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.


  • Thursday September 11 – All Day

Visit the Burgess Shale (Walcott Quarry)

Join CALL and learn about the world’s best known fossils. David Moore 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.

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.

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 at sconstable@shaw.ca 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.

Fall 2014

  • Wednesday, September 17

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

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

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.