Province of Alberta Local Customs

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Province of Alberta Local Customs

  • Birds/ Animals/Flowers

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    These cheeky little fellows popped up everywhere and were a joy to see. Please do not feed them although they will squeek for your attention = when tourists are thin on the ground they have to survive on their own

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  • Tipping

    Edmonton Local Customs

    It is expected here when you go to a restaurant, spa, bar, and other areas like this to tip the server, bartender, or whomever is working on you. The expected rate varies from 5% to 20%. If you head into a restaurant and the server takes too long with your drinks, messes up your order -- well that would be in the 5% range. If that server has been...

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Local Customs

    After 2012 Centennial many including myself thought Stampede 2013 be somewhat a let down, how wrong we were. 2 weeks to the day that the parade starts off the official beginning of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede the banks of the Elbow River that run through and along the Stampede overflowed with a velocity that made the opening of the Stampede...

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  • Presents/Souvenirs

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    All these wonderful items were found at the shops along Banff Avenue. I took these pictures because I've learned to curb my spending on decorative items. You wouldn't believe the amount of things I've to lug home from every single trip to Japan & elsewhere, so much so that anyone who had traveled with me would know that I'm not joking about it!

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  • Diversity

    Edmonton Local Customs

    The area of Edmonton is home to a fairly large Ukrainian community and its influence can be perceived all across the city, especially through its beautiful architecture. If you want to find out more about the story of Ukrainian immigrants in Alberta, you can visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village located about 50 km east of Edmonton.

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  • Greetings & Salutations

    Calgary Local Customs

    This nice chap approached us while we were looking at some statues. He told us he was the Prime Minister and gave us his papers. We had a good laugh together while he tried to sort out the world. Hope he gets reinstated because he promised us a free holiday.

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  • Local Crafts

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    Finding locally produced products in Banff is a hard task. Most craft items are mass produced in the far east - a hard fact of mass tourisim. Indian head wear and the popular dream catchers are all made from feathers from lands far removed from here TBC

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  • People

    Edmonton Local Customs

    If you go to someone's home, you will usually be asked to leave your shoes by the front door (inside of course!). I thought it odd when I first moved there but it makes sense since the weather is quite often messy and it wouldn't be polite to track mud or snow into your host's house. It has become a habit even on nice days though. Some people do...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Local Customs

    1.Canadians in general are very friendly and helpful, if asked for information about locations or history (although in Calgary there is NOT MUCH history left... i mean places, older than 5-10 years)! Anyway, as i got to know... there have been people asking park wardens about getting the water so blue (the lake on the left, hehe) , and well, i mean...

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  • Churches

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    The pretty llittle white church is located at 102 Banff Avenue on the corner of Buffallo Avenue. Designed by architect John Manuel of Winnigeg in the Gothic Revival style. The church was built in 1927. The base of the church is designed with locally quarried rundle stone creating a natural look in keeping with the mountains surrounding her.

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  • Government Buildings

    Edmonton Local Customs

    During my visit ot Edmonton it has been really hot, up to 37 degrees Celsius. It seems quite common that people go to the fountains at the Government Building as well as on the mainsquare to give a refresh to their kids.

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  • Western Culture

    Calgary Local Customs

    Ranching played a large part in Calgary's development, and so many Calgarians are proud of the city's western heritage. Calgary's nickname is "Cowtown", but it doens't live up to it unless you count the requisite country and western radio station, and two bars called "Cowboys" and "The Ranchman's". Ranching and western heritage may be responsible...

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  • Public Displays

    Edmonton Local Customs

    I've already shared what I thought of the artistic fencing I spied at a little park in Downtown Edmonton ... apparently I am in the minority in liking it though :) If you surf the VT Miscellaneous Forum, you are already familiar with the witty, dry and understated humor of 2 Edmontonians we know as David Keeling and Darby2 ..... after seeing this...

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  • Hockey

    Edmonton Local Customs

    Edmonton, being very much a winter city, is a hockey town. The Oilers numerous Stanley Cup wins are still at the forefont of Edmonton's urban psyche. Wayne Gretzky Drive (formerly the Capilano Freeway) shoots past the Northlands Colliseum.

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  • Fort Edmonton Park

    Edmonton Local Customs

    Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest open-air history park, is a recreation on the city’s early history. There’s an evocative reconstruction of the original Hudson’s Bay Company trading post of 1846, and of Jasper Avenue as it looked in 1885, 1905, and 1920. Here is the link to the Fort Edmonton Park...

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  • Spitz

    An Albertan business that has become an Albertan staple. If you attend an outdoor sporting event in Alberta most likely you will see sunflower shells on the ground. Spitz sunflower seeds are a delicious snack that comes in a variety of flavours. Whenever I go out in the field to work I always bring a bag to munch on. Spitz has definately become an...

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  • Vistor Rebate Program

    All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from...

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  • Inukshuk points the way ......

    The Arctic Circle, dominated by permafrost, has few natural landmarks so the inukshuk was central to navigation across the barren tundra. Inuksuit vary in shape and size, and perform a diverse array of tasks. The word inuksuk means something which acts for or performs the function of a human. It is a symbol with deep roots in the Inuit culture, a...

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  • Priorities ....

    An interesting difference between an American roadtrip, and my Canadian road trip is that it seems Canadians have their priorities toward nature over commerce. Drivining along the Highway, I wold go miles upon miles with only seeing trees, mountains, and other natural 'things' ... no towns, motels, gas stations, or other man made 'things' to be...

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  • YEEEHAW

    As much as I am not in to this culture there is no denying that it is probaly the most significant one in Alberta, Westren. Cowboys is probaly the most recognised word associated with this. Although it is fast disappearing in the main cities, it is still very much alive in rural Alberta. There are still many bars around to support this and still a...

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  • Canada Day Celebrations

    Canada became a country on July 1, 1867. This is Canada Day. In every town, big or small across the country you will find parades, carnivals, picnics, bbqs, fireworks and more red maple leafs than you can shake a stick at!

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  • Alberta Tartan Facts about...

    Alberta Tartan Facts about Alberta: The Land The westernmost of Canada's three Prairie provinces, Alberta lies between the 49th and 60th parallels, at virtually the same latitude as the United Kingdom. Alberta is 1 223 kilometres from north to south and between 293 and 660 kilometres in width from west to east. Nearly equal in size to the state...

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