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Lot's of outdoor activities close at hand
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In a nutshell
Nice place to visit, not sure I'd want to live there in the winter!
For our 10-day drive around Alberta, I booked a rental car from Budget about a month before our trip began. I seemed to get a pretty good deal on a Compact, unlimited mileage car with a total price of US$270, taxes included.
At the time that I booked the car, I did not know that we would be taking a 3rd large suitcase with us filled with various gifts for our children and grandchildren, with Christmas not too far off! When we were at the rental counter, the lady mentioned that I should maybe upgrade to something larger, like a Ford Explorer in case we needed more room. She almost sucked me in, but when she quoted the price as being US$400, I decided to stick with the smaller Toyota Echo. As it turned out, the car has a huge trunk with no problem taking the three suitcases as well as a few other carry-ons!
It was also fantastic on gas consumption and handy for driving and parking in downtown Calgary! No complaints at all.
Updated Oct 4, 2004
Another great day, hitting 28 C, forced us to consider a trip to the beach located just a short drive from our daughter's house, in the town of Cold Lake itself. We and the kids had a great time splashing around in the water and also playing a game of pick-up basketball. However, across the lake on the eastern side, we could see a large dark grey mass of air building up in the early evening as a result of the hot daytime temperatures. It was not long before we noticed a distant lightning stroke, straight down from the heavens to the ground. Very soon afterward, flames were visible, even though we were miles away, as smoke rose from a sudden forest fire along the Saskatchewan side of Cold Lake. This photo was taken about 2 hours later as the fire had grown and it looks like water bombers will have to be called in.
Written Jul 3, 2006
Favorite thing: Located east and slightly north of Edmonton, Cold Lake is only a few kilometers from the Saskatchewan border.
Since we had daughters to see in both Cold Lake and Calgary, to the south, we flew into Edmonton, at the junction of the 'red' roads near the centre of the Province. From there our journey first took us east for a few days visitation before we then headed almost due south along the Saskatchewan border before turning straight west for Calgary located close to the Rocky Mountains on the border with British Columbia.
Altogether, we put about 2000 km (1300 miles on the car).
Updated Oct 4, 2004