Learn about bighorn sheep and other wild animals that live in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Learn how to view wildlife safely, and take pictures you’ll treasure forever at the Radium Hot Springs Headbanger festival.

Radium Hot Springs Headbanger Festival 2017

All this and more awaits you at the 2017 Headbanger Festival, November 3-5 in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C. This is one of the most dramatic times of the year to spot bighorn sheep, as the rams will be ‘head banging’ during the fall rut, competing with each other for access to ewes.

The Headbanger Festival schedule features interactive hands-on workshops and presentations starting on Friday, Nov. 3 with a social evening for participants and presenters, and entertainment by Swanee & Friends.

The presentations get going on Saturday, Nov. 4, with the main workshop, on photography, presented by adventure and landscape photographer Dax Justin. The festival’s Saturday line-up will also include presentations on the bighorn experience, urban wildlife, and fire in the mountain parks. There will also be leisure time to explore Radium and look for bighorn sheep, before the formal dinner with keynote speaker, author Kevin Van Tighem, former superintendent of Banff National Park. The evening schedule will also feature a photography presentation by Dax Justin, with highlights from the Saturday photography workshop.

Sunday morning, Nov. 5, forest educator and children’s book author, Darcee O’Hearn will present a workshop on Legends of the Forest. The Headbanger Festival will wrap up with interpretive hikes on Sunday afternoon.

A family-friendly event, the Headbanger Festival offers something for everyone. You can register for the entire weekend (if you choose this option, the photography workshop fee is extra); the keynote dinner only (adult and children’s tickets are available); as well as for individual presentations. For more information, please visit RadiumHotSprings.com/Headbanger.

While you’re here, take time to relax and recharge at the Parks Canada Radium Hot Springs pool, one of B.C.’s most well known natural hot springs. Radium Hot Springs is family friendly and includes a hot pool and cool swimming pool with spa treatments available at the Pleiades Spa.