Public Minibus Tours
A spin on the Friend’s open-air electric minibus is a wonderful way to enjoy the diversity and natural splendor of Fish Creek Provincial Park, and to learn from our volunteer tour guides about fascinating and often little-known facts about the area. These tours also allow people with reduced mobility an opportunity to enjoy and explore the park to a greater extent than they would otherwise be able to do. Proceeds from our Minibus Tours directly support our conservation and education initiatives.
Introduction to Photography with Bob Bakker
This introductory level photography class is for people who need help or ideas with photographic composition and camera operation. Any camera will do, DSLR, Film, mirrorless, point and shoot or camera phone. The class will tour the park in an open-air minibus, and we’ll make a few stops along the way so that you can take some pictures, try out technique, and ask questions.
July 11 and Sept 11, 6-8pm
August 18, 9-11am
Only $20 – Register through Eventbrite
Past Programs This Year…..
Archaeology in the Park: Finding the Pioneers
History and Nature of Fish Creek Provincial Park
Engineered Wetlands in Fish Creek Provincial Park
A Look at our Tour Guides
Drew McKibben has been in the communications business for nearly 25 years as a journalist, a broadcaster and author of periodical nature stories for children. Before his communications career, Drew spent a decade in the backcountry as a fire lookout and lighthouse keeper, and as a foreman with federal and provincial parks building backcountry projects. He has also worked as an interpreter of cultural history at Calgary’s Heritage Park and is currently a river guide on the Bow River for Calgary’s River Watch program. Drew has been an avid volunteer with the Friends since 2014 and has taken the lead in the development of our newest walking tours, ReWilding Through Restoration and Alien Invasion.
Bob Bakker is a film and digital photography enthusiast who has completed the photography certificate program at SAIT. His passion for photography was handed down to him by his dad. When Bob is not taking photos, you can find him and his wife – avid recumbent bike enthusiasts – pedaling through Fish Creek Provincial Park, floating down the Bow, or doing a bit of fishing. This is Bob’s third year offering photography tours in the park!
Wayne Meikle worked for Provincial Parks in Alberta for 35 years until he retired as an Urban Park Planner. He worked mainly in the area of urban park management and has been involved in operations, construction and planning of urban parks. In Calgary, Wayne has been on numerous planning teams involving the planning and construction of major roadways, constructed wetlands and new subdivisions. He is a founding member of the Friends of Fish Creek and one of our most dedicated volunteers.
I sincerely appreciate the work and contributions that Wayne Meikle has made over many years of dedication to develop, preserve and protect natural areas of Alberta, and to continuously educate the public on these critically important ecosystems for all who live and play within them. I was touched to read the Calgary Herald article in September 2016 where he shared the experience of losing his wife Sheena earlier that year, and how the Memorial Forest has helped him to maintain perspective on life since then. Wayne’s time and effort to give back so much to the natural and human world in Alberta is impressive – to say the least. – Paul Klaasen
Here is what people are saying about our Minibus Tours:
“Very, very great afternoon!”
“I loved driving through nature and hearing stories about the park.”
“Enthusiastic speaker, great information, fun bus ride!”
“We will be signing up for more tours!”
We would love to hear from you if you have an idea for a new tour topic or the expertise and interest in facilitating a Minibus Tour. Contact Shana Barbour, Program Coordinator, at 403-238-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss becoming part of our Minibus Tour program.
Private Minibus Tours
Private Minibus Tours of the park are also available for groups of up to 8 people; please contact Program Coordinator, Shana Barbour, for more information at email@example.com or 403-238-3841.