Column: A busy summer filled with arts in the Cariboo

With summer underway it’s time to chart a course for participating in events and activities across the Cariboo!

With summer underway it’s time to chart a course for participating in events and activities across the Cariboo!

First up is Arts on the Fly happening today, Friday, July 10 and tomorrow, Saturday, July 11.

The festival is celebrating 10 years and has grown every year, bringing a variety of music, arts and dance to Horsefly, inspiring all those who attend.  Workshops and entertainment fill the days and I think you’ll find something that interests everyone in your family.  Definitely worth the visit to Horsefly!

Pick up a copy of the schedule on their website at

My summer mobile office will also be on-site during Arts on the Fly, so if you are interested in booking a meeting please contact my office at 1-866-991-0296.

The next weekend is Billy Barker Days in Quesnel, July 16-19, where you’ll experience four-days of fun family entertainment and activities.

The team at Billy Barker Days continues to do an outstanding job and with 42 years under their belt you can rest assured that they’ve got lots of old favourite things to do and lots of new activities.

This is a special year in Quesnel as the 50th anniversary of the Quesnel Rodeo Club will be celebrated and they’ve brought in entertainers and have been completing activities in the community for the past few months.  All the details are also available online at

Arts Walk also kicks off in a few short weeks in Downtown Williams Lake celebrating regional and local artists throughout the downtown core.

Bringing art, business and community together celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of Williams Lake and the Cariboo.   Art Walk guides will be available at the Visitor Centre soon.

The Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Association hosts the Art Walk and other activities and events throughout the year.

It has been a busy summer and it doesn’t look to be slowing down as the legislature will be back in session starting on July 13.

I’m pleased to have had an opportunity to visit with so many constituents across Cariboo North, which spans 33,000 square kilometres, in Big Lake, 150 Mile House, Likely, Williams Lake, Wells, Barkerville, Quesnel, Wildwood, Nazko and many other areas.

If you’d like to book a meeting please call my office at 1-866-991-0296 or e-mail me at

Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful summer months!

Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and is the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.