We are Carol Engstrom and Frank Fraser. Two people who are passionate about nature and wine. We showcase the ecology, wildlife, native plants and cultural history of the Okanangan Valley to visitors and locals alike. Wine grapes are not native, but a wonderful agricultural product whose ecology & viticulture we understand well. Here is a bit about us.
Frank Fraser-Lead Tour Guide
Frank is president and co-founder of Sagebrush Tours Inc.. Frank hails from Vancouver but lives with his wife and two children in the Okanagan. As a city boy, Frank was different. He liked the outdoors and especially a nearby creek. He spent countless hours wading in and out of the creek, overturning stones, and picking up anything that moved! His love of nature and wild places has remained a passion throughout life. Frank worked for 31 years as a Park Interpreter/Naturalist with Alberta Parks. He founded the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory in 1993 and was a leader in the effort to establish the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. He is an accomplished natural and cultural history interpreter/trainer with expertise in the boreal forest, Canadian Rocky Mountains and now Okanagan Valley. His enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious. You will see.
Carol Engstrom- Office Manager/ Tour guide
Carol is the co-founder of Sagebrush Tours Inc and its Vice- President. She a native Calgarian and professional biologist who has spent time tromping around the foothills of Alberta riding horses, skiing, watching birds, camping and backpacking. She is skilled at understanding human-wildlife interaction, wildlife management and wildlife tracking. Her wish is to combine her skills in ecology and wildlife to connect people with nature in the Rockies and the Okanagan Valley of Canada. She has a particular passion for the misunderstood, but vital insect eating bat. Carol worked for 17 years in Alberta’s Oil and Gas industry as an Environmental Biologist. Carol and her husband Dylan have two children. In her community, Carol is on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Ecotrust and a Team Lead for Draft Horse Town a destination showcasing the history of the Draft Horse during the annual Calgary Stampede. She is a certified hiking field leader with the Outdoor Council of Canada and an Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guide Association.
1873 Spall Road
Office phone number 250-859-5982.
8:00 AM- 5:00PM Monday- Friday (Mountain Time)
7:00 AM- 4:00 PM Monday- Friday (Pacific Time)
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