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North America » Canada » Alberta August 24th 2019

THE BASICS Lethbridge was at first scary to me, because it has deep valleys, many with sheer cliffs. The first night there, our phone was not cooperating at all to make a reservation, so we stayed at a Walmart. I did get used to the city, sort of. We visited the Japanese Peace Garden and then the Galt Museum, where we learned about the history of the town: mining, railroads, ethnicities. It has the tallest and longest trestle railroad bridge in North America. For the next two days, we stayed at a delightful provincial park north of town. There were so many children running around and playing. There is a large lake - more chances for fun. The only problem was one John detected, though I didn't. There was a nasty odor. It was from the ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta August 18th 2019

THE BASICS We enjoyed a pleasant sunny day in Duluth, and our next stop was Bemidji, which was a fun city. On to East Grand Forks, MN, just across the river from Grand Forks, SD. The Red River there is both friend and foe: years ago it flooded out a residential community, so they built the Red River State Recreation Area, including a campground. And this year, the park could not open until June because of repeat flooding. The next day, John's birthday, August 11, we crossed the border into Canada and went to Winnipeg, Manitoba. A somewhat adventurous trip, as we were searched at the border and then encountered almost nonstop construction and rough roads to Winnipeg. We ventured into the city next day to visit The Forks, a lively pedestrian area at the junction ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 4th 2019

Smooth 14 1/2 hour flight to Vancouver which, contrary to Shaun’s misgivings about Air Canada was very comfortable with good food, plenty of leg room and friendly staff. Then a couple of hours at the airport with time for a snack lunch, then another hour and a half flight to Calgary. Met at the airport by our BnB hosts then half an hour in the car to our accomodation. Very nice place on the edge of the city. So we are nicely settled in and there’s a knock on the door - Shaun and girlfriend had decided to surprise us by driving 3 hours up from Medicine Hat. Great surprise. Then we all headed off to grab some groceries and later went for a great meal at a nearby Italian place. It was helpful that Shaun ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 28th 2019

Today promised to be a feast for sore eyes, and it didn’t disappoint. Having a long drive ahead of us, and knowing that we would lose an hour when we crossed the time line on the border of British Columbia and Alberta, we were up at 5:30 AM and out the door by 7:30 and 60 degrees. (Seems we could do this faster, but with the dog and a required routine, that is about the best that we can do.) We drove from Kamloops, the “Tournament Capital of Canada” to Calgary through the Canadian Rockies. We even crossed the Columbia River once again. And that had me scratching my head, but I discovered that the Columbia River begins in the Columbia Lake in British Columbia. Makes sense to me, I guess. I just never thought about ... read more
Canadian Rockies
Valley Lake Chateau
Valley Lake Chateau

North America » Canada » Alberta July 17th 2019

On Sunday, Dave's son in law had arranged a fly fishing trip for the boys, so they were up early for that, they got picked up at 7. Unfortunately, they didn't get any bites, but they enjoyed being out on the river, and experiencing their first fresh water fly fishing. On Monday, Dave drove us out to visit Lake Louise and Banff. The traffic was all backed up going to Lake Louise and there were signs that the parking was all full, with directions to park in another area and take a shuttle to the lake. We tried that, but there were crazy amounts of people waiting for the bus, and then if we had gotten to where it went, we would have had to wait longer for another bus to go on to the next ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta July 14th 2019

We arrived to Calgary yesterday afternoon, and got picked up by Dave, one of our favourite hostel guests, who was at the hostel for several months :) Dave took us to his house, where we got to meet his wife and 2 super cute dogs, as well as his robot lawn mower, Mow. His house has a complete cinema room in the basement, with reclining movie chairs, crazy speakers, huge screen, popcorn machine. After dinner, we had movie night (I started to fall asleep, so didn't stay in the 'cinema' til the end, maybe tonight). Today we got up and had breakfast, then Dave dropped us off at the Calgary Stampede. We took the skyride so we could check out where everything was. Then the boys did a few rides and games, and we wandered around ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Kananaskis Country July 12th 2019

Oh! The wild flowers! First we had to struggle along a steep ascent through the woods. After about 45 minutes, the path opened onto the Highland Meadows. Expanses of white, yellow and purple wildflowers carpeted the newly emerged grasses. My eyes swept from the tiny blooms to the towering peaks. Yellow Glacier Lillies grew in a profusion that promised good eating for the bears in a few weeks. Elaine was expert at sighting minuscule blossoms such as the purple Moss Phlox and the red Rose Root. Our walk was slowed to a crawl as we searched for little plants to exclaim about and to photograph. We paused for lunch at the base of the mountains all around the meadows. Now our imaginations soared as we marvelled at the rock so obviously ripped out of the earth ... read more
Wildflowers along a melt-water stream
A field of Glacier Lillies
Highwood Meadows

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 22nd 2019

Up bright and early this morning (19th June) for our onward journey to Calgary. Our flight was at noon from Toronto and whilst the drive should take under 90 minutes, we weren't sure how the traffic would be, so we were aiming to be on the road by 7 am and surprise surprise, we were (!)...........bill paid, checked out and car collected! We did have one last look at the Falls beforehand and it always somewhat amazed me, to open the curtains each morning and see the river still crashing over the falls; I almost expected the water to be 'turned off' overnight and restarted again in the morning - the theme parks around the world have got a lot to answer for - at least for wierdos like me! The drive was pretty uneventful. We ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise June 21st 2019

In the pouring rain we got on the Skrastins Club bus destined for Lake Louise. I was so shaken by the snowfall warning that I had provisional gear in case we were diverted because of bad trail conditions. Unexpectedly, the sky lightened after about half an hour, and encouraging spots of blue sky emerged after about an hour. Fresh snow twinkled from mountain tops, but nothing was on the ground. Rain ceased. While all the other hikers trod off on their paths, Candace and I had planned a lazy start to a slow day of relaxation. The coffee at the deli in the Chateau Lake Louise was mellow and rich, especially accompanied by a shared scone fill of finely chopped walnuts. Unnecessarily fortified, we joined the hundreds of international tourist... read more
Nature's sculpture
Moss fluttering in the light breeze
Victoria Glacier

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise June 21st 2019

Our separate flights home weren't until later in the afternoon, so we didn't have to rush too much in the morning. We went down for breakfast in the hotel and enjoyed a nice leisurely meal there. We soaked up the last of the excellent view and around 11:00 AM we said our goodbyes in front of the hotel. Brett & Katie's flight was a little later than ours so they saw us off. It was a wonderful vacation and another special time with our little grandson, something we don't get to do as often as we like. We'll have to do something like this again.... read more
Going Home
Going Home
Going Home




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