The Friends of the Sanctuary is an incorporated, nonprofit. charitable organization. This group of dedicated individuals support the development of resource management, recreational, educational and interpretive programs. The Friends Association runs a variety of programs and events during the off season (late fall, winter, early spring) which allows the Sanctuary to operate year round
Although The Friends of the Sanctuary and the Crown have a cooperating agreement, it is important to state that an evident and distinct separation is always maintained between the two. The Friends of the Sanctuary is a separate and distinct association on to itself. Association members are diverse in their experiences, education, employment, and interests. Members of the Friends volunteer their time, labour, and abilities to organize and help support resource management and the development of educational, recreational, and interpretive programs at the Sanctuary.
Changing government funding has made it necessary for a greater amount of public participation in special places like the Sanctuary. As the times have begun to change, our association's participation has increased to help more and more with plans and purchases for events and enhancements in the Sanctuary. Recently,The Friends have become aware that help is needed to maintain the place, organize and promote activities, and keep the Sanctuary attractive to the visiting public. It is through activities at the Sanctuary that we hope the visiting public will become more informed and supportive of environmental and nature related issues and more skilled in the proper use of nature areas, such as the Sanctuary.
Friends Meetings All Friends meetings are open to the public and we encourage and welcome you to attend. From April until October they are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Visitor Centre. During the winter months from November until March they are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Visitor Centre.
The Store The Friends operate a small nature & gift shop/store which is located in the Visitor Center. The proceeds of sales help fund exhibits and events for visitors to the Park. Come browse or sit by the fire with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and see some very interesting nature displays located inside the Center.
During the winter, the Friends open the Visitor Centre to bring you the winter x-country ski and snowshoe program. The Centre is open on weekends only from early January through to the end of March from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Check out the activities page for more information on the winter x-country ski and snowshoe program.
Washrooms are located inside the Visitor Centre. Although small in size, the store offers a wide variety of nature-themed items including warm sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, vests, nature books, a CD, and children's items etc. Modest refreshments are also available for purchase.