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There are probably more places that go by the name “Paradise Valley” than by any other. This particular one is situated on the western outskirts of Medicine Hat, just off the TransCanada Highway in eastern Alberta.
The valley was home to the native peoples of Alberta for thousands of years. They lived here, gathered wild berries, and hunted buffalo (chasing them off a cliff at a nearby”jump”). They valley has a rich archaeologic record documenting this history which has been extensively explored.
Today this Paradise valley is home to a public park and golf course, and has this pretty floral wagon situated within it.
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I had a pleasant drive across the Canadian prairies this summer with my father. While the landscape is flat and lacks relief, it was a great time to do the trip because the canola and flax were blooming, adding a lot of color to the landscape. And the first cutting of hay was being bailed, putting a fresh pleasant scent in the wind.
Canola has become a popular crop in Canada these past few decades and canola fields are everywhere. The plants are about a meter high and produce beautiful small yellow flowers that ripen into bean-like pods. Black seeds from the pods are harvested and crushed to create canola oil and meal. Canola seeds contain about 45 percent oil …
The town of Cochrane sits in the beautiful Bow River Valley, between Calgary and Banff. Growing rapidly because of its proximity to Calgary, Cochrane still retains a small town vibe although it’s now home to more than 20,000 people. The region was originally developed as a ranch, as was much of the western Alberta prairies, and the farmers’ market is still held at the Historic Ranch Site (which you can explore when you’re done with your visit to the market).
While it’s only held during the summer months, the Farmers’ Market is very enjoyable. It’s busy, but not too crowded, and features locally grown produce and handicrafts, as well as popular food vendors. You’ll find items here you don’t see …
Stepped out of my home on my way to work early one morning and was surprised to see this hot-air balloon floating over the roof-tops. Not a common site and as good as a jolt of caffeine in waking me up.
Happy Canada Day, eh? Today is Canada’s 150th birthday and across the country people are celebrating in a big way. It’s not everyday a country reaches that age and there is good reason to celebrate, because Canada is a great place to live! There’s a “suggestion” from the Canadian government that a certain percentage of media be “Canadian Content”, so here is our piece of Canadian content for today.
I wonder if there is anything more Canadian than spending a pleasant summer day enjoying classic cars with the beautiful Alberta Rocky Mountains as a backdrop? Probably so, but those things likely would be a lot less fun.
Summers in Canada, or for that matter any place that has cold snowy winters, are …
One of the many things I enjoy about summers in Canada are the large number and variety of ethnic festivals held around the country. Like the United States, Canada has derived much of its character from its many immigrant groups. People are encouraged to celebrate their heritage, culture and traditions, while become part of the national melting pot.
If you’re interested in learning more about the culture of a country, visiting one of these festivals is an excellent way to take a “mini-trip” to that destination. This year I wanted to explore somewhere I’d never been to before, so decided to stop by the Calgary Ukrainian Festival. Over a weekend, the large Ukrainian community of the city presented a great celebration …
I enjoyed a beautiful drive alongside and through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia this past week. The landscape had greened nicely with the warming weather, but the mountains still had lots of snow on them. I made a few stops along the way and photographed some of the beautiful scenery.
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The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a small site just outside the town of Banff, but is important to Canadians because it was a catalyst to the formation of Canada’s first national park, Banff National Park.
The Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine sulphurous hot springs, arranged in three groups, on Banff’s Sulphur Mountain. The water is heated geothermally at a depth of about 3 km (2 mi) and escapes to the surface at these sites. The Cave and Basin is the only natural cavern in the area big enough to comfortably accommodate groups of people.
Humans have inhabited this region for at least 10,000 years, back to the retreat of the massive …