Hike for Hospice Calgary is one of 100+ nation-wide hikes that took place on Sunday, May 5, 2019 to kick off National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. This national fundraising event brings together palliative care organizations across Canada to raise funds, and awareness of services in our communities. It is also an event that gives us an opportunity to come around those who are facing advanced illness or grief and show them support as a community.
Our local Hike for Hospice Calgary is a 5KM walk at Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park. Each year hundreds of people come for this fun, family and dog-friendly event, raising over $100,000 for each Hike. Hospice Calgary depends on community support so the funds raised go towards Hospice Calgary’s services for people facing advanced illness, end-of-life, or life after the death of someone close to them.
Save the Date for next year's Hike - May 3, 2020!
Hike for Hospice Calgary is an all weather event. Bring a jacket, water bottle, sun screen, umbrella, camping chair (optional) and cash for the Best Seat in the Parade Raffle.
Well-behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome.
What is the Hike for Hospice Calgary?
Sunday, May 3, 2020 marks the 15th annual Hike for Hospice Calgary. We're calling on new and past hikers, client families, volunteers and supporters to sign up for our family and dog-friendly 5km fundraising walk on the pathways starting at Sikome Lake in Fish Creek Provincial Park. The Hike for Hospice Calgary is part of the Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, a national fundraising event that brings together palliative care organizations across Canada to raise funds and awareness in their communities.
How do I get to the event?
Hike for Hospice Calgary is at Sikome Lake in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Driving Directions: Drive south on Deerfoot Trail south and exit onto Bow Bottom Trail. Follow Bow Bottom Trail into Fish Creek Park. Go straight (past the turnoff to Annie's Cafe and Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant), and then follow the road to your left (at the "Y" intersection) get to the Hike parking lots. Or you can enter via 22x and Sunvalley Blvd, in the community of Sundance.
Where do I park?
Event parking will be in the Sundance Parking lot (NW of the lake) and the South Parking lot (S of the lake). The South Parking lot is the largest parking lot, with a capacity of almost 300 stalls. There will be parking attendants to direct you. Follow the road east of the lake, to get to both parking lots. Or the Sundance Parking lot can be accessed via the community of Sundance. After parking, please follow the east pathway around Sikome Lake, to get to the North Parking lot - where registration and the festivities will be.
To view location and parking maps, see above - Getting There on May 5th.
Do I need to bring anything to the event?
Hike for Hospice Calgary is an all-weather event. It's cool in the morning so remember to layer your clothing. We recommend a toque and gloves. Bring sunscreen and a refillable water bottle.
How do I get an event t-shirt?
2020 Hike t-shirts are available to the first 600 hikers. We encourage you to pick them up early at Sage Centre the week prior to the Hike, starting on Monday, April 27th. We do have a limited number of youth t-shirts as well. The remainder will be available on the day of the Hike on a first come basis. Participants are invited to honour their person with us at this meaningful community event in the way that they wish (pictures, signs, shirt designs are welcomed).
Are food and drinks available at the event?
Water, warm beverages (coffee & hot chocolate) and light snacks (apple & granola bar) will be provided before the event. There will be cake and water after the event. Please bring a refillable water bottle with you to take on the walk.
How strenuous is the Hike?
The route is 5 kilometres on mostly paved, reasonably flat pathways. There are a few minor dips in the path. Families with young children often bring strollers or wagons. The route is not wheel-chair friendly in all places.
Is the event over after the Hike?
This year we are having a Wrap-up Celebration. This will include music, cake and we will announce the winners of the Hike Fundraising prizes and the Pawsitively Natural gift certificate.
Are dogs welcome?
Absolutely. Well-behaved and leashed dogs, accompanied by their owners, are very welcome.
How does my donation help?
Hospice Calgary is a not-for-profit organization and fundraising allows us to offer services at both Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice. We count on donors and supporters like you to raise $100,000 each year during the Hike for Hospice Calgary. Click here to explore a few examples of how your gift of impact helps our clients and patients.
Will I receive a charitable tax receipt for my donation?
Hospice Calgary is a registered charity and all donations $20 and greater will receive a charitable tax receipt. Online donations receive an immediate receipt via e-mail. Please be sure to print it off for your records. Offline donations (cash or cheque) will get a tax receipt mailed to them. Please note: Registration fees are not tax deductible.
How do I get a fundraising sign along the route?
For every individual who raises over $1,000 and every team that raises over $1,500, your name or your team's name will go on a fundraising sign which will be displayed in the festivities area, in the North Parking Lot. Be sure to get your photo taken with your fundraising sign and send it to your supporters! The cut off is April 30th to get your name or your team's name on a fundraising sign.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome comments about events and will take them into consideration when planning future events where appropriate and possible.