FLC Seniors Outdoor Club

Check Bird Watchers and Walking below for details on weekly activities.

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The Ridge         May 11, 2022

    Welcome to the FLC Seniors Outdoor Club. Our club walks throughout the year; bird watching and snowshoeing are seasonal. We also have some special events.

  • All events and activities are for Outdoor Club members only. See Membership Information for how to join at bottom of page (scroll down).
  • We ask that everyone wear their name tag, bring their FLC Seniors membership card and carry their Medical Emergency Card on all outings (medical emergency card is available at the first activity attended) .
  • Information on activities - meeting locations and times are available on this web page.
  • Information about Special Events may be sent through email messages.

WALKING

We have 2 walking groups: Leisure Walkers (2 levels) and Intermediate Walkers. Spring and summer walks are mainly taken along the many pathways around Calgary and are selected for the scenery and interest they offer to seniors. Starting points vary and participants are expected to reach these points by their own arrangements on time. Join the group which best meets your needs. Both groups are welcoming and social. No Sign Up needed.

Intermediate Walkers

Walks are 8 - 10+ km long, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours long, with variable terrain.

Date:               May 18
Time:              10:00 AM
Location:         Cranston Ridge and Valley 
Meeting Point: Good Earth Coffeehouse in Cranston
 
Directions: Going south on Deerfoot, take Exit 232 to Cranston Ave. SE.  Turn right into the Shopping Centre, 356 Cranston Rd. SE, T3M 0S9.
   
Route details: Cranston Wander - along the ridge and into the valley. Mainly paved pathways through the neighbourhood and along the river. Please remember to bring your membership card, water and good walking shoes.
 
Leader:   Miki  587-973-7628

Contact & Coordinator:   Jane  403-287-1593

Leisure Walkers

We are offering two levels of walks. LEVEL 1 will be 1½ hours long and approximately 5 to 6 km. LEVEL 2 will be 1 hour long and approximately 4 to 5 km. Both walks will always begin at the same location announced on this Outdoor Club web page each week for the following Wednesday.

Date:               May 18
Time:              10:00 AM, please arrive before 10:00 AM
Location:         Sue Higgins Dog Park 
Meeting Point: Sue Higgins Dog Park parking lot
 
Directions:  The Dog Park is located at the east end or Southland Drive SE....Just east of Deerfoot Trail SE.  Turn left into the parking lot.
 
Route Details:  An urban mixture of nature, communities, commercial and critters!  We will walk through the dog park over to the Bow River Pathway, east over the Harvie Bridge, then south.  We will connect with the pathway which runs between the communities of Riverbend and Quarry Park. At 19 St. SE there will be 2 options.  The 1 hour group can continue across 19 St. SE and walk straight along as far as 24 St. SE, turning around whenever.  The 1 1/2 hour group will cross 19 St. SE, continue along the pathway, then down the hill through the Quarry Park commercial buildings, west along the canal and back to the Bow River Pathway System. 
 
Coffee:  McDonald's on Bow Bottom Trail SE in the Deer Run community.      
 
Leader:  Robyn 403-271-0775

Contact & Coordinator:   Robyn   403-271-0775

Alternate Walks

Ad Hoc Dates - contact us if you would/could lead a walk on an alternate day. 

BIRD WATCHERS

 

Location: Calgary and surrounding area.

When: Birding activities are scheduled in April, May, June.  Remember your binoculars (or camera if you prefer). New birders are welcome.

Friday, May 27, meet at Bridlewood Marsh (Wetlands) at 8:00 AM.  No birding on May 20.
 
Birding at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on May 13, was excellent.   Total count - 20 on the bird list, 4 people.  Lots of Wood Ducks, Mergansers, and a clear view of an Osprey.
 
It can be cool so remember mitts, toque, etc. We will be walking so wear appropriate footwear. Binoculars and a bird book add to your enjoyment. 
 
Driving directions: Bridlewood Marsh is located on James McKevitt Rd. SW.  Park in the strip mall on the right side of the road (17103 James McKevitt Rd. SW, T2Y 3Y4 -  near John Henry's Pub).  We will walk across the road to the marsh.  One of the main birds there is nesting Red Necked Grebes.
 
Contact & Coordinator:   Barb Dick   403-988-7552

 https://calgaryherald.com/special-sections/encore-lifestyles/calgarians-are-flocking-to-birdwatching

snowshoeing

Snowshoeing will focus on winter enjoyment in Calgary and surrounding areas. Outings will vary in time from 2 – 5 hours depending on location. We will have 2 groups – Intermediate Group, and Leisure Group whose outing location, pace and length will be geared to the participants.

Locations:
Calgary - Fish Creek areas, Maple Ridge Golf Course
Cross Conservation Area, Bragg Creek, Sandy McNabb area, Kananaskis Country.

Leisure Group - enjoy 2 hours of snowshoeing; Intermediate Group - over 2 hours.

COME EARLY, HAVE EQUIPMENT ON,  ADJUSTED AND BE READY TO START AT 10:00 AM (unless another start time is posted).

Weather Guidelines: We will snowshoe at temperatures up to -15C with no wind, or -10C with a slight wind. Please check the weather forecast for 10:00 AM. It will be our source for weather. Come dressed in layers; bring snacks, water (and a lunch - Intermediate Group). Please remember your medical cards, poles, gaiters, snowshoes and icers.

Please check here for changes or cancellations of snowshoeing outings every Friday morning in winter before 8 AM.

Leisure Group:

Check back here shortly before winter 2022 - 2023.
Contact & Coordinator:   Phyllis Thornton, 403-272-4108. Email: [email protected]

Intermediate Group:

Check back here shortly before winter 2022 - 2023.
Contact & Coordinator:   Bob MacNeill, 780-505-0000
 
FLC Seniors Outdoor Club President:

Contact:   Phyllis Thornton, 403-272-4108
Contact by filling out this e-mail form. ([email protected])

Membership Information:

Current Outdoor Club members will automatically be renewed at no charge for the 2021-22 membership year. You must still renew your FLC Seniors Club membership. New FLC Seniors members may join/purchase an Outdoor Club membership for $5.00. This is done through the FLC website - Membership. Go to Membership Info, Renew or Sign Up Online. Select Activities - Sign Up. Select Outdoor Club from List. For more information:

Contact:   Jane Braathen, 403-287-1593

Contact by filling out this e-mail form. ([email protected])

 

Upcoming Outdoor Club Events

There are no events scheduled.