Our speaker tonight is Marlis Butcher with her presentation “Exploring Qausuittuq National Park In the High Arctic“.
In 2016, Marlis was one of the first persons to visit Canada’s newest national park at that time, Qausuittuq, in the high Arctic. Her unique story about this trip was published by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Marlis will be presenting a storied slideshow describing what it’s like to travel to and explore this unique park – and meeting its endangered inhabitants.
Marlis Butcher is an environmental conservationist, author, and photographer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of The Explorers Club, an international organization promoting field exploration.
Locally, Marlis is very active with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, protecting the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, by volunteering on the Board of Directors and as the Trail Director for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club.
Marlis’s photographs have been featured in Canadian Geographic, CBC News on-line, Canadian Encyclopedia, and the travel brochures of various wilderness outfitters.
Marlis describes herself as a “Park Bagger”, someone visiting all the National Parks of Canada. In July 2019, Marlis became the first visitor to have been to all the national parks, reserves, and urban parks. While visiting her 47th park, Ukkusiksalik on the northwest corner of Hudson Bay, Nunavut, Parks Canada announced a new park, Thaidene Nene – which Marlis intends on visiting as soon as COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted.
“Park Bagger – Adventures in the Canadian National Parks”, Marlis’s new book, is being published in April 2021 by Rocky Mountain Books.