Purple Martin Festival


Camrose Purple Martin Festival June 15, 2019

2019 Purple Martin Festival Registration Form

Have a passion for birds or just like learning more about nature? You’ll love the Purple Martin Festival in Camrose, AB. Bird enthusiasts get ready for the ninth annual Camrose Purple Martin Festival at the Stoney Creek Centre June 15, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Did you know Purple Martins almost exclusively nest in bird houses built by people? The Purple Martin is the largest North American swallow, the average length from bill to tail is about 20 centimetres.

The day will start off with a presentation Dr. Lu Carbyn an internationally recognized wildlife biologist who specializes in the ecology, conservation and management of mammalian carnivores and their prey. During his talk, he will share how bird species have experienced declines in their numbers within the past 50 years due to migrating long distances from nesting areas to overwintering regions of the world.

During the afternoon participants will have a choice of a walking tour or a bus tour to Purple Martin nests and finish off with Dorothy Hill an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Mount Royal University in Calgary and a council member of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists. She has studied the coevolution between brood-parasitic Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) and Clay-colored Sparrows (Spizella pallida), and the effects of extra-pair paternity on male parental care in Chestnut-collared Longspurs (Calcarius ornatus). The Festival will also include workshops for experienced Purple Martin landlords as well as beginner landlords and individuals wanting to become landlords.

The Purple Martin Festival is a family event and includes kids’ activities such as searching for invertebrates with the Battle River Watershed Alliance. The Camrose public Library will be on site with games and crafts. The Beaverhill Bird Observatory will also be onsite and children will learn about owls.

It is $10 to attend, or $25 for a family.


A Taste of Camrose County


Tickets are now on sale for The Bailey Fall Fundraiser, A Taste of Camrose County, Friday, November 16. The Bailey Theatre Society and Food Artisans of Camrose County will bring you a Long Table dinner lovingly prepared by Prairie Oven Caterers. This is a new, totally different format for the Fall Fundraiser. Come for the food and stay for the fellowship! Tickets are $100 (includes a $50 donation to the Bailey Theatre Society). Tickets can be purchased with reserved seating at the Bailey Box Office. 780-672-5510

ATB BoostR Tourism Stage Live Pitch

ATB BoostR Tourism Stage live pitch event returning to Banff


Calling all tourism entrepreneurs! Here’s your chance to pitch your idea in front of a crowd of industry experts and potential customers – and even win some money.


The ATB BoostR Tourism Stage live pitch event is returning to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on October 20, 2018 – a day before Travel Alberta’s annual Industry Conference at the same location.


This exciting event, presented by ATB Financial in partnership with Alberta Culture & Tourism, will feature five tourism-focused businesses and entrepreneurs, who will pitch their business idea to a live audience and a panel of expert judges.


ATB BoostR is a virtual, rewards-based crowdfunding platform where aspiring Alberta entrepreneurs can pitch ideas, gain valuable feedback and raise money in exchange for a reward, like a product, service or unique experience. ATB advisors work with each entrepreneur to develop their campaign, and provide professional coaching.


Here’s how you can get involved!


  1. Join the ATB BoostR program as a tourism entrepreneur.

Have a great business idea related to the tourism industry? Sign up with ATB BoostR and launch your crowdfunding campaign. You’ll get great exposure, the opportunity to validate your business idea, and you may just end up on stage on October 20th!


The five entrepreneurs chosen to participate in the live competition will be pitching their idea in front of of 250 people at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel for the chance to win a share of $10,000 to go towards their crowdfunding campaigns. A panel of expert judges will evaluate each pitch and provide advice to the entrepreneurs – but the crowd decides who takes home what percentage of the money!


If you or someone you know is interested in launching a crowdfunding campaign – and potentially get on that stage – visit www.atbboostr.ca/start.


  1. Attend the live event as a guest.


This event will feature many of the top ATB BoostR businesses from the tourism industry. Come out to network and meet some of the people who are working hard to launch and/or grow their business, and develop the tourism industry in Alberta. As a member of the audience, your vote helps decide how much money each entrepreneur will win that night to go towards their BoostR campaign!


Tickets for the event are available now!


For more information on ATB BoostR, visit their website at atbboostr.ca or email atbboostr@atb.com.

Prairie Fun Days 2018

Prairie Fun Days will take place August 18 & 19, 2018 and we’re excited to announce that Saturday will have two buses touring Camrose County!

Join us on our Agricultural tour and discover where your food comes from. Learn about grain farming, dairy farming and large machinery! Learn from producers that raise grass fed pork and beef. You will even have the chance to purchase fresh vegetables!

Our second tour bus on the Saturday is a variety tour. Explore unique history at the Meeting Creek Railway, take a look inside St. Thomas Church and learn about what make this little church unique. Did you know that Little Beaver Lake in Ferintosh is know as the “Living Lake”, join us as we find out why! There will be several other stops along the way with something for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday will also include a variety of stops including Irvings Farm, Glenview Greenhouse, Telegraph Park, and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. Did you know that Miquelon Lake has comfort camping available? You can rent a Yurt, what’s a Yurt? You will have to join us to find out as well as find out about the many activities and programs that take place!

Single day tickets are $35 or double the fun and join us both days for $65.
Tickets are limited and will sell out fast.

Download the PrairieFunDays2018 Brochure


Experience BVJ 2018

The Big Valley Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor country music festivals and it will take place August 2 – 5 this summer! Not only are there big name acts performing on the main stage, there are a number of activities that are also taking place.

There is a trade show onsite with a number of different vendors. The ATB Home-Grown talent stage will feature many up and coming performers. Each day on the grounds, you can take in some rodeo action with Bulls for Breakfast. Find out what’s behind the meaning of today’s favorite songs and tomorrow’s future hits with some of the most prolific songwriters in the business. This takes place throughout the weekend.

Want to experience this while giving back to the community? Sign-up to be a volunteer.  There are single day shifts, multi-shifts or you can volunteer a few hours the entire weekend. 50/50 ticket sales are a fund raiser for the Camrose Regional Exhibition and Agricultural Society.  Funds raised help with site improvements and development which in turn create better visitor experiences. As a volunteer you will also receive discounted tickets, sign-up today and experience BVJ!

Mirror Lake Express Train Rides

Mirror Lake Express Train Rides

This popular little train, 92 feet long and carrying 24 passengers, will begin to give rides around Mirror Lake starting June 1st and continue throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Interested in becoming a conductor or volunteering to help train nights run smoothly? Contact the Camrose Chamber of Commerce office at 780-672-4217 or visit www.camrosechamber.ca to find out how you can get involved.