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. In 1985, a portion of land at Fork Lake was leased and a clubhouse and sauna were erected there.
Today, the Society is active in the Scandinavian community in Edmonton and Alberta and offers several programs coordinated by volunteers.
Seniors gather together for theatre or concert trips or other activities; Ritva Haikarainen is the program coordinator for these events.
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, the site of sauna culture, fishing, midsummerfests, children’s activities, Nordic walking and fitness courses.
The Heritage program maintains the Finnish heritage through events such as Heritage Days.
The Religious program, coordinated by Tiina Hohn, offers church services, cottage meetings and the sewing circle. Every fall there is a weekend camp at Kuriakos, Sylvan Lake.
February Finland Society/Suomi Seura ry Information Bulletin (including details of summer language courses
Dutch Canadian Centre/Home of the Scandinavians