Category: Alberta

Rocky Mountain House in a Hurry

The editors of this website asked local businesses for the essential recommendations for Rocky Mountain House. We asked them: “If you imagine that someone has come to you and they are on a totally tight time line, and asked you these questions, what would you tell them?” 1. Where should I eat that I should not miss in Rocky Mountain House? Answer:Pappa’s Cook House, Hwy 11 2. If I only have time for one outdoor activity, what should I see or do in Rocky Mountain House? Answer:The Historical Site: Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada 3. Is there […]

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Waterton Alberta in a Hurry

The editors of this website asked local businesses for the essential recommendations for Waterton. We asked them: “If you imagine that someone has come to you and they are on a totally tight time line, and asked you these questions, what would you tell them?” 1. Where should I eat that I should not miss in Waterton? Answer:Bel Lago Ristorante, 110 Waterton Ave., Waterton Park, AB 2. If I only have time for one outdoor activity, what should I see or do in Waterton? Answer:Go hiking! 3. Is there a museum or cultural site that is a must-see to represent […]

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Moraine Lake

Although it is generally eclipsed in popularity by nearby Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is a must-see stop for visitors to the Rockies.  Lake Louise is picturesque, but gazing at Moraine Lake is simply a jaw-dropping experience.  It is quite literally a perfect mountain postcard come to life – and you are standing in the middle of it.  Now, just try to get there early before the noise from the other tourists tarnishes the perfection of the moment. The lake and the surrounding “valley of the ten peaks” have their Canadian claim to fame in that this is the area pictured […]

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Red Deer’s Sights and Activities

Tucked exactly half-way between Edmonton and Calgary, lies the energized city of Red Deer. Although no red deer have ever so much as galloped near central Alberta, the parkland itself still reigns with beauty. Despite garnering international attention for celebrating the turn of the millennium a week early in case Y2K decimated all existence, Red Deer is amongst Canada’s most prosperous centres, and is one of the fastest developing cities in the country. Because of its size, just under 100,000, Red Deer provides an amiable blend of big city convenience with the more personal approach of a smaller community — […]

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West Edmonton Mall

In a word “W-O-W!!”.  It is huge and so packed with stuff, the best way to describe it would be to think of combining a huge mall with a sports/community centre, throw in parts of a wild animal park with an amusement park and then some. If you can’t find it, you just haven’t looked far enough and long enough.  I was able to spend parts of three days exploring and I never really got a chance to see the second level.  There is a full sized ice rink, a swimming pool and water slide complex, a mock up of […]

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Spruce Meadows

If you have enjoyed the televised events from Spruce Meadows, then a visit to the Spruce Meadows facility during one of their major events should be on your “to do” list if you are visiting southern Alberta.   It is an amazing facility and so well run by the staff and volunteers.  Come prepared for all sorts of weather conditions, this is Calgary after all. For any horse crazed person there is just so much more to the place than what is shown on TV.   The International Ring is huge but, there are other events going on in rings that never […]

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Central Alberta Overview

Cold Lake is one of Alberta’s newest municipalities, near Cold Lake Provincial Park. Cold Lake is home to a large Canadian Forces base, as well as their most advanced jet fighters. The world’s largest slow-pitch tournament is held each year in Edson, Alberta. Rollerblade, hike, cross-country ski, horseback ride, canoe or jog in beautiful Waskasoo Park, near Red Deer Alberta.

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Edmonton Overview

In 1795, the Hudson’s Bay Company founded Fort Edmonton, a location where traders bartered with Cree and Blackfoot Indians for furs. Spend a day at the Provincial Museum of Alberta which overlooks the North Saskatchewan River. Consisting of four galleries, visitors are able to see beneath the prairie surface, see the inside of a mountain stream, and examine the deep layers of frost beneath the winter snow. Visitors will have to set aside an entire day to really take in the monstrous West Edmonton Mall. Open 24 hours a day, this is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the […]

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Northern Alberta Overview

Fort Chipewyan, on the western shore of Lake Athabasca, is Alberta’s oldest settled community. Book a campsite, and check out the Magnificent River Rats Festival, a major Canada Day celebration in Athabasca, where major music headliners perform annually to huge crowds. Fifty percent of Fort McMurray‘s population volunteers, more than double the national average. Fort Vermillion was first established during the fur trade in 1788 and was later moved to another location by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Wood Buffalo National Park, located at the very top of Northern Alberta, is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in […]

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Southern Alberta Overview

Check out the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston and enjoy your very own carriage ride! Brooks Alberta is a athlete’s sportsman’s paradise with ample opportunity for hunting and fishing. Visit nearby Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Alberta’s largest manmade lake, where water sports and fishing are among the most popular activities. Climb into the mouth of the world’s largest dinosaur (25 m/ 80 ft tall) in Drumheller for a unique view of the Drumheller valley! Medicine Hat Alberta was named because of a battle between the Cree and Blackfoot Indians on the Alberta River. The Crees’ Medicine Man lost his headdress […]

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