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22
Aug

Edmonton Heritage Festival celebrates 40 successful years

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BBQ beef and samosas from Rwanda; sambusa from South Sudan; poffertjes from the Netherlands; herring with egg butter on rye, riskrem and lefse from Norway; shawarma from Egypt; sharbat from Iraq; a beef donair from Greece; and delicious watermelon from the Arab pavilion…. just some of the delicacies we sampled at the recent Edmonton Heritage Festival

Read more about our adventures as we helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event.

28
Jul

10 tips for successful camping with baby

So, along with a new name, husband and a baby I also have a new article finally. Sorry for the wait!

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If you have a child under 12 months old, a camping trip may not be your idea of a vacation, especially camping in a tent, but with a little planning and a lot of flexibility, it may just be a lot more enjoyable than you imagined. Our first baby camping experience took place over the Canada Day holiday in the heart of Kananaskis Country, when friends offered to provide “back up” by way of their RV if the tenting trial failed. No need to offer twice! As backpacking and camping enthusiasts, my husband and I had been waiting for the opportunity to share our passion for the outdoors with our nine-month-old son.

Read more here.

9
Apr

Long-distance romance blooms in Regina

 

Stirred ... not shaken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When reviewing destinations for a romantic weekend, I have to admit Regina would not usually come to mind — but this was no ordinary weekend away.

In fact, Regina was a convenient (almost) half-way point between my home in Alberta and my beau’s residence in North Dakota.

Regina was a destination new to both of us, and quite frankly sightseeing was not necessarily on the top of our list, but with both of us being optimistic and romantic by nature, we were determined to uncover Regina’s romantic side.

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4
Feb

Fans make Oilers the NHL’s hottest draw

Edmonton Oilers fans

Edmonton Oilers fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you happen to visit Edmonton this week, one of the first things you will notice is the buzz. After a 113-day lockout, the NHL is back and for a city that reputedly “bleeds orange and blue,” spirits couldn’t be more high.

Nicknamed the City of Champions, Edmonton welcomed back its Oilers — who have won five Stanley Cups in their history — on Tuesday night. Avid fans citywide were joyful for the first home game of the 2013 season.

Yet, for a newcomer, the gripping question is, So why hockey?

 

 

 

 

4
Feb

Jasper takes the chill out of January

Jasper in January

Jasper in January

 

 

 

 

 

If you happened to take a spur of the moment Rocky Mountains winter break in Jasper this month, expect to see more than magnificent snow-capped mountains, copious elk and a few die-hard winter sports enthusiasts. In fact, you may just witness extreme flying snowballs, an intriguing number of chili connoisseurs and infinitely more skiers and snowboarders than some other resorts see in the height of the ski season.

So what is the reason for this fascinating phenomenon? It’s known as “‘Jasper in January’.”

10
Dec

Get lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze

Corn blue sky

Corn blue sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the oldest university in the world?

Mmm … an interesting question and one that neither of us knows the answer to. We could, of course, Google it but then where is the fun in that? The four multiple-choice answers have the words (turn left) or (turn right) next to them. “Morocco” I guess randomly and we head left accordingly.

Read more here.

 

 

 

19
Sep

Where Canada and the US collide

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WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA — A rare welcome treat in life is to re-visit somewhere that you loved the first time you went there, only to discover that it’s even more amazing than you remembered.

Driving into Waterton Lakes National Park recently, my jaw dropped as a new stunning view greeted me around every corner.

Waterton National Park, located in southwest Alberta, borders Glacier National Park in Montana and together they were designated as the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932, a symbol of peace and goodwill between Canada and the United States. This was my third visit to the park; the last trip was almost two years prior.

Read the full story here.

26
Jul

Jurassic Forest may just scare you silly!

Apatosaurus at Jurassic Forest

If you happened to look out of your window when driving along Highway 28, just 25 minutes north of Edmonton, and you thought you saw a long-necked animal peering above the tree line, don’t worry, you are not imagining things. What you saw in fact was a dinosaur, an Apatosaurus to be more specific.

Click here to read more about my visit to Jurassic Forest near Edmonton, Alberta.

Do not feed the dinosaurs!

Take a dino-stroller for a ride

20
Jun

White-water rafting for dummies ….

Preparing to raft the Kicking Horse River, near Golden, BC

Being the volunteer organizer of an outdoors activity group often evokes comments such as “You must be one of those hard-core adventure people!” or similar.

Contrary to expectations, I think I would more aptly describe myself as a “determined yet often apprehensive British chick with a slight penchant for personal injury.” Therefore, if I can achieve something, pretty much anyone can. After all fear is only in the mind, correct?

Read more about my hair raising adventure!

20
Jun

There’s something brewing in the barracks …

Wild Rose Brewery, Calgary, Alberta

A green quonset (a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel), Building AF23 sits perched in the backdrop of patio tables, umbrellas, chairs, and wildly colourful flower baskets.

Read more about my visit to the Wild Rose Brewery.