Ecologist Dr. Bill Freedman of Dalhousie University joined his first Adventure Canada excursion in 2007, and sailed again with us Into the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2013. His vast knowledge of the natural world and his fun-loving manner made Dr. Bill a hit among both passengers and staff.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Bill has found time to devote himself to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, with whom Adventure Canada proudly partners. Dr. Bill literally wrote the book on the Nature Conservancy’s fifty-year history.
Ms. Atwood and Mr. Gibson are co-chairs of the event, and appropriately so. Their shared passion for our feathered friends is manifest in their tireless work in aid of awareness and conservation of avian species.
Adventure Canada is proud to sponsor the gala with an auction donation of two berths aboard our Newfoundland and Wild Labrador sailing next spring. And we are absolutely delighted to announce that Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson will join the lucky winners, and the rest of our guests, aboard that same sailing.
As special guests of Adventure Canada, the two authors will undoubtedly regale their fellow cruise passengers with stories collected during their careers amid Canada’s literati. As dedicated birders, they’ll also enjoy the opportunity to observe numerous seabird species, at a peak time of year for viewing.
Perhaps most importantly, these two beloved Canadian literary figures will have the chance to share their passion and concern for the plight of birds worldwide with their fellow passengers. We are proud to join them in their efforts—for the love of birds!
We all recognize that changes are occurring to climates and natural environments across the world. This year’s Festival will explore the extent of these changes and how birds and animals are adapting.
The Gala’s keynote speaker is the irrepressible George Sirk, (a familiar face to many AC travellers.)
George is an avid birder, naturalist and polar bear specialist from Victoria who has navigated over 15,000 miles of the Arctic Archipelago. He will share his intimate knowledge of Canada’s Arctic and the changes he has witnessed.
Events take place throughout the valley, from Cranbrook to Golden, but the focal point of the Wings Festival is Invermere’s historic Pynelogs Cultural Centre, situated adjacent to Kinsmen Beach on beautiful Lake Windermere.
Adventure Canada’s own Matthew James Bradley-Swan will be in attendance to present an Adventure Canada gift certificate to one lucky silent auction donor!