Experience our small town hospitality at one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, at our cultural attractions or local’s favourite spots to eat.
Come on in
As you open the door a quiet bell might sound. You’ll be greeted like an old friend and it’s possible you might get so caught up in the conversation that you forgot what you came in for. Settle in to Valemount’s downtown core and discover the fun of shopping when the owners are the ones to serve you, and they’re excited about your arrival. From a grocery trip to the local supermarket, to a night out at the nearby Cranberry Lounge, wherever you go in this community you’ll find a hearty welcome.
Discover what makes us unique with a guided tour through our local museum. Watch as the model train rides the track and learn about the pioneers and the explorers who risked so much in the development of this community. Stop into the Trading Post, where you’ll find local arts and crafts from the region’s most creative artisans, and take some of these unique pieces back home with you. The joy of a small town is its people. In Valemount, we love to share our stories and we can’t wait to hear yours.
Discover the true joy of a small town shopping experience as you wander through Valemount’s downtown. Browse for handmade clothes, arts and crafts. Treat yourself to a massage, or sink into the warmth and friendliness offered at a local café. Get to know our residents as you pick up some groceries for your camping trip, or take a tour and grab some bevvies from our very own microbrewery. We live here because we love this place, and are always thrilled to share that connection with others. If you’re here in winter and ready for adventure, we have knowledgeable outfitters ready to suit you up. If you’re here in summer and need a new rod or some tackle, you’re in good hands. In Valemount, we cater to the needs of our adventurous guests so you can create your own memories.
Arts & Crafts
You can feel it in the air as you walk through our quiet village streets and you can see it in the windows of the shops that line the downtown core. While known for the snow that blankets our mountains in winter and the enviable hiking trails that have drawn generations of explorers, Valemount is also known as a hub of creativity, chock full of artisans drawn to the Robson Valley by its breathtaking views and ample inspiration. Spend some time in any of our unique artist’s studios, galleries and shops and you’re sure to come away with a memento that’s uniquely Valemount.
Valemount Farmer’s Market – July to September
Fresh, local, wholesome. Winding through the vendor’s stalls, selecting from produce that was hand picked mere hours before — it just feels right, and it tastes even better. The Valemount Farmer’s Market offers so much more than just locally grown fruits and vegetables. Every Thursday afternoon from July through September in the parking lot at the Visitor Centre you’ll find local artisans and you’ll be delighted by the variety of unique items produced in our valley. Whether it’s a pie to take home for supper, a jar of fresh preserves, or an intricate piece of jewellery — you never know what you’ll find at our market, but the fun is in the discovery.
Imagine what it would have been like in the 1930s to have walked up these wooden steps onto the platform, awaiting the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific, already feeling the vibration and the distant rumble as it makes its way to the station. The Valemount Museum and historic Railway Station is awash with local history — the building itself being the home of the first train station. Take a self guided tour or ask for a guide. Within our displays of antique tools and furniture you’ll develop a deep appreciation for the tenacity of our first settlers.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Grab a lunch box to go before heading into the hills for an epic day of sledding. Spend and evening getting cozy by the fireside in a quiet hotel lounge. Relax after a day spent snowshoeing in winter or bird watching in summer in the rustic comfort of a log restaurant. Be our guest, and let Valemount serve you.
Whether your ideal meal is cooked under the stars and roasted over an open fire, or served to you at a quaint, family-owned restaurant, Valemount has something to suit every mood and every taste bud. We’re a casual group here, so no need to dress up, but don’t let our untailored looks deceive you. You’ll find gourmet — sometimes in the most unexpected places — in the Robson Valley, where our chefs have come from all over the world, drawn here by our spectacular scenery and quiet hospitality.