Blue Ribbon Bow Dinner – A Celebration of the Fishery

The Bow River Trout Foundation is pleased to announce the Blue Ribbon Bow Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, February 21,  2018. The fundraising event will be held at the Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 – 5 Avenue SW, in the heart of downtown Calgary.

 Bow River Trout Foundation has a mandate to;

“Advocate and Support for the Bow River Fishery”.

  • Bow River Trout Foundation has been successful as a member of Calgary River Users’ Alliance in securing a City of  Calgary budget of $7.6 million to develop the River Access Strategy. Bow River Trout has made a commitment to support the city’s commitment with a contribution to the development of two Bow River boat ramps.
  • The Government of Alberta is developing a Bow River Access Plan that will improve fishing access downstream of Calgary. Bow River Trout will support this initiative.
  • There are also concerns with the water management model for the Bow River Basin. The lifeline of the fishery is dependent on a constant supply of water. In recent years we have seen low flows and high temperature that had a detrimental impact on the fish. Our advocacy work will secure protection of the fishery for future generations.

  All funds raised locally will be spent locally to support our initiatives”

The Bow River is recognized around the world as one of the best destinations for providing a fisherman the opportunity to catch a “Once in a Lifetime” Brown or Rainbow Trout.  The dinner will follow the theme “A Celebration of the Fishery”. With this in mind we are pleased to announce that Ross Purnell, Editor, Fly Fisherman Magazine as our keynote speaker.

Ross will bring a unique Peter Monodperspective to the audience. Born and raised in Calgary, Ross started his love of fishing on the banks of the Bow River. His journalist career has taken him around the world to many great sport fisheries. We will receive a picture of how the Blue Ribbon Bow fits into world class fisheries.


The Blue Ribbon Bow Dinner, will open with a cash bar at 5:00 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm.

A silent auction of western art and fishing supplies will allow for purchase of valuable items and support our initiatives.

Tickets can be purchased on the Bow River Trout website for $125.00.

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Cheques are to be made payable to “Bow River Trout Foundation”

Send to:  Bow River Trout Foundation, c/o 3608 Beaver Road N.W, Calgary AB, T2L 1X1 

Bow River Trout Foundation is planning to raise an estimated amount of $67,000 this year on fundraising campaigns. It will cost our organization $32,000 to raise this for a net return of $35,000. The money raised will be going to our commitment to improve two river access boat ramps on the Bow River. For further information, please contact Peter Crowe-Swords at 403-680-8320. Our address is 3608 Beaver Road N.W., Calgary, AB, T2L 1X1 and we are incorporated in Alberta.