Walking Tours – Public and Private

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Fish Creek Provincial Park is a vast cultural, historical and ecological resource. The Friends’ walking tours and education programs offer tremendous opportunities for visitors to learn from experienced guides about a variety of topics including history, nature, engineered wetlands, archaeology and yes, even ghosts!

For those who may have limited mobility or might just be interested in a fun ride through the park, check out our Minibus Tours.


ReWilding Through Restoration with Tobin Benedict – August 20, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Many areas within Fish Creek Provincial Park suffer from the intensity of human use; this is particularly the case along the banks of Fish Creek where human activity can contribute significantly to an overall decline in ecosystem health. Join the Friends of Fish Creek to learn about how this happens and how we work to engage the community at large to “ReWild” the park through hands-on stewardship work. Starting from Cookhouse at the Bow Valley Ranch, this is a gently 2 hour stroll on flat paved pathways. 

Free. To Register, Visit Eventbrite

 

Alien Invasions with Annette Ng- July 29, August 19, August 26, September 16, September 23, October 14, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

They come from afar, infiltrating our landscapes and squeezing out the local inhabitants. Many of us are complicit in facilitating their spread, but few understand the impact that a a seemingly harmless garden sprout can have on our beloved local ecosystems. Come learn about the importance of native plants, how their existence is threatened by the continued spread of invasive plants, and what we can do about it. Starting from the Cookhouse at the Bow Valley Ranch, this walking tour will be on primarily flat ground and is approximately 3.5 km in total.

Free. To Register, Visit Eventbrite

 

Wander with Wayne with Wayne Meikle- August 14, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Friends of Fish Creek founding member and 35 year Parks employee, Wayne Meikle, on a wandering walking tour through the westernmost area of Fish Creek Provincial Park. Learn some of the parks fascinating and little known history, from the creation of its Engineered wetlands to its resilience through times of extreme flooding.  Experience the beauty of the creek  and surrounding forests with this treasured local expert as your guide. Starting from the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre at Shannon Terrace, this walking tour will be on both paved pathways and unpaved trails.

$5 per person. To Register, Visit Eventbrite

 

Going Batty in Fish Creek Provincial Park!August 16, 8:30-10:30pm

The Friends are teaming up with the Alberta Community Bat Program and the Friends of Fish Creek to offer this rare opportunity to learn about one of our favorite animals that frequents Fish Creek Provincial park – Bats!!!  We’ll take a short walk around the the Visitor Centre area with bat detectors so you can listen for bats echolocating. A short presentation before bats are active at sunset will give you an opportunity t  learn lots of interesting bat facts, and hopefully see some bats in action!

Meet at the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Center.  Bat talk between 8:30 and sunset (around 9:30pm) and then a chance to walk and listen for bats until 10:30pm. Families welcome!

This is a free event, fun for the whole family!

We’re sorry, but tickets for this event are Sold Out

 

Ghost Tours with Wayne Meikle and Angel Spasoff- October 28, 29, 30,  6:30- 7:30 pm

Join us, if you dare!!!  You never know what you’re going to see!  Mwahahahahaaaaa!

Tour the historic Bow Valley Ranch area of Fish Creek Provincial Park to learn about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt here!  Hot chocolate will be served to keep you warm and toasty (please remember to bring a travel mug).  And don’t forget to wear your scariest Hallowe’en costume (possibly with layers, as this is an outdoor program) and good walking shoes.

Great for all ages (although it may be a bit scary for younger listeners).  This walk is also good for most levels of mobility; it is mainly on paved pathways, flat ground and less than a total of 1km.  

$7 per person.

To Register, Visit Eventbrite


Private Tours

Private Walking Tours of the park are also available for groups of up to 30 people.  To submit a tour request, please complete our new on-line booking form.  By clicking on “Submit” you agree to our tour Terms & Conditions.

1 hour tours – $100

2 hour tours – $200


For more information, contact Emma Dunlop, Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator, at 403-238-3841 or at emma@friendsoffishcreekorg.


Photo Credit: Julie Gordeau, Capture Nature Photo Contest (2017)