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Saturday , 24 July 2021

New vaccine lottery has great outdoor adventure prizes

By getting vaccinated, Albertans can win lifetime hunting licences, camping experiences and other chances to enjoy the bounty of Alberta’s wilderness.

The Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery gives Albertans another incentive to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This includes fishing licences, Canmore Nordic Centre ski passes and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a special licence hunting tag for bighorn sheep, trophy pronghorn, elk or turkey.

Albertans can have a chance to win these outdoor prizes by receiving their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and registering in the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 10.

“Alberta is going the extra distance to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” Jason Kenney, Premier said. “That means adding more targeted, unique prizes to our vaccine lottery. The Open for Summer Lottery has moved our vaccine numbers up and these new prizes should appeal to some folks who have not yet got around to being vaccinated.”

Due to the unique nature of these prizes, Albertans will be required to register separately for their chance to win. Anyone who already registered for the Open for Summer Lottery will need to register again specifically for the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery if they want to win these prizes. Winners are expected to be announced on Sept. 17.

“Hunters and anglers know that it is critical to follow the rules and to look out for one another in order to stay safe,” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health said. “I encourage them to apply this mindset to COVID-19 and book their shots if they have not already done so.”

To date, 74.2 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine and 55.9 per cent are fully protected with two doses.

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to ensure that Alberta is open for summer and I encourage all Albertans to do their part,” Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks said. “Alberta is a premier destination for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, hunting or fishing and this opportunity is one of the many ways to enjoy our beautiful backyard this summer with ease.”

Prizes available include:

One special harvest hunting licence tag

One winner will receive the opportunity to choose one special licence, for use in either 2022 or 2023, in the hunting draw booklet published for that year.

  • Choices may include unique and highly prized licence opportunities for species such as bighorn sheep, trophy pronghorn, elk or turkey.
  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a licence under the Wildlife Act and must comply with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation.
  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One lifetime hunting licence

One winner will receive a combination package consisting of a wildlife certificate, resident general white-tailed deer licence and a resident game bird licence for life, enabling the winner to hunt whitetail deer and upland game birds without paying to renew the licence each year.

  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a licence under the Wildlife Act and must comply with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation.
  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One lifetime sport fishing licence

One winner will receive an Alberta resident sport fishing licence for a lifetime of sport fishing across Alberta in accordance with the terms of the licence and all applicable federal and provincial legislation.

  • Winner must be eligible to obtain a resident sport fishing licence.
  • Special harvest licences for some species are excluded from the licence (e.g., walleye).
  • Winner must hold or obtain a wildlife identification number.

One of five Alberta Parks camping experiences

Winners receive three consecutive night stays in the Alberta Parks system, which can be used for stays as per the prize awarded for May 21 to Sept. 5, 2022.

  • Winners choose from comfort camping or individual reservable campsites.
  • Winners who choose to camp at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park or Dinosaur Provincial Park will also receive free interpretive tours.
  • Winners must provide the dates and locations of their desired camping experience by Feb. 1, 2022, in writing to Alberta Environment and Parks.
  • Winners must comply with all applicable park regulations and reservation terms and conditions.

One of ten Canmore Nordic Centre season ski passes

Valid Nov. 14, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

  • Winners can select either an individual or a family pass.
  • Winners must comply with all applicable park regulations and pass terms and conditions.

One of ten annual Kananaskis Conservation Passes

Valid for one year from date of issue.

  • Good for two licence plates from the same household plus a trailer.
  • Winners must comply with all applicable regulations and pass terms and conditions.

These prizes cannot be transferred or sold to another person.

Get your shot and register today

These prizes are in addition to the cash and additional prizes previously announced in the Open for Summer Lottery.

“We know Albertans are eager to start planning their summer adventures,” David Goldstein, CEO, Travel Alberta said.Let’s all do our part by continuing to follow public health guidelines and getting vaccinated now so that we can get back to normal this summer.”

Albertans need to register separately for the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery by visiting alberta.ca/outdoorlottery.

To book your COVID-19 vaccine, visit alberta.ca/vaccine to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies. Select locations across the province are offering first-dose walk-in clinics.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!