In 1962, the first swans made their way to Camrose – a pair of graceful Polish Mutes affectionately known as “Hal” and “Faxi” (donated by the City of Halifax) made their home on Mirror Lake for many years. Over five decades later, Camrose is still very well-known for its beautiful landscapes, complimented by picturesque swans on local waters. Camrose continues to maintain close relationships with both the Canadian Wildlife Service and Friends of Elk Island Park Society, participating in various swan education and conservation initiatives. The City of Camrose often assists conservation efforts by welcoming orphan or injured birds to stay snug in our winter facilities.

The city's treasured birds, both Trumpeter and Mute swan varieties, are cared for year-round by dedicated city staff. The birds spend the winter in a state-of-the-art indoor facility during the months when ice is present on city waters.

We would like to remind citizens that the swans are still wild animals and to take precautions with them by not feeding them and staying a safe distance away.

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