Province of Alberta Favorites

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Province of Alberta Favorites

  • West Edmonton Mall

    Edmonton Favorites

    Here are just a few "facts" about the West Edmonton Mall There are over 800 shops and services under one roof. There are 22 million visitors to the West Edmonton mall each year. West Edmonton Mall square footage (5.3 million) woudl hold 30,709 school buses (the big ones). West Edmonton Mall is big enough to hold 40 Beoing 747's. At top speed...

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  • General city Information

    Calgary Favorites

    Calgary is also known by other names such as Cow Town - The Stampede City - The Heart of the New West and its most modern one of C-Spot. Her sister cities are Phoenix Arizona 1997 - Taejeon South Korea 1996 - Naucalpon Mexico 1994 - Beijing China 1985 -Jaupur India 1973 and Quebec Canada 1956 - the city is in good company I liked Calgary with its...

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  • Lakes /Mountains/Rivers.

    Banff National Park Favorites

    every corner you turn, you get a different perspective of Banff National Park. I suggest get a good camera before you embark on this trip! You won't regret it :) I'm glad i had my Nikon. (hmm, the VT pic dimensions are stretching my pic out of proportion. Click on pic to see it in intended proportions.Tks!) ps: Also stock up on outdoor gear and...

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  • Snow /Mountains/Lakes.

    Banff Favorites

    This photo was just lucky truthfully. Most of the time when I take a picture from a moving bus the photos end up being well, not that great usually. The light was magnificent and with the background of the mountains. Didn't even have to pay the driver extra to drive slower:)

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  • Hikes /Trails

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    Athabasca Falls and the Abandoned canyon. I can never get enough of waterfalls, and this place was special. I particularly liked the abandoned canyon with the gauged out potholes in the rock. Canyons are great places to go when the weather is not sunny as the lack of sunshine doesn't ruin your photo opportunity. The Maligne Canyon. It has several...

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  • Lake Louise/Fairmont Chateau

    Lake Louise Favorites

    Take TransCanada Highway 1 West (also signed as 16th Avenue North heading West) After approximately 1 hour, you will reach the Banff National Park gates where you will be required to pay an entry fee. In Banff National Park, follow the signs for the hamlet of Lake Louise. Take the Lake Louise exit, then turn left at the intersection. ...

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  • General city Information

    Edmonton Favorites

    The best time to come to Edmonton, in my opinion, is the summer. There are lots of festivals and activities happening (read my tip on Festivals for more info). If it is sunny (as it usually is), Whyte Avenue is guaranteed to be filled with people, from the morning crowd to the night owl partiers, any day of the week. No shortage of patio eateries,...

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  • Downtown Calgary

    Calgary Favorites

    In 1988, Calgary put on a party and invited the world. For a couple of weeks in February1988, the winter Olympians competed and their victories were often celebrated at the Olympic Plaza . These days, it’s the future Olympians that make use of the plaza: young children use the flooded plaza as a wading pool in the summer and a skating rink in the...

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  • Icefield Parkway/Glaciers

    Banff National Park Favorites

    All along the highway there are ample opportunities to pull over and take in the sights. It seems that every 10 km, there is another view point. I would recommend that you should stop at as many as time allows. Our 5 hour trip turned out to be 8 hours and we did not stop at all the places we would have liked. Next time we will spend a couple days...

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  • Banff /Banff Avenue

    Banff Favorites

    I'm going in October and I'll just be turning 27. If it does turn out to be 'very young' we can go and buy a pipe and a pair of slippers and be old gits together lol. I do undstand where you're coming from though as the maturity difference between 18 and 25 is paramount but I'm hoping there'll be a nice mixture :)

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  • Park Entrance /CN National Railway

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    There is an entry/service fee to Jasper National Park. The proceeds from the fee go towards maintaining facilities and infrastructure like bridges, paths, and picnic areas, as well as information centers and interpretive programs. The fees for 2007 are as follows: Family/group of 2 or more - $17.80 Adult - $8.90 Senior - $7.65 Youth - $4.45 There...

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  • Mountain Parks

    Edmonton Favorites

    Walk on the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD: covering an area of 325 sq km & parts of it are over 900 m thick! Visualize that & you've got another miracle! Glaciers are cool but icefields are awesome!!! In fact, the ice is so thick that they have to build snow mobile just to enter that the icefield & those tyres are even taller than I'm! This is one unique...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Favorites

    Anyone that comes to Calgary, must go to the mountains for as long as possible. You can ski/snowboard, hike, camp, shop, fish or pretty much anything you can think of. There are not a lot of people in Canada, this means you can find places with absolutely no people. The landscape in the fall is Beautiful. All the colors will blow you away. I always...

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  • Banff National Park

    Banff National Park Favorites

    The best thing about Banff is the scenery. I have been all around the Americas and the only thing that comes close is maybe Santa Marta area in Colombia. The tip I would like to give skiers is to go between Easter and the end of May. Prices drop, the crowds go away and it snows a lot. For locals, April and May are favourite ski months....

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  • Parks/General information

    Banff Favorites

    its feel like youre in a fairytale town its beautiful with the mountains and rivers....fantastic! riding horses in the mountains with some real cowboys...never going to forget it you just have to do it when youre in banff.

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  • COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    The columbia icefields was a magnificent place to visit. We could hardly walk it was so icy. We would have loved to have had the chance of a ride on the snowmobile. Sights and views on this cold and icy day at the Columbia Icefields.Would not have missed the opportunity for the world.

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  • Edmonton Museums

    Edmonton Favorites

    Rutherford House was constructed in 1911. The was the home of the first premier of Alberta, the Honourable Alexander Cameron Rutherford. The house has been returned to its 1915 appearance It is owned by the University of Alberta and is open to visitors

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Favorites

    Of course, if you are in Calgary during the first week of July, you will be dragged to the Stampede. The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede is the the city's BIG event. The city goes nuts. Shopping mall parking lots vye for the coveted title of largest pancake breakfast ever served (BTW, these breakfasts are free for all comers). There's a midway,...

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  • Banff Town/ Lake Louise Town

    Banff National Park Favorites

    Banff is a very beautiful city and you have to make a stop there if you're in Alberta. However, it is a very small city and it is obvious that it survives mainly on tourism. So if you're not into ski, which you could do every day and never get tired of it, this town will be too small for you to spend a whole week there. Consequently, if you're in...

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  • Colombia Icefields.

    Banff Favorites

    Here, you get a glimpse of the sheer size of the icefield by looking at the size of the snowmobile. Check out those guys right at the corner of the picture & you'll know what I mean. To get some perspective, scroll down & you'll see a picture of me with the gigantic snowmobile! Now, you get it?!

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  • Athabasca Pass ,Falls & other Falls

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    At different locations around the ATHABASCA FALLS there are many viewing areas, each with a different perspective and angle. Of course we tried them all and they were all equally breathtaking. The thunderous roar of the mighty falls just blows you away.

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Edmonton Favorites

    Visit The Legislature building The building is built in Victorial style with a vaulted dome 178 feet high and 48 feet in diameter . It was oficially opened on September 3, by the Duke of Connaught, Governor General of Canada 1912

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  • Heritage Park

    Calgary Favorites

    I loved Heritage Park the most in Calgary. Heritage Park is a living history museum, except it's actually a replica of a pioneer town much like back in the day when Calgary was founded. It has shops and houses that you can tour (and buy things in). It has a train you can ride, working farms, blacksmith shops, and even an old fashioned country fair,...

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  • Lake Louise/Chateau

    Banff National Park Favorites

    Lake Louise is 1,730 metres (5,680 feet) above sea leved. The world famous Chateau Lake Louise sits at the opposite end of the lake from Mt. Victoria and Victoria Glacier. The nearest surrounding mountains, Mt. LeFroy and Mt. Fairview, are in the background. Melting glacier silt creates the striking turquoise colour of the lake and keeps it at a...

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  • Wildlife.

    Banff Favorites

    You will hear stories of bears strolling down residential streets and such. Most of the time you would not think twice, but if you look closely, the trash cans are all bear resistant, so they must have bears with enough regularity to warrant that sort of expense. I personally didn't see any bears in Banff, though locals said they did see them often...

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  • Jasper Town sites

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    Located On the Main Street in Jasper , the JASPER INFORMATION CENTERshould be your first stop to get useful information about the town and surrounding parks. Run by the friendly staff of Parks Canada, they will help you find accommodation and give advice on what to do and see in the area.

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  • River Valley

    Edmonton Favorites

    The River Valley park system that lines both sides of the North Saskatchewan River, a pleasant stroll through the trees or in winter cross-country skiing. Autumn is always gorgeous in Edmonton and the surrounding area when the aspen and poplar trees turn to gold! The bushes with the red leaves are Red Osier dogwood. This pic takes a while to load,...

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  • Rural Alberta

    Calgary Favorites

    Rabbits have become plentiful in Calgary this year. It hasn’t gotten to the point where we’ve been overrun (like Canmore)… but who is to say if they won’t take over in a couple more (rabbit) generations.

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  • Hikes & Trails

    Banff National Park Favorites

    We could take 10:30 am shuttle bus from Sunshine Parking lot to Sunshine Meadows. We walked all trails and it took about 4 hours. The lake was like a mirror. The atmosphere was quiet. We strolled along the trails. Trails went on and on. You can find many cute ground squirrels along the trails. We were sorry we could not feed them. Letting the...

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  • Mountains /Lakes.

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    One of the many views we saw in the National Park. We were so facinated that around corner there was a different lake. The scenery was so magical especially in the snow. This lake is yet to be named so under construction.

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  • Calgary Zoo

    Calgary Favorites

    The official Calgary Zoo mascot is known as Dinny the Dinosaur. This 35 foot tall dinosaur statue built in 1937 is modelled after the Apatosaurus. In 1987 Dinny was declared an Alberta Historical Resource affirming his role as a Calgary landmark. He now stands in the Dorothy Harvey Gardens at the zoo.

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  • Banff nearby

    Banff National Park Favorites

    If you visit the Banff area, I would suggest checking out the following with your camera and a sense of awe. I) Obtain a local tourist map and walk the town of Banff on foot and enjoy the little shops, cafes and points of historical interest. 2) Even if you can't afford to stay there, the Banff Springs Hotel is worth a look. Its architecture and...

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  • Miette Hot Springs

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    Spotted this young white tailed stag a stones throw away from the hot spring entrance. He was with another young stag maybe brothers. We were sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine & peace when we looked round to see him happily munching on some leaves. They stayed a while untroubled by our presence then moved on a few yards to lie quietly in the...

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  • Canada Olympic Park

    Calgary Favorites

    You can expect to find a lot to do in the city of Calgary. Although it is used by most as a starting point for mountain journeys. Some things to see, head to the 1984 Olympic Ski-jump and bobsledding area just west of the city. You'll see the ski-jump from the road just as you reach the McDonalds on the right side of the road. You can ride a...

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  • Waterfalls

    Banff National Park Favorites

    Favourite thing about Banff is that all this beauty and nature is so easily accessible. This is of course also a problem as too many tourists flock to the place now. If all the tourists take more care in respecting the park, then it will go a long way in keeping it enjoyable. So many fond memories of Banff.. be it getting a good run while...

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  • Wildlife

    Jasper National Park Favorites

    Driving the Malinge Lake Road from Medicine Lake to Malinge Lake, a herd of bighorn sheep began crossing the road, holding up traffic for 20 minutes. A few of them came close to the cars; others stayed away. That was basically our entire wildlife experience in Jasper, except for some moose and deer later on.

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  • VT meetings

    Calgary Favorites

    In addition to the wonderful scenery and hospitality of the people who live in Calgary, I must say that meeting fellow VT members Kai and Laurie-Jeanne was the absolute greatest. If you get the opportunity to meet fellow VT members, do so! I guarantee that you will have lots of fun. In this picture, Kai and I are setting the table for dinner and...

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  • ICEFIELD'S PARKWAY

    This is a most do if you have a car,..........Take a drive along the Icefield's Parkway, and make sure you allow a full day so that you can stop and look at everything.The Parkway runs between Lake Louise and Jasper. For people like me, coming from a warm climate, the beauty of this drive and area was overwhelming, I wanted to stop and take photo's...

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  • Jae never complained again

    The drive to Banff was awesome with craggy peaks looming in the distance. Once in the mountains we found our misfortune of the day before (heavy rain during the day followed by frigid nighttime temperatures) had translated to a heavy coat of fresh snow blanketing the peaks. Just gorgeous! We had been hiking steadily for a few months a this point...

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  • Get your butt out of...

    Get your butt out of Calgary and head to the National Parks of Banff and Jasper, a mere stone's throw away. We drove into Calgary hoping to meet up with a buddy we had met on a camping trip in Western Australia. I hadn’t called ahead, just hoped to catch him if he was around. Of course, he wasn’t and it was pouring rain.We spent most of the day...

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  • Gray-Headed Chickadees

    While in the mountains, watch out for these interesting gray birds. As soon as you stop somewhere for a bit longer, they might appear flying close by and observing you. They fly from brench to brench with an amazing swiftness. I had a feeling that they were waiting for me to drop something.

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  • Wainwright and Edmonton

    Lived in Wainwrite for about 11 years. This was about 18 years ago so I never gone back. I heard it's been developing ever since it had a population of 200,000 West Edmonton Mall, back then it was freaking huge... I'm sure it has expanded and has lots to see. I remember they had tonnes of shops and of course, an amusement park inside it ! Didn't...

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  • Banff National Park – great scenery

    Banff National Park is the oldest National Park of Canada and is famous for its impressive scenery all over the world. Together with Jasper National park it is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, stretching from Columbia Icefield till Banff.Besides the mountains Banff NP offers some spectacular lakes with amazing turquoise coloured water...

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  • Jasper National Park – wildlife...

    Jasper National Park is one of the oldest and the largest NP's in Canada and is situated in the middle of the impressive scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. On our way from the prairies of Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta we could see the mountains from about 125 km’s away. And the scenery was getting more and more impressive and ‘wilder’ when...

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  • What I learned in Alberta Canada ....

    1. Kilometers per hour are NOT the same as miles per hour2. Canadians, generally, don't have the same lead feet as their American neighbors do3. There is 'something' between the local Ukranians, and the Canadians, that dates back to WWII4. This area used to be undersea ... so the bedrock is a combination of sandstone, limestone & dolomite.5. "Rock...

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