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Columbia Basin Cultural Tour Begins This Weekend

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Want something super fun to do this weekend?

How about something that immerses you in the culture that stretches deep in the Columbia Basin?

Then take a free self-directed Columbia Basin Cultural Tour on Saturday, August 6th from 10am to 5pm and again on Sunday, August 7th from 10am to 5pm Please consider5 pm

The annual basin-wide cultural tour is now in its 14th year. The 2022 edition has 84 locations, collectively featuring the work of talented local artists and showcasing interesting cultural and heritage sites.

On this tour, you’ll meet the people behind the scenes at galleries and museums, visit studios and venues that aren’t normally open, shop for original art and crafts, and enjoy special events curated exclusively for the weekend. provides a unique opportunity to experience

Nearby Rossland has four locales. Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre, Gabe Wolfe Pottery, J Schleppe Ceramics, TR Byhand. Heading down the hill onto the trail, the next stop is Linda Parson’s Delight Lampshade in Warfield and finally the Trail Museum and Archives downtown on the trail.

The Trail Museum is staffed by volunteers with knowledge of local history and local culture, as well as local and regional authors, vintage Trail Smoke Eater memorabilia, and temporary “Threads of the Past” items. There is also a well-stocked gift shop. Exhibits detailing the local history of textile arts.

Heading east is La Grotesque Gallery in Erie and the Salmo District Arts Council makerspace and gallery on Main Street.

Back in the Castlegar area, there are several stops, including the Doohover Discovery Centre’s Weavers, the Sculpture Walk, and three Robson Artisans, including Sandra Donoghue’s Painting and Textile Studio.

For more information about each of these tour stops before you hit the road, including directions and what to expect at each location, visit the Columbia Basin Cultural Tours website at

Click on the ‘Artist-Venue Profiles’ tab for information on all 84 stops.

The website also provides detailed directories and maps.

Great cultural tour tips:

Some great spots are off the beaten track, so fill up the gas and start.

Get ready to explore. Finding one-way streets and dead ends is an adventure, but don’t give up. A place out of the way can be a treasure.

There are many activities and events for all ages, but due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, please keep your groups small and within the ‘bubble’.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes. You may be roaming the gardens and yards to get to the studio. Sunscreen and a hat are good ideas. Even a bottle or two of water.

Plan to have lunch or snacks along the way. This is a great time to visit some new restaurants, many of which have outdoor patios with beautiful views.

Plan to spend at least one day there. Both Saturday and Sunday will give you the chance to explore further afield.

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