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Meet Our New Alberta Parks Ambassadors!

We are happy to welcome 8 new ambassadors this year. 

We received 200+ applications this year (thank you applicants!), so it wasn't an easy decision. We chose our Ambassadors from many different walks of life – united by a love for Alberta Parks and a desire to be social about their love. Our Ambassadors love to #enjoy, #discover and create incredible memories through experiencing Alberta Parks. Their adventures continue year-round, so check their social media channels regularly to see the fun they're having.

This year our Alberta Parks Ambassadors program will focus on:

Their mission is to:

Our Ambassadors completed the Travel Type Quiz to help describe what type of traveler they are. You can take the Travel Type Quiz too! (Travel choices are based on personal beliefs, social values and even world view.)

Dave & Anne

Amanda M

Traveller Type: Virtual Traveller

Amanda was born and raised in Alberta. She spends her time exploring and camping around this beautiful province with her boyfriend and two pups, Rufus and Ryder. When she isn't working she tries to get outside as much as possible through camping, hiking, snowshoeing, quading/dirt biking, or paddle boarding. Head over to her blog, Life in Alberta, to follow along on her adventures! 

Dave & Anne

Canadian Camping Couple

Traveller Type: Free Spirit

We are Anne & Dave, a very active couple with our Daughter Emersyn and our Labrador Cody. We enjoy exploring the rivers, lakes and trails in Alberta Parks. We tow our very cool 1969 vintage Airstream almost every weekend and love to discover and experience new parks, people and places. We are paddlers, bikers and hikers. We love camp games and socializing around the campfire. We have had the opportunity to explore and experience many Alberta Parks. This will be our first camping season with our little one so it will be an entirely new adventure for all of us.
You can't miss our trailer so please come and say hi if you spot us out exploring.

Dave & Anne

Carina S

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

My name is Carina and I'm originally from rural Ontario but have lived in Alberta for 9 years now. My move to Alberta was to start my career in electrical but it has also led me to dig deep into my passion for the outdoors. 

Hiking is a beautiful escape; I love the simplicity of only requiring a few supplies, a good pair of boots and a tank of gas. I also have a love for photography and sharing my images to hopefully inspire others to get outside and seize the vast opportunity we have in this province. Most of my adventures occur within a days drive of my home. Getting outside locally or in the nearby mountains almost every set of days off; rain, shine, snow, sleet is always worth it! 

I am constantly stumbling upon new and exciting hiking opportunities and destinations and love to go with my hubby and any friends and family who are interested in joining us. Alberta has so much to offer, right in our backyard and I feel like sharing images and experiences really seems inspire others and helps people to realize what a delicate beautiful country we have that needs to be taken care of.

You can find me hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing or generally hanging out in the Alberta back country as well as easily accessible destinations. I can't wait to share all of the "hidden gems" that Alberta has to offer, they are endless and within everyone's reach. 

Dave & Anne

Chris M

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

Chris is a fine art landscape photographer who specializes in multi-image photography. Chris is obsessed with the mountains, and everything in between; the forests, wildlife, valleys, rivers, lakes, canyons, stars and aurora, the endless wild spaces waiting to be explored through his lens. Chris travels with his girlfriend and pet Akita, they love to go on adventures all year long; hiking, camping and snowshoeing. For Chris, photography is healing, the different aspects of the creative process help create flow and focus. Chris hopes his photography will encourage you to explore more of Canada's rich and beautiful wild spaces. Chris love diversity Alberta Parks has to offer, he can't wait to share his explorations. 

Dave & Anne

Karen U

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

Karen is married to her backpacking sweetheart and is a mother and lover of maps, mountains, and mochas. With her Geography degree and experience leading hikes and backpacking trips in the Rockies, she is full of ideas on where to go and what to do. The mission of her blog, Play Outside Guide, is to provide “everything families need to know to get outside and have fun"

Dave & Anne

Kelsy N

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

Kelsy loves exploring Alberta with her two young daughters and her husband Tim. Together they write a blog, Twirls and Travels, all about their weekend summer adventures.  They love exploring places they've never been- especially finding those hidden Alberta gems. They tend to spend as much time as possible in the water, whether it be a river, a creek or a lake.  They also enjoy spending time connecting around a campfire and love to encourage other families to get out and do the same.

Dave & Anne

Kimberly O

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

I've lived in Alberta my entire life and am a wife and mom to a 4 year old boy and 2 Pomeranian Chihuahuas. My summers as a child were spent fishing, exploring lakes and enjoying campsites in Northern Alberta with my family. This is something that is very important for me to pass on to my child. To live life, in my opinion, is to explore the world around us and that is when we truly can understand our purpose. There is nothing like the open road! During the summer, you can usually find me camping at an Alberta Parks site with our newly purchased 1987 trailer (the same one I travelled in as a child!). I love to hike, tell long stories around the campfire, soak up the Alberta sunshine and just get out there in nature and wander. Watching my young child become an avid camper himself is pure joy and I am so excited to share all that Alberta Parks has to offer with him!

You can find me sharing my experiences, reviews and Alberta travel tips on albertamamas.com 

Dave & Anne

Lacey

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

Hello! My name is Lacey and I was born in a small town in northern Alberta. I've lived all over this beautiful province and seen some incredible sights and met many amazing people along my adventures. I've always had a deep passion for nature and the outdoors and spend as much time there as possible. Some of my favorite activities are canoeing, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, nature photography and camping. I love to explore places I've never been but also enjoy taking friends and family to my favorite spots as well. I really enjoy spending time just connecting with the wild. I'm so excited to discover more of what Alberta parks have to offer!

Dave & Anne

Marko S

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

I have traveled to several countries and have seen some pretty amazing places, but there are not many places that compare to the beauty of our province. I think to being on top a mountain, observing eagles fly below and mountain valleys stretching as far as the eye can see, or kayaking on a pristine lake with a mirror reflection while loons call in the distance, or watching aurora dance in the foothills to the sound of coyotes howling. It is truly a remarkable place to live and explore. I look forward to rediscovering those special moments as a dad, and encouraging others to do the same though stories and photography. 

Dave & Anne

Melissa B

Traveller Type: No Hassle Traveller

Hey there! I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta but I consider home to be in the mountains on the weekends, preferably in a tent. I like getting lost in the simplicity of nature and exploring new trails with my boyfriend and our two pups, Otis & Bandit, who we take on all of our outdoor adventures. We like to hike and snowboard in the winter months, and during the summer we spend most of our weekends backcountry hiking, camping, biking, and napping in our hammock. I fell in love with rock climbing this winter and would love to take my new hobby outdoors in Alberta's beautiful parks.

Dave & Anne

Ryan K

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

Hello! My name is Ryan and I was raised in a small town in Central Alberta. I'm lucky enough to have travelled all over this beautiful province and seen some breathtaking views that have changed my life. Growing up I always spent a good amount of my time in nature and finding new hidden gems is one of my passions. I am a professional Stand Up Paddle boarder and was lucky enough to represent Canada in the 2016 World games which was hosted in Fiji. The sport allows me to travel and experience different parts of this province that I haven't had the opportunity to see before, while paddling Alberta's one of a kind lakes along the way. When not on a board I enjoy fishing, snowboarding, hiking, nature photography and camping. I am a new father and love to explore places I've never been but also enjoy taking friends and family to experience the outdoors and share some of my favourite adventures. I'm so excited to discover more of what Alberta parks have to offer!

Dave & Anne

Sarah B

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

I have called Alberta home for nearly 25 years. I am a wife, mother of grown twin boys, a small-town business owner and a hiker. In the past few years I started walking to get back into shape. Before I knew it, walking was hiking and then backcountry backpacking. I'd love to add fishing and kayaking to the list. In 2017 I intend to explore Alberta more than I ever have before. I'm looking forward to highlighting some of Alberta Park's Hidden Gems in the process. See you out there!

Dave & Anne

Sheena P

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

Sheena lives and breathes discovering and sharing off the beaten path experiences, around the Crown of the Continent (SW Alberta, NE British Columbia, & NW Montana). She is the story "wrangler" for the National Geographic Crown of the Continent Geotourism project (crownofthecontinent.natgeotourism.com) and shares places most respected and recommended by locals. A mother to an inquisitive and outdoor obsessed toddler and wife to an independent fly fishing guide she fully understands the importance of public lands and inspiring meaningful sustainable travel. You will often find her on the water paddling or fishing, camping under the stars, running trails, climbing mountains, biking, xc-skiing, roaming the Rocky Mountain Front, enjoying interpretive programming, and immersing herself in authentic cultural experiences. She makes a point to balance solo travel with family and friend travel. Either way, she finds Alberta Parks always a welcoming destination to explore. If you run into her, there is a good chance her trusty pottery mug with steaming chai and a local pastry will be in hand and she will be making friends with the locals. 

Dave & Anne

Tanya K

Traveller Type: Authentic Experiencer

I'm the mom of a spunky 8 year-old boy and I live in Calgary. Our family makes it a priority to get outside year-round. In the summer, we enjoy a wide variety of mountain sports including hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and paddling. I am an avid stand up paddleboarder and I especially love SUP paddling on rivers. The Red Deer River is one of my favourite places to paddle through the Alberta Badlands around Drumheller down to Dinosaur Provincial Park. In the winter we love skiing and snowshoeing. We do several ski trips into backcountry huts and cabins each winter and spend many weekends looking for frozen waterfalls.

Dave & Anne

Tyler D

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

I am originally from Saskatchewan, but have called Calgary, Alberta home for over nine years now.  I am a high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education and my passions lie within the outdoor and physical education fields.

I volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks, and the Calgary Guardian, where I am the Outdoor Editor in charge of reporting everything that makes Calgary’s enormous backyard an adventurer’s dreamland.  

In my free time I enjoy numerous outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, paddling, camping, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding, as well as team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with my wife and our dog, Rome.

Dave & Anne

Wendy D

Traveller Type: Cultural Explorer

My husband and our 2 dogs (Lacey and Summit) love to spend summer weekends hiking and camping. Our dogs are a big part of our family and our holidays and day trips are generally all about having fun with them. We have a 70’s era trailer that we’ve nicknamed “Nugget” that is small but mighty. He keeps us comfortable and dry when the weather is less than ideal and has logged many miles with us over the past few years. While it’s often hard to see wildlife with 2 dogs in tow, it is definitely something we keep an eye out for and when we do spot things, it is always a highlight of our trip. I’m also a bit of a photography freak - I never go anywhere without my camera.