Treks and Travels
Monthly, 7:30-9:00 p.m., at Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Avenue NW (free street parking is available in the evenings). Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.

Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! CALL members are an adventurous group and are interested in hearing about active and interesting global pursuits. Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.

We are looking for more CALL adventurers–CALL members and others– to come forward to stimulate and inspire us with accounts of their treks and travels. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Janet Samber or Richard King via e-mail at travel@calgarylifelonglearners.ca.


Fall 2014 / Winter 2015

  • Wednesday, September 17

Treks 1

Mali, Timbuktu and Beyond – Janet Samber

Janet was lucky enough to visit Timbuktu and attend the Essakane Festival of the Desert before the festival was suspended and so many of the monuments and literary treasures of Timbuktu , a World Heritage site, were destroyed by Islamist extremists during the armed insurrection of the separatist movement in this troubled region, Scenes from Bamako, the capital of Mali, and of rural villages, with an emphasis on the Dogon culture will also be presented.

  • Wednesday, October 15

Treks 4 Alison Longson

To Africa with the Stephen Lewis Foundation – Alison Longson

Last April Alison was privileged to be one of 22 Canadian grandmothers chosen to go with the Stephen Lewis Foundation to Africa. They visited some of the projects the foundation supports in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and South Africa.. Alison was told by one of their partner African grandmas to “always carry our stories with you”,and that is why she is now excited to share some of the stories with you.

  • Wednesday, November 19

China, Pakistan, and India – Richard King

This presentation will involve pictures and stories of the highlights of Richard’ s 11 week journey by bicycle, bus, and train with his travel buddy, Ken Myher, in 2012. They started in Kashgar, China, followed the Karakoram Highway as far as Islamabad, on to Lahore and the Indian border, crossing at Waggah, then travelled north to south through India by way of Amritsar, Delhi, Agra,Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa and Mysore to the waterways of Southern Kerala. This was his longest cycle journey in both distance and time, and it was a grand adventure.

  • No show in December – Happy Holidays!
  • Wednesday January 21

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Polar bears of Canada and Norway — Jon Huyer

Photographer Jon Huyer has traveled extensively in the Arctic regions of Canada and Norway, and has captured images of polar bears in a wide variety of habitats. On this photographic journey, we will travel north of 80 degrees latitude to see bears hunting for seals on the pack ice of Svalbard. We’ll then head to the frozen shore of Hudson Bay in Nunavut to come face to face with polar bears on their annual migration to the ice. And finally we will experience the very rare and fantastic sight of a newborn polar bear cub emerging from the den with its mother, in Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba. Come and experience the incredible beauty and majesty of the world’s largest land carnivore, along with the spectacular scenery of the far north.