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The Headbanger Festival

Nov 5, 2016 9:30 am - Nov 6, 2016 2:00 pm

| $10 - $50
Headbanger Festival | Radium Hot Springs BC
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The Headbanger Festival?
The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep have been as much a part of the Village of Radium Hot Springs as are the Rocky Mountains – for decades and likely much longer than that.  They are a tourist attraction, drawing countless visitors each year to the community.

We look forward to their annual descent from the higher elevations to their winter campground in the village each autumn.  We watch them cross the highway and head into the village with the latest crop of youngsters. We may complain about their munching the grass on our lawns and the leaves from the trees and they are hazzardous to drivers on the roads, but we can’t help but be fascinated by this yearly return, like clockwork, to our village.

One of the most amazing events to watch is the annual rut in which the rams compete for the ewes by challenging each other with butting contests. They charge each other at more than 20 km an hour, banging their heads together with a cracking noise that can often be heard a mile away.

The Headbanger Festival is a weekend-long celebration of this annual event. It’s a fun event and we get to be up close and personal with the Bighorn sheep at the same time.

This year’s event schedule goes as follows:


  • 9:30 AM – register in the hotel banquet room
  • 10:00 AM – ‘The Bighorn Experience’ – an interactive discussion with Kent Kebe  about the bighorn sheep and other local wildlife
  • 12:00 to 1:00 PM – Lunch (you’re on your own for this one)
  • 1:00 to 2:15 PM – WildsafeBC’s Andrea Smillie will facilitate an interactive discussion about the village’s wildlife issues and how to avoid human interaction problems
  • 2:30 to 4:00 PM – Barb Butchart and ethical wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence from Creston present on the photography of wildlife
  • 4:00 to 6:00 PM – Time for festival registrants to explore the villageon their own, photograph the sheep and relax before dinner
  • 6:00 to 9:00 PM – Dinner with Charlie Russell, founding director of the Pacific Rim Grizzly Bear Co-Existence Study. He will be sharing stories of his experiences.


  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – A creative, interactive wildlife art workshop for families, facilitiated by Andrea Smillie and Black Star Studios
  • 12:30 to 2:00 PM – Choose between 2 interpretive hikes – the Vegetation & Wildlife Corridor along Sinclair Creek – or the Redstreak Restoration Areas


  • Adults (13+ years) $50
  • Children (5 to 12 yrs) $20
  • Adult dinner with Charlie Russell only $30
  • Child dinner with Charlie Russell only $20
  • Individual workshops $10 per person

Keep up to date with the festival at: http://radiumhotsprings.com/listing/headbanger-festival/

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Best Western Plus Prestige Inn
7493 Main St W
Radium Hot Springs,BCV0A 1M0Canada

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