Unique Places in Province of Alberta

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Province of Alberta

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    Bow Island

    by canuckmike Written Oct 29, 2014

    Bow Island is a town of about 2,000 people. It's by the towns of Taber, Foremost, City of Medicine Hat and about 320 km from Calgary. It's right on Highway 3. What I like about Bow Island is that it has a few large roadside attractions. It's home to the world's largest putter, a giant pinto bean and a giant sunflower. The sunflower is located a little bit out of town at the Spitz factory. Spitz sunflower seeds are something that I have ate a lot of throughout the years.

    World's Largest Putter A Giant Pinto A Giant Sunflower

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    Brooks Aqueduct

    by canuckmike Written Sep 9, 2014

    The Brooks Aqueduct is a provincial historic site that was built in the 1910s by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It has been out of use for some time now but back in the day it spanned 3.2 kilometres with an average height of 20m and had an original capacity of 900 cubic feet per second. It's nice to walk around for a little bit and is easy to get different angles for taking pictures. It's located just a few kilometres from the City of Brooks. It's also just a little bit south of Highway 1 and south of Tillebrook Provincial Park.

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    World's Largest Bee

    by canuckmike Written Sep 9, 2014

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    In Falher, also known as the Honey Capital of Canada, is the world's largest bee. Falher is located along Highway 49 and is not far from the communities of Donnelly and McLennan. It's also just a little off of Highway 2 if you are headed up to Peace River. The bee itself is located along the main street in town. The town has a population of around 1,000 residents and has a Honey Festival. Also many of the town's themes revolve around honey.

    World's Largest Bee.
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    World's Largest Beaver

    by canuckmike Written Sep 8, 2014

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    If you have read through my Off the Beaten Path tips for Alberta, you'll notice I have a thing for world's largest attractions. Well in Beaverlodge you have the world's largest beaver. I think it's pretty much obvious on why they chose a beaver to make a statue out of. Beaverlodge is a town located on Highway 43 and it's pretty much halfway between Grande Prairie and the BC border. The statue is located right along the highway. Beaverlodge has a population of around 2,400 people.

    Beaver in Beaverlodge. Beaver in Beaverlodge.
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    Hidden hike in Banff National Park

    by AdventureSpecialist Updated Apr 1, 2011

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    Tower of Babel by Moraine Lake

    Head to Moraine Lake and go up to the Rock Pile. Now look left, the tower you see is what you will conquer!

    This hike isn’t for everyone, it’s an hour of two of going straight up loose scree but it ends with an amazing payoff for the amount of time you spend hiking. You end up on top of the towering spire with amazing views of Moraine Lake, Consolation Lakes and Mount Temple. The best part is being able to enjoy these views in the living room; over the years people have built a couch, chairs, TV and table with rocks.

    Give me a call at work (Cathedral Mountain Lodge) and I'd love to share tips on the best route to take to get up here!

    The Tower of Babel on the left overlooks Moraine L Chilling at the top in the rock living room Getting down the scree
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    The Centre of Alberta

    by canuckmike Updated Nov 16, 2010

    The very middle or the centre of Alberta is marked with a statue of a bear and there is a trail going to it. The access point for the trail is located a little of halfway between Swan Hills and Fort Assiniboine along Highway 33 (Grizzly Trail). It's about a 3 kilometre hike to the centre from the road. I've read there are two trails but I only saw one. I guess it was an ATV trail which was about 1/4 muddy and had to walk through the trees to avoid the muddy wet spots. The trail is fairly well marked with signs and there is a picnic area at the centre.

    The Geological Centre of Alberta The Sign to the Centre of Alberta Some of the path on the way
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    Gopher Hole Museum

    by canuckmike Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    God Bless Alberta. Where else can you take a bunch of dead animals, stuff them, dress them up like the local town folk and call it a museum. In Torrington they did just that. Torrington seems to have a love-hate relationship with gophers. These little critters destroy the local crops but because of the museum they bring in the tourist dollar from all around to a town that would literally see almost no tourists.

    The museum itself is about the size of a large trailer and has around 40 different exhibits of stuffed gophers. The taxidermy is done quite nicely as well as the paint job for the sets. There is a fat book of newspaper clippings of the museum and a guest book with people from literally all over the world. The gift shop is quite lackluster but the idea of the museum makes some of the souvenirs interesting. Entrance to the museum is $2 for adults. The town fire hydrants are painted as gophers and there is a 12 foot high statue of a gopher named Clem T. GoFur.

    Torrington is located about a hour north of Calgary. It is 30 km east of Highway 2 on Highway 27. The museum is quite easy to find in Torrington because of all the signs. It is on the corner of 1 street and 2 avenue.

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    the Olympic toilets

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 27, 2009

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    I did spend a little time in Calgary in 1994 on my first trip to the area but on my recent pass in 2008, we just drove through. It was a Sunday, quite dead, and we still had a lot of driving to do so a stop was out of the question. We did, however need to use a restroom so could not resist to stop in the Olympic Park. Home to the 1988 Winter Olympics, it is still used for things like kids hockey leagues and general recreation.

    It was a cold blustery afternoon so we took a very brief look around, used the restrooms and got back on the road. D posed for posterity on the medal stand next to the Olympic flame. Notice she is in the gold position, one she very much deserves after her 2008 hiking/backpacking/camping outing!

    D takes the gold! a cold blustery day at the Olympic Park
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    World's Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick

    by canuckmike Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    The World's Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick is located in Fort Assiniboine. Fort Assiniboine is located about 80 minutes northwest of Edmonton near the Athabasca River along Highway 33 and has a population of around 200. The pick is 20 feet while the wagon wheel is 24 feet and was opened on the 20th of July, 2005. Right next to it is a museum in the fashion of a Hudson Bay fort. It was closed when I was there.

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    Whitla

    by iwys Updated Feb 12, 2008

    Whitla is a truly off the beaten path place. It is a place that before I started my journey across the Prairies I had never heard of, but it is a place with a unique, wistful atmosphere that I will never forget. There was a heavy summer silence, broken only by the cry of a kestrel soaring above the grain elevators.

    I couldn't better this evocative description of the place: "Whitla is a whole street of abandoned buildings. Located 20 miles southwest of Medicine Hat, it is a real ghost town. The town began with the opening of the area to homesteading in 1908. It was named for R. J. Whitla, a Winnipeg merchant who visited the district in 1885 when it was a mere siding on the newly built Turkey Track Railway. In 1910 there was a general store followed by a lumberyard, a hardware store, a farm machinery firm, a Union Bank, several cafes, and three auto repair shops. During 1917 drought, dust storms, grasshoppers, and rabbits began consuming the crops and chasing the settlers away. The exodus from Whitla had been gradual throughout the 1920s and increased noticeably through the ‘30s and ‘40s. By the end of World War II, the town had all but vanished." H.B. Chenoweth.

    Twenty years ago, when I was there, only two grain elevators remained. Now, even they are gone, but hopefully the descendants of that kestrel still patrol the Whitla wheat fields.

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    World's Largest Tractor Weather Vane

    by canuckmike Written Nov 28, 2007

    The worlds' largest tractor weather vane is located in the town of Westlock which is about an hour northish of Edmonton. Westlock is on the intersection of highways 18 and 44. The weather vane itself is located on the westren edge of the town in the area of the tractor museum (I didn't visit the tractor museum). Go west along highway 18 and you should see it quite quickly, I don't remember the exact road it's on. It's a functioning weather vane as I saw it move around in the wind.

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    Consider walking sticks

    by CraigT Written Aug 14, 2007

    After observing several hikers using walking sticks we visited an outdoor supply store and got the salesman's take on their advantages. We finally chose Leki walking sticks, the Cadillac of sticks. The telescoping rods were sturdy, comfortable to hold, and the shock absorbers were a real plus. After getting used to the initial rhythm of walking with the new sticks we soon found their great advantage. We covered more ground with more stability and we arrived much more refreshed. We increased our hiking distances by 2 and 3 fold.

    Our initial paths were at Lake Maligne and nearby Moose Lake. We would highly recommend walking sticks for those wanting to enjoy their hikes at a different level. Don't discount the value of the shock absorbers in a high end stick.

    Walking sticks aid the uphill grade Sticks work on hard surface or on the path
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    The Legacy

    by canuckmike Written Jun 5, 2007

    The Legacy is the world's largest bucking saddle bronc horse & rider. It was created for the 100th anniversary of the Town of Ponoka (the town got it's name from the Blackfoot word for elk). Ponoka is located around 1 hour south of Edmonton and 5 km east of Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway. The statue itself is located along the west side of highway 2A in Centennial Park. Centennial Park also has a mini golf and a museum near by.

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    Take the David Thompson Highway

    by bkathryn Written Oct 14, 2006

    When we did our little family/friend tour of Alberta in October 2006, we arranged it so we would do a circuit and not have to retrace our steps too much. We went from Edmonton west to Jasper, south to Lake Louise, then back up the Columbia Icefields Parkway to Saskatchewan Crossing, to cut out on the David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11). This took us though Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake, to Red Deer, and though some really lovely countryside.

    View on leaving Lake Louise (going North) View along David Thompson Highway
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    World's Largest Racing Chuckwagon

    by canuckmike Written Sep 18, 2006

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    If you are ever in the town of Dewberry you can check out the world's largest racing chuckwagon. It's not just a random large object, there is a history with chuckwagon racing here. Dewberry is located just of the intersection of highway 45 and secondary highway 893. It is about 30 minutes or so northeast of Vermilion. The chuckwagon itself is at the southeast end of Dewberry along the main road that travels through the village (or whatever it's status is).

    World's Largest Racing Chuckwagon

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