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AWA hosts events of all types throughout the year and throughout the province.

If you do not see your hiking or other event listed below, click here for our Adventures for Wilderness listings.

April 25, 2023

Trivia + Networking Event at CRAFT Downtown Calgary

Join us for a night out at CRAFT Beer Market in downtown Calgary on the evening of Tuesday, April 25. There will be games, including trivia, along with networking opportunities, and a chance to chat with some AWA staff.

The event is part of CRAFT and Born Brewing Co.’s support for AWA: A dollar will be donated to us for every pint of Stay Wild Mango Hibiscus Wheat Ale sold at an Alberta CRAFT location until the end of April.

Swing by at 7 p.m. and please be sure to register below so we know to count you in.

There is no fee for this evening, however we appreciate any donations you wish to make to AWA. All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Enter your gift amount below.

We hope to see you there!

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May 9, 2023

Book Talk: The Ecological Buffalo on the Trail of a Keystone Species

Time: May 9, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
Location: AWA Office: 455 – 12 St. NW Calgary, AB T2N 1Y9
Price: By Donation

Join us for an evening with the author of The Ecological Buffalo on the Trail of a Keystone Species, and photographer Johane Janelle.

Once numbering in the tens of millions, these magnificent creatures played a significant role in the varied ecosystems they occupied, and North American Indigenous Peoples depended upon them.

With the arrival of Europeans, the buffalo were all but exterminated, along with their millennia-old intricate food webs and inner-species relationships. Despite a brush with extinction, the buffalo survived, and are slowly recovering. Alongside this recovery, the relationships once shared with thousands of species are being re-established in a remarkable process of ecological healing.

Based on Wes Olson’s 35 years of working intimately with bison — and featuring Johane Janelle’s stunning photography — The Ecological Buffalo takes a journey through the myriad connections this keystone species has with the Great Plains.

Books will be available for purchases and signing. Payments can be made in cash or by e-transfer.

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May 23, 2023

An evening with Sid Marty: A spoken word and musical performance

Time: May 23, 2023
Location: AWA Office: 455 – 12 St. NW Calgary, AB T2N 1Y9
Price: By Donation

Sid Marty will be featuring his new book Oldman’s River, New and Collected Poems in a combined spoken word and music performance at the AWA offices on May 23.

The author of Men for the Mountains and The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, began his literary career as a poet, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his first book, Headwaters (poems) which was published to national acclaim in 1973 by Canada’s most distinguished literary publisher, McClelland and Stewart.


Sid will also present a tale or two from his prose books in an evening he describes as “Leaning on the Wind and Falling off the Mountain.” Humour is an important element in his work, whether writing tongue-in-cheek columns in praise of ATVs, or describing how he began his Parks Canada training in helicopter sling-rescue operations by being dragged down the Banff airstrip on the seat of his lederhosen.

Sid Marty is also a long-time musician and singer/songwriter and will punctuate the yarns and poems with some original songs played on guitar or mandolin.


The Critics Speak:

On Headwaters, (poems): “Sharp and clean as a glacier ridge.” William French, Globe and Mail

On Nobody Danced With Miss Rodeo, (poems): “Marty’s images are plain as the worn haft of a favorite knife but they are attached to a glittering metaphysical blade.” Stephen Hume, Edmonton Journal.

On Men for the Mountains: “Not since Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire has a writer produced a book of his experiences as a national park ranger that is not only very well written, but eloquently so.”  The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon.

“Marty’s latest, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, is a work of poetic genius.”  Terry Glavin, Canadian Geographic.

(Black Grizzly won the grand prize at the Banff Festival of Mountain Books in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award in Nonfiction. In 2015, Sid Marty was honoured to receive the AWA’s Wilderness Defender award.)

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