Waterton, Alberta

It was a beautiful sunny day today and perfect weather for a trip down to Waterton.  It was so peaceful there, it was a real pleasure just  sitting in the sunshine, eating ice cream!

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036-WatertonOf course after all the ice cream, we had to have a little stroll along Red Rock Canyon.

037-WatertonIt is unusual to go to Waterton and no see any wildlife, this time we didn’t see any bears, but we did see some deer and a small chipmunk.

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A very enjoyable and relaxing day.

J&E

Lougheed House, Calgary

Lougheed House (also known as Beaulieu) is a grand sandstone mansion that was built in 1891 for James and Isabella Lougheed. Lougheed House is now a National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum. The quality of the design, materials and furnishings reflected their wealth and prestige. At the time the population was under 4,000 making the Lougheeds among Calgary’s most influential citizens at the time.

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J&E

Mossleigh & Vulcan

We had a whirlwind visit with Linda (Jan’s sister).  We had to do a bit of sightseeing, so we started with a quick trip to Aspen Crossing in Mossleigh.  We saw this cute little beetle covered in flowers.  There is also an 1887 Pullman Rail Car used as a dining car, a garden centre and campgrounds.

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003 MossleighTo find out more about Aspen Crossing, you can watch the video (there are lots more on you tube) below or visit: http://www.aspencrossing.com

We continued down the road to Vulcan, where we started in the tourist information and trek station.  As we had a walk around the streets of Vulcan, we realised that the Startrek theme didn’t stop at the Trek Centre!

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012-Star-Treck-StatueA lovely day out, with lovely weather!

J&E

Medicine Hat – The Journey Home

On the drive home we stopped to take a look at the Brooks Aqueduct. It was erected of 90 years ago and it stretched the limits of design and technology at the time. Sadly though, it no longer carries water.

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We saw signs for the Bassano Dam so decided to take a look at that too.  The Bassano Dam provides 1,200 irrigation farmers with water through a system of 3,000 miles of canals, drains and internal storage reservoirs. In addition, it supplies water to industry, wet land habitats and towns and villages serving a population of 18,000 people. Construction began in 1910 and it opened in April 1914.

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Now it really is time to head home!

J&E

Medicine Hat – Day 3

Today we headed to Cypress Hills Interprovincial park which is in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  We were treated to some beautiful scenery.

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Elkwater townsite is located with the park and we came across this small church, which we think is St Margarets.

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It has some very pretty stained glass windows inside. 048-St-Margarets-Church

048-St-Margarets-ChurchWe particularly liked this gravestone which read: He who dies with the most toys wins!

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As we were so close to the Saskatchewan border, we decided to have a drive into Saskatchewan just to say we’ve been – although we intend to come back and do it again properly!

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We head home tomorrow, but it has been a lovely couple of days.
J&E

 

Medicine Hat – Day 2

The Historic Clay District is a very interesting place to spend some time.  You are greeted by historic honecomb kilns.  We believe they have been given quite a large grant to preserve and restore these historic kilns.
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The museum at Medalta (Medicine Hat, Alberta) gives visitors the chance to experience the working life of the men & women who once worked in the factory and The Working Pottery area makes replica Medalta pottery for sale.

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For more information on Medalta visit: http://medalta.org/

If you are ever in Medicine Hat, it is well worth a visit.

We then headed towards the river and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church National Historic Site located near the bridge crossing of the South Saskatchewan River to downtown Medicine Hat. It was constructed between 1912 and 1914.

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After that, we took the Trans Canada bridge across the South Saskatchewan River towards Police Point Park.032-Bridge

032a-RiverPolice Point Park was an early NW Mounted Police outpost, and the park is now a 300-acre park with paths next to the South Saskatchewan River. Apparently it is a nature lovers dream, but all we saw was a small rabbit!

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J&E

Medicine Hat – Day 1

When we get the chance, we always like to explore new places.  So we decided to take a look at Medicine Hat.

On arrival we took a stroll around the Gas Lamp District and Gas Lamp Plaza is shown below as is a street view of the gas lamps, looking very pretty with hanging baskets.There were some very nice and old style buildings.

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On the way back to our hotel we drove past the worlds tallest Tee Pee, shame it was going a bit dark!

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We will be off to the Historic Clay District tomorrow.

J&E