Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Discover the Magic of the Wild Mountain Music Festival in Hinton

Every July, the picturesque town of Hinton, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, comes alive with the sounds of the Wild Mountain Music Festival. This small, vibrant event is a must-visit for music lovers and families looking for a memorable summer experience. Let’s dive into what makes this festival so special and why you should mark your calendar for a trip to Hinton this July.

A Brief History of the Wild Mountain Music Festival

The Wild Mountain Music Festival began in 2008 with a mission to celebrate diverse musical talents and foster community spirit. Over the years, it has grown into one of Alberta’s premier music festivals, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. The festival prides itself on showcasing a variety of genres, from rock and blues to folk and country, ensuring there’s something for everyone. It is committed to showcasing both established and emerging musical talent.

Festival Highlights

Incredible Lineup of Artists

The festival features a diverse lineup of both local and international artists. This year’s lineup includes Gord Bamford, The Sheepdogs, Romi Mayes, Celiegh Cardinal, Scenic Route to Alaska, Moira & Claire, Dylan Menzies, Nolan-Cook-Nolan, The Mad Jacks, and School of Rock,

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

The festival is designed with families in mind, offering a range of activities for children, including crafts, games, and kid-friendly performances.  There is a kid’s tent, too.

Stunning Location

Set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the festival grounds offer breathtaking views and a serene environment. It’s the perfect place to enjoy great music and the great outdoors.

Camping and Accommodations

The festival offers on-site camping options, including RV parking, allowing you to stay close to the action. There are also nearby hotels and lodges for those who prefer a bit more comfort.

Local Food and Craft Vendors

Enjoy delicious food from local vendors and explore unique crafts and merchandise from artisans. There’s something to satisfy every palate and interest.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Visit

Arrive Early: To get the best camping spots and avoid long lines, plan to arrive early on the first day of the festival.

Pack for All Weather: The mountain weather can be unpredictable, so bring layers, rain gear, and sunscreen.  The festival continues, rain or shine.

Stay Hydrated: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the festival.  If you’re camping, you need to bring your own fresh water for everything.

Explore Hinton: Take some time to explore the town of Hinton and the surrounding areas. There are plenty of hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and local attractions to enjoy.

Why You Should Attend

The Wild Mountain Music Festival offers more than just great music. It’s a celebration of community, creativity, and the beauty of nature. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or looking for a fun family getaway, this festival provides an unforgettable experience. The combination of talented artists, stunning scenery, and a welcoming atmosphere makes it a highlight of Alberta’s summer event calendar.  There are other festivals, most of them much larger, but the intimate size of the Wild Mountain Music Festival is one of its features.

How to Get There

Hinton is located about 290 kilometers west of Edmonton, making it easily accessible by car. The drive offers stunning views of the Rockies and the opportunity to explore other attractions along the way.

Plan your visit to the Wild Mountain Music Festival this July and immerse yourself in a weekend of music, fun, and natural beauty. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

All images courtesy Wild Mountain Music Festival.