Support Local: Enjoy a Festival-Filled August Long Weekend

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August 2, 2019

Visitors and locals alike can take their pick of festivals this weekend.

 From a rambling ride through Yellowknife’s historic Old Town to the banks of the iconic Mackenzie River, or further South to the world-class white water rapids; there really is something for everyone.

In Yellowknife, head down the hill to the Old Town Ramble & Ride for a free eco-friendly festival filled with local art, music, and vendors.  This festival is fun for the whole family and you may just get to see a float plane fly overhead to land on Great Slave Lake.

If a nice ramble isn’t your game and you crave some adrenaline fuelled fun grab your canoe or kayak and head to Fort Smith for Paddlefest.  Touted as a celebration of one of the world’s best lesser-known whitewater paddling destinations, this festival welcomes paddlers of all skill levels and invites them to play in the pelican filled waters.

Fort Providence has revived their local Mackenzie Days, a family friendly weekend on the banks of the Dehcho or “Big River”.  Celebrating local culture, historically it has been a weekend full of talent shows, dances, and hand games.

For many, these festivals may just feel like an opportunity to get together and have a good time. But it’s about much more than that for the artists, vendors, and other businesses and entrepreneurs who take part. For them, festivals offer an important opportunity to expand their customer bases.

And for visitors, it’s yet another reason to choose these spectacular Northwest Territories when planning their summer road trips.

That’s why the GNWT supports local community festivals like those taking place this long weekend.

Through the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, we invest through programs like the Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) policy’s Community Economic Development stream.

For more information on SEED funding, click here

So get out this weekend and enjoy your community festival — you’ll be supporting the NWT’s economy while you’re at it!