Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House



 Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Rivers Day

11am to 3pm

Haig-Brown House, 2250 Campbell River Road, Campbell River

Admission is Free

 To catch a fish, plant a tree.

The Festival is part artisan market, part community group gathering, part fly fishing celebration all rolled together with an environmental stewardship angle. The main stage will see the City hosting its annual Stewardship Awards as well as the cool sounds of local singer/songwriter Doug Folkins. Come with an appetite and sample the BBQ and some sweet and savoury treats at some of the market vendors. There are games and activities for families to do at the festival with lots to see and explore. It’s more than just a place to see… attendees will learn and experience as well.


11:00am  - 12:40pm

Guided Tours of Haig-Brown House

Take a tour of the famous Haig-Brown House.  See what their daily lives would have looked like and learn more about their lasting impact on Campbell River. Tours run every 20 minutes starting at 11:00am to 12:40pm.

11:30 am

“To catch a fish, plant a tree: A tour of the Kingfisher Creek Restoration

Celebrate World River’s Day with a walk in the watershed of Haig-Brown Kingfisher Creek! Join long-time Streamkeepers Dave Hadden and Chuck DeSorcy to learn about the fascinating history of this daylighted creek and find out what’s being done now to keep it healthy into the future. From stories about rogue spawning salmon to the ingenuity of beaver families, you’re sure to walk away with a new view of this waterway.

Partner: Greenways Land Trust


Storytelling in the Woods

Bring your little ones to sit among the trees and be enthralled by tales of heroes, mystery and discovery. Hosted by the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society in partnership with the Campbell River Literacy Association.

1:00 pm

"Boom & Bust: the Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove"

Reading in the Study by author Jennifer Butler.

In this book, more than 25 women tell their own stories and memories of life in the Telegraph Cove. They faced down the impacts of isolation, hazardous terrain, war, occupation, immigration, internment, social change, economic development, community decline, and environmental degradation―remarkable, given that Telegraph Cove’s population peaked at 60. From these lives come stories of resilience, resourcefulness, heartbreak, humour, and triumph. 

Join Jennifer as she displays some of the interesting photos from these 25 women and tells their story from a few selected readings in her book. Jennifer will also be available to sign copies of her book.

Partial proceeds from book sales benefit Campbell River and North Island Transition Society.

1:00 pm

Preview of Eiko Jones’ new film “Salmon Capital Campbell River”.

This expose style film will show why salmon are so important to this area. The film will look at the local Indigenous people’s use of salmon throughout the ages in food and ceremony and how integral to their survival salmon have been. This film will also look at the significant impact Roderick Haig- Brown had with his pioneering conservation efforts back when Campbell River was experiencing rapid growth as a town and new hydroelectric projects were being developed on the Campbell River watershed.  His work in the community led to a world-wide awareness of Campbell River as a mecca for anglers. The goal of this film is to showcase how, throughout time, salmon have been the common thread woven into the fabric and culture of this community.

1:20 pm

Stewardship Awards for the City of Campbell River

Join the City in recognizing outstanding individuals and groups who demonstrate exceptional effort in preserving, protecting and stewarding our local environment.

1:30 pm

Storytelling in the Woods (Second Reading)

Bring your little ones to sit among the trees and be enthralled by tales of heroes, mystery and discovery. Hosted by the Ann Elmore Transition House in partnership with the Campbell River Literacy Center

2:00 pm

Selected Readings of Roderick Haig-Brown presented by David Brown. Connect with the words and the impact in this hour presentation of hand-selected readings of his most memorable works. Presented in the study of the house.


Live Music with Alannah Clark

Enjoy the smooth and silky sounds of Alannah Clark & her band. They are originally from Courtenay and play all over the island and mainland in festivals and concerts.

11:00 am to 3:00 pm


Parking Shuttle

Parking can be a challenge at the Haig-Brown House so save the stress and park at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Campbelton and hop on the shuttle from the parking lot to the festival. Special thanks to the Campbell River & District Adult Care Society for lending the bus and driver.

Partners: Habitat for Humanity ReStore & Campbell River and District Adult Care Society

At Your Own Pace Activities


Art Walk

See the final work created by eco-artist Sharon Kallis in a surprise location on the Haig-Brown property. You can also watch local painters in a plein air demonstration as artists develop an original artwork at the festival. Watch for signs to follow the Art Walk.


Fly Fishing Demonstrations

Join Campbell River Flyfishers Club as they demonstrate how to cast, try some fly-tying demos, and take a look at how a fly casting reel is made.


Natural Fibers Demonstrations

Join the Midnight Shuttles as they demonstrate long-standing traditions of spinning and weaving.

Partner: Midnight Shuttles Spinners and Weavers Guild


Artisan Market

Artisan Market with locally made items from baking, jams, woodworking, jewelry and more.


How To Reduce Your Impact

Conservation tips and techniques from composting to energy efficiency. Learn how you can reduce your environmental footprint starting today with small steps.


Field of Dreams

Try out one of the backyard games like croquet, giant jenga, bean bag toss, or try out the scavenger hunt. Lots of fun activities for the adventurer in all of us, hosted by the City of Campbell River Parks & Recreation.


Beach Fire Lounge

Back this year is the outdoor lounge featuring Beach Fire Brewing beer. Our friends at Beach Fire Brewing have developed a special Forager Ale just for the Art + Earth Festival and to be featured at the Fall Festival at Haig-Brown House.

This year there will be more food trucks than ever before at this event!