Kaslo BC May Days celebration

Kaslo BC May Days celebration

COVID-19 UPDATE

During this unprecedented time Kaslo May Days has cancelled their festival planned for May 2020. We are hopeful that they will be back for the May long weekend in 2021. If you would like updates on their status please send us a note.

May Days

The annual May Days celebration in Kaslo, British Columbia started in 1892. It highlights the diverse culture of Kaslo, and is one of the huge events that welcomes in the summer season.

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Kids doing the traditional May Pole dance during Kaslo May Days festival

Whether you are a vintage car enthusiast, skate boarder, logging sports lover or simply enjoy the sunshine, there's something for everyone.

Logger Sports

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A woman running on a log floating in water during Kaslo Logger Sports

The May Days celebrations include some year after year traditions including the logging sports competitions, which bring loggers from the United States and across Canada to vie for prizes. The logger sports grounds are on the shore of Kootenay Lake. It’s a big part of the Kaslo May Days celebration and is a 2-day show. Admission is free!

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Two people using a large saw to saw through a log during Kaslo Logger Sports

Competitions include:

  • Tree Climbing
  • Log Rolling
  • Axe Throwing
  • Springboard Chopping

Show and Shine

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A vintage yellow car during the Kaslo Show n Shine at Kaslo May Days Festival

The annual Show and Shine in Kaslo has now been running for over 20 years! Expect to be wowed by cars from the 1930s all the way to some rare vintage Mustangs from the 1960s and 70s. The show is typically on Sunday, with cars lining the historic downtown all day long. If you are unfamiliar with Kaslo, one of the many features of this village are its roads, which, with their well-maintained curves and incredible views of both mountains and lake a joy to drive.

May Days Full Schedule

Other events on the weekend schedule include:

  • May Days Parade
  • Softball Tournament
  • Garden Fest
  • Bird Watching
  • River Trail Walk
  • Horse Demonstration
  • Kids’ Fun Races
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Skate Park Demonstration
  • Helicopter Tours

The full schedule for this year is available on the Kaslo Chamber of Commerce website.

The Story of Kaslo

As the oldest incorporated village in the Kootenays, Kaslo began not as a mining town, but as a logging town. In 1893, Kaslo was incorporated, and by 1897, it had telephone and electrical service, a brewery, a cigar factory, as well as many hotels and bars. The silver mining boom came to Kaslo, but when that went bust, Kaslo went silent for a period of time, reinventing itself in agriculture in the twentieth century.

Kaslo was one of many Kootneay areas designated for the relocation and internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. The Langham Cultural Centre commemorates this deeply sad and unfortunate era in Kootenay history, and the Joy Kogawa book, Obasan, tells the story of one family's internment in the area. 

Now, Kaslo relies on both logging and tourism to support its population of just over 1,000 people. It is often called the "Little Switzerland" of the Nelson Kootenay Lake region because of its charming picturesque village right on the west arm of Kootenay Lake, surrounded by mountains. 

Plan Your Trip to Kaslo

Explore our site to find places to stay, eat, and learn more about Kaslo.

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