeter Swans, Northern Pintails, and sandpipers. Even Caspian Terns have been seen in the Sanctuary. A definite stop for avid bird watchers to add to their life list.

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Wild Goose Chase (May)

Runners come together to chase the great goose in Vanderhoof. Choose either a 5km or 8km run, jog, walk through Vanderhoof which is becoming a bigger and bigger event each year (about 300 participants in 2009). From running enthusiasts, to the occasional jogger, to those who just want a good walk all come together in this great annual event to support good health and sport in Vanderhoof. Opportunities for volunteers.


Hooterville Hoot (early June)

The Hooterville Hoot is the car enthusiasts dream come true. Classic cars from around the north come together for this one day show and shine in Vanderhoof.  Always a crowd pleaser, these cars are on display for all to enjoy. Concession, races, events for children – the Hooterville Hoot is a true family event.


Canada Day Celebrations (July 1st) – Vanderhoof Community Museum

The Vanderhoof Community Museum hosts the annual Canada Day celebrations on July 1st. No matter where you come from, Canada Day is a great day to spend with fellow Canadians. Pancake breakfast, entertainment, BBQ lunch and fun games for the whole family are traditions at the Vanderhoof Heritage Museum Canada Day celebrations.


Concert in the Park (mid July)

The newest annual event in Vanderhoof is the Concert in the Park. Locals and tourists are treated to a full day of musical entertainment from northern performers. The whole family comes out, sets up their chairs and blankets and relaxes for the day. A must see if in Vanderhoof in July.


Airshow (mid August)

Resurected after over a decade, the Vanderhoof Airshow is alive and strong. With a hangar party, displays, fly-overs and a lot of fun, the Vanderhoof Airshow has become another annual event not to miss.


Nechako Valley Exhibition / Fall Fair (third weekend in August)

The third weekend in August is always busy at the Nechako Valley Exhibition Grounds. Equestrian riders, cattle breeders, pie bakers, and candy-apple eaters come together and enjoy this weekend filled with animals, agricultural events and education, home baking and crafts and fun events for the kids. All are welcome to enter an exhibit and/or come to the fair; there is something for everyone and fun for the whole family.

Contact the Nechako Valley Exhibition Society for more information.


Pumpkin Walk (October 31st) – Riverside Park

Halloween is a community event in Vanderhoof. The Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce hosts this magical night of jack-o-lanterns and sparkling fireworks. School children and seniors carve the pumpkins, which are then placed along the roads through Riverside Campground in the annual Pumpkin Walk on October 31. Candy and hot chocolate are given out by volunteers to children and adults alike. After the pumpkin walk, the community fills Riverside Park for the fireworks show. It is a safe and fun way to spend Halloween night.


Parade of Lights and Midnight Madness (first Saturday in December)

The Vanderhoof Parade of Lights, hosted by the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce, is one of the largest of its kind in BC. Businesses and clubs in Vanderhoof adorn floats and trucks with hundreds of sparkling Christmas lights. The parade runs through the main streets of Vanderhoof and is enjoyed by residents and visitors from the area.  Following the parade many downtown stores remain