Saskatoon Lake Becomes Swan Lake for 15th Annual Festival
Apr 17, 2013
The natural elegance of a trumpeter swan puts even the most graceful ballet dancer to shame. On April 20 and 21, Tchaikovsky's titular birds, some of Northern Alberta's most beautiful wild residents, take center stage for the 15th Annual Swan Festival.
The Friends of Saskatoon Island and Alberta Parks host this popular celebration every spring as the majestic trumpeter swans reclaim their place on the lakes surrounding Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, near Grande Prairie.
Swans won't be the only of Alberta's abundant wildlife to make an appearance. The 15th Annual Swan Festival begins on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation from producer and cinematographer Andrew Manske.
An accomplished wildlife filmmaker, Manske will show fascinating footage of wolves in their natural habitat. The Manske presentation will be followed wine and cheese, music, and a silent auction.
The next day, attendees will get the chance to see the swans for themselves, with bus tours out to their habitats on the lakes. The family-friendly fun will also include lunch, face painting, activities, and crafts. If living creatures aren't enough for the animal lovers in attendance, the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative, a group building a dinosaur museum nearby, will have a display.