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Hike for Hospice Calgary

Hike for Hospice Calgary kicks off National Palliative Care Week in Canada. In 2018, more than 600 people joined us for this fun, family and fur-friendly event that raised $110,000 of critical funds and immeasurable awareness for our clients and families. We hope you can join us this year! 

Online Registration for May 5, 2019 is Now Open!

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 9 AM
Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park

Registration: $15 
Children 5 & under and Monthly Donors: FREE!

Sunday, May 5 is National Hike for Hospice and the kick off to National Palliative Care Week. Join all of our families, and our community partners to raise funds and awareness of end-of-life care in Calgary.

Sikome Lake: Join us for a 5KM walk on a stoller and wagon friendly paved trail.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000! Funds raised support our families living with advanced illness or facing the death of someone close to them. Learn more.

Come one; come all! Challenge your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers as a team or come on your own and walk with us. Click here to download a poster to promote your event fundraising. 

Volunteer! Each year, we rely on more than 50 volunteers to make this event a success! We are now recruiting an Entertainment Captain and event volunteers (route, parking, kids zone), please contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at info@hospicecalgary.ca for a volunteer application. 

Enjoy the morning's family festivities! Hike for Hospice Calgary is a fun, family and fur-friendly event that raises critical funds and awareness for our clients and families. Arrive an hour early for light refreshments, photo booth, face painting, kids zone, and doggie fun zone. 

Before every hike we honour those that cannot join us. 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). 

Join us after the hike for a wrap-up celebration! We will be celebrating the end of the hike together, with treats and a wrap-up celebration. 

Come walk with us!

Offline Registration Form Available Here
Pledge Form Available Here 

 

 

Other Important Hike Information

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. 

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What to Expect on Hike Day

Event Schedule

Plan to arrive early before 9:00 as parking is limited. We have two parking lots - Sundance Parking Lot, and the South Parking Lot (larger of two). If you park in the South Parking lot, please follow the east pathway around Sikome Lake. See below for the Parking map. 

  • 9:00 AM: North Parking Lot - Registration, Pledge Drop Off, T-shirt Pick up & Festivities
  • 10:00 AM: Opening Ceremonies and warm up with the Stampeder Outriders
  • 10:30 AM: Hike begins! 
  • NEW: Join us after the hike for food and a wrap-up celebration! 

Pledge Drop, Registration and T-Shirt Pick-up

We accept walk-in registrations. Bring your cash, cheques and pledge sheet, download a pledge sheet and registration & waiver form. Hand them in and pick up your t-shirts.

On Hike Day, after you have dropped off your pledge money and have gotten your t-shirt, enjoy the morning's festivities:

  • Hang out with the Calgary Stampeders & Outriders
  • Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and snacks
  • Capture your team's outfit at the Photobooth
  • Bring the kids to get their face-painted and play games in the Kids Zone
  • Bring your furry friend to get some treats provided by Pawsitively Natural and enter for a pet supplies draw at the Doggie Fun Zone
  • Purchase tickets for the Best Seat in the Parade Raffle
  • Join the conversation online using the #Hike4HospiceYYC hashtag

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Getting There on May 5th

Location

Sikome Lake can be accessed by Bow Bottom Trail SE or Sun Valley Boulevard SE off Stoney Trail/Highway 22X

Sikome Lake Map

View in a larger map

Parking

Plan to arrive early before 9:00 AM as parking is limited. We have two parking lots - Sundance Parking Lot, and the South Parking Lot (larger of two). If you park in the South Parking lot, please follow the east pathway around Sikome Lake.

Sikome Lake can be accessed by Bow Bottom Trail SE or Sun Valley Boulevard SE off Stoney Trail/Highway 22X

2019 Hike for Hospice Calgary Map

Route Map

Hike for Hospice Calgary 2019 Route Map

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Best Seat in the Calgary Stampede Parade Raffle

Best Seat in the Parade Raffle

You and a companion can win:

  • Invite to the 2019 Calgary Stampede Pre-Parade Barbecue at Fort Calgary (July 4, 2019)

  • Tourism Calgary White Hat Ceremony for two

  • Two Smithbilt Hat Stetsons 

  • Parade Day pancake breakfast at Fort Calgary (July 5, 2019)

  • Ride in the 2019 Calgary Stampede Parade in a Remington Museum antique carriage

  • Tickets for two to the exclusive Friends of the Parade seating

  • Tickets for two to either the rodeo or chuckwagon/grandstand events

Tickets: $10 each

Tickets will be available for purchase by cash or cheque at Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice reception areas or online via credit card until May 31st. 

**Chance of winning is 1:500**

Date of Draw: June 3, 2019

All proceeds support Hospice Calgary’s programs and services.

Prize Package kindly donated by the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee.     

Raffle License #522375                                                               

Charitable Registration # 118963669RR0001

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Hike Fundraising Prizes

Prizes

Fundraising prizes include: 

  • $150 Gift Card for the Top Fundraising Individual
  • $250 Gift Card for the Top Fundraising Team
  • Draw $50 Gift Cards for two individuals that raise $100+ (1 entry per person) 

Rules: Top fundraiser in each category wins a gift card. Cut off for draw is: May 4, 2019 at Noon. Winners will be drawn on Hike Day, May 5, 2019 and will be announced during the wrap-up celebrations after the Hike. 

Special Thank you to our Hike for Hospice Calgary 2019 Prize Sponsor:

Woods Edward Engineering

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Hike for Hospice Calgary FAQ's

What is the Hike for Hospice Calgary?

Sunday, May 5th marks the 14th 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. Register here

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. 

To view location and parking maps, see above - Getting There on May 5th. 

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?

2019 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 29th. 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 hike@hospicecalgary.ca. We also welcome comments about events and will take them into consideration when planning future events where appropriate and possible.

 

Hike for Hospice Calgary 2019 Sponsors

Interested in Sponsorship? Click here to learn more about our 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities.

Charitable Registration # 118963669 RR0001

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