Crowsnest Pass (Photo by Brent Calver)

Crowsnest Pass (Photo by Brent Calver)

Crowsnest community and conservation weekend

Crowsnest Pass (Photo by Carys Richards)

Crowsnest Pass (Photo by Carys Richards)

This September, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is inviting Crowsnest Pass community members to come out for a weekend of conservation and celebration.

NCC is hosting a variety of events in the area, from September 27 to 29.

Make Bohomolec wildlife-friendly on Friday

The weekend will begin with a volunteer event — Wildlife Wander — at NCC’s Bohomolec property. Located near the town of Coleman, the property is situated in a key part of the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor.

CP is the presenting sponsor of the Crowsnest weekend

CP is the presenting sponsor of the Crowsnest weekend

This event will focus on improving habitat conditions for wildlife in the Crowsnest Pass. Secured in 2008 thanks to a donation, the Bohomolec property contains critical habitats for wildlife such as elk, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep. 

The day will begin with a walk to look for evidence of wildlife on this conservation site, which will lead participants up to a scenic ridge. The rest of the afternoon will be spent removing old fencing from the area to facilitate the movement of wildlife through the property.

Join us for a cocktail party and gin tasting on Friday

Following the volunteer event will be a cocktail party at the Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge at 7 p.m. The evening will feature tunes by a local musician and local food. Guests will also be able to enjoy a gin-tasting station and cash bar featuring Wild Life Distillery cocktails made with botanical ingredients hand-foraged in the Pass.

In 2018, NCC partnered with Wild Life Distillery, a craft distillery based out of Canmore, Alberta. The botanicals used to create a limited batch Alberta Botanical Gin were harvested from NCC conservation sites. The first batch of Alberta Botanical Gin produced about 350 bottles and sold out within two months. This year’s batch will be ready mid-September, just in time for tasting at this event!

Wild Life gin, made from botanicals harvested in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)

Wild Life gin, made from botanicals harvested in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)

Tickets for the cocktail party are available in advance online for $10 and can be purchased through NCC’s website. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $15 at the door.

Help us at the Fleming property Saturday

On Saturday, there is another volunteer event to remove an old barbed-wire fence from the Fleming property. This unnecessary barrier poses a hazard to wildlife passing through the area, affecting creatures like grizzly bear, white tailed deer and ruffed grouse. 

Since NCC invested in the property in 2000, restoration activities have taken place to improve winter habitat for elk, through prescribed burns to regenerate vegetation and the removal of fences to encourage migration.

From 2:30 to 4:00, local artist, Tony Partridge, will be leading a workshop to help participants tap into their creativity and uncover the artist within. This Plein Air – Drawing by the River workshop is part of the Fencing Frenzy at Fleming event but if you can’t make it to the full volunteer event and still want to bring out your inner artist contact: to register.

Community BBQ Sunday

The weekend will conclude with a free community BBQ. Join us Sunday, September 29 at the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historical Site from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for conversation and conservation.

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