Category: Alberta

Banff: Lynxes and Cougars and Bears …

The town of Banff is inside Banff National Park. It’s weird because there’s been fairly intense development around the Banff townsite since the early 90s and there’s a contradiction between preserving natural spaces and catering to the latte and snacks needs of tourists. The result of the simultaneous development and wildlife preservation is the fact you can have encounters with wildlife in Banff. If wildlife viewing is part of what you want to do in Banff, I recommend this article from the Globe and Mail. Globe Banff Wildlife Big cats in the wild are really tough to casually encounter — […]

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Top 5 Adventures in Sundre

A Bed in Heaven Holiday Suites recommends these top five things to do in Sundre Alberta. Sundre Pro Rodeo which occurs on the 3rd weekend in July — Sundre Airport Mothers Day Fly In Breakfast — every Mothers Day Rosebud Sled Dog Classic — Trailriding at the Panther River Adventures — Otter Rafting Adventures on the Red Deer River —

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There’s Much to See and Do in Southern Alberta

Lethbridge is a fascinating city with a rich western history. First established as a trading post, it expanded with the coming of the railway and the development of coal mines. In the 1920s and 1930s it had the reputation of being the wickedest town in western Canada. It was noteworthy for its unchecked gambling, drinking and associated unsavoury activity. Now it is a town with a fine university and a number of highly civilized attractions. Dominating the city is a high-level railway bridge that is said to be the longest and highest of its type. The steel bridge, which replaced […]

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Calgary Stampede The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Calgary Stampede, an awesome event that’s synonymous with Alberta’s largest city and that attracts over 1 million visitors every year! The Stampede is an amazing spectacle that hosts one of the largest rodeo events in the world, making this one of those things that should definitely be on your bucket list! You don’t have to be a cowboy or a horse lover to appreciate this show after all, as the thousands of people who come to Calgary from all over the world to experience the Stampede will tell you. The show isn’t […]

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Distant Views from the Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower is by no means the tallest building in Canada; in fact, it’s not even the tallest building in Calgary! So you may be wandering what’s the point, if nearby buildings tower over the one specifically designed as an observation tower! But despite this, the Calgary Tower is one of the city’s top attractions, and as someone who has visited, I personally recommend it! When the Calgary Tower was built, it was the tallest building in Calgary and the tallest in the country outside of Toronto. That was back in 1967, and when it was opened to the public […]

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Mount Robson Inn’s Suite & Sparkling Package

Getting away for a relaxing vacation with the one you love can be easier than booking an expensive cruise or a lengthy international flight. Staying local and spending time with each other can be just as romantic as booking a vacation abroad while allowing you to save money and travel time. A change of scenery is often all it takes to make your getaway seem like an exotic adventure. When your day to day life is the hustle and bustle of the city you probably don’t want to check yourself into a hotel room that offers a similar view. And […]

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Edmonton’s Best Dog Walks – Part 2

On the weekend I revisited my old stomping grounds with my new pooch. There is a beautiful large off leash area in the same valley as the Valley Zoo. At the bottom of the hill leading to the zoo, you have the option to turn right (towards the zoo and Laurier Park) or left towards the rowing club and the off-leash area. There is parking along the road, a parking lot a little further around the bend, and overflow parking at the end of the road where the rowing club is. The hours to park in the rowing club lot […]

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Edmonton’s Best Dog Walks – Part 3

This morning started off with a scramble and ended up with more lovely discoveries of Edmonton‘s glorious river valley. Because we were running late this morning, I ended up driving my daughter to school which had the potential to throw off my morning river valley walk. However, after I dropped her off at school, I parked the vehicle and headed with my dog down into the river valley. I took the trail down from Concordia College and alongside the golf course to the base of the Capilano Bridge. Wait, make that the Gretzky Bridge. (If you’re from Edmonton, you’ll know […]

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My favorite Edmonton dog walks – Part 1

I have recently moved home to Edmonton and am rediscovering this city through the fresh eyes of a newcomer. As a recent new dog momma, I have spent the last several months exploring great places to walk my pooch.  I had originally planned to do a list of my favorites, but as I started to write I realized that I had a lot more to say about the individual walks than I thought!  So here is the first of what I hope to be a series of articles about my favorite places to walk my dog.  Of course, you can […]

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Top ten things to see and do in Edmonton

1.  Fort Edmonton Park It’s a really cool trek through history that will keep adults and kids alike entertained for hours.  You travel back through four time periods between 1846 and 1929 and end up at the old Fort — the earliest European settlement in the area and a key part of the fur trade.  Ride or walk through the pioneer times and enjoy activities ranging from riding the steam train or a streetcar, going for a pony ride, trying out the shooting gallery, miniature golf or riding the midway.  From fast food to an old-fashioned candy store to high […]

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