Province of Alberta Off The Beaten Path

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Province of Alberta Off The Beaten Path

  • Rural Alberta

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch...

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  • Rural Alberta

    Calgary Off The Beaten Path

    In the countryside where our daughter's boyfriend was brought up on his parent's 140-acre horse ranch, we decided on a Sheep River rafting trip where it flows past their back pastures! With two rubber rafts loaded aboard 4WD All Terrain Vehicles, we headed down a steep trail and eventually emerged onto the flat and gravelly riverbed (2nd pic). The...

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  • Hiking /Trails

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The hiking trail that leads to the paint pots is located just off the #93 highway between Castle Mountain junction and Radium, BC, in Kootenay National Park. There is a rest area at the trail head, and a sign on the highway tells you it's the way to the paint pots. The Paint Pots are a series of shallow ponds in an area of high mineral...

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  • Falls/mountains

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    MARTIN STABLES HAS THE BEST HORSEBACK RIDE. IT IS A 3 HR. BREAKFAST RIDE. YOU RIDE FOR AND HOUR THEN EAT FOR AN HOUR THEN RIDE A DIFFERENT TRAIL BACK FOR AN HOUR. WHAT A BLAST. A MUST TRY FOR HORSE LOVERS OR NOT

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  • Hiking

    Lake Louise Off The Beaten Path

    The hike up to Lake Agnes from lake louise is quite a pleasant one in the summer ,at the top of the trail is a tea house where you can reward your efforts striding up the hill with tea and cakes whilst looking at the splendid view. In the winter the views are just as, if not moreso spectacular but the hike up is a lot harder in the deep snow, and...

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  • River Valley

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    The North Saskatchewan River diagonally bisects the city, and Edmontonians are very (oddly) proud of their valley. Networks of 'multi-use' trails (for bicycles, rollerblades, joggers, etc) abound up and down the river, and some parts of the valley are very popular and can get fairly crowded. But it isn't hard to find a serene spot to gaze at...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Off The Beaten Path

    The Bow Valley Campground is about 1 hours drive outside of the city driving towards the beautiful Rocky Mountains. They have lots of sites, trees and are right on a nice blue river. Its only $17 CAD a night too! I dont have their phone number, but just look up their website! :-)

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  • Flowers

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Take a walk along the boardwalk at Johnston Lake & stroll through the medow - bursting with scent & beautiful coloured wildlowers - I could have stayed all day with the gentle hum of insects, bird song & the least chipmunk (too quick to photograph) drarting to & fro.

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  • Elk Island National Park

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    If you get a chance, you may want to visit Elk Island National Park. Just a 45 mins drive East of Edmonton (take Yellowhead Trail Eastbound; Highway 16, and follow the signs), it is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. I remember a time when I was there and I stepped into a BIG PILE of bison poop. Sooooo,...

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  • Wildlife

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Chipmunks, much like squirrels are the entertainers of the forest but what to us is entertainment, for the chipmunk is the work of storing food for the winter. They just move so fast it appears comical to us but make no mistake, these are serious omnivores whose diet includes nuts, insects, grain, small frogs, fungi, worms and bird eggs. One of the...

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  • Mountain Parks

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    As you drive around Golden, you will see these BIGHORN SHEEP abundant throughout the Rockies. The large rams are best viewed in the winter months when they are at lower elevations; in summer, most of the rams and many of the ewes can be found by hiking into the high alpine meadows in the park. The tourists and road traffic does not seem to phase...

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  • Mountains

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The tunnels are located along the TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1), a short drive west of Lake Louise, and east of Field, British Columbia (a short distance east of the turn off to Yoho Valley Road that leads to Takakkaw Falls). When the railroad was first built through the Rockies, they had a really tough time in this area, because the grade was so...

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  • Lakes

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Peyto Lake is one of the most photographed lakes in Banff National Park. As you go from lake to lake with the mountain parks, you will notice that all are incredibly coloured, but each one is a slightly different shade, due to the differing rock flour in each lake. Peyto Lake is the most incredible brilliant turquoise colour - you won't believe...

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  • Banff Town

    Banff National Park Off The Beaten Path

    We found there to be a nice mix of reasonably priced shops along with the insanely expensive ones. We actually bought stuff at just a couple of them. Unique Canadian Alps had a lot of Tshirts and Golf shirts at good prices. They also had some nice jewelry. Totem Souvenirs had some pretty jewelry and lots of other things. Moo Ice Cream Shop...

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  • Hidden hike in Banff National Park

    Tower of Babel by Moraine LakeHead 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...

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  • The Centre of Alberta

    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...

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  • Gopher Hole Museum

    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...

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  • the Olympic toilets

    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...

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  • World's Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick

    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...

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  • Whitla

    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...

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  • World's Largest Tractor Weather Vane

    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...

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  • Consider walking sticks

    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...

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  • The Legacy

    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...

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  • Rowley - a ghost town

    Rowley is one of Alberta’s ghost towns, although not completely deserted. There are still 10 or 15 people living. Some of the old buildings are restored and the village has even a coupel of museums. The Railway Museum is situated in an old railway carriage, close to the weathered grain elevators. During our visit on a grey and rainy Sunday old...

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  • Acadia Valley – Grain Elevator Museum

    You can not miss these ‘Cathedrals of the prairies’ when driving in the eastern part of Alberta (or in Saskatchewan). After we turned off Highway 9 in Oyen to drive to Leader in SK we soon could see this impressive landmark of the hamlet of Acadia Village. There is just one (from three) grain elevator left and a very tiny piece of the railroad with...

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  • Banff - walk to the top of Sulphur...

    Walk to the top of Sulphur Mountain (2.285 m); it will take about 75 minutes. Enjoy the forest with lots of squirrels and the wonderful views over Banff, Bow River Valley and surrounding peaks. The track is signposted at the car park near the gondola station. When we reached the top, we really could say: "we made it to the top". We went down with...

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  • Banff - Springs Snail - so tiny .....

    ... and no bigger than an orange seed.The unique Banff Springs Snail lives in the warm springs of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The snail is no bigger than just 5 mm, so you will find it hard to see these very tiny animals.See for more info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/nature/eep-sar/itm3-/eep-sar3a_E.asp

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  • Banff - lots of big horn sheep

    On your way to/from Banff to Lake Minnewanka (north of Banff) at least take one time the Minnewanka Loop. It is a very scenic drive along the 'Two Jack Lake' and we were surprised by the amount of 'big horn sheep', which were grazing along the road and close to the water. I'm sure you will most probably see (lots of) these nice animals.Close to the...

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  • Banff - Lake Minnewanka

    Lake Minnewanka is situated just some kilometres north of Banff and will take about a 15 minutes drive. It is not so overcrowded like other places around Banff. Just sit along the lakeside in the middle of the impressive scenery of the Rocky Mountains, take a stroll to Stewart Canyon or enjoy one of the boat tours (daily from mid May to mid...

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  • Take the David Thompson Highway

    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...

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  • World's Largest Racing Chuckwagon

    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...

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  • Possibly World's Largest Westren Boot?

    I heard that it was and quite possibly is the world's largest westren boot. It is located in Edmonton on the corner of 100 avenue and 167 street. At night the boot also lights up to bring even more attention to it.

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  • Frank Slide

    In the off the beaten path, despite it is on the main road going to crownest pass.Frank slide is a rock-slide, happened 1903, and almost no vegetation took place after.This slide happened as a certain amount of rock detached from the mountain, and, not falling. . . just like that, it flowed, litterally flowed, transported by air. Look, the rocks...

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  • The Cold Sulpher Spring

    Located east of Jasper along the south side pull over area of the Yellow Head Highway is The Cold Sulpher Spring. About little bigger than a fist, it packs quite a smell. As melting snow and rain seep into the mountain above and along it's journey the water dissolves minerals which sulpher being one you smell.

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  • The Rock that Ran

    One hot summer day, Napi - the supernatural Trickster of the Blackfoot - sat upon the Rock to rest. Because it was so hot, Napi threw his robe over the Rock saying " Here I give you my robe because you are poor and have let me rest on you. Keep it always." Napi walked on, and it began to rain. Napi sent to the Rock and asked it to lend him the...

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  • Driving the Canadian Rockies on...

    Yes, I did it, and this is what I saw! Cool, huh? This picture was taken in 2002 travelling west on a road toward Banff.

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  • Victoria Settlement

    About 10 minutes south of Smokey Lake just east of Secondary Highway 855 lies Victoria Settlement. Started in 1862 as a Methodist Mission by Reverend George McDougall then established as Fort Victoria by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1864. It became a focul point for the local Metis community. There still remains the Clerk's Quarters from 1864 (which...

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  • Viking Ribstones

    If you are into aboriginal history, these may be of interest to you. Created as a monument to Old Man Buffalo and where they would leave offerings for good luck in an upcoming hunt or after a successful hunt. It is thought that the grooves represent the ribcage of a buffalo. Only nine of these have been found in Alberta and these are still in their...

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  • World's Largest Softball

    If you happen to be in the area of Chauvin, Alberta you might as well check out the world's largest softball. I believe it has a name of Susie. I must admit that it was not as spectacular as I was hoping it would be but is still a good stop on a roadtrip. Chauvin is really close to the Saskatchewan border and between Lloydminster and Provost.

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  • Brazeau Lake Picnic

    Sometimes it is interesting to get off the main roads and just explore some of the regular old back country. On our visit of late-April, 2001 we did just that, heading into the hinterlands about halfway between the Rocky Mountains and Edmonton.Brazeau Lake is the site of a hydro-electric dam and generating station, but it also has a nice little...

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  • Climb up (or just see) a fire lookout...

    We saw this fire lookout tower near Lac La Biche, Alberta, in July 2002. Some of our group even climbed up it. Nice view, I bet!

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  • Ice fields Parkway

    You must travel along the Trans Canadian Highway from Calgary, past Lake Louise, to reach the entrance of the ice fields parkway.Here you will see numerous glacer filled mountains. A good hiking map will come in handy. You will reach the columbia ice fields. This glacier is said to be larger than the city of Vancouver. There is a ranger station and...

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  • Mitchell Lake Fishing for "Trout"

    I went to this lake a few times in the last few years. It is a relitivly small lake but has some really good fishing especially in late June. I camped also there once but they have changed the camp spots now and they are not as nice. To close and small for my liking especially when it is $12 a night. IF you go far enough you can camp for free in...

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  • Lac La Biche Mission

    One of the more important historic sites in Alberta. The Lac La Biche Mission palyed an important part in the development of Alberta. It was a huge community in it's time with a population of around 600 people (Edmonton at that time had only 65 people). It had many firsts for Alberta such as the first school, first printing press and much more....

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  • No it is not a giant poo

    Because the town of Mundare is locally famous for the sausage that is made there their is a giant ring of sausage in the town park. Mundare is about 40 minutes east of Edmonton and in the area of highway 15 and secondary highway 855.

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