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14th Annual Swan Festival, Saskatoon Lake April 21 & 22, 2012

Apr 5, 2012

SwanSpring in the Peace Country, no matter what the forecast, is a time to welcome our beloved trumpeter swans home.

What better way to get up close and personal with Grande Prairies feathered treasures than at the 14th Annual Swan Festival?

The annual Swan Festival kicks off at Centre 2000 at 7:30pm, Saturday April 21, 2012. Acclaimed biologist Kris Kendall, senior biologist for the Alberta Conservation Association, will present on connecting with Grande Prairie’s reptile and amphibian neighbours. A wine and cheese will follow accompanied with a charitable silent auction.

On Sunday April 22, 2012, from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the festivities continue at Saskatoon Island Park, 24 kilometers west of Grande Prairie. Guided swan tours are provided with a small fee of $4/per person or $15/family. Tours last approximately an hour.

With hot lunch and activities for the entire family, taking in the Swan Festival is an ideal way to connect with Grande Prairie’s rich eco ystem.

The Peace Region is the core nesting area for the trumpeter swans among other waterfowl. Swans are very territorial, with only one pair inhabiting each lake. Our geographic landscape of many small lakes makes for an ideal settling ground for the birds.

Preservation and education about this amazing waterfowl, who were considered nearly extinct a century ago due to their migrating pattern between Alberta and the famous Yellowstone National Park in the US, is vital for not only visitors to the Peace Region but our own community as well.

For more information on the festival you can visit the event listing or contact Alberta Parks at 780-538-5350.

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