Golden Wild Bear Festival; Keeping Bears Wild

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 11 am
Golden Branch
Kinsmen Park
902 10th St S, , Golden, V0A 1H0

Join us in the first annual Golden Wild Bear Festival!

We decided to have a festival in the fall celebrating bears as they fatten up on their way to hibernation. 

In the fall, bears are foraging for all types of high calorie foods to get them through their winter denning. They often get in trouble around people, eating garbage, robbing fruit trees and generally getting in the way in our urban environment.  We want to help educate everyone on how to keep our bear-human interactions as safe as possible and have fun while doing this.

Events at the bear day will include:

  • A storywalk around the Kinsmen Park
  • A talk/discussion with the Conservation officer about bear relocation. (11 am and 2:30 pm)
  • A demonstration with WildsafeBC about the safe use of bear spray (1–2 am)
  • All day children’s events including colouring pages, games, cookie decorating and face painting.

Unfortunately, the Golden Food Bank and Local Food Matters had to cancel their presentation.

Booths and displays by WildSafeBC, Columbia Invasive Species Society, and Wildsight Golden.

Food Trucking for lunch!

The day will be followed with a BONUS activity: CSISS will be leading a plant walk discussing invasive plants, edible plants and plants useful for wildlife. 

Grateful for funding by Columbia Basin Trust and donations of time  & materials by our other partners: