Chivalry could rule in Kimberley, B.C., as organizers mull medieval contest

By The Canadian Press
August 2, 2016 - 11:21am Updated: August 3, 2016 - 5:52pm

KIMBERLEY, B.C. — A southeastern British Columbia city could soon begin brushing up on heraldry, the chivalric code and everything medieval as it mulls a knightly proposal.

Two Alberta groups whose members take part in staged medieval battles want to know if Kimberley, B.C., would be interested in hosting an event linked to the International Medieval Combat Federation.

Members of Calgary-based Ironheart Vanguard and Blades of the Crimson Aurora from Edmonton travelled to Kimberley last month for a two-day medieval festival.

They liked what they saw and the organizer of the Kimberley event says the Alberta groups inquired about the city’s interest in a larger medieval celebration.

Michelle Forbes says it could be a good fit for Bavarian-themed Kimberley.

The world championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation were held in Portugal this year and attracted competitors from around the world.

“It’s relatively new in Canada, the biggest one of course is the Battle of Brooks at the Brooks Medieval Faire,” Forbes says of the Canadian event set for this weekend in Brooks, Alta., about 200 kilometres southeast of Calgary. 

The International Medieval Combat Federation has members from Europe to North America and Japan, and hosts historically accurate combat martial arts competitions in the chivalric tradition.

The Brooks Medieval Faire has been running for 13 years, highlighting everything from a jousting tournament to swordfights and mythical creatures in costume. (CHBZ)


The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the world IMCF championship was held in Brazil.

B.C. families of missing, murdered women urge national inquiry to get it right