The Finnish Society of Edmonton was established in 1953 to provide cultural, sporting, and recreational opportunities for its members and the community, and to preserve Finnish customs and language for future generations. In 1985,a portion of land at Fork Lake was leased and a clubhouse and sauna were erected there. The Society plays an active role in the Scandinavian community in Edmonton and Alberta and today offers several programs coordinated by volunteers.
Seniors gather together for theatre or concert trips or other activities; Ritva Haikarainen, the program coordinator, plans all the events to perfection.
Culture and Choir involves cultural activities such as bringing Finnish performers to Edmonton and organizing Finnish movie events. An important part of the program is the choir, Finntasia. For details see www.finntasiachoir.com.
The Leisure and Sports program is centered at Fork Lake campground, the site of sauna culture, fishing, midsummerfests, children’s activities, Nordic walking and fitness courses.
The Heritage program includes maintaining the Finnish heritage through events such as Heritage Days and various displays.
The Religious program, coordinated by Tiina Hohn, offers church services and cottage meetings and includes the sewing circle. Every fall there is a weekend camp at Kuriakos, Sylvan Lake.
Independence Day Message
from the President of Finland
Christmas Potluck Dinner
Dutch Canadian Centre/Home of the Scandinavians