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Little Hiking Festival a first for Cariboo area

Two guiding companies in north-central B.C. team up to host a festival celebrating hiking
Kate Pike, left, and Meghan Keir, are two organizers of the Little Hiking Festival in Wells, B.C., bringing together those with a love for the outdoors to hike and explore the area trails in the Cariboo mountain town. Guided by Adventure photo

Organizers of the Little Hiking Festival in Wells, B.C., said the idea for a hiking festival was something Meghan Keir had been thinking about for some time.

There are a lot of different festivals, but no hiking festival in the area, says the guide and one of the owners of Guided By Adventure professional guiding company, based in Prince George, B.C.

So the Little Hiking Festival was born – a collaboration between Guided by Adventure and White Gold Adventures, two adventure tourism operators in the region.

From June 21 to 23, participants will come to Wells to take part in the celebration of “doing hard things with good people.”

“We’re just super excited to have this community of hikers come together,” says Kate Pike, also with Guided by Adventure.

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The opening on the Friday will get things rolling with a nod to the solstice and entertainment, followed by three hikes of varying levels on Saturday to choose from.

Then Saturday night will be a range of live entertainment, from live music by the Interstellar Jays, to a comedian and karaoke.

A buffet dinner will feed the hungry hikers.

Sunday will feature workshops on photography, yoga and mushroom foraging as well as a gentle wander around Wells.

With about 65 people already registered for the weekend’s events, the organizers said they hope to end up with about 70 to 75 hikers ready to take to the mountains surrounding Wells with them.

The weekend will also include a few opportunities to raise funds for the Wells and Area Trail Society which maintains their local trails.

To register for the festival, go to Day passes are $45 and full weekend passes are $79.

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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