When Kristine MacDougall stepped down from her position as editor of Experience the Cowboy Trail and Kananaskis Country, we knew we had to find someone talented to replace her. We are thankful that we found Larry Thomas to fill the role of editor! Larry grew up cowboying, logging and fly-fishing across British Columbia. For the past three decades he’s called the southern Alberta foothills home.

Larry’s experience in photojournalism and editorial work will be an asset to our publication. After earning his masters degree in animal science and range/pasture management at the University of Saskatchewan, Larry began writing for the Canadian Cattlemen Magazine where he became associate editor and worked for over two decades. In recent years he worked with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and has also written and edited print, web and B2B materials for several entities through his small business.

He lives north of Millarville, just west of the Cowboy Trail, and continues to be involved in local land, water and growth management initiatives. Larry is a skilled fly-fisher and outdoorsman and loves exploring the backcountry of western Alberta. He and spouse Leslie raise horses and operate a small Haskap (blue honeysuckle) berry farm.

Our annual Fish Creek publication has two big changes next year – a new editor and a new name! We’re renaming the “Experience Fish Creek Provincial Park & the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway” guide to “Experience Calgary’s Parks ‘n Paths.”

We’re also welcoming Anne Payne aboard as the new editor of Experience Calgary’s Parks ‘n Paths. She’s taking the place of Kristine MacDougall, who stepped down from her role for personal reasons.

Anne has loved writing and editing ever since she was young – she began both when she was 13! She now lives two blocks from Fish Creek Provincial Park and takes advantage of her locale by attending lectures and classes hosted by The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society and by hiking and cycling through the park. Anne sits on the Board of The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society and can be found cleaning the benches and artwork in The Artisan Gardens. She is the caregiver for a 14 year old Old English Sheepdog who likes to listen to Anne play the piano. Anne is excited to be involved in the expanded version of this publication!

We’re pleased to have Andrew Penner joining our team as the new editor of our Experience the Mountain Parks guide. He’ll be filling the role of our previous editor Kristine MacDougall, who stepped down from her position for personal reasons. Andrew is no stranger to the Experience the Mountain Parks publication – he’s written the articles “Glorious Greens,” “Golf The Trans-Canada Highway,” and “Golf the Yellowhead” for us.

Andrew also works from Calgary, Alberta as an independent writer and photographer. His articles and photos have been featured in Westerworld, UP!, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, NBC.com, and many other leading golf and lifestyle publications in North America. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, movies, and just chilling out in the backyard with his wife, Dawn, and their four boys.