Sierra Club started out as a hiking club in the US in 1892. The early members loved hiking in the Sierra Nevada and enjoyed the outdoors. When their favourite places were in danger they turned into an advocacy group to protect the wilderness. The Chinook Group goes back to the roots with regular outings in Calgary and the mountains.

In the past two years our core volunteer team dissolved due to school and work responsibilities. Now we are getting back on our feet. First with outings and soon again with expert presentations, campaigns and more.

What we have done in the past

  • Informing Calgarians about waste management
  • Working towards a pesticide-free Calgary
  • Advocating for the Castle Special Place to protect the unique wilderness area
  • Cleaning up Calgary's rivers and pathways to reduce pollution of our waterways
  • Monthly speaker panels ranging from tar sands to conscious consumerism
  • Fun outdoor trips to show you the wilderness

Our mission

As part of the Sierra Club Canada we believe in the power of the individual to make change. Our mandate is to educate, lobby, and work together for change. We recognize that we are not separate from the earth, but are one with it. With that recognition, we believe that it is our responsibility to protect the earth and health of all creatures living here.

Our goal is to ensure that future generations may enjoy this beautiful area in which we are privileged to live; that we do not destroy its beauty, its diversity, and its ability to sustain us. Therefore, our group is committed to protecting and improving the environment and ecosystems of Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Who might want to join
* people who like the outdoors and enjoy low-impact activities like hiking, camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, etc.
* people who love the mountains
* people who love the wilderness around Calgary and want to preserve it
* people who care about the environment
* people who love to have fun with others

Join us and be the first to know when new Meetups are scheduled
Log in with Facebook to find out
By creating a Meetup account, you agree to the Terms of Service

Recent Meetups

  • October 19, 2014 · 9:00 AM

    Grotto Canyon Hike

    9 Members | 4.00 | 127 Photos

    Time to work off the turkey or the tofu with a fall hike into Grotto Canyon, just outside of Canmore. This will be an interesting and an easy paced walk and climb with... Learn more
  • October 4, 2014 · 11:00 AM

    World Animal Day

    4 Members | 5.00

    Celebrate World Animal Day with Pages at the Plaza.  Speakers will be Dr Olivier Berreville with Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) and Else Poulsen... Learn more
  • September 28, 2014 · 9:00 AM


    10 Members | 5.00 | 117 Photos

    This first hike of the fall will take us up to Nihahi Ridge in Kananaskis, about 40 minutes west of Calgary. We start off through forests winding our way up to... Learn more
  • July 27, 2014 · 9:00 AM

    Barrier Lake Lookout Hike

    7 Members | 5.00 | 26 Photos

    Distance: 12.2 Km Round Trip Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 600m Duration: 4-6 hrs This moderate hike takes us through wooded trail that opens up from time to time... Learn more
  • June 22, 2014 · 8:00 AM

    Nature Walk with Gus Yaki at Butters' Ranch

    11 Members | 5.00 | 22 Photos

    We have been invited to tag along with the GWAS and Gus Yaki to explore the area around the Butters' ranch. Gus is extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as... Learn more
  • See all past Meetups

What's new


You don't have to be an expert to start your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy