Thursday, October 1

2009 Great Excursions & Bluewater Adventures Roadshow

Join us for a vivid illustration of the changes in what today's consumers demand in the way of travel experiences: trips that are more immersive, transformational and that make a difference in the local communities where they take place. Welcome to the future of travel!

The presentations will feature free, live, audio-visual travelogues introducing some of Canada’s most authentic journeys… and a few exotic new offerings to warmer winter destinations.


Tuesday October 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
90-22nd Street East


Wednesday October 14, 7:00-9:00 PM
Best Western Seven Oaks Inn
777 Albert Street

The two presenters will be:

Randy Burke
Owner and Director of Bluewater Adventures

Since 1974, Bluewater has pioneered quality wilderness and wildlife eco-adventures. The tours raise the profile of wildlife cruising in British Columbia and Alaska and Bluewater continues to build on its eco-initiatives. At age 27, Randy bought Bluewater from Dan Culver and started on his journey with the company. A Skipper by nature, Randy has taken thousands of guests on memorable adventures along the BC and Alaska Coastline. He has sailed around the Pacific on Tall ships and had some amazing experiences worldwide. When he is not in the office or skippering trips, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife Cathy and his daughters Anna and Heather.

If you are looking for something more off the beaten path and are up for an adventure, Bluewater offers the trip of a lifetime! Aboard each trip is a Resource Guide with qualifications in biology, education, zoology, anthropology or ornithology. Our guides are not only experts in their field, but truly enjoy communicating their enthusiasm to others. Down below in the salon, our wonderful cooks serve gourmet meals and beautiful buffets.

Claude-Jean Harel, MA MAHI
Founder and Manager of Great Excursions

An applied anthropologist by training, Claude-Jean crafts "behind the scenes" vacations using a variety of techniques. He brings to the travel industry 25 years of broadcast media experience in the fields of culture, heritage and science, generating national and international attention for the distinctive qualities of the North American Plains region. Claude-Jean not only presents tourism products as “reportages” intended to be lived by guests, he is also a regular contributor to CBC Radio and Television programs. When not leading a tour, he delivers tourism workshops for private and public sector tourism organizations across Canada, as well as in Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska and Alaska.

Claude-Jean's work has won numerous awards including: the Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers' Club award. He is a former Commonwealth Relations Trust bursar. His work was nominated for a UNESCO Award; and in 2004, he was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Archaeology and Heritage with Distinction at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Claude-Jean's company recently joined the CAA Saskatchewan group of companies, and Great Excursions’ future has never looked brighter since.

It'll be an opportunity for discovery and great fun!

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.
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