Category Archives: Policies and Information

Alternatives to Campfires

Although the campfire ban is very unlikely to be lifted before festival time, there are still some things you can use for cooking and providing heat. The fire ban bulletin states:

This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

To read the full text of the bulletin, click here.

Campfire Ban

It now appears very unlikely that the prohibition on open burning will be lifted before festival time. Mark has looked into getting an exemption for the festival but the answer was “No”. So, for the first time in our history, we are advising everyone to be prepared for a festival without campfires.

Click here for more information on fire bans. We are in the Northwest fire centre.

Wildfires, campfires.

Our region is currently under a campfire ban. The information bulletin states that the ban will be in effect “until Oct. 21, 2017, or until the public is otherwise notified.” So, at this point, although it is possible that the ban will be lifted before our festival takes place, we need to people to be aware that there might be no campfires at KVMF this year. Here’s hoping that we get some rain before then.

Click here to red the information bulletin.

Clarification: Admission of Under 19

We have receive numerous questions about the need for minors to be accompanied by adults. The following is from the relevant coordinators:


Just to clarify anyone 18 or under, will  NOT be welcome on to the grounds (ie. camping, day passes, weekend passes, volunteering)  without a parent, guardian, and/or a responsible adult*. While in the past this was only in relation to camping, this year it is in relation to ALL passes.

Camping is the same as years past, in that ALL minors MUST camp right beside their “parent, guardian, and/or a responsible adult*”.

*(A “responsible adult” is not a 19-20ish friend. So the gate will need to use their discretion and judgement regarding this one. ID is a great way to help with this judgement. )

Minors will need ID.

ANYONE under 19 (aka. 18 and under) WILL BE required to have different wristbands marking them  as such.

We have advertised this in all our promotional material and press releases and have made it clear we have the right to refuse anyone entry.


There is currently no ban on campfires. However, there is still a ban on any fire larger than a campfire. According to regulations, a campfire is an “open fire that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width and is used by any person for recreational purpose, or by a first nation for a ceremonial purpose.”

For those who are not yet fully metric, 0.5 metres is roughly 19 inches.

More info is available here:

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Bring Water

Please note that there is currently a boil water advisory on the festival grounds. All festival goers are advised to bring their own drinking water.

Also, there is currently a campfire ban in place in our region and it seems unlikely that the ban will be lifted even if we get some rain. So, if you plan to cook while at the festival, you will need to have a CSA or ULC-approved camp stove.

See the BC Wildfire web site for more information: