Walking and Other Education Tours

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Fish Creek Provincial Park is a vast cultural, historical and ecological resource.  The Friends Walking Tours and other educational outings offer tremendous opportunities for visitors to learn from experienced guides about a variety of topics including history, nature, engineered wetlands and yes, even ghosts!

Marshall Springs Walking Tour with Wayne Meikle – August 8th, 7-9pm

Each area of Fish Creek Provincial Park is special and unique in its own right, and Marshall Springs is no different.  Join Friends’ founding member and volunteer extraordinaire, Wayne Meikle, to learn about the history of the area and how Fish Creek Provincial Park came to exist.

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Leave It To Beaver with Marshall Vokey – August 15th and 22nd, 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.

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ReWilding Through Restoration with Drew McKibben – October 7, 1-3pm

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 Drew McKibben to learn about how this happens and how the Friends work to engage the community at large in helping to “ReWild” the park through hands-on stewardship work.

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The Ghosts of Fish Creek –  6:30-7:30pm

The fascinating history of Fish Creek Provincial Park lends itself to a myriad of mysterious happenings! Tour guide Wayne Meikle has had his own share of scary encounters in the park during his time as an Alberta Parks employee, and he’ll share this and more during this fun and freaky walking tour of the Bow Valley Ranch area.

Back by popular demand, this event sells out quickly every year – don’t wait too long to register!

$7 per person, Register soon so you don’t miss out!  No drop in’s please

A Look at Our Tour Guides…..

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. In his private life, he has been an elected councilor in both Vermilion and Okotoks and involved with many volunteer committees and organizations that work to improve the quality of the environment and our communities, such as the Friends of Fish Creek.  Wayne is one of the Friends’ founding members and continues to be one of our most dedicated volunteers.

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. His work has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including the Calgary Herald, Backpacker, Beautiful British Columbia and Alberta Venture.  Drew also spent a decade in the backcountry as a fire lookout and lighthouse keeper, and a trail builder in federal and provincial parks. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he has also worked as a journalism coach to elementary school children. As a Friends of Fish Creek volunteer, he’s spent time researching, writing and interpreting public tours on the park’s archaeology and riparian restoration stewardship work. 

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.

 *These tours are outdoor programs,  or have an outdoor component, and carry risks outside of the facilitator’s control. By attending these programs you are agreeing to do so at your own risk.*

**Cancellation policy: In the event of inclement weather, tour cancellations will be posted on this page within 4 hours prior to the tour time (or in the case of an early morning program, the evening before).**

Past Programs This Year….

May 6th- Fish Creek Stories: The History and Nature of Votier’s Flats (the Friends’ Jane’s Walk offering)

If you have ideas for educational tour offerings in the future, or for more information, please contact Shana Barbour, Program Coordinator, at shana@friendsoffishcreek.org or 403- 238-3841.