Wild Viewfinder Tours
Based in Sherwood Park, Alberta
Why do we travel? We travel to explore, to learn, to experience, to meet and understand new people and to collect experiences.
Wild View Finders offers wildlife/scenery day and weekend road tours as well as week or month long tours of Canada or USA to small groups of like-minded friends or family.
Based in Sherwood Park, Alberta, about 1/2 hour from Edmonton International airport, we have easy access to National Parks as well as several provincial wild land areas and miles of beautiful, modern and historic rural farmland and attractions.
Seniors or others who have lost their mobility but not their desire or love of life may enjoy an easy day trip to refresh their souls.
Tour options may include visiting historic sites, local museums, parks, cultural events, wildlife or bird watching. We can stop for lunch at local restaurants or pack a picnic lunch. Other tour options might include: Nostalgic visits to family homestead, school or small town, auction sale, rodeo, music/cultural festival, quiet time beside a river or lake. I am a wildlife photographer and writer so I really enjoy taking small groups who just want to get out to do some wilderness photography. I can help with learning basic skills of getting better photos.
Your tour will begin as I pick you up at your home or hotel at Edmonton or Sherwood Park area. Your clothing and footwear should be casual and comfortable.
Please let me know if you have allergies and bring your own medicine, including epi-pen if required.
Outdoor meals, if requested, will consist of various meats, barbecue, salads, fruits and desserts. We may also stop at local restaurants or farmers markets for meals. Any allergies, vegetarians, etc. You may want to carry money for souvenirs and personal items, bring identification, cell phone, heath care cards or health insurance papers, medications and contacts in case of emergency.
Guide-books, maps and bird ID books for the regions we are travelling in are carried.
It is your tour and I am very flexible, so bring what you think you might need to make your day enjoyable and memorable. Tours will include return transportation, park entrance fees, some binoculars, and trail meals where indicated as part of the tour. We limit the number of guests in order to provide personal attention, comfort and to minimize environmental disturbance. Tours do not have to be complicated or expensive to be enjoyable.
After raising his family on an acreage in Northern Alberta, Bob and wife Fay moved to Vancouver Island for 5 1/2 years. He took the Coastal Adventure Tourism course at North Island College which taught him varied courses from wilderness first aid, navigation on water or land, weather, sailing, boating, interpretation skills, group management, food safe and many others designed to keep guests safe, fed and entertained. For 5 seasons Bob enjoyed working at Knight Inlet Lodge as a wilderness guide to guests from around the world. Our common bond was the wildlife, from grizzly bears to birds and whales along with boat tours up spectacular coastal fjords, scenic islets and small settlements with their colourful people living there. He enjoyed working with guests to get fantastic photographic memories, add to their bird species lists and of course spending time with the beautiful grizzly bears who live and earn their living along the west coast. Bob and Fay moved back to Alberta to be closer to their family and new grand children.