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Wings Over the Rockies Festival

One of the biggest and longest-running wildlife festivals in Canada, Wings Over the Rockies celebrates and helps protect the hundred and eighty kilometres of wetlands at the headwaters of the Columbia River. Each year, the festival offers over one hundred events and presentations to its participants.

Each May since 1997, the upper Columbia River Valley of BC witnesses the Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Wings Over the Rockies has benefitted from a long connection with Adventure Canada.

Bill Swan, co-founder of Adventure Canada, is also a founder of the Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Bill helped draft Wings' mission statement: “to foster immediate and long range positive action on behalf of birds, wildlife and habitat by utilizing and recognizing public education, research results, quality economic development and the skills and resources of our communities, balancing the needs of humans and natural systems.”

Adventure Canada has been a steadfast supporter of Wings Over the Rockies since the festival’s beginning. Each year, Adventure Canada donates a tour that is auctioned at a fundraising banquet supporting the Wings festival and its activities. Several Adventure Canada resource people have also been past keynote presenters, including Robert Bateman, Ian Tamblyn, and Danny Catt.

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