Celebrating Alberta's fish and water

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024 | Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Dive into the depths of Alberta’s icy waters and experience the wonder of fish this winter at the 12th annual Fishtival.

Mark your calendars for a day of fun and exploration at Bow Habitat Station with unique and unforgettable experiences. Celebrations include family-friendly games and activities complete with theatrical performances, Conservation K-9s, fish feeding, and more.

What can you expect from Fishtival 2024 at Bow Habitat Station?

  • Engage with community partners for fishy insights and prizes.
  • Create silly and memorable moments with our snap-worthy photo-ops and our Trout Without Doubt theatrical performances that will have you flappin’ your fins.
  • Connect with Alberta’s fish through the Discovery Centre, Aquariums and Fish Hatchery.

Swim along with our fin-tastic partners from the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, Parks Canada, Alberta Conservation K-9 Program, University of Calgary, Native Trout Collaborative, Hook and Hackle, Alberta Hunters Education Instructors Association (AHEIA), Bow River Basin Council and Trout Unlimited Canada.

We won’t be scaling back the fun!


Featured Experiences



Your convenience as a member is our top priority. Bid farewell to the inconvenience of pre-booking – we've allocated tickets exclusively for you! Simply arrive on the event day, and we'll take care of everything else. Your time is valuable, and we want your Fishtival experience to be truly unforgettable.

While you enjoy the convenience of no pre-booking, we recommend that your non-member guests secure their tickets beforehand. This ensures everyone can fully enjoy their time exploring Bow Habitat Station together.

Adult (18-64) $10.00
Senior (65+) $8.00
Student (18+ with ID) $8.00
Youth (4-17) $6.00
Children (3 and under) Free
Family (up to 2 adults and 4 youth) $30.00

Pre-purchased tickets are strongly encouraged as the event has sold out every year.

Admission includes entry to the event and one entry per person to feed the fish in the hatchery.

You can expect to spend approximately 1 hour in the Discovery Centre and 30 min. outdoors.

Limited free parking is available in the lot for Pearce Estate Park. Please carpool, or consider other means of transportation where safe and possible.

  • Tickets are sold in half-hour increments starting at 9:30 am and ending at 4:00 pm.
  • Entry is only guaranteed within 30-minutes of the time identified on their ticket.
    • Example: if a ticket identifies 11:00 am, must arrive between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.
  • Entry is not guaranteed if the visitor arrives outside their 30-minute timeframe.
    • Refunds will not be provided to late arrivals or no-shows on the day of the event.

Bow Habitat Station offers light snacks and refreshments for purchase. But that’s not all! Last year, we asked our visitors what we could improve on and many said more food trucks.

The following food trucks will be on-site to provide you with more delicious and tasty bite options:

  • Gracie’s by Flores and Pine
  • Family Fry Guy

Promotion coupons and vouchers are not valid for this event. With extra activities in place, discounts are not applicable to any admission rates for this event (i.e. Canoo, Fee Assistance/Rec Card not applicable).

Due to space constraints, we ask that you do not bring your stroller or wagon. If you do bring a stroller/wagon, it must remain outdoors. Bow Habitat Station and the Government of Alberta is not responsible for any lost, missing, or damaged personal items.

Admission to Bow Habitat Station on February 17, 2024 is under special event pricing which includes your one-time admission to the fish hatchery. No single admission to just Fish Hatchery on special event days.

Bow Habitat Station & Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery are fully wheelchair accessible. The classrooms, theatre, exhibits and hatchery welcome visitors of all abilities. An elevator is available for visitor use to access the Discovery Centre spanning two floors.


Community Event Partners

Alberta Native Trout Collaborative
Bow River Basin Council
Conservation K-9 Unit
Hook & Tackle Club
Parks Canada
Trout Unlimited Canada
University of Calgary
Wilder Institute, Calgary Zoo

Check out a recap of Fishtival 2023

Updated: Feb 5, 2024