Category Archives: Days Out in Alberta

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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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

Moose!

It was such a beautiful Alberta day today that we decided to take some much needed time out and have an afternoon to ourselves!

We drove to High River for some lunch at Smittys and then on to Nanton and then the turn West towards Chain Lakes.  It is such a beautiful and tranquil drive.  We saw loads of birds of prey, fields full of prairie flowers and wide open spaces.

As we turned North onto the main highway towards Longview, we spotted this Moose in the field.  It was fairly close and seemed to hang around for ages.

Why is it on days when you see stuff, the good camera is always at home!?  We did our best with what we had and it didn’t take away from such a special and exciting moment.

It begins to head off into the trees, making short work of the fences as it goes.

J&E

Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington

Welcome StatueToday we decided to take the 150km trip to Torrington – I know it may sound like a long way but with open roads and not much traffic, you can make swift progress!

Torrington is a small Hamlet and boasts a large sculpture that can’t be missed of a large 12ft gopher named Clem T GoFur!

As you can see the fire hydrant in front of the sculpture is also painted as a gopher, as are all 11 of the hydrants in Torrington.  Below are a few more examples.  It does make for quite a cheery fire hydrant!

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While strolling around Torrington we also came across an old church and a very friendly cat!

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Then we headed to the main attraction – the Gopher Hole Museum. I don’t think being crazy is a requirement to visit but it probably helps!!

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Waterton in May!

We decided to take a drive to Waterton today, what we didn’t quite reckon on was the total difference in the weather from Okotoks. The amount of snow still hanging around in Waterton on 30th May was quite something!  It is such a beautiful  place in the summer – but today we had an insight as to just how long and tough the winters there might be!

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We just had to take a photo of the Prince of Wales – it is hard to go to Waterton and not!

 

 

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Oil City Monument below, to read more about it visit: http://www.mywaterton.ca/OilCity.cfm

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Although for most of the day it stayed fine, as we were leaving the weather started to turn and the clouds began to roll in!

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However as we got closer to home, the weather started to improve again and we were back into sunshine before we knew it!  We just had to stop and take a quick snap of this cute little calf who seemed to want to cool down or play in the water.

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J&E

Waterton Visit

We have been meaning to try and get away for a while now and the Thanksgiving weekend gave us the perfect opportunity.

We decided to head off to Waterton.  It was the last day of the season there, so there wasn’t much open, but it didn’t stop us sightseeing or watching the wildlife.

These are some of the views coming into Waterton.

We started in search of Bison.  We didn’t see many, but we did catch a glimpse of a few, including a baby.
We have always wanted to go to Red Rock Canyon, so while the weather was still pretty nice we thought we could take advantage of that and go and have a stroll around.  The road to the Canyon is about 15km and about half way along the road we spotted some ears. We slammed on the breaks and reversed and spied four bears feeding. We have seen a bear before in the past, but we haven’t seen any in some years, so for us, it was a rare treat.
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Then mum and two cubs started crossing the road infront of us.
 
Now that’s what we call a cute butt!
 
This one got left behind and had to catch the others up.
 
Meanwhile this cub thought it would be a good idea to climb in this bush.  There were lots of noises of snapping twigs!  We were convinced he was going to go crashing to the ground at any point.  It didn’t take long before he thought better of it and about turned and scrambled to more secure ground.
After all that excitement we carried on to Red Rock Canyon for our walk (are we wise?  There’s bears out there you know!)  The Canyon though was lovely.  Apparently it has taken the water 7,000 to 10,000 years to carve the canyon.
 
 
We weren`t lucky enough to see the bears again on the way back, but we did see them the next day although they were much further away!  We headed back to Waterton Townsite to check into our hotel and have a look around.  Despite a lot of businesses being closed, there were still plenty of deer around to keep us entertained.
Our hotel room had a ground level balcony, which was surrounded by deer.
 
We could also walk down directly to the beach.  Unfortunately the wind had really picked up, making the lake look more like the sea. 
The next day started well.  There was no wind and the lake was lovely and calm.  The weather quickly turned though and the cloud started to come right down the mountains.  It was still pretty though, due to the rainbow colours coming through the clouds.

 
We started our day at Cameron Falls, which are very close to the townsite. 

We wanted to see Cameron Lake.  During the drive there, we saw our first snow of the season.  We did get out of the car, but it was so snowy and windy, that  we didn’t even manage a photo!

We wanted to take a look at Blakiston Falls.  During the drive there, we stopped off at Lost Horse Creek, which is like a smaller version of Red Rock Canyon and also very pretty.
As we got to Blakiston Falls, there was a break in the weather, so we managed a walk up to the falls, which was another stunning view.
 
As we were returning from our walk, the weather was getting fairly bad again, so it was time to call it day and head back to Okotoks.  We managed to get a few more snaps as we drove through the townsite.
As we got close to Pincher Creek, we saw a sign for St Henrys Historic Church.  There was THE most incredible views from up there, but again, the weather was turning very chilly.
We could also see exactly where the storms were!
This Province has so much to see.  Even now, we are really only scratching the surface of it.
J&E

Waterton Lakes National Park

We keep seeing photos from friends of ours who visit Waterton National Park.  We have been meaning to go ourselves for some time. Well, the other day, the sun was shining and it seemed the ideal day for a drive to see this little gem in the Rockies for ourselves.

Before we go any further, we saw a bear, we didn’t manage to get a photo, but we saw a BEAR!  ONly our second ever bear!

Waterton is a sweet place.  The mountains seem to crash together with the foothills right infront of them, which makes for quite beautiful scenery.

 
The first thing we came across was the very appropriately named, Driftwood Beach.
Our first glimpse of the famous Prince of Wales Hotel atop the hill in the distance.
Outside the hotel were quite a number of Big Horn sheep.
Then, as we were driving down towards the high street, we saw this house with loads of deer outside, and not the plastic ones either!
This one was so sweet, lounging out, with face pointing up towards the sun!
We are not saying it is windy here much, but just look at the angle of all the trees.
And we came across some more deer.
And a woodpecker.

But we saw a bear too, honest!
J&E