Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a three-day festival held in the beautiful mountain town of Canmore, AB offering a buffet of for-fun activities. The event is a large-scale demo and expo that has a low entry cost and offers different ways to celebrate riding the Rockies. Check out the full schedule here. All activities are free with the purchase of a wristband (adults: $50/3 days or $25/day), except where noted.
Here’s what to expect June 23–25:
Demo-licious Days: sample the tastiest bikes of the season from the best mountain bike brands in the industry. Add-on required ($35/Fri & Sat). Limited tickets available.
Local craft beer hub: sample handpicked high quality beverages from seven hand-picked regional brewers and two distilleries. We’ll also have a free photo booth and other activities.
Bike Rodeo hosted by the Flannel Crew: this event features fun spectator events like huck-to-flat comps, adult tricycle races, costume crits and other ridiculous behaviour … you get the idea!
Family friendly non-race activities: check out group rides, shuttles and coaching clinics (coaching clinics are additional, fees direct to coaches)
Kids-only Hub: the kids will love face painting, digger pits, a skills & drills area, colouring and more! Find out more.
Secure bike parking: leave your car at home! We’ll keep your bike safe while you test bikes and participate in activities.
Soapbox Central: check out tech talks on mountain bike specific topics like bikepacking, gear, and trail building to name a few!
Representation from grass-roots mountain bike associations across the whole region
Wildlife safety and anatomy of a trail sessions demonstrating our commitment to responsible riding
Collaboration with partner-run, fun & friendly events like TransRockies Race Series’ Rundle’s Revenge.
Ride the Rockies Regional Trails Fund
Plaid Goat will donate an annual contribution to mountain bike associations; the groups dedicated to caring for the mountain bike trails across our region. This will be done by creating the Ride the Rockies Regional Trails Fund and distributing grants to qualifying mountain bike alliances. Learn more.
Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest is a new mountain bike tourism experience that will break down barriers, while breaking new ground. It will close gaps in our area to attract a growing market, which will enhance culture, economy and mountain bike infrastructure around the region.
The activities at this three-day festival will be different from any other event in Western Canada as it will align to the following pillars:
- Regional collaboration
- Celebration of our Canadian culture and the unique experience of mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies
- Inclusion and FUN!
- Social-economic reinvestment
Doggy note: as much as we love puppy dogs, the site we hold our event at does not permit them to attend.