What is your travel type? Cultural Explorer
A Valemount Vacation for the Cultural Explorer
For you, a vacation isn’t about being waited on or spending a day by the pool. No, as a Cultural Explorer you want to do just that — explore. Socially responsible, you’re drawn to the off-beat. No tourist traps for you – you’re a spur-of-the-moment kind of traveller, who likes to see what each day of vacation will bring. It’s not enough just to see the sights, you must live within them, find out what makes this place unique and how it came to be.
Discover the rich history of Valemount and imagine yourself as the pioneers must have felt. Touch the pitted and chipped remnants of a chimney stack at Tete Jaune Cache. Close your eyes and imagine the hustle and bustle of a day gone by, back when the streets were muddy and bustling with life. Prospectors, fur traders and explorers like yourself arrived here in the 19th century. Railroaders improved the access, and prosperity came in its wake.
Explore the history of the Robson Valley at the Valemount Museum, find cultured guides to take you right into the heart of the wilderness that surrounds you, along trails that have been used by explorers and animals for centuries.
Embrace the spirit of adventure that those who live here are so well known for. Come eat and drink with us at our local pub and dance the night away after our annual rodeo and Mud Races. Join us when the valley fills with song in the heart of the summer during the Robson Valley Music Festival. Come back in winter and take a sleigh ride through the forest, pulled by a team of dogs.
Search for Sasquatch
Valemount’s William Roe made the last “official” Sasquatch sighting in 1955. Now it’s your turn to pursue the elusive creature. Roe spotted the beast near a patch of low brush at the site of the old Mica Mine near Tete Jaune Cache. For years people have been drawn to the area, captivated by his story and determined to see for themselves. Come and have a look — scour the trail (make sure to bring a camera just in case). Or stay in town and give downtown Big Foot Trail a look; drink in the quirky local history that Roe’s sighting helped establish. The Bigfoot Trail is a 4 km (2.5 mi) walking loop through the village and rewards wanderers with fantastic mountain views along the way. Meander along the trail, past shops, restaurants and cafes. Stop in at Centennial Park, visit the Valemount Museum on the old side of town and drink in the small-town vibe and hospitality the village has to offer.
Two skis and a heartbeat
Peace. Feel it here when you cross country ski through the trees and in the mountains above you. Feel it in the wind that buffets your face as you take stride after stride, making fresh cuts in the snow. Hear it in the call of the birds and listen closely — it’s there deep inside you, in the sound of your own heartbeat as it thrums a melody in your chest reminding you that you are alive, you are living — and this is as good as it gets. Wake up in the morning and let your mood dictate how far you can go and what you can accomplish on the wide-open easy trails of Jackman Flats and Camp Creek. Easy loops for beginners pair with hilly stretches that leave you feeling breathless on the way to the top, and giddy on the long, exhilarating way down.
Discover a rich mountain history
We invite you to step into our history and envision yourself in a time when being a pioneer meant risking everything; when winters were sharp, bitter and seemed everlasting, and when Mother Nature could be both generous and cruel. The Valemount Museum is awash with local history — the building itself the home of former Grand Trunk Railway station. Take a self-guided tour or be led through the exhibits by our friendly staff. Within the displays of antique tools and furniture you’ll develop a deep appreciation for the tenacity of our first settlers.