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.
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.
Many of the recreational and sports programs of the Society take place at the Fork Lake summer camp, including sauna culture. The clubhouse also contains a library of Finnish language books.
The Heritage program involves being part of the Scandinavian pavilion at the Heritage Days Festival at Hawrelak Park, and other cultural displays and events.
The religious program is coordinated by Tiina Hohn and includes a yearly retreat.
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