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!
Alberta Conservation K-9s
Come and witness Alberta's incredible K-9 aquatic invasive species detection team in action! See how these sharp-nosed heroes protect our province's precious waterbodies and ecosystems from dangerous threats. Then put your skills to the test as you search for hidden invasive mussels!
Get tips and tricks to enhance your casting technique for your next angling adventure. Challenge yourself to nail the side cast and hit the bullseye! It's not as straightforward as it appears - test your precision and perseverance!
Trout without Doubt
Do you yearn to experience the peace and pleasure of fishing in Alberta’s great outdoors, but wrestle with worries that you might hook the wrong fish? Then you need Trout Without Doubt, our patented formula for confident fish identification! In front of your eyes, we’ll build a trout, complete with all of its amazing adaptations, guaranteeing that you’ll recognize these delightful and delicious fish without a doubt!
Showtimes on the hour from 10 AM – 3 PM
Grab a rod and embark on a magnetic ice fishing adventure. Everyone, regardless of age or skill level, is sure to have success catching a fish. Take your victorious catch to the identification table to uncover its identity, before returning it to the icy winter waters.
Dive deep into the depths of Alberta’s provincial fish stocking program. What does it take to raise over 1.3 million trout a year? Meet the fisheries technicians behind-the-scenes that bring the fish to Alberta’s waters.
Take the plunge and cast your line into AHEIA’s fishing simulator—you might just reel in one of Alberta’s mighty sportfish! Then test your angling skills with a quiz that dives deep into Alberta’s sporty swimmers—it will surely be an adventure!
Native Trout Collaborative
Spin the wheel and put your fish knowledge to the test about Alberta’s fish and habitat. Uncover the native trout of Alberta through a puzzle game, can you put the pieces together? The giveaways and prize draws will be sure to reel you in!
Take part in aquatic conservation science with Parks Canada and become part of a larger effort to protect our waters! Engage with first-hand experience by incubating fish models and be rewarded with trout swag.
How can you protect the quality and quantity of our bodies of water for our fishy friends? Take the plunge and become a Fish Protector! Join us for an interactive watershed table demonstration and find out how our everyday activities on land can influence the health of our water.
Design and create your very own Fish Protector badge – then wear your custom-created symbolic piece with pride!
Biofacts & Specimens
Getting in touch with Alberta’s natural environment can be a truly emotive experience. Run your hands along plush fur, solid skulls and velvety pelts to awaken your senses. Then, peer into a microscope to examine the specimens of parasites.
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.
|Student (18+ with ID)
|Children (3 and under)
|Family (up to 2 adults and 4 youth)
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
Check out a recap of Fishtival 2023
Updated: Feb 5, 2024