FIVE LATE-FALL FES­TI­VALS

Vancouver Sun - - TRAVEL - TIF­FANY LEWIS Com­piled by Tif­fany Lewis for Des­ti­na­tion B.C.

Fall is the time for fes­ti­vals. Here are five worth cel­e­brat­ing.

SUNSHINE COAST ART CRAWL, OCT. 19-21

The laid-back life­style and stun­ning scenery along B.C.’s Sunshine Coast has long been a draw for artsy types. The an­nual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl show­cases the tal­ents of more than 400 artists — in­clud­ing painters, sculp­tors, carvers, metal work­ers, jew­elry mak­ers, and mixed-me­dia artists — at 165 venues. Pick up a brochure for a com­pre­hen­sive list of gal­leries, home stu­dios and shops open for your view­ing plea­sure, and be sure to take home a hand-crafted me­mento.

BARKERVILL­E’S GHOSTLY HAL­LOWEEN

OCT. 27-28

Are you brave enough to face the ghosts and ghouls who haunt Barkervill­e His­toric Town in the fall? Take a walk among the 125+ her­itage build­ings that line Barkervill­e’s spooky main street, carve a pump­kin, en­joy hot­dogs and s’mores by the bon­fire, and tour the haunted house — if you dare.

HEADBANGER FES­TI­VAL NOV. 2-4

IN RA­DIUM HOT SPRINGS

Want to wit­ness the raw power of B.C.’s wildlife in ac­tion? The Headbanger Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates rut­ting sea­son as bighorn sheep chal­lenge one an­other in a fight for dom­i­nance. The crack of their horns col­lid­ing can be heard for miles as they run at one an­other full speed. In ad­di­tion to the spec­ta­cle, take part in a smart­phone pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop, join a guided hike, and learn from wildlife ex­perts.

COR­NU­COPIA

NOV. 8-18 IN WHISTLER

This pop­u­lar food and drink ex­trav­a­ganza com­bines all the el­e­ments of B.C.’s culi­nary scene into an un­for­get­table 11-day event. Take part in drink sem­i­nars, chef ’s ta­ble lun­cheons, deca­dent brunches, ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, con­vivial after par­ties, and more. And no Cor­nu­copia ex­pe­ri­ence is com­plete with­out at least one sig­na­ture tast­ing. Crush, the flag­ship tast­ing event, features wines from B.C. and beyond.

FRASER VAL­LEY BALD EA­GLE FES­TI­VAL NOV. 17-18

There’s some­thing thrilling about spot­ting a bald ea­gle soar­ing over­head, or perched in a tree. Now imag­ine an op­por­tu­nity to view one of the largest con­cen­tra­tions of bald ea­gles around. Spawn­ing sal­mon mak­ing their way up the Fraser River at­tract these ma­jes­tic birds in droves, giv­ing wildlife en­thu­si­asts a chance to watch them feast. Take part in na­ture walks, check out en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­plays, learn from ex­pert speak­ers, and en­joy some lo­cal cui­sine and dine along­side the ea­gles.

MIKE CRANE/TOURISM WHISTLER

Cor­nu­copia is known as “where the wild meets the re­fined and the epic and the epi­cu­ri­ous come to­gether.”

All in­door events for the 2018 Headbanger Fes­ti­val will be hosted at the newly opened Ra­dium Hot Springs Cen­tre.

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