Roderick Haig-Brown demonstrates fly-tying to children in his home study in the undated photo.

Celebrate Haig-Brown

Now in its 14th year, the Haig-Brown Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13

Now in its 14th year, the Haig-Brown Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. in honour of the Haig-Brown family legacy.

The festival is a great family event with lots to see and do.

It provides an opportunity for the public to explore the Haig-Brown House and grounds, and to find out more about the local community groups that work to carry on the values of conservation and environmental consciousness demonstrated by Roderick Haig-Brown in both his writing and his actions.

Haig-Brown was a fly fisherman, lay judge, and author, who became famous through his many articles and books, some of which are considered to be classics today.  He spoke of preserving the natural environment long before environmentalism became a popular issue.  He is credited with creating a positive impact on the future of Campbell River through his consideration of how industry could impact the natural habitats of fish and wildlife. Recognition is also given to Haig-Brown’s wife Ann (Elmore) Haig-Brown who assisted vulnerable women, and who was once the librarian at Carihi.

The Haig-Brown Festival explores the themes of fishing, literature and conservation, and includes fly tying demos, fly fishing lessons, children’s games and crafts, good food, great displays and property tours.  The festival also serves to showcase local artistic and musical talent.

Located on the banks of the Campbell River, adjacent to the Kingfisher Creek conservation area and surrounded by woods, the site’s location by the river is a focal point for the celebration.  Readings from Haig-Brown writings are given in the house study and the public will have the opportunity to peruse its treasure trove of classic literature.

The City of Campbell River will present Stewardship Awards on centre stage to individuals, groups or businesses in recognition of their contribution in areas of conservation.

Come and enjoy a day by the river; admission is free.

The festival is operated by the Museum at Campbell River which manages the property.  This year the festival’s coordinator is fisherman and publisher Larry Stephanyk.  For more information call the Museum at 250 287-3103.