Marlis Butcher, the Canadian Park Bagger
In July 2019 Marlis accomplished her goal of visiting all 47 National Parks of Canada. Of course Park Canada continues to create new parks, with the latest, Thaidene Nene, being announced in August 2019. Marlis’s quest continues.
Hoping to inspire others to appreciate the country and visit the parks, Marlis shares her adventures in the national parks in her book Park Bagger – Adventures in the Canadian National Parks, published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2021.
Marlis Butcher is an environmental conservationist, a writer, and a photographer. She is an accomplished wilderness adventurer, Nordic skier, backpacker, kayaker, canoeist, cyclist, and world traveller.
In 2016 Marlis was one of the first persons to visit Canada’s newest national park, Qausuittuq, in the high Arctic. Her unique story about this trip was published by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
As a writer, Marlis has also published conservation related articles in the “Bruce Trail Magazine” and travel articles in her neighbourhood’s “Village Voice” newsletter.
Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC)
As a Director of the BTC Board, Marlis assists with the development of governance and strategy, guiding the CEO, and managing risks. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, and volunteered as their Trail Director, managing the maintenance of 115 of the 1300 kilometers of Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. Marlis also sat on the BTC’s Risk Committee and Environment Committee, and chaired the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s Conservation Committee.
The BTC is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Explorers Club (TEC)
Marlis is a member of The Explorers Club. Founded in 1904, TEC is an international organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.
Marlis volunteers as the Membership Director of TEC’s Canadian Chapter. She assists members through TEC procedures and she provides guidance to potential new members and associates on the application and sponsorship process.
In 2017 Marlis co-chaired the Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner (LTAD), themed “The Changing Face of the Arctic”. This was the first time that LTAD had been held outside of the United States.
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)
Marlis joined the board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2021. The RBG is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, World Biosphere Reserve, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Our mission: We dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education to connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet.
Her Professional Designations
Marlis’ professional designations include Chartered Director, Chartered Professional Accountant, and MBA. Marlis combines her passions and skills in the work and projects she takes on.