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A collection of small-town arts and culture

These are some of the top quaint-yet-artistic Canadian communities

Wendy Provins displays her art at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos, B.C. Photo courtesy Wendy Provins
Wendy Provins is one of the talented artists who has displayed their art at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos, B.C. — Photo courtesy Wendy Provins

When RVing in Canada, you might have a certain goal in mind. Some seek outdoor recreation, others prefer indoor entertainment, but nearly everyone can appreciate a vibrant arts and culture scene. These are some must-visit communities you will want to spend time in if you’re seeking an artistic excursion.

Osoyoos, B.C.

Known for its wildlife and wineries, Osoyoos also has a number of galleries showcasing local and non-local art. There are several artists’ groups that are active in the area, including the Osoyoos Potters, Artists on Main, the Osoyoos Photography Club, O’s Own Writers, the Osoyoos Wood Carvers, the Osoyoos Quilters Guild, the Marcotte Music Studio, the South Okanagan Amateur Players and Osoyoos Music in the Park. 

For more information, check out this article about arts and culture in Osoyoos.

Christina Lake, B.C.

If you come to Christina Lake, be sure to stop by the Christina Lake Welcome & Arts Centre. It is run by the Christina Lake Arts & Artisans Society (CLAAS). This recognized charity organizes art festivals, live musical performances, and art classes in a variety of mediums.

For more information, check out this article about arts and culture in Christina Lake.

Qualicum Beach, B.C.

Dotted with galleries and studios galore, Qualicum Beach is an imperative stop for any art lover. Try your hand at glass blowing, shop for jewelry and art pieces at the Salish Sea Market in Bowser or choose from the many classes and workshops offered by local artists.

For more information, check out this article about arts and culture in Qualicum Beach.

Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Wetaskiwin has a number of galleries and other sites of artistic and cultural interest. The Wild West Gallery in the Wetaskiwin Mall sells one-of-a-kind First Nations crafts, blankets, beadwork and other treasures. The Caelin Art Gallery features photos by Leon Strembitsky, and you can also find murals, watercolours and oils, along with music created by Colleen McGinnis. Dalcon Visual Arts is another choice for checking out local talent, or you can visit the Wetaskiwin Allied Arts & Crafts Centre and learn how to create your own masterpiece.

For more information, check out this article about arts and culture in Wetaskiwin.

Fort Liard, Northwest Territories

Located in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Fort Liard is home to the Acho Dene Native Crafts Store. This store and gallery showcases items made by the Deh Gah Gotie Dene (which means "people who live by the river"). 

The products in this store were created by more than 40 cottage producers who live within the community. They employ their knowledge of ancestral techniques and utilize both traditional and modern materials. You can find birch bark baskets, moccasins, jewelry and mukluks, to name a few.

For more information, check out this article about arts and culture in the Northwest Territories.

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