The Lobstick Travel & Tours Family
Lobstick Travel is a family business, run by Monica Bayda since 1983 while working closely with McConaghy Tours for 20 years. In 2009, Monica retired and her son, Mike Bayda took over after working in the office for 18 years. In 2010, Lorne and Norma McConaghy retired and McConaghy Tours became Lobstick Tours. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, personable and local small business in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Come join our family and live your dreams!
Owner & Manager - Mike & Dana Bayda
MIKE BAYDA has been working in the travel industry for over 30 years and has been pretty much everywhere. He is a huge Saskatchewan Roughriders fan. Mike's favourite travel spot? Knysna, South Africa - paradise!
DANA BAYDA joined the Lobstick team in 2011, and is the Tour Manager of the Lobstick Tours department. Dana loves equestrian sport, fine cuisine and travel. Dana's favourite travel spot - pretty much anywhere in Europe and of course New York!
Dana and Mike have a yearly tradition of taking a small group to New York. They see a few shows, go to a major league baseball game, and take in all the sights and sounds of this amazing Metropolis.
Lobstick Travel Agents
Meet our hard-working agents that make up the staff of Lobstick Travel & Tours. They research, book and manage all travel needs from flights to unique travel destinations anywhere in the world. Their professionalism and incredible knowledge ensures that they can truly serve any travel client. Please feel free to contact them with questions or quotes for any type of travel.
NICOLE has been an agent with Lobstick Travel for over 20 years. Some of her favourite travel spots include Italy and Denmark. For those times when you are unable to travel with a Lobstick Tour, Nicole will be more than happy to assist with your travel needs.
LYNN has been an agent at Lobstick Travel for over 7 years, and has been in the travel business for over 15 years. She has travelled to Australia, Eastern Europe and all over Mexico, including Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa, Cancun, Mayan Riviera and Cozumel. Her years spent living in Florida gave her the opportunity to explore the US, visiting Arizona, Dallas, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Anchorage and Hawaii. Lynn is a great person to see about sun destinations.
These are the fun, experienced travellers that will be assisting you on your tour. They take the stress out of travel, coordinating buses, hotels, flights and cruises while you are actually away on your trip.
Doug and Nancy Porcina joined the Lobstick team after retirement because of their love of travel. Some of their adventures include camping through the Continental United States to California. The trip back to Saskatchewan took them through the Red Wood forest area, all this with a two year old in tow. Their first venture to a new continent was a tour of Kenya and South Africa. A Safari on the Serengeti Plain and a balloon ride over the plains were highlights of their trip. When in Cape Town and on a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years, they learned a lot about his political life. This gave them a very personal connection to his recent death. They have toured across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. What a fabulous way to see our great country of Canada - on either the Maritimes and Newfoundland Tour or Victoria in the Spring. India in 2014 was a fabulous journey from New Delhi to Mumbai and then to Kochi. Highlights were the Taj Mahal and going on safari and seeing their first tiger. Doug and Nancy have also taken tours to Australia and New Zealand and the Caribbean. In the United States they have taken tours to California and the West Coast USA and a Hawaiian Cruise. Hostfest and Branson were some of their first trips. Doug and Nancy were on the Panama Cruise in November 2014, as well as Hostfest 2015. Doug and Nancy are always ready to discover new and exciting destinations. They look forward to you joining them on one of their informative and friendly tours.
Bob and Linda Hayes are both retired (Linda from the Prince Albert Heath District Victoria Hospital and Bob from the Federal Government). Linda's hobbies include first and foremost the Grandchildren, quilting, gardening, berry picking, baking, and travelling. She is also actively involved in her church. Bob's hobbies are music, reading and travelling. His other interests include the church, the Shrine Club, and playing the drums. Both Bob and Linda work part-time at Gray's Funeral Chapel. They have travelled in Canada (coast to coast), United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Fiji, and Africa (photo safari in Kenya and Tanzania). They have enjoyed the Panama Canal Cruise, the Hawaiian Island Cruise, and the Danube River Cruise. Linda and Bob feel they have been 'truly blessed' and love their retirement! They welcome you to travel with them.
Colin and Dianne Markusson joined the tour/travel business after retiring from careers in health care and finance. Prior to retirement, they travelled to South East Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Caribbean, North America including Alaska, Hawaii, Churchill, Nunavut and Yukon. They now live in Balgonie, Saskatchewan. Since joining the Lobstick team, they've found the true meaning to the old saying that "it's about the journey, not the destination". They take great pride in providing their guests with comfortable, hassle free travel. Colin and Dianne have escorted Lobstick Tours throughout North America and to South America and Asia. What’s next for Colin and Dianne? Give us a call! We would love to travel with you.
Richard and Agnes Fredericks have been hosting tours since 2008. Richard is an electrician and millwright. He is semi-retired but likes to keep busy so he still works part time. Agnes (a social worker) worked for the health region for 20 years and now works part time for the provincial government. When at home they spend a lot of time doing volunteer work with various agencies. They love to travel and have been to over 40 countries; visiting some of them on more than one occasion. Some of the places include Egypt, Russia, China, Turkey, Mexico, Hawaii, Sweden, Denmark and Great Britain. As hosts they have taken groups to the Caribbean, Turkey, Panama, Greece, Italy, Spain, France plus numerous trips into the USA and across Canada. Richard and Agnes take pride in making every tour fun, worry free and the absolute best that it can be. In 2015, they hosted a motor coach tour called Absolutely Arizona, which took them to many beautiful places within the state. Next was a fabulous tour of China, a Yangtze River cruise and a tour to Hong Kong, and in September - Iceland with an amazing cruise to the Baltics. Rick and Agnes would love for you to join them on their next tour adventures.
Archie and Bev Esplin (Retired) - Archie & Bev hosted tours for over 15 years. Arch is a retired Cargill grain buyer after 39 years & Beverly retired after 23 years as a bookkeeper for a Balcarres construction Co. They both have a passion for music. Arch is a talented musician and Beverly loves to sing. She directed a singing group of 30 odd men and women for 37 years. They loved meeting all the wonderful people who joined them for trips all over the world. Their adventures over the years have taken them to such wonderful places as China, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Australia, Hawaii, The Ukraine, Poland, British Isles, Paris, Texas, South Padre Island, several river cruises and ocean cruises along with bus tours all over the USA and Canada, as well as the Musical Sounds of Missouri and Tennessee, which included Branson, Nashville, Memphis and Dollywood. The Panama Canal 2016 cruise tour was their last adventure as directors with Lobstick Travel & Tours. We thank them dearly for their contribution and for the memories!
Assist with brochure distribution.
Don & Rose Walters - Yorkton
Don & Elaine Winkler - Moose Jaw
Betty & Tony Rollheiser - Rosetown