Province of Alberta Off The Beaten Path

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Province of Alberta Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • River Valley

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    During a walk around Edmonton I passed by the John Walter museum which is located in the North Saskatchewan River valley downtown Edmonton. I didn't enter, but find it worth to mention it. John Walter has become one of the wealthiest citizens of Edmonton around 1900. He started with building boats for the Hudson Bay Company and continued with...

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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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  • Bankhead - Ghost Town

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    When coming off the Highway from Calgary - instead of turning left into Banff - TURN RIGHT! You will enter BANKHEAD, an historic site. Bankhead was a coal mine in the early 1900's that became a town, until the coal mine shut down. Very interesting history here. All residents were eventually forced to leave their homes. You'll have to visit and...

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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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  • Jasper Tramway

    Jasper Off The Beaten Path

    A lot of people take the Jasper Tramway up to the top of Whistlers Mountain, but as it wasn't working when we got there, we decided to walk... 4 hours later we arrived at the top. This view was taken about half-way up.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Johnston Canyon

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    This was one of the most spectacular hikes/ walks we did during our week in Banff. On our last day in Banff we decided to drive the 25 km to the canyon along the Bow Valley Parkway and as we approached we were astounded to see the number of vehicles parked on the side of the road. We thouight we would try the parking area but it was completly full...

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  • Jurassic Forrest

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    This is a cool park. There is a north and south loop to walk around. In each loop there are different dinosaurs that have a sensor when you walk past them, they come to life. With each dinosaur there is a placard that tells you information about the species. There are also other placards of the different plants, insects and reptiles in...

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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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  • Lake Louise

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    Lake Louise is about 1 hour North of Banff. It's talked about pretty commonly if you are in the area as a place to check out. Essentailly, it's just big pretty lake (depending on when you go). During the summer, the lake takes on a light green color, that which you typically see on the post card. The winter isn't as pretty but if the sun is out...

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  • Reynolds Museum

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    When my relatives visited from Germany this past summer, we took them to see the Reynolds - Alberta Museum. I'd heard of this place before. However, in my entire life living here, I'd NEVER visited it! It was SO MUCH FUN! There is SO much to see and many activities to take part in. We enjoyed it so much. There was also bread (and other baked...

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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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  • Tunnel Mountain

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    The path winds back and forth up the mountain with great views over Banff and The Babff Springs Hotel and Golf Course. It's a bit more challenging than a stroll for sure - although we did meet a few joggers coming back down!! It took us about 2hrs altogether, starting from the car park at the bottom. The tourist centre in Banff has all the info...

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  • Universities & Colleges

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    Many people might not think about it, but in Edmontons University of Alberta there are several smaller Museums and Exhibitions hidden and worth to be discovered. During my stay I had a look at an exhibition of minerals and of paleontology. Check the website to find out if there is something which suites you interests.

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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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  • Sulphur Mountain

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    Why not HIKE up Sulphur Mountain, just outside the town. Although there is a gondola, you will feel much better after walking up instead. Unfortunately, at the top, you will be greeted by hordes of lazy chairlift-tourists complaining about how uncomfortable the ride was (!!!) HOWEVER, the view of the town from the top is beautiful. Just don't try...

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  • Prairie Garden Adventure Farm

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    Prairie Garden Farms is no ordinary farm it's 35 acres of adventure and fun. A farm with arcade games, greenhouses, a pumpkin cannon (and a corn cob cannon for the little tykes), berry u-pick areas, a petting zoo, a haunted house, wagon rides, a mini train, a 7 acre corn maze, and much more. There are over 50 fun farm activities for you and your...

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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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  • Cascade Mountain

    Banff Off The Beaten Path

    This is where Banff, the first National Park in Canada, started. Curious? Well then you'll just have to go there yourself and read up on it! Aside from the little musuem and the hot spring water, the hiking around there is excellent. There is a path down to the marshy area of the river where you can find lots of fish, birds, and great views of the...

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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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  • Corn Maze

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    Just southwest of the city's boundary is the Edmonton corn maze. Each year the pattern of the maze takes on a different theme...last year the maze was patterned after the Edmonton Oilers. The maze is divided into two sections, each with 8 numbered marker posts that you must negotiate during your attempt. Each section took me nearly an hour to find...

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  • Alberta Railway Museum

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    The Alberta Railway Museum located on the northern outskirts of Edmonton is a great hit with railroading buffs. It has a large collection of operating steam locomotives including CN 6060, the largest operating steam locomotive in Canada. I've ridden on this loco and it's a blast! Harry Home is the engineer who takes care of this baby for the last...

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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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  • Cathedrals

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    We were unable to go inside this catherdral as there was a funeral going on it was such a pretty structure that I had to write a little bit about it because it is one of the prettiest structures in Edmonton and if you have a chance go and see it. St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Edmonton was established in 1904 In keeping with the...

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  • Devon Botanical Gardens

    Edmonton Off The Beaten Path

    30 minutes west of downtown Edmonton lies the Devonian Botanical Garden. Though it's nothing like Butchart's in Victoria, BC, it is quite a scene. This 80 acres attraction houses thousands of plants and fungi, and even butterflies. Not to be missed if plants are your passion. Location: Highway 60, south of Highway 16

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  • Bow Island

    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...

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  • Brooks Aqueduct

    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...

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  • World's Largest Bee

    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...

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  • World's Largest Beaver

    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...

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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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  • 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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