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.
Archaeology in the Park: Finding the Pioneers with Drew McKibben – June 23, 1-4pm
Calgary’s Euro-Canadian history dates back 142 years to where Fish Creek flows into the Bow River. Archaeological evidence discovered in Fish Creek Provincial Park offers a unique glimpse of life on the western prairie for pioneers and cowboys. Climb aboard the minibus for a scenic tour from the Bow Valley Ranch are to Bebo Grove and explore the creation of our community; learn about the history of the early pioneers who made this area their home and about the archaeological evidence they have left behind.
Only $30 – Register on Eventbrite
**Historical resources are sensitive and non-renewable. Once the contents and the context of a site have been disrupted, the ability to interpret their meaning is lost forever. The Alberta Historical Resources Act governs the excavation or collection of archaeological material and a special permit is required to conduct an archaeological excavation. Report a find to the Alberta Archaeological Survey.
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
Engineered Wetlands Tour of Fish Creek Provincial Park with Wayne Meikle – July 25, 7-9pm
Enjoy a two-hour spin on the open air electric Minibus through the heart of Fish Creek Provincial Park! Learn about the park’s engineered wetlands which were constructed as a way of minimizing the level of pollutants running into the creek and have benefited the overall health of the park ecosystem.
Only $20 – Register through Eventbrite
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.
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.