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Thursday December 11 10:00 a.m


The annual Christmas Lunch was held on Friday December 5, 2014 at the Elk's Club and was a huge success. A record number of one hundred and sixty members enjoyed a Christmas Buffet of turkey with all the trimmings, fresh vegetables, salads and desserts.

A message from the Social Director follows:

Thank you again for your outstanding support of our Christmas Luncheon at the Elk’s Club. As usual, we were treated royally by the staff and our own volunteers.

Thank you Tom for the pens and pins from the Calgary Poppy Fund. What a nice touch.

Thank you Keith for the great pictures. They always add so much to our special occasions .

Thank you members for your prize donations that were so appreciated by the winners.

A special “Thank you” to our board for subsidizing most of the ticket prices , for the four bus voucher prizes and for the lovely poinsettias.

The Calgary Poppy Fund was also very grateful for our generosity. Along with several bags of food, we raised $1,365.00 in cash and cheques. Great Job!

Continue enjoying your winter activities and have a wonderful Christmas!



Sadly our beloved Honorary Member Laurette Roth passed away on Sunday November 2nd, 2014.

There will be a Gathering to Celebrate her life  at MCINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells) at 2720 Centre Street North on Thursday November 6th, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 24th Avenue NW on Friday November 7, 2014 at 12 noon followed by lunch. 

Her obituary can be viewed at Laurette Roth Obituary.
Condolences may be forwarded through  

In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be send to Agape Hospice, Rosemount Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.

As a tribute to Laurette, a selection of photographs of Laurette enjoying outings with the Club is included in the photographs section of this page.


City walks continue year round and, like our other activities, are very popular.

Check the Club hot line or email each week for details of the location of the upcoming Monday walk.


Our winter season started on November 26th with an outing to Lake Louise. Members enjoyed a great day of cross country skiing and snowshoeing with early season conditions. We returned to Lake Louise for our second outing on December 3rd. Conditions had improved since the previous week contributing to a great day out.

The outings are already proving popular. The bus was full for our second outing. Register early to ensure your seat on the bus !!


Hyperlinks to our growing repertoire of bespoke Summer SSOC maps are in the pages titled 'SSOC 'Maps'. To access this from the Menu System opposite follow the sequence which pops out sideways to the right:

Out-of-City Activities–>Hiking–>Trail Information->SSOC Maps

We urge all Members to come on outings armed with a downloaded and printed 'Map of the Day'. This is especially important when we are visiting a new or variant of a venue.

The Club makes every effort to look after Members and Guests on outings, but the bottom line is that each person is responsible for him or herself.

This is for anyone having difficulty in viewing and downloading a map:

You are asked to 'click on hyper link'. Hyperlinks are links which take you to a document held on the website one is in. Links take one to a document on a different website. Both take the form of underlined red text, as per the example below:

CG49 Jumpingpound Loop

Once the map is open and displayed you must download it. Different browsers have similar Download control icons. Sometimes you will see a 'Download' button; sometimes this is shown as a 'floppy disk' icon. Identify and click on it. The maps are often a megabite or two in size so the time taken to download can be several seconds or more, depending on the speed of your internet connection. If you have cable it takes only a few seconds, but not all of us are so lucky. Be patient and watch your downloading progress indicator.


Photos from recent outings are always gratefully received. Would-be contributors please note, however, that photographs should be submitted FULL SIZE, as from your cameras – and that before sallying forth, cameras should be set to record as JPG fine, full size. This is because significant upscaling of photos even in Photoshop results in reduced definition and sharpness. Furthermore, cropping and / or re-sizing is often required before 'saving for web' which accentuates loss of resolution. A further point to check is that your email does not send them at a reduced size, e,g., 'Small', Medium' or 'Large', so confounding your careful work. Please send at 'Original size, without date, time etc included in the image itself. This allows us to accord full justice to your works of art! It is further helpful if the camera is set to the correct date and time!

If you would like to see your photographs so included, credit will be given to the Photographers as appropriate.

Nothing again this time!

WEBSITE UPDATES: The website will be updated at the end of each month.

For over 30 years, the Second Sixties Outdoor Club, based in Calgary, Alberta has provided year round outdoor activities for seniors who share a love of the outdoors and enjoy opportunities to socialize with a group of like-minded individuals. Although originally formed for seniors the Club welcomes new members who are aged 50+, and has a significant number of members in the 50 to 65 age band, the ‘over-fifties'. The Club is unique in being an outdoor club for seniors that operates year-round.

In addition to Hiking, XC Skiing and Snowshoeing the Club offers City Walks, Golf and Social events. In the spring and summer months, members can take advantage of up to 3 outings per week; Hiking in Kananaskis Country and Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, City Walks and Golf, and, in the winter months, up to 2 outings per week; XC Skiing and Snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, and City Walks. Outings to Kananaskis Country and the National Parks are by chartered bus on Wednesdays departing from the northwest of Calgary (see Pickup & Parking).

All activities cater to a wide range of abilities and are conducted with the safety of participants as a prime consideration.

Below are thumbnails of a selection of photographs taken at the 2014 Christmas Party and the December 10th Outing to Lake Louise. Photos courtesy of Orvel Miskiw. Don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.

Linda gets the party going

Our sumptuous Christmas Meal

Keith in Scottish finery

Hungry hikers line up for food

Louise Creek art

Mountain scene at Lake Louise

Along the Tramline trail

Club Members are encouraged to become involved in the organization of the Club by volunteering for tasks such as planning outings, volunteering to lead a group on an outing or joining the Board of Directors.

Take a look at our website activities pages and contact us if you feel that the Second Sixties Outdoor Club is for you. We welcome new members.

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