International Excursions

The Alberta Foothills Desk and Derrick club has been fortunate to participate in amazing International Energy Excursions over the years. China in 2005, Australia in 2008, the British Isles in 2011, South Africa in 2013, and most recently the Fire & Ice Excursion in Iceland in 2016.  

August 2016 – Iceland Energy Excursion

Pictures to be available soon!

October 2013 – South Africa Energy Excursion

Alberta Foothills Energy Excursion Oct 2013 – Itinerary
Alberta Foothills Energy Excursion Oct 2013 – Registration
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South Africa Information
South Africa Travel Tips

June 2011 – British Isles Energy Excursion

In June, over sixty members and guests headed off on the British Isles Excursion.

The first stop was London (4 nights) and  over 50 top attractions to choose from including Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, River Thames Cruise, St Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery and Shakespeare’s Global Theatre.

The next stop was Scotland and included: Edinburgh (2 nights), St Andrew’s, Stonehaven, Aberdeen (2 nights), Inverness ( 2 nights), Culloden Moor, Speyside Distillery, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Loche Linnhe, & Glascow (2 nights).

Then the tour went on to Dublin (2 nights) and touring Trinity College, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, Dublin Bay, and Malahide Castle.  A trip to Dublin would not be complete without an Irish Pub Dinner.  Then on to tour the Irish country side with stops in Cork (1 night), Kilarney (2 nights) and Galway (1 night).  Some of the sights on this leg included: Blarney Castle, woollen mills, County Kerry, Ring of Kerry, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Valencia Island, Moll’s Gap, River Shannnon, and Cliffs of Moher.  At this point, some of the travellers headed home while others extended their visit in the British Isles or continued on to Paris.

Energy Tours included:

  • Talisman
  • Scottish Mining Museum
  • CNRL Aberdeen
  • Tidal Power Sea Gen Project
  • Ben Cruachan Hydro Power Station (Renewable Energy Project)
  • Hunterston B – Nuclear Power station

October 2008 – Australia Energy Excursion

Seventy-two (72) members and guests, from Canada and the United States, flew to Australia to enjoy a two week excursion that included both Industry Field trips and tourist attractions. Starting in Perth, the group travelled across Australia, touching down in Alice Springs, Cairns, and Sydney. Following the two weeks in Australia, some of the group continued their journey for another week in New Zealand before heading home to their respective countries.

  • Sights of Perth and Freemantle
  • Sorrento Boat Harbour
  • CETO Energy Tour
  • Rockingham Dolphin, Penquin, and Sea Lion Tour
  • The Petroleum Club of Western Australia
  • Rottnest Island Tour
  • 4WD Pinnacles Dessert Tour
  • 4WD Deserted Beaches Tour
  • Yanhep National Park
  • Ayers Rock – Uluru
  • Outback Camping Tour
  • Cairns – The Lakes Resort
  • Kuranda Heritage Experience Tour
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney
  • Botany Industrial Park Facility Tour
  • Canadian Embassy Meeting
  • Ensign Energy Tour
  • Geodynamics Tour
  • Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves
New Zealand


  • Christchurch – Tramway Restaurant Mount Cook
  • Fiordland – Milford Sound
  • Queenstown – Fox Glacier
  • Greymouth – Tranz Alpine Train
  • Rotorua, Aoteroa – Tamaki Moari Village; Rainbow Springs; Agrodome, Te Puia – Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
  • Paihia, Aotearoa – Waitangi Treaty Grounds; 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga; Bay of Islands – Hole in the Rock
  • Auckland

 May 2005 – China Energy Excursion

One hundred and one (101) Desk and Derrick Members and guests travelled to China on the first Alberta Foothills International Energy Excursion visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Shanghai. Some of the highlights included:

  • Schlumberger, MI
  • Sunwing Energy, Dagang Oilfield
  • Noble Oil, Off-shore Drilling/Service Operation
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warrior Museum
  • China National Coal Institute
  • Sanxingdui Museum
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Sunwing’s Zitong Project in the Sichuan Basin
  • Three Gorges Dam Project