Tag: Museums

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller

Drumheller is about 90 minutes from Calgary. The drive there covers a great deal of prairie farmland and wide-open spaces. There was not much to see in March, but we were treated to a snowy owl sitting on a fence post, looking at the world hurtling by. In our party, I was the only one who had seen the badlands before. To keep the sudden shock of the change of terrain a surprise, I did not mention it much to the rest of our group. When you drive into Drumheller there’s a sudden downhill and you are abruptly faced with […]

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The Central Alberta Gambit

So you’ve spent a few days in Sylvan Lake, traversed the West Edmonton Mall, been to the Calgary Zoo and have another day to kill in Central Alberta… what to do? Well, there are several small communities in the area that provide some amuse bouche for the traveller looking to hit up some less common tourist spots. Why not visit the town of Innisfail, 30 km south of Red Deer, and spend some time at Discovery Wildlife Park? Once known as Doug’s Petting Zoo in Clive, Alberta, the now relocated zoo has become a world renowned spot for animals that […]

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Red Deer? There’s Stuff to do in Red Deer?

If you’re visiting Central Alberta any time in the near future, chances are that you will have to pass by Red Deer in order to travel between Edmonton and Calgary. As Alberta’s third largest city, Red Deer does have several destinations of interest that are worth checking out if you have a day to spare (especially if you bring a young family). Red Deer hosts Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame and one could easily spend a whole day discovering the province’s sports heritage through interactive games, artifacts, art galleries, and lectures exploring everything from hockey to cricket. An entire family […]

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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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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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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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