Minibus Tours – Public and Private

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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. 

Bring your camera, camera manual, and enthusiasm.  Tripod optional.  Dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, insect repellent etc.   All tours leave from the Bow Valley Ranch.

 $20 per person (seating limited to 8 people)   Register through Eventbrite

  • September 14, 6:30-8:30pm   We’re sorry, this tour has been cancelled due to rain
  • September 23, 9-11am

Leave It To Beaver with Marshall Vokey – August 8th, 4:30-6pm

We call them nature’s engineers for good reason. No species other than humans has the potential to change the landscape as much as beavers do. They are strong, intelligent, hard working and make a significant contribution to watershed resiliency. Join us to understand their role in Canadian history and the part they play as integral members of the greater wildlife community.

Join us for this open air minibus tour from the Bow Valley Ranch out to Hull’s Wood to see lots of beaver activity and learn all about how we work to coexist in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

$15 per person (seating limited to 8 people)  Register through Eventbrite

About our instructors…..

Instructor Bob Bakker is a film and photography enthusiast who has completed the photography certificate program at SAIT. He moved to Calgary in 1997, and one of the first places his family frequented upon their arrival was Fish Creek Park.  Now his kids have grown up and gone, but you can find Bob and his wife – avid recumbent trike enthusiasts – pedaling through Fish Creek Park most weekends.   Bob’s passion for photography was handed down to him by his dad who owned a photography and photo finishing business in Winnipeg.  When he is not taking photos, he also enjoys drifting down the Bow and doing a bit of fishing.

Marhall Vokey is a graduate from the University of Guelph. Hi is also a substitute physics and math teacher for high school students. He enjoys biking, canoeing and animal watching; he is new to Calgary and is also enjoying becoming familiar with Fish Creek Provincial Park and the local flora and fauna.

 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 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 or 403-238-3841.