Summer Festival Tips


In the Kootenays, summertime means festivals! Whether you’re jamming in Kaslo at the Jazz festival or feeling the bass drop at Shambala, staying healthy, fueled and hydrated will ensure you make the most of your adventures.

Stay Fueled at the Festival

Staying fueled with healthy, energy supporting snacks is key to making it through the day (and into the night). Granola bars are the perfect food-on-the-go and can pack a great nutritional punch, all while being portable and tasty. Make your own granola bars ahead of time with this Mocha Hazelnut Granola Bar recipe.

Stay Hydrated

Warm summer temperatures and sun exposure increase water loss in our bodies, leading to dehydration and—in extreme cases—heat exhaustion or even sunstroke. Beat the heat and stay hydrated with a refreshing and equally delicious smoothie. Click here for 3 great recipes you can make at home before you head out to the festival grounds.

Don’t have a kitchen or blender at your disposal? No problem, stop by the Kootenay Co-op for a made-to-order smoothie from our café or grab a ready-to-drink Mason Jar smoothie from our grab-and-go cooler. Click here to view our smoothie flavours.

Fun in the Sun

Now that you have some great options for staying fueled and hydrated, it’s time to make sure your outdoor fun isn’t overshadowed by a painful sunburn. Wearing a hat and seeking shade often though out the day is always a good plan. As is stopping by our Wellness department to pick up the most essential summer festival item, sunscreen! Our Wellness team is proud to offer only natural, healthy and effective sunscreens and none of those nasty chemical ones. From creams and lotions to sprays, sticks and lip balms, we have appropriate and safe sun care options for every member of the family.

To learn more about practicing safe sun, click here. 

Bug Off!

Mosquitoes or no-see-ums cramping your vibe? We’ve got you covered, the Co-op offers a variety of non-toxic, natural bug sprays. Pop into our Wellness Department to get some bug juice of your own, or try making some for yourself with our DIY— Happy Camper Outdoor Spray.