Roderick Haig-Brown fishing with the help of his dog. The Haig-Brown Festival takes place Sunday

Celebrate Haig-Brown’s legacy on Rivers Day

The family-friendly event provides an opportunity for the public to explore the Haig-Brown House and grounds

Now in its 13th year, the Haig-Brown Festival takes place on Sunday, Sept. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in honour of the Haig-Brown family legacy and World River’s Day.

The family-friendly event provides an opportunity for the public to explore the Haig-Brown House and grounds, and to find out more about some of 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 classics today.

Haig-Brown was an avid conservationist, and 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.

The Haig-Brown Festival explores the themes of fishing, literature and conservation, with the addition of outdoor recreation and safety and includes fly tying demos, fly fishing lessons, children’s games and crafts, good food, great displays and property tours.

Recognition is also given to Roderick’s wife Ann (Elmore) Haig-Brown who assisted vulnerable women, and who was once the librarian at Carihi.

The festival also serves to showcase local artistic and musical talent.

Readings from Haig-Brown’s writings are given in the house study and the public will have the opportunity to peruse its treasure trove of classic literature.

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.

The city of Campbell River will present stewardship awards on centre stage to individuals, groups or businesses in recognition of their conservation contribution in areas such as habitat awareness, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and air quality protection.

Come down 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 Stefanyk.

For further information call the Museum at 250-287-3103.