Feel the spirit of the mountains next week

There has been some amazing community support behind this year’s Spirit of the Mountains Festival, coordinators report, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

There has been some amazing community support behind this year’s Spirit of the Mountains Festival, coordinators report, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

The Spirit of the Mountains Festival is one that was transferred to the Town in mid-November, and since then, planning has gone full speed ahead, Director of Recreation, Parks and Culture Andrew Hillaby said, who’s spearheading the annual event.

Since then 13 groups have signed up with events, ranging from sliding at Heritage Park, courtesy of BV Search and Rescue, to a Spirit Climb by BV Pool and Recreation Centre, the Smithers Lions Club is once again hosting Jam Pail Curling, and then grand finale, the ever-popular Rayz Rail Jam.

“What’s nice is there have been a few new groups who have stepped forward,” Hillaby said, mentioning the B.V. Backpackers and the Smithers Snowmobile Association.

There are events for all ages spanning the entire week, and they hope to see plenty of people come out to enjoy the events throughout their home community.

“It’s going to hit quite a few different interests,” Hillaby said.

Events are still being added, Hillaby said, who encourages people to check out their website, www.smithers.ca, under the “events” section. Advertisements have also been placed in The Interior News.

“I really think we need to have something in the winter time and I hope that people do go out and take part in Spirit of the Mountains,” deputy mayor Jo Ann Groves said. “It’s important for us as a community to come together and to celebrate our winter and enjoy what we have around us.”