Bison Homecoming Celebrations

As you have heard by now, wild bison have officially returned to Banff National Park.

In recognition of the effort, expertise and energy that so many individuals and organizations have donated to this initiative over the years, Bison Belong is hosting a series of celebration events in the coming weeks with live music and local fare. Parks Canada will be attending to provide first-hand stories from the translocation day along with photos and video of this historic moment for Canada.

We would love if you would join us at an event near you:

March 3
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
FREE ticketed event
6:30-9 PM
Information and ticket details:

March 10
Sundre Arts Centre
7-10 PM
Information and ticket details:

2017 AGM and Banquet

The annual FOESA AGM and Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2017!

The AGM will begin at 1 PM and we encourage the membership to attend as it makes an organization stronger if we can get input from a larger group of members and there is also added strength in the decisions that are voted on! Please come out and support your association!

The doors for the evening banquet will open at 5 PM with the bar open for cocktails and access available to the items on offer for the evening! Dinner will be at 6 PM, after which there will be introductions of the evening dignitaries, a few short speeches and a short presentation by Kenny Groat on construction and maintenance of backcountry trails. We are very happy to say that the entertainment for this year will again be the Tracy Miller Band who will swing into action around 9 PM and take you through to 1 AM if you care to hang in there that long! Throughout the evening, there will be breaks in the program so you can bid up your silent auction items and get your names down on the draws for the bigger items!

Some of the larger items for the special draws this year are: 1.) A “Cabela’s Big Horn 3” Outfitters Tent, 2.) A lightweight, compact stove designed to collapse down to where it can be put on a pack horse, 3.) Another wonderful Barb Few Quilt and 4.) A $500 Diamond Jewellery package for the ladies. There will be a large number of Silent Auction Items again this year as well!

Looking forward to you joining us there!!


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FOESA Upcoming Events

See all of the events scheduled on the Upcoming Events page.

Map Of FOESA Campgrounds

Thanks To The Horse Poker Rally Sponsers





Shell Canada


Lacombe Light Horse Association

Sundre IGA


Pappy’s Oilfield Services (Duane Papke, Suzanne Comfort)

High Country Controls (Bill Dunn, Mandy Baier)

Dougan’s Farm and Feed Supplies, Sundre, AB

GMH Livestock Services (Glen Haggerty)

Fortis Alberta (Jason Manke)

The OCS Group Inc. (Marcel Huys, Dylan Cousineau, Brent Nagy)


Central Alberta Co-op, Innisfail

Brisco Wood Preservers (Peter Mason)

Alberta Trail Riders Association



Thank You to the 2016 Family ATV Rally

We would like to acknowledge the following sponsors of the 2016 Family ATV Rally.


Over $1000

Shell Canada – Caroline Gas Complex

KADTEK Automation – Calgary / Sundre

Parkland Sled and ATV – Polaris – Red Deer

Mud Creek Medics – Rocky Mountain House

Over $500

Frontline Compression – Rimbey

Mobil 1 Express Lube – Red Deer

Onsite Machining – Innisfail

UFA – Innisfail

Jackpot Casino – Red Deer

Check Point Sponsors – over $250

Eldorado Pressure Services – Rocky Mountain House

Turple Brothers – Red Deer

Cassell Vac Trucks – Rocky Mountain House

Hymark Energy Services – Rimbey

Medicine Valley Transport – Eckville

Rainy Creek Power Sports – Eckville

Glenn’s Sports Line – Rocky Mountain House

Pure Chem Services – Calgary

Skydive Big Sky – Innisfail/ Golden

Central Alberta CO-OP – Innisfail


Special Thanks

Strachan Forest Products – Vance Graham – For the cord of split wood

Bighorn Heritage ATV Society – for trail maintenance and traffic control

Rocky CO-OP – donated bottled water

Nossack Meats – Red Deer – For the good deal on the Strip loins for the BBQ

Shell Caroline Gas Complex – for the use of their BBQ

Baker Hughes – for the use of their BBQ

Comm Group – Red Deer – for the use of 4 satellite phones for the event.

Door Prizes

Kal Tire -Rocky Mountain House

Caroline Supplies – Caroline

Safety Depot – Rocky Mountain House

Hitch ‘N Go – Rocky Mountain House

NAPA – Rocky Mountain House

NAPA – Innisfail

All Vac Sales – Innisfail

Canadian Tire – Rocky Mountain House

Innisfail Travel Services – Innisfail



All of the above sponsorships are greatly appreciated!!! We would not be able to maintain our campgrounds without the support of these fine community businesses.




Horse Stall Priorty

Dear Campers and Friends of the Eastern Slopes,

We have recently received correspondence from concerned members regarding horse stall and high line stall camp sites being occupied by camping units without horses. We, the Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association, support and encourage multi use of all of our 6 campground areas. As a courtesy to the campers with horses we are asking to give priority for the stalled and high lined sites to people travelling with horses. If the campground is full and no other options exist then by all means non horse users are welcome to use stalled and high lined sites. We operate on a first come first served basis.

Thank-you for your co-operation,


Update (owners found)Dog found in Seven Mile Flats campground


"Gracie" was originally seperated from her owners somewhere along #752 (Praire Creek Road) near the Swan Lake turn off.  Fom there some how travelled to the Cut Off creek area then over to Seven Mile Flats. Three weeks a lone and a lot of miles travelled.  Took us all most 3 days of spending time with her until she would trust us enough to touch her. Just one amazing dog.  We were so happy that all ended happily.  Many thanks to everyone who helped out. If anyone else can add to this story, it would be interesting.


Larry Bishop





My parents are currently out camping at the Seven Mile Flats campground and found a dog wandering around. They  weren't able to get close enough to read her tags, but she does have a collar on.They asked me to send you an email in case the dog's owner's might have contacted you. They'll be out there camping until this Friday, September 9, they can contact Larry at 587-989-1962.  I have attached some pictures they were able to get of the dog.





An Update on Events at the Bighorn Campground

On Saturday, August 20, FOESA Bighorn campground host, Tom Davidson, had an accident and broke his left ankle. Tom was taken to Red Deer Hospital and had surgery to pin and plate the fracture. Tom is doing very well with a favorable prognosis for full recovery. He was discharged from Red Deer Hospital on Tuesday afternoon and will be under the care of his family doctor back home in Castor, Alberta. Some of his friends will be dismantling Tom's camp later this week so "The Bighorn Hilton" will be closed for the season. For further information or for enquiries and/or membership payments, please contact one of the FOESA directors.

The FOESA Directors and the entire FOESA Family wish Tom the best for a speedy and full recovery!

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