KORE Partners With Banff Mountain Festival

KORE is proud to be partnering with the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival this year and will be attending the festival Oct 28-Nov 5 to showcase the outdoor gear being created here in the Kootenays.

As part of the partnership, KORE will have a booth on the first floor of the Kinnear Centre at the Banff Centre where a custom display will showcase equipment designed and manufactured by Kootenay-based entrepreneurs, from backpacks and tents to skis and headlamps.

KORE will also be hosting a Campfire Coffee Talk on the patio of the Jenny Belzberg Theatre on November 4th at 10am where attendees can meet craft gear makers in person, learn about the creation process, and discover tricks for improving the longevity of outdoor equipment.

The partnership with the Banff Mountain Festival is a component of the ETSI-BC funded Kootenay Approved campaign, which not only recognizes the outdoor equipment created in the Kootenays, one of the most renowned mountain regions in the world, it also celebrates the way of life unique to this area of British Columbia.

This is the 48th year the festival has been held had 2023 offers a lineup of over 60 live events in Banff including adventurers, authors, and filmmakers sharing their stories. There will also be approximately 85 films from around the world shown on the big screen, free presentations, happy hours with music, campfire conversations with special guests, downtown events and exhibitions, and more.

Guest speakers on stage at this year’s Banff Mountain Festival include:

  • Sonnie Trotter and Ashima Shiraishi: Two of the world’s most prolific climbers will kick off the festival on opening night
  • Leo Houlding: The UK alpinist will share stories from his latest book Closer to the Edge, which features trips to Venezuela, Antarctica, Baffin Island, and his home in the Lake District
  • Jeremy Jones: The legendary snowboarder and founder of Protect our Winters will talk about his new book The Art of Shralpinism: Lessons from the Mountain
  • Jess Kimura: The Canadian snowboard renegade has changed the game for female athletes and her legacy extends far beyond her accomplishments on snow
  • Mingma G Sherpa: The high-altitude veteran climber from Nepal will be on stage having a conversation with local climber and author Geoff Powter as part of the annual “Voices of Adventure” interview

About KORE

KORE is an economic development and diversification initiative managed by the Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise Society located in Kimberley, British Columbia. It is an industry alliance of outdoor recreation gear manufacturers and designers in the Kootenays and has brought together a network of 60+ craft gear makers and designers who have organically started up production manufacturing and designing in the region. KORE’s mission is to foster growth within the alliance through education, collaboration and connecting businesses to resources, grants, financing and capital, and to attract outdoor recreation product manufacturing and designers into the region to relocate or facilitate new entrepreneurial start-ups.

About Banff Mountain Festival

Since 1976, the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, a flagship program of Banff Centre, has celebrated mountain culture. The event promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas, and visions. Following the multi-day festival in Banff Alberta each fall, the annual World Tour reaches more than 40 countries on seven continents, making it the largest adventure film tour on the planet.