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Parks Day & Creekfest – July 15 2017

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 Saturday, July 15, 2017

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bow Valley Ranch, Fish Creek Provincial Park

Join us to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Fish Creek at Parks Day & Creekfest.

Alberta Parks and the Friends of Fish Creek are pleased to present Parks Day & Creekfest! Parks Day & Creekfest will be returning to the Bow Valley Ranch (south end of Bow Bottom Tr SE) and is a fun and amazing way to learn about protecting this province’s breathtaking natural areas!

“It’s always great to experience the fun learning opportunities available for families attending this annual event,” said Jason Kang, Friends of Fish Creek volunteer, “There’s a lot to choose from – whether it’s live performances, games, interactive displays, or guided nature walks. It’s an amazing event that gets people thinking about our natural environment while having a fun summer afternoon in the park!”

There will be amazing performances by Juno-award winning Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales, Alberta Parks Interpretive Theatre’s “Riddle of the Wetlands,” and local musician Jennie Harluk, an interactive presentation by the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, a Yo-Qi Wellness based experience, guided walks relating to wetlands, beavers and the new Atco native grassland project lead by retired park planner and founding member of the Friends of Fish Creek Wayne Meikle.

Kids and families will also delight in hands-on activities and educational experiences hosted by community organizations dedicated to protecting Fish Creek and natural areas. Parks Day & Creekfest is a fun way for children and community members to learn about environmental conservation and for the Friends of Fish Creek to uphold our mission of engaging the community through education and awareness to conserve a truly unique naturalized urban park. Food will be available for purchase by Great Events Catering and there will be exciting draws for prizes designed to help people maximize their enjoyment of Fish Creek, a natural urban oasis we are fortunate to have within the city.

Parks Day & Creekfest Main Stage Schedule

11:00 am – Opening Ceremonies
11:10 – 11:40 – Jennie Harluk concert performance
11:45 – 12:15 – Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society presentation
12:30 – 1:15 – Yo Qi Wellness Session
1:30 – 2:15 – Alberta Parks presentation “Riddle of the Wetlands”
3:00 – 3:45 – Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales concert performance
4:00 pm – Draw and Closing Ceremonies

Other activities

11:30 – 12:30 Guided Beaver Walk 

12:00 – 12:45 ATCO Native Grassland Walk with Wayne Meikle

1:00 – 1:30 Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales song writing workshop


This year’s exhibitors include AB Hunter Education Instructors Association, AB Institute for Wildlife Conservation, AB Native Plant Council, AB Parks – Push to Open, Archaeological Society of Alberta – Calgary Centre, Bow Habitat Station, Bow Valley Ranche, Calgary Crime Stoppers Association, Calgary River Valleys,
City of Calgary – Water Resources, Government of Alberta, Green Calgary, Kananaskis Outfitters, MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop), The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, Trout Unlimited Canada, Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society and many more!

Are you a youth singer/songwriter and would like to perform at Parks Day & Creekfest? Contact the Friends of Fish Creek at info@friendsoffishcreek.org

Access the Bow Valley Ranch from Deerfoot Trail or Canyon Meadows Drive, or ride, walk, or take the bus #83 Parkland from Canyon Meadows Station

Have you been to Parks Day & Creekfest? Like us at www.facebook.com/CREEKFESTinFishCreek

Sponsorship opportunities available to support this truly unique event in Fish Creek! To support Parks Day & Creekfest, please contact Friends’ Executive Director, Nic DeGama-Blanchet at 403-238-3841 or nic@friendsoffishcreek.org



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Parks Day & Creekfest was funded in part through the Watershed Stewardship Grant, a program of Land Stewardship Centre financed by Alberta Environment and Parks. Thank you to the Alberta Conservation Association, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, First Calgary Financial. Great Events Catering and the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. We gratefully acknowledge the generous donation from The Calgary Foundation that has helped make the use of “The Calgary Foundation Centennial Stage” possible.

Event Details

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free