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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Calgary Overview

Slap on the sunscreen: there are more hours of sunshine each year in Calgary than any other city in Canada! Spend a day hiking the Cowboy Trail through Alberta’s high ranching country, where visitors can horseback ride, hike, attend a rodeo, festival or even a pow-wow. For a family outing, check out Butterfield Acres where the petting zoo, goat milking and picnic area will keep little ones entertained. The Calgary Science Center is an award-winning multi-media theatre that offers interactive learning for all ages. Dine at one of many restaurants, take in a movie, shop at unique boutiques, and enjoy […]

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Canadian Rockies Overview

The Bow River in Banff National Park flows as far as Hudson’s Bay! Banff got its name from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of the two original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Learn hands-on hiking and camping skills from the Mahikan Trails company of guides near Canmore, Alberta. There are nearly 2500 campsites in Banff. The Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest reversible tramway tour in the Canadian Rockies. Lake Louise has won several ski awards for its skiing conditions. Skiers return year after year for spectacular skiing at Lake Louise. The Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park offers fabulous […]

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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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