Visit the Burgess Shale (Walcott Quarry)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join CALL and learn about the world’s best known fossils. David Moore holds an MSc in geology and paleontology and has been a guide with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation for over twenty years. Join David with his engaging style and sense of humor and be introduced to the wonders of the most famous fossils in the world. He will take CALL members to this protected location and describe why the organisms of the Burgess Shale have taught us more about early life on Earth than any other fossil locality in the world. The tour is on September 11 and starts at 8:00 a.m. MDT in Field, BC. at the Yoho Trading Post gas station.

Please read the notes below – this is a FULL day trip of hiking in the mountains that requires sufficient fitness. You’ll need good footgear, associated equipment plus a lunch and lots of water. Plan for a 10 hour day. Maximum of 12 people on a tour. If there are more than 12 people we will have a second guide.

CALL members have two options for this trip.

Option One: Come just for the day – meet us in Field at 8:00 a.m. MDT at the Yoho Trading Post gas station.
Cost is $120 for the guide (you provide your own equipment, lunch and water)

Option Two: Stay overnight in Field for two nights.

September 10 – Arrive in Field the day before the tour to stay relaxed! CALL has rooms booked at the Truffle Pigs Lodge and will host a wine and cheese get together before dinner (BYOB).
September 11 – Hike to the Burgess Shale Walcott Quarry, return to the Truffle Pigs Lodge
September 12 – Check out and return to Calgary, continue to the west coast, or wherever your plans take you

Cost is $120 for the tour and $110 per night per person, double occupancy. This is an approximate room cost and includes taxes. We ask that you phone Jennifer at the Truffle Pigs Lodge at 250-343-6303 and tell her that you are with CALL to make your booking (you provide your own equipment, lunch and water).

To secure your place on this exciting tour, please email Sue Constable ( to indicate your intentions. She will tell you where to send your $120 cheque made out to the Burgess Shale Foundation. You will also be required to fill out a waiver prior to undertaking the hike.

CALL Gala Cafe

Monday, September 15th,
Marda Loop Community Hall,
3130 16 Street SW, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Calgary’s fastest growing and most innovative adult learning group will go city wide when it touches down in Marda Loop to launch its fourth year of program offerings.

CALL began in September 2011, with some 100 members enrolled in a variety of interest groups, operating mostly out of a northwest location at Rosedale Community Association. Three years later, with more than 400 members and some 40 interest groups, CALL is set to go citywide with ever more programs and interest groups using a number of locations both north and south of the Bow River.

The September 15 Gala Cafe will feature Kris Demeanor, the City of Calgary’s first poet laureate. Demeanor’s topic is “Good-Natured Jester or Speaker of Truth to Power: Reflections on Being Calgary’s First Poet Laureate.” Demeanor will address the dilemma of any official poetry representative. Can the poet laureate broach “difficult” subjects, or must he/she stay within a limited “comfort zone” and speak the language of the local booster?

The Cafe will also provide information about CALL’s new and continuing programs, plus opportunities to renew or sign up for new memberships.

CALL interest groups cover a wide range of activities, from current affairs to movies, philosophy to theatre, exploring the city to exploring the world. Monthly CALL Cafes feature well-known speakers, while lecture series explore such controversial topics as the oil sands and the fracking industry.