Posts by: AlanMc

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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Stampede and More

Calgary is not much of a cow town anymore. The city has grown since I first visited it many years ago. From a kind of rough-and-ready ugly prairie town it has been transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated city with more to do and of a greater variety than many cities twice its size. In the area of culture you can’t fault the City’s Glenbow Museum. It always fascinating with a variety of changing exhibits that deal with everything from contemporary fine arts and the culture of Canada’s indigenous peoples, to western Canada’s heritage and world history. The permanent collection […]

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What to See and Do in “The Hat”

Driving west from Regina on the Trans Canada Highway you come to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park spanning the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta. In the Alberta section of the park alone there are 50 km of hiking trails. Hiking lets you fully appreciate the moving beauty of the prairies and coulees. See especially the view from the Horseshoe Canyon Viewpoint and the outlook at Reesor Lake. The sunsets viewed from the park are really spectacular. After a walk in the park do stop in the small city of Medicine Hat. It has been promoted as “Gas Town” and is now […]

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