February 14, 2017

The Branch Out Snowshoe Tour is this SATURDAY! We want you to have the best time and be s’myelin all day so please read the following info:

Package Pickup at Last Best This Thursday

Pop by Last Best Brewing & Distilling at 607 11 Ave SW on Thursday, February 16 between 5:00 and 9:00pm to pick up your attendee package and submit your remaining donations.

Here’s what we need from you:

  • Need tax receipts? Make sure you’ve submitted your offline pledge forms for all cash & cheque donations.
  • Make sure you’ve met your personal fundraising minimum! Kindly note that you are still required to meet your personal minimum even if you are fundraising with a team. If you haven’t met your minimum, please top up online before noon on Thursday.

If you plan on picking up a package for a friend or family member, please ensure that they have met their fundraising minimum and that you bring their signed waiver form.

Schedule for Saturday, February 18 at Fallentimber Meadery:

  • 9:30 – 10:30am: Check in and get ready to go
  • 10:30am – 2:30pm: 5km or 10km Snowshoe Tour*
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm: Pizza Party provided by Without Papers Pizza

Fallentimber Meadery is 1 hour northwest of Calgary’s city limits. Parking is limited so please carpool.

*We estimate that the 5km tour will take 1.5 - 2 hours and the 10km tour will take 3.5 – 4 hours.

What to Bring

  • SNOWSHOES! Check out our what to bring page here to see where you can rent or buy a pair!
  • WARM & FUNCTIONAL CLOTHING. Bring hats, mitts, warm socks, and everything else you need to stay warm. Waterproof boots that can comfortably strap into your snowshoes are highly recommended.
  • EXTRA SNACKS. We will have some treats along the route and pizza to finish off the tour, but please bring extra snacks to keep you going! Both the 5km and 10km loops will require lots of energy!
  • WATER. Please bring 2 pre-filled bottles per person
  • BEAR SPRAY & NOISEMAKERS. Safety first! Remember we are still in the home of Alberta wildlife.
  • SMALL FIRST AID KIT. We will have first aiders at the tour, but it’s always safest to have a small kit of your own on you at all times.
  • CASH FOR RAFFLE PRIZES. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.
  • DOGGIE BAGS. Please be sure to pick-up after your pet along the route.

Want to recruit a friend?




Contact us at [email protected]

Kindly note: Due to the potential for wildlife encounters, liability and insurance reasons, pets participating in the course will be the responsibility of the owner. 

We can't wait to see you on Saturday!

February 8, 2017 

The final push towards the 2017 Branch Out Snowshoe Tour is upon us! As we prepare to strap those snow waders to our boots and embark on our trek to support neuroCAM research, we have a few tips and reminders for you to have the best BOSS Tour ever!

Time is ticking! Make sure you have registered for the tour on Saturday, February 18.

To give you a hand, the registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 15th @ 11:59pm

Remember, Itty Bitty Branchies (ages 3 and under) get to join for free with no fundraising minimum! We can’t think of a better way to enjoy Family Day weekend than getting outside and getting active! There will be exciting rest stops along the way… Mmm the smell of bacon is in the air! 

Fundraise like a BOSS! We're here to help. 

Fundraising doesn’t have to be hard! Make sure you take full advantage of your personal fundraising page! Not sure how to ask for donations? We've created a ready-to-send email for you to share with your friends and family! Make sure you insert your fundraising goal and personalize it to maximize your fundraising potential! Click here to download it. 

Mark your calendar! Registration night is on Thursday, February 16.

Don’t miss out on registration night! We are getting together at Last Best Brewery on Thursday, February 16 from 5:00-9:00pm. Feel free to stick around to enjoy the great company and enjoy a Branchy Brew… or two! Prepare for the Snowshoe Tour like a BOSS and check out the itinerary here.

Build your snowshoe crew! We've given you a few more days to recruit friends and family. 

Kick your snowshoe game up a notch! Why not create a team and build your snowshoe crew? You will need someone to pull you out of the snow! Do it in style and wear your flashiest snow outfit and you could win the award for best dressed!

Branch Out Snowshoe Tour - Best Dressed Award 

We can hardly contain ourselves we are so excited for this fun-filled event! Keep your fingers crossed for a big snowfall… but rain or shine we are doing this thing! See you on Saturday, February 18 at the beautiful Fallentimber Meadery





January 25, 2017 

WOW does the time ever fly! Branch Out Snowshoe Tour is only a few weeks away! We have been busy getting things ready, and we hope you have been embracing this wonderful cold and snowy winter building your snowshoe stamina!

BOSS Tour 2017 is kicking off on Saturday, February 18th. What better way could you possibly spend Family Day weekend than with your Branchy family!? Avoid the crowds and encourage your young ones to embrace healthy living, the great outdoors and giving back! And guess what!? Those munchkins under the age of 3, AKA the Itty Bitty Branchies, get to join the tour for FREE with no fundraising minimum!

Already signed up and ready to knock that fundraising minimum out of the park? Fundraising doesn't have to be difficult! Check out some AMAZING tips on how to fundraise like a BOSS from last year's blog post written by one of our Branchy babes, Sarah King! Read it now!

You absolutely do not want to miss this action packed day with family, friends and furballs! A reminder that the deadline to register is:


We can’t wait to spend this day with you, and we know you are getting excited too! Make sure you REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!


December 20, 2016 

With a blanket of white on the ground and very frosty temperatures, we're dreaming of prancing through the snow ever so gracefully with all our friends and family.


Are you ready to get your snowshoe on for the neuron and and have an absolute BLAST!?! Register today and get a head start on fundraising!

Already registered? BOSSman wants you to get your family out snowshoeing over the holiday season to practice your best snow march and get amped up for the tour. Nothing burns off cookies that were meant for Santa like fresh air!

Happy Holidays Branchy’s, stay warm out there!

Register for the Snowshoe Tour right now!

November 22, 2016 

Alright Branchys, We know this balmy Calgary weather makes it a bit difficult to think about trekking through the snow. But fear not — rain, snow, or sun, we are ROCKING this tour!

If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time. If you’re wondering who should attend, the answer is EVERYONE!

Yes, that means bring those crazy & rambunctious kids of yours — AKA Mini Branchys! They may come in handy when you get tired and would like a sled ride. Your furry, four-legged friends are also welcome! Nothing keeps us s’myelin more than seeing those happy faces panting and tongues hanging (not just yours!).

Our fantastic giveaways with exciting treats will make the kiddos, canines, and YOU happy snowshoers! Get your Snowshoe Squad together and register today!

Register for the Snowshoe Tour right now!


 October 27, 2016 


Yes, you heard it first here, folks! This snow stomping event goes down Saturday February 18, 2017… and we're on a mission to round up all our Branch Out family and friends (including those furry and four-legged) to march through the snow with us!

Our new venue is the FallenTimber Meadery and we've got a tonne of exciting surprises and sponsors! It’s a no-brainer!

Mark your calendars!