On the final day of summer, crowds gathered at the Haig-Brown House in Campbell River for a celebration of Rivers Day. The Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House melds together environmental stewardship, fly fishing and the arts.
This year, there were guided tours of Haig-Brown House, a guided walk in the watershed, book readings, a preview of a local filmmaker’s upcoming work, the presentation of the City of Campbell River’s Stewardship Awards, fly fishing and artist demonstrations, along with local food and artisans.
Haig-Brown House, located in the north end of town, is now a historic site, but was once home to Ann Elmore and Roderick Haig-Brown. The couple was well-known for their work in the community. Elmore was a local librarian and aided women in need. Haig-Brown was an avid fly fisherman, conservationist, author and magistrate.
In a true embrace of nature, fly fishing demonstrations were interrupted when reports of a bear and her cub were spotted on the property. People made themselves scarce and the area was left to the bears.