STARS Celebrates 30 Years of Care in the Air


Alberta – Have you ever watched a STARS helicopter fly overhead and wondered what goes on inside? Or wanted to ask a STARS crew member a question? Here’s your chance to do all this and more at one of STARS’ upcoming open houses.

To mark our 30th anniversary, STARS is opening the doors of its Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie bases to give the public an inside look at how we operate.  At these events, guests will have the opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of a STARS base, complete with an up-close look at a STARS helicopter.

In addition to the base tour, guests will have the chance to:

  • Meet STARS pilots and air medical crew members
  • Tour the Mobile Education Unit and check out the human patient simulator
  • Meet STARS VIPs (Very Important Patients)
  • Hang out with STARBEAR
  • Purchase limited edition STARS 30th anniversary merchandise

Guests at the Calgary base open house will also have the chance to tour the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC). The ELC coordinates STARS missions 24 hours a day, linking emergency service providers together to coordinate the best care possible for each patient.

STARS has flown more than 30,000 missions since 1985 and we hope you will join us to celebrate this 30-year milestone.

A schedule of events and contact information for all three open houses are listed below.

Grande Prairie open house

Friday Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11 a.m. – doors open

Noon – BBQ Lunch

12:30 p.m. – introductions and welcome speeches

Address: 10911-123 St., Grande Prairie, AB

Calgary open house

Saturday Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11 a.m. – doors open

12:30 p.m. – introductions and welcome speeches

Food trucks will be available on site

Featured as part of Doors Open YYC:

Address: 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB

Edmonton open house

Monday Oct. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4 p.m. – doors open

5 p.m.  – opening speeches

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided


Address: Suite 100, 1519 35 Ave. East, Edmonton International Airport, AB


STARS is a non-profit that provides specialized emergency medical care and helicopter transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our physicians, nurses, paramedics and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS has bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

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