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+53° 32' 38" N -113° 29' 23" W travelalberta.comUMMERGET THE MOSTFROM YOURALBERTAGETAWAYRide, shop, play: we havepackages for every interestSWEETSUMMERBUZZFind out why honeybeeslove Alberta1-800-ALBERTA1-800-ALBERTA1


ALBERTASUMMERSYou’ll make a great hostCONTENTSFrom Grain to GlassLocal Quality that Quenches 4summer escape PACKAGES 8From the Mall to Main StreetAlberta’s Shops are Tops 22Hitting the GreensEndless Days of Golf in Central and Northern Alberta 24Surf, Scuba, SlideAquatic Adventures in Alberta 28Cave and BasinBanff’s Original Jewel Amidst the Peaks 302013 SUMMER EVENTS 33Edmonton & Area 36Calgary & Area 37Canadian Rockies 38Northern Alberta 39Central Alberta 40Southern Alberta 41Like a bee to honeyCelebrate Sweet Alberta 46Digging DeepInto Alberta’s History 50Summer is just around the corner.Plans are starting to shape up. Friendsand family are coming to visit and you’rewondering what on earth to do when theyget here. Well you’re in luck. Here are awhole bunch of ideas for a great summerspent with all those you love the most.You’ll make a great host!Did you know that Alberta produces about40 per cent of Canada’s honey? Check outthe 6.7 metre bee statue in Falher, HoneyCapital of Canada, and stay for the honeyfestival. See a few brave souls don wagglingthe south? Make a stop at a meadery toenjoy a tasting after you view the queenbee near Okotoks.Ready for some serious shopping?Get ready for a full day of fashion atWest Edmonton Mall or take a road tripthrough the cool little towns on theCowboy Trail for some unique finds.The history buffs in your bunch will enjoyexploring the Crowsnest Pass and visit thesites that hold the tales of the early coalmining days. Drop some jaws when youshow your visitors the famed Frank Slide.Site in Drumheller and help celebrate its100th birthday with a climb up the lastwooden tipple in Canada.Looking for a different point of view? SeeAlberta from the air – on a hot air balloonride, from the open cockpit of a vintageairplane or try a heli tour. Then see Albertafrom below – on an underwater scuba diveat Lake Minnewanka.For something extra special, visit the newlyrefurbished Cave and Basin National HistoricSite in Banff and learn how the national parksystem all began, back in 1883. Take a lookcentral and northern Alberta – duffers will bedelighted that they can play until almostmidnight up north.Wherever your Alberta travels take you,there’s a small town rodeo calling yourname. Give your guests a taste of what realrodeo is all about – up close and personal.And then you can show off Alberta’sbooming craft beer industry with a frostylager made from local ingredients.Ahh, summer time.Have an adventurous summer!The Travel Alberta TeamSmall Town RodeoMeans Big League Entertainment 54Bird’s Eye ViewAlberta by Air 58FPO“beards” of live honey bees. Travelling fromVisit the Atlas Coal Mine National Historicat some of the challenging golf courses in2 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 3


From Grainto GlassLocal Qualitythat QuenchesPhotos courtesy of Brian Van Tighem White Leaf PhotographyBy Mike FisherMatt Sawyer stands in 4,200 acres ofAlberta cropland, the sun on his face andthe malt barley that he grows waving likea field of gold. Meanwhile, I’m sippingWRaspberry Ale some 90 km southwest inCalgary’s Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom(wildrosebrewery.com), the tart tastesuffusing my smile as I raise an arm tocall over a friend.The journey of an Alberta beer from grain toglass has always been invisible to me, butI’ve learned it moves in not-so-mysteriousways – from the farmer to the malter to thebrewmaster to the waitress, who is just nowbringing me another ale to pair with thetaproom’s raspberry cobbler.Then and NowIn between the drafts my father would orderat his favourite beer hall, he never had to askwhat to pair with the flat ale on tap. Pickledeggs or beef jerky pretty much summed itup. But times have changed, and so havethe brews and taprooms. The craft beerscene in Alberta is booming.Here at Wild Rose, parts of old kegsdecorate the bar and the chairs arehandmade. The barstools even have tractorseats on them, giving new life to the phrase“from farm to table.” With the reliance onfresh, local ingredients, it’s a term foodieslove to hear. And increasingly, the peoplewho love good eats are seeking prime beersand beerhouses for their discerning palates.A Natural Partnership“Everything starts with a good foundationin order to produce a quality product,”says Sawyer, of Sawyer Farms Ltd. in Acme.“You begin with quality workmanship andsome help from Mother Nature.”Nature gives Alberta the beginnings of theright stuff for making great ale – premiumbarley (and for certain ales, wheat), andperfect hard water. Next, there are great malthouses such as Rahr Malting (rahr.com) inAlix, and finally, experienced brewmasters.Supply and Demand for QualityMy quest for quality begins, right here:quenching my thirst.As the consumer, I’m the final butnecessary cog in the wheel that helps drivethis train. And as my tastes become moresophisticated, with home brew enthusiastsand others like me demanding more varied,flavourful and fresh beers, the craft beermarket in Alberta continues to expand.Russell Shuttleworth, Rahr Malting’sGrower Relations Coordinator, says“We work hard to get all our grain sourceddirectly from the grower, allowing usuniformity and higher quality. And craftbrewing is all about quality.”Local Success StoriesLed by Ed McNally, Calgary’s Big RockBrewery (bigrockbeer.com) got craftbeer going in Alberta in 1985, a successstory that grew from one man’s passionfor enjoying beer. Now, there arepremium breweries and tap housesall around Alberta.Bear Hill Brewing Company(bearhillbrewingco.ca) is anotherAlberta craft brew success story,beginning with the Jasper BrewingCompany in 2005, The Banff Ave. BrewingCo. in 2010, and the Wood BuffaloOperation (one of the largest brewpub/eateries in Canada), recently launched byFort McMurray local, Steven Sachse.Alberta’s spirit of entrepreneurialism helpspave the way for new brews and brewpubsin the province, according to Sachse, oneof a new breed of beer businessmenwho combine extensive food and beveragebackgrounds with get-it-done energy.“Our customers include the savvy peoplewho realize Fort Mac is a great place to live,”he says. “There is local pride in our beers.Every single one is designed for the waterof Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo.”Local residents even had a hand innaming the Wood Buffalo brews. When thecompany asked for input, they got it, andnow you can enjoy Gold Digger Golden Ale,Lift Kit Lager and Overtime IPA, amongothers, in downtown Fort McMurray.Not Your Father’s BeerAccording to Sachse, the beer industry ischanging and for the better. “Once upon atime, we were told to love our dad’s brands,but craft brewing is a whole new way oflooking at beer. It’s fresh beer versus apackage brand. It’s a new attitude.”4 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 5I’ll drink to that.Check out page 6 for Brewery Toursand Beer Clubs.


BEER: CLUBS, TOURS ANDEVENTS AROUND ALBERTABeer EventsEdmonton Craft Beer FestivalJune 14-15edmontoncraftbeerfest.comTaste of Edmontonincludes a Taste of BeerJuly 18-27 | eventsedmonton.caTaste of CalgaryAugust 15-18 | tasteofcalgary.comShabam Beer Tasting Festival,Edmontonas a part of the Kidney FoundationSeptember 27 | kidney.caRocky Mountain Food and WinePhotos courtesy of Edmonton Beer Geeks AnonymousCalgary: October 18-19Edmonton: October 25-26Join a brew clubrockymountainwine.comCowtown Yeast Wranglers in Calgary.Edmontonyeastwranglers.caAlley Kat brewery offers a walkthroughEdmonton Homebrewers’ Guild. ehg.caEdmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous.edmontonbeergeeksanonymous.caThe Werthogs of Lethbridge.werthogs.comBrewery ToursEnjoy brewery tours throughout the province(some places require advance booking,check ahead of time):tour and tastings of their current brews.alleykatbeer.comDowntown Edmonton produces some of thebest brew at Yellowhead Brewery.yellowheadbrewery.comJasperEstablished in 2012, Jasper BrewingCompany aims to create the bestbeer possible.jasperbrewingco.caStay|with bellstarin canmoreCalgaryCheck out where brew culture started inAlberta at Big Rock Brewery.bigrockbeer.comCanmoreCheck out the Beer and Sodabrewed by the Grizzly Paw Brewery.thegrizzlypaw.comDrop in tours, seasonal beers, and ataproom to hang in after your tour atWild Rose. wildrosebrewery.comTake in over 40 years of expertise duringa one hour tour with Village Brewery.villagebrewery.comEnjoy up to 6 of Minhas Micro Brewery’sfine beverages on their tour.minhasbrewery.comBanffLearn about the roots and traditions ofbrewing with Banff Ave. Brewing Co.banffavebrewingco.caFort McMurrayCelebrate Wood Buffalo Brewing Co.’sinaugural year; they just opened in January.woodbuffalobrewingco.caSolara Resort & Spa Fire Mountain Lodge Canmore Crossing Blackstone Mountain Lodge The Lodges at CanmoreLike us – visit www.facebook.com/BellstarResortsStay at a Bellstar Resort in Canmore, AB and experience the serenityof the mountains from the luxury of a condo-style suite.Bellstar’s Canmore Resorts offer the ultimate in amenities and comfort.Visit our website for more information and to check out our incredible specials and packages.www.bellstar.ca visit www.bellstar.ca/stay or call 1-877-737-6782 to book!6 travelalberta.com


summer escapePACKAGESAnderson Vacations1-866-814-7378 or 403-245-6200www.canadatravelsolution.comRockies, Edmonton andthe Badlands Calgary | Banff | Lake Louise | Jasper | EdmontonStarting At$895Package includes• Seven nights accommodation• Entrance to the Calgary Zoo & Heritage Park• Sulphur Mountain Gondola Pass in Banff• Upper Hot Springs Swim Pass in Banff• Lake Louise Gondola with Breakfast• Ice Explorer Ride• Jasper Tramway Elevation Pass with Breakfast• Float Trip down the Athabasca River in Jasper• Edmonton Attractions Pass• Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion• Royal Tyrrell Museum Entrance in DrumhellerPlus taxes, pricing is based on double occupancy, per person, car rental available at an additional cost.RV Having Fun Yet? 42% Savings#explorealbertatravelalberta.comCalaway RV Park245033 Range Road 33, Calgary403-249-7372campground@calawaypark.comwww.calawaypark.comSpend a night under the stars at Calaway Park’s RV Park and Campground. Wake up each morning to abeautiful view of the Canadian Rockies then enjoy the day at Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor FamilyAmusement Park.Starting At$109Package includes• One night stay at the RV Park and Campground• Four one-day passes to Calaway ParkValid May 17-Sep 2, 2013. Plus taxes, subject to availability. Not valid during Calgary Stampede (July 5 – 14). Cannot be combinedwith any other offer, coupon, family or group rate.Mystic SpringsChalets & Hot Pools140 Kananaskis Way, Canmore1-866-446-9784 or 403-609-0344stay@mysticsprings.cawww.mysticsprings.caNoodles of Family Funin the SunEnjoy a one night stay in Mystic Spring’s two bedroom two bathroom mountain chalets featuringCanmore’s largest outdoor heated pool. Enjoy pool noodles for the kids, and breakfast for four at theGeorgetown Inn Pub. Spend your summer nights swimming with Mystic Springs in Canmore!Starting At$299Package includes• One night stay in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom chalet• Breakfast for two adults & two children• Pool noodles for kidsPlus taxes, based on quad occupancy, subject to availability, reservations required, $36 total value on breakfast voucher(2 adult breakfasts + 2 children’s breakfasts).Heritage Inn hotel919 Waterton Ave, Pincher Creek1-888-888-4374 or 403-627-5000www.heritageinn.netSummer Free RideWhether you are looking for a relaxing escape or an action packed getaway, a weekend trip to WatertonLakes National Park is always amazing. Start your day with a hot breakfast at Seasons Café & Eatery andthen head to the park. Hike the trails and enjoy ice cream in the town-site before the day is through.Starting At$150Package includes• One night stay in a Standard or Elite Room with Hot Breakfast for 4• Free entry to Waterton Lakes National Park• Free ice cream for 4 at the Big Scoop Ice Cream ParlourValid until Sep 30, 2013. Plus taxes, plus applicable fees, prices based on two adults and two children 12 and under. Parkentry includes up to 7 people in a single vehicle. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid at Heritage Inn Hotel &Convention Centre in Pincher Creek.Silver Creek Lodge1818 Mountain Avenue, Canmore1-877-598-4242 or 403-678-4242reservations@silvercreekcanmore.cawww.silvercreekcanmore.caDine & Dash at Silver Creek Lodgeand the Georgetown PubEnjoy dinner at one of Canmore’s liveliest pubs, the Georgetown Inn, located just minutes away from SilverCreek Lodge where you’ll enjoy the luxury of our one bedroom condo suite. After your three course mealyou can relax in Silver Creek Lodge’s outdoor hot pools and spend your summer night in comfort.Starting At$275Package includes• One night stay in a one bedroom condo suite• Three course dinner for two at the Georgetown PubPlus taxes, based on double occupancy, subject to availability, reservations required, $40 value for three course meal per person(meal choices are for one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert).Coast Plaza Hotel& Conference Centre1316-33 Street NE, Calgary1-800-661-1464 or 403-248-8888res@calgaryplaza.comwww.calgaryplaza.comSummer GetawayEscape with your family and enjoy a day at the Calgary Zoo. End your day with a fun dip in our indoorpool and relax with an in-room family movie and basket of snacks.Starting At$189Package includes• One night accommodation in a comfort room• Breakfast & Calgary Zoo passes for two adults and two children• In-room family movie and basket of snacksValid Mar 1-Sep 30, 2013. Plus taxes, subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. Second night from $99.Package based on two adults and two children.8 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 9


Oh Canada Eh?Dinner Show125 Kananaskis Way, Canmore1-800-773-0004 or 403-609-0004tickets@atthecorner.cawww.ohcanadaehcanmore.comPlay and Eh?See more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime. Delight in a ride on the Banff Gondola,and then celebrate Canada with a two hour live musical show and delicious four course dinner.It’s the perfect Canadian experience!$99Package includes• Banff Gondola Ticket• Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (two hour show and four course dinner)• Return transportation to and from Banff for the showValid Apr 25-Oct 10, 2013. Per person, plus taxes. Subject to availability. Price is for adult admission. Reservation required fordinner show. Senior rates available.Mountain Park LodgesPocahontas Cabins1-888-852-7737www.mpljasper.comSOAK & SUNExperience the hospitality, attractions and dining of Jasper and the Canadian Rockies in a single visit.Starting At$159Package includes• One night accommodation• Two tickets to Miette Hot Springs• Full breakfast for twoValid Jun 1-Sep 30, 2013. Plus taxes, per night, based on double occupancy in a Settlers Cabin, other room types and ratesavailable, limited availability, cannot be combined with other offers, additional costs for extra persons.Country Inn & SuitesCalgary Airport2481 39 Avenue NE, Calgary403-250-1800 or 1-800-456-4000cx_clgr@countryinns.comwww.countryinns.com/calgaryabTELUS Spark Family PackageTogether with TELUS Spark, The New Science Center, we invite your family to experience science likeyou never have before. Whether you would like to Reach for the Stars or Fuel your Curiosity, there issomething for everyone! From the Creative Kids Museum to HD Digital Dome Theatre, expect to surpriseyourself. You might just discover that you’re more inquisitive, innovative and experimental than youthought you were.Starting At$179Package includes• One night accommodation at Country Inn & Suites Calgary• Family day pass to TELUS Spark Science Center(2 adult and 2 child/youth)• Complimentary Be Our Guest BreakfastValid until Dec 31, 2013. Plus taxes, based on double occupancy, 3 day advance booking required. Suite upgrades availablefor a minimal fee. Price varies on seasonality. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, family or group rate.Medicine Hat LodgeResort, Casino & Spa1051 Ross Glen Drive SE,Medicine Hat1-800-661-8095 or 403-529-2222res@medhatlodge.comwww.medhatlodge.comSlide into Family Fun!Welcome to Southern Alberta’s only four-star hotel. Featuring twin giant waterslides, full service casino,luxury day spa, restaurants, lounges and so much more! We have something for the entire family. Comerelax and enjoy some family fun.$99Package includes• One night accommodation• Complimentary use of our Giant Indoor Waterslide Park(two multi-storey waterslides, hot tub, lane pool, kiddies pool & sauna)Valid until Dec 30, 2013. Plus taxes, subject to availability. Not valid with any other promotion. Blackout dates may apply.Kananaskis RanchGolf Course45 minutes West of Calgary,Exit 114 North403-673-2700 or 1-877-673-2700golf@kananaskisranchgolf.comwww.kananaskisranchgolf.comMountain Group Golf PackagesKananaskis Ranch 18 hole Golf Course is at the base of Yamnuska Mountain, and offers a relaxedaffordable golfing experience in the Rockies. Host your group’s day in the mountains with packages thatinclude 9 or 18 holes, barbecue dinners, meeting rooms and adventure activities such as river rafting.Kananaskis Ranch Golf is only 45 minutes from Calgary and can accommodate groups for a full shotguntournament or a half day of mountain fun.Starting At$49Package can include• Barbecue dinners or food and beverage options• Adventure activities, rafting, riding, voyageur canoe• Choice of 9 or 18 holes• Shared power carts, rental clubs available• Course suitable for Novice, Beginners and Expert golfers• Casual golf, relaxed dress code, ‘golf in your jeans’Valid 2013 Golf Season. For Group Golf Package options visit website. 16 golfer minimum for group packages. Shotguntournament rates available on request.PRAIRIE BREEZE INNWetaskiwin780-352-7220info@prairiebreeze.cawww.prairiebreeze.caTRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILESExperience the adventure of an old-fashioned holiday. Enjoy a gourmet, intimate dinner in an upscale,western-style restaurant, delight in a vintage train ride, antique airplane flight and antique car while takinga step back to explore the fascinating world of vintage transportation.Starting At$320Package includes• One night accommodation at Prairie Breeze Inn• European Continental breakfast• 2 tickets to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum including vintage car ride• 2 tickets to the Alberta Central Railway Museum including vintage train ride• Flight in an open cockpit biplane• Dinner for two at Huckleberry’s CafeValid May 17-Sep 2, 2013. Plus taxes, per couple, subject to availability.Escape to ParadisePick your Adventure!Aspen Village111 Windflower Avenue,Waterton Park403-859-2255reservations@theaspenvillageinn.comwww.aspenvillageinn.comExperience the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park with this wonderful mid-week deal at AspenVillage. Waterton is Alberta’s hidden gem, the Crown of the Continent in your own backyard. Epic worldclass hiking, unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities and great dining, Waterton is a pristine NationalPark offering something for everyone.Starting At$169Package includes• One night accommodation in a Windflower room for two• Breakfast at Pearls Café for two• Dinner at Vimy’s Lounge and Grill for twoPlus taxes, based on double occupancy, subject to availability. Available Sunday through Thursday, reservations required,breakfast value of $12 per person, dinner value of $25 per person.Service Plus Inns& Suites3503 114 Ave SE, Calgary403-256-5352reservations@spis.cawww.serviceplusinns.comSurprise your family this summer with an out of this world adventure. Travel through the jungles of the Amazon insearch of monkeys and lemurs with passes to the Calgary Zoo, test your courage aboard the topsy, turvy, vortexrollercoaster at Calgary’s only theme park, Calaway Park, ignite your sense of imagination and curiosity at TelusSpark Science centre, travel back in time in a traditional horse drawn carriage at the historic Heritage Park or,brand new this summer, immerse yourself in a world of superheros and villains with a night at the movies. After afun filled day relax with a bottle of wine, pop and popcorn for the kids. Book your family vacation with the ServicePlus Inn and enjoy an unforgettable summer adventure!Starting At$189Package includes• One night accommodation in a standard room• 4 tickets to your choice of summer adventure, the Calgary Zoo, CalawayPark, Telus Spark Science Centre, Heritage Park or a night at the movies• Kids packs, pop, popcorn and a bottle of wineValid until Sep 15, 2013. Plus taxes, subject to availability, cost is per night. Ask us about upgrading to a suite.10 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 11


MoreBreathing Room.Mountain Park LodgesPyramid Lake Resort6 km from town on scenicPyramid Lake Road, Jasper1-888-852-7737www.mpljasper.comREFRESH IN THE ROCKIESNestled on a terraced hillside overlooking Pyramid Lake and surrounded by the splendor of theCanadian Rockies, Pyramid Lake Resort provides a great setting for a getaway. Choose from awide variety of accommodation including lofts and guest rooms with kitchenettes. The resort alsofeatures fitness facilities, a 10 person outdoor hot tub, boat rentals, bike rentals, a picnic area anddining in the Pines Restaurant.Starting At$189Package includes• One night accommodation with complimentary room upgradewhen available• Choice of the following:- One hour boat rental- One hour bike rental for two- Breakfast for two- In-room welcome giftValid May 1-Oct 31, 2013. Per night, plus taxes, based on availability, based on single or double occupancy.Date Night at the PubGeorgetown Inn1101 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore1-866-695-5955 or 403-678-3439info@georgetowninn.cawww.georgetowninn.caEnjoy the romance of a couple’s night out in Canmore at the Georgetown Inn. Spend your summer nightwith your loved one in our Victoria room – our most popular guest room featuring a two person jetted tub,electric or gas fireplace, king bed and bathrobes. Chocolate covered strawberries and wine await youafter your fireside dinner in the Georgetown Pub.Starting At$287Package includes• One night stay in a Victoria Room• Pub voucher for $50• Breakfast for two• Tea Tray & cookies at check-in• Chocolate covered strawberries• Bottle of your choice of sparkling, red or white wine in roomPlus taxes, based on double occupancy, subject to availability, reservations required, $50 value for Pub dinner voucher,$24 value for breakfast voucher.Ride, Raft & RelaxBanff Adventures211 Bear St, Banff1-800-644-8888info@raftbanff.comwww.raftbanff.comDiscover the thrills of whitewater rafting down the Kicking Horse River. Later that night,experience a leisurely horseback ride to a western BBQ dinner and enjoy a relaxing soakat the Banff Upper Hot Springs.Starting At$215Package includes• Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Raft Trip• BBQ lunch• River gear and guides• Evening horseback ride• Western BBQ steak dinner• Pass to the Banff Upper Hot SpringsValid May 18-Sep 14, 2013. Per person. All participants must be at least 12 years of age and weigh more than 90lbs.Lose the crowds. Find your own space.Decide how you’ll spend your Jasper Time at jasper.travelMid-Week Waterton Stay & PlayCome and experience the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park, the world’s first International PeacePark. Included with your stay is a shuttle ride to spectacular Cameron Lake, spend the day sightseeing,rent a canoe or get some fishing in. The adventurous can hike the Carthew- Alderson Trail 19 km back totown and the base of Cameron Falls. This hike is one of the 3 iconic hikes that make up the Triple Crownof Waterton. An amazing midweek adventure!Starting At$199Package includes• One night stay in a deluxe room• Breakfast for two at Vimy’s Lounge & Grill• Dinner for two at Vimy’s Lounge & Grill• Shuttle ride for two to Cameron LakePlus taxes, based on double occupancy, subject to availability, reservations required, Mid-week defined as check-in date on aSunday to Thursday, $50 total value on dinner voucher, $25 dollar total value on breakfast.12 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 13Waterton LakesLodge Resort101 Clematis Avenue,Waterton Park1-888-985-6343 or 403-859-2150reservations@watertonlakeslodge.comwww.watertonlakeslodge.com


SUNDANCE LODGES &BOUNDARY RANCH403-591-7122info@sundancelodges.comwww.sundancelodges.comwww.boundaryranch.comOld West Fun in KananaskisImagine an Old West adventure in the mountains of Kananaskis Country! Enjoy an amazing twohour horseback ride courtesy of Boundary Ranch – spectacular scenery and maybe some wildlife!Back at Sundance Lodges relax in your beautiful two person tipi: wooden floor, beds,heater and lantern with firepit and picnic table right outside – comfortable camping at its best!Starting At$89. 50Package includes• One night mid week in a 2 person tipi at Sundance Lodges• One 2 hour horseback ride for 2 people at Boundary RanchValid mid week only May 20-Sep 19, 2013. Per person, plus taxes, subject to availability, based on double occupancy,for individuals & families only, other options available.Anderson Vacations1-866-814-7378 or 403-245-6200www.canadatravelsolution.comMountain Moment Rail Journeyto Jasper4 Days/3 Nights – Customized Package with VIA RailStarting At$619Package includes• Return VIA Rail Economy Class Seats from Edmonton to Jasper• 3 Nights of accommodation in Jasper• Choose two of the following options:- Jasper Tramway Elevation Pass with Breakfast- Afternoon Float Trip on the Athabasca River- 1 Hour Driver-Guided Luxury Motorcycle side car tour- Mount Edith Cavell Hike- Whitewater Rafting ExcursionPlus taxes, based on double occupancy, per person.Hydra River Guides211 Bear Street, Banff403-762-4554 or 1-800-644-8888info@raftbanff.comwww.raftbanff.comHorse PlayThe Kicking Horse River boasts big rapids, stunning scenery and a guaranteed good time! Join us ona rafting adventure which includes BBQ lunch, river gear and expert guides. Then take a ride on theBanff Gondola. Marvel at the spectacular sights from the viewpoint at approximately 2200ft! Top off yourexperience with a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Tours can be taken on separate days.Starting At$150Package includes• Kicking Horse Classic raft trip• River gear, guides & BBQ lunch• Banff Gondola & Banff Hot Springs PassesValid May 14-Sep 18, 2013. Per person. All participants must be at least 12 yrs of age and a minimum of 90lbs.Ride N Slide PackageDRUMHELLERdays and days of discoverywww.traveldrumheller.comCalaway Park &Sheraton Cavalier2620 – 32 Avenue NE, Calgary403-291-0107www.sheratoncavaliercalgary.comwww.calawaypark.comThis is the ultimate family getaway! Enjoy a day of fun and excitement at Calaway Park, WesternCanada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park. After, spend the night at the newly renovatedSheraton Cavalier, home of the Oasis Waterpark. It is fun for the whole family at a great rate!Starting At$229Package includes• One night accommodation at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Calgary• Four one-day passes to Calaway Park• $25 food & beverage credit at the hotel & discounts at Calaway ParkValid May 18-Oct 14, 2013. Plus taxes, subject to availability, based on double occupancy in a standard room. Cannot becombined with any other offer, coupon, family or group rate.14 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 15


Tourism CamroseNorsemen Inn 1-877-477-9171Super 8 1-877-672-7303Camrose Ramada 1-888-672-5208Best Western Plus 1-888-784-8441www.tourismcamrose.comTHE BEST STAY & PLAY GOLFPACKAGES are IN CAMROSEJust one phone call and we’ll do the rest for you! Contact the hotel of your choice: Norsemen Inn,Super 8, Camrose Ramada, Best Western Plus, and let them book your preferred tee time at thebeautiful Best Western Plus, and your one night accommodation. All you have to do is show up andenjoy yourselves.Iconic features for the golf course are the nature-lovers Mirror Lake, which comes into play on severalholes, and the graceful Trumpeter Swans and Polish Mutes that consider the lake and reeds their home.$79. 99Package includes• One night accommodation• 18 holes of golf• Gift bagValid 2013 Golf Season. Per person, based on double occupancy.Fantasyland Hotel17700 – 87 Avenue, Edmonton1-800-RESERVE (737-3783)SHOP IT LIKE IT’S HOTEnjoy all that Fantasyland Hotel and West Edmonton Mall have to offer.Starting At$500Package includes• Two nights of accommodation• Continental breakfast for four• Family attraction pass for four• $50 WEM Card*• WEM Super Savings Coupon BookPlus taxes, some restrictions & blackout dates may apply. Subject to availability. Additional passes & breakfasts can bepurchased at the front desk for additional rates.*Prepaid MasterCard Card. The WEM Card prepaid MasterCard is issued by Peoples Trust pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated.MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. The WEM Card is accepted everywhereMasterCard is accepted worldwide.16 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 17follow us


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The FRIENDLINESS …The FESTIVALS…The SHOPPING...The MUSIC…...will take yourbreath away!Visit CAMROSE andremember tobreathe !See More, Save More!With one convenient pass, you’ll gainadmission to 16 of Edmonton’s must-seeattractions that offer a fun variety of history,culture, nature, science, art and events.Ultimate$59 95 (Adult) $ 45 (Ages 3-17)Good for one entry to each of the 16participating attractions in and aroundEdmonton for the entire calendar year.U-Pick$29 95 (Adult) $ 22 50 (Ages 3-17)Offers the passholder entry to their choice ofany four participating attractions in and aroundEdmonton over a 7-day period.www.tourismcamrose.comA NATIONAL TREASURESAVE60%UpToon 16 Must-SeeAttractions!LEDUC #1 ENERGY DISCOVERY CENTRE+ facts and fun + award winning films+ hands on learning lab + drill bit virtual ride+ 200 exhibits + drilling rigs in action+ winds, thermal & wave energy explained+ stories from the patch.Rates: Adult $10, Senior $8,Youth $6, Family $25Guided Tours2 kms southof Devon, ABon Hwy 60ToknowAlbertais to knowthe oil industryLeduc #1 makes it fun!To get your pass and a full list of participating attractions visit:20 travelalberta.com EdmontonAttractions.comhours seasonal, check websiteleducnumber1.com780.987.4323


From the Mallto Main StreetAlberta’s Shops are Topsrub the world’s largest black diamond forluck and grab a chocolate malt and peanutbutter burger at Marv’s 50s style diner.Nanton’s historic downtown is jam-packedwith antique stores – you might be awhilehere. Buy some time by sending dad andyour mini-engineers to the Ultimate Trainsstore where they can play on toy tracks,check out the huge stock of littlelocomotives and take a couple spinson the ride-on train.Then drive your horse-loving Heartlandfans to High River, where the show is filmed.Shop for official memorabilia at the museumhoused in a restored railway station, thenhave a bite at the Whistlestop Café in anold dining car out back.For more ideas, visit travelalberta.comCalling allshopaholics!By Heather EggerYour first reason to plan an Albertashopcation this summer: no provincial salestax means more money for shoes. Here’sanother: North America’s largest indoor mallhas new stores you just have to see (withlots to keep everyone else busy while youhunt for treasure). And there are plenty ofreasons to take some day trips this summerto explore our cool little towns. You’ll findinteresting shops along historic main streets,unusual museums and great local eats.See What’s Newat West Edmonton MallReserve a whole day to see the new shopsat West Edmonton Mall (wem.ca)– they’rethe talk of the town. Head towards Europa22 travelalberta.comBoulevard to find the new Simons, a hugeQuebec-based department store (their firstoutside La Belle Province), with designerclothes for men and women and stylishhome décor. You’ll leave with your newfavourite cardigan, a funky mushroomtablecloth and a colourful owl mat for thegirl’s bathroom. Nice work. Visit PotteryBarn and pop into Williams Sonoma for thatblackberry coloured Dutch oven you’vebeen coveting (and oh heck, you’ll probablyneed some new potholders to go with it).Good thing that dad and the kids are busyat the big mall’s amusement park, skatingrink, mini-golf course, IMAX theatre andgigantic waterpark – you have oodles of time.But round up everyone to go and see thespecial Princess Diana exhibit, an awardwinningcelebration of the life and work ofthe beloved Princess of Wales. Better hurry,it’s only here until June 9th.Love Our Little Towns: Try aShopping Day Trip from CalgaryOkay, you’ve hit all the hippest retailersat the mall, so now it’s time for a cool littleroad trip to five towns south of Calgary(coollittletowns.com). The whole gangwill love this adventure because of thechocolate malts and candy shops.In the heritage buildings of Olde TowneOkotoks, you’ll find a huge variety ofgoodies: handmade quilts, antiques,Western art and baby gifts to name a few.And as a reward for hauling your bags foryou, treat the kids (and dad) to delicaciesfrom the old fashioned candy shop.Travel down the scenic Cowboy Trail throughTurner Valley to the nearby MillarvilleFarmer’s Market, one of the province’soldest (summer Saturdays from 9 to 2).Then wander through the antique shopsalong Black Diamond’s historic Main Street,The Alberta LegislatureO P E N F O R Y O U T O D I S C O V E R !Enjoy your summer at the Alberta Legislature with• Canada Daycelebrations• Beautiful groundsand wading poolsVISITOR SERVICES10820 - 98 AvenueEdmonton, ABvisitorinfo@assembly.ab.ca780.427.7362• FREE guidedbuilding tours 362days/yearwww.assembly.ab.caExplorE MorEAt TELUS World of Science — EdmontonLearning SCIENCE& having FUNthrough a varietyof experiences forevery age.For details and tickets visittelusworldofscienceedmonton.com• IMAX ® Theatre• Environment Gallery• Science Demonstrations• Science on a Sphere• Full-dome Shows


hitting thegreensEndless days of golf incentral and northern AlbertaCentral AlbertaIn central Alberta, I’ve got a lot of choices.The region’s strengths for golfers includeits variety (there are more than 20 privateand public/semi-private courses) and itsaccessibility from pretty much anywherein the province.For more central Alberta golfing challenges,check out these options:By Mike FisherI steady myself on the tee of Hole #12 atWolf Creek Golf Course (wolfcreekgolf.com)in Ponoka, listed in Score Golf’s 2012ranking as one of the top 20 Canadiancourses. Landing on the green that’s tuckedinto a bank of trees on the right will giveme the bragging rights I’m seeking inthis foursome.“Play it down the left side and you have aPonoka Community Golf Clubwith tree-lined fairways.ponokagolf.comPheasantback Golf Clubwith water on almost every hole.pheasantbackgolf.caOlds Central Highlands with its fast greens.oldsgolf.comAlberta Springs Golf Resort just west ofRed Deer, where APGA members havebeen tested for their pro cards.albertaspringsgolf.cafull length of green to work with, but downthe right is a bit tighter with more risk,”advises Ryan Vold, director of golf at thePine Hills Golf Clubwith its sweeping views.pinehillsgolf.ca36-hole course, characterized by its rollingfairways and undulating greens.Summertime golfing in central andnorthern Alberta gives me some 18 hoursof daylight to enjoy a wide range ofcourses, scenic vistas and a refreshinglyMontgomery Glen Golf & Country Clublocated in Wetaskiwin, featuring level fairwaysbut challenges with water and trees.countryclubtour.comVisit golfcentralalberta.com formore information.unhurried atmosphere.Northern AlbertaThere are more than 20 golf courses innorthern Alberta amidst a mix of borealforest, lakes and rivers. The result is a golfGOLF 18HOURS A DAYTHIS SUMMERexperience that makes the most of ourscenic wilderness.One hour north of Edmonton and I’mplaying the Athabasca Golf and CountryClub’s (athagolf.com) Hole #3. I haveheavy trees on both sides and a creekcutting in front of the green. The vistabeyond is a breathtaking series of rollinghills. The club golf pro Kyle Stewart suggestsI use a six iron to get some extra yardage.Want a challenge? This course is it.“We’re considered the most difficultNorthern Alberta golf courses providechallenges for all skill levels.At the Fort McMurray Golf Club(fortmcmurraygolfclub.com), watch forthe dogleg right on Hole #1, although askilled tee shot will get you in strikingdistance to the green guarded by bunkers.Golf right at the edge of the city in GrandePrairie when visiting 18-hole Bear CreekGolf Club (bearcreekgolfclub.ca).Visit golfnorthernalberta.com for moreinformation on these and other northernAlberta golf courses.For information on courses all aroundAlberta, go to playgolfalberta.comcourse in Alberta,” says Stewart.24 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 25


Surf, Scuba, SlideAquatic Adventures in AlbertaBy Theresa StormJet Boat RacesMy hands cover my ears, trying to dampen theroar of jet boats revving to race from RiverboatPark. Here at Whitecourt’s annual August jetboat races (and World races every four years),the excitement on the packed shoreline ispalpable. Suddenly, they’re away! Our neckscrane to get the best view of the professionalinternational racers. It’s fast, wet and wild!Alberta is sprinkled with thousands of lakes,rivers and streams. Watch exhilaratingevents or jump in and get wet this summer.Take a crack at my list of favourites fromaround the province.Dragon BoatsI had a blast in Lethbridge at theprovince’s biggest dragon boat festival(lethbridgedragonfest.ca). To thepounding encouragement of the drum,70 crews paddle hard as they compete inthis 2,000-year-old Chinese sport, while youjump, clap and egg them on. Join in theparty-like atmosphere of weekend dragonboat festivals in Edmonton, Leduc, Banff,Calgary, and Lake Newell.28 travelalberta.comPaddleboardingToasty warm in wetsuit and booties, I bob inGhost Lake, near Calgary, clinging to mystand-up paddleboard. “It’s an easy sportto learn,” assures our instructor fromUndercurrents (undercurrents.ca).I shinny my body, belly down, onto theboard, which is like a big, stable surfboard.I kneel and then, grasping a single longpaddle, slowly stand. After a few wobbles,I spread my feet and find my balance.Digging in with the paddle, away I go!Undercurrents runs stand-up paddleboardinglessons Sundays at Ghost Lake. Participantsget a Paddle Canada certification.866-262-GEAR (4327)River SurfingSurf’s up! “It’s the most unique thing youcan do in Alberta,” enthuses instructor JeffBrooks of Rocky Mountain River Surfing(rockymountainriversurfing.com).I’m standing in the Kananaskis River justupstream from the Green Tongue, a small,safe beginner wave. “Ready?” he asks.Nodding, I jump in on my stomach andget to my knees. Many determinedattempts later, jubilantly I stand – for afew glorious seconds!Scuba DivingI descend into the glacial waters of BanffNational Park’s Lake Minnewanka. Becausethis is a high altitude, cold water dive, I’maccompanied by a certified dive instructor.The highlight we soon see stretching belowus is the best preserved submerged historicvillage in Canada. Minnewanka Landing,established in 1888, was intentionallyflooded by a dam in 1941. Today it isours to explore.Wild SlidingWhat aquatic adventure in Alberta wouldbe complete without a trip to Wild Rapids(wildrapids.ab.ca), Sylvan Lake’s famouswater park? With slides that have names likeTube Blaster, Sneaky Snake, Side Winder,Hell’s Gate and Cinnamon Twist, whatwaterbaby can resist?For more summer water adventures,visit travelalberta.com


Cave andPeople came from around the world to “takethe waters” of the mineral-laden hot springs.Peering up into the cave’s vent hole, I feeltransported watching plumes of sulphurousBasinsteam billowing into the air, as they havefor centuries.15 minutesSouth of CalgaryBanff’s Original JewelAmidst the PeaksAs I stare upward, the only word I can thinkof to describe the architecture of the 1935Alcove is “exquisite.” In the Story Hall, I’mstunned to see the original vaulted ceilingsnewly revealed. As always, I’m impressed bythe timeless value of the site where imagesand artifacts enliven the story of Canada’snational parks, historic sites and marineconservation areas from sea to sea to sea.First NationsConnections RenewedI am totally captivated by two giantpaintings. Complementing the original muralof the three labourers shinnying down a treeinto the cavern is a splendid new work bycelebrated Morley artist Roland Rollinmud.The painting illustrates the Stoney Nakoda’slong and deep relationship with this place.Jasper Inn Ad 2_Layout 1 12-02-08 10:07 AM Page 1His scene of their annual summer pilgrimageto be blessed by and communicate with thespirits brings the room to life.Outside on the boardwalk, zillions of starstwinkle in the unfettered night sky. I’malready anticipating a daytime saunteraround the site’s marshlands to enjoy thewildflowers and do some birdwatching.For our grand finale, we drive to the nearbyFairmont Banff Springs, another RockyMountain gem, which is celebrating its125th anniversary. Over a scrumptiousdinner we toast the hotel, the Cave andBasin, the Canadian Pacific Railway andCanada’s national park system.To find out more, contact Parks Canadaat pc.gc.ca30 travelalberta.comReward yourselfwith exquisite dining,boutique shoppingand a contemporaryarts and culture scenein Okotoks.www.okotokstourism.caBy Lynn Martel“Shhh,” implores the guide, leading ourintimate group by the light of a lantern thatcasts ghostly shadows on the cavern walls.“This is where it all began.”Gazing into a pool of steaming water deepinside Sulphur Mountain in Banff NationalPark, I imagine I am one of the three railwaylabourers who discovered this very cavernback in 1883. What a surprise it musthave been!Learning how their discovery initiated achain of events that blossomed into one ofCanada’s greatest treasures – the NationalPark System that began with Banff NationalPark’s creation in 1885 – sends tingles upmy spine.Cave and BasinNationalHistoric Sitereopensin MayOld and ImprovedAfter two years and an extensive rehabilitation,Banff’s Cave and Basin National Historic Siteis set to reopen to the public in May.Strolling along new barrier-free accessiblewalkways, we tour indoor and outdoorexhibits, from giant HD screens to the 1914Bathing Pavilion. Soaking in the ambience,I sense the soothing powers of the publicbathing pool that operated here until 1992.Maligne Lake Cruiseto Spirit Island‘Best Cruise in Canada’Reader’s Digest“Snooze and Cruise ” Family PackageThis package includes 2 nights of accommodation for 2 Adults and 2 Children* in a2 Bedroom Family Suite and the Spectacular Maligne Lake Boat Cruise to Spirit Island.A GREAT VALUE!$639*(up to 14 years of age)Book the “ Snooze and Cruise ” Package1.800.661.1933www.bestwesternjasperinn.comwww.malignelake.com


WELCOME TO2013SUMMEREVENTSGetthe most out of thelonger days and warmernights this summer.tyrrellmuseum.com32 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 33


NORTHERNALBERTAEDMONTON& AREACANADIANROCKIESCENTRALALBERTACALGARY& AREASOUTHERNALBERTAAlberta is home to an amazing variety of events –large and small, urban and rural.This listing contains numerous events that are sure to show you a good time. You will also find many others tochoose from at travelalberta.com. This summer get out there and have an event-full summer.34 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 35


CALGARYEDMONTONEdmonton & AreaCalgary & AreaRain Maker RodeoSt. Albert | May 24-26rainmaker.ab.caTaste of EdmontonEdmonton | July 18-27eventsedmonton.ca | 780-423-2822Dragonboat FestivalEdmonton | August 16-18edmontondragonboatfestival.comCalgary InternationalChildrens FestivalCalgary | May 22-25Airdrie Regional Air ShowAirdrie | July 13-14airdrieairshow.comGlobalFestCalgary | August 16-25globalfest.ca | 403-569-9679International Children’s FestivalSt. Albert | May 28-June 1childfest.com | 780-459-1542K-DaysEdmonton | July 19-28k-days.com | 780-471-7210780-493-8158Blues FestivalEdmonton | August 16-18calgarykidsfest.ca | 403-294-74144th street Lilac FestivalCalgary | May 26Calgary Folk Music FestivalCalgary | July 25-28calgaryfolkfest.com | 403-233-0904Chinook HoneyHarvest FestivalOkotoks | August 24The Works Art & Design FestivalEdmonton | June 20-July 2theworks.ab.ca | 780-426-2122ZooFestEdmonton | June 22buildingourzoo.com | 780-496-6924Freewill Shakespeare FestivalEdmonton | June 25-July 21freewillshakespeare.com | 780-425-8086Edmonton InternationalStreet Performers FestivalEdmonton | July 5-14edmontonstreetfest.com780-425-5162Sourdough Raft RaceEdmonton | July 14sourdoughraftrace.com | 780-406-0235Blueberry Bluegrass &Country Music FestivalStony Plain | August 2-4blueberrybluegrass.com1-888-915-4973Servus Heritage FestivalEdmonton | August 3-5heritage-festival.com | 780-488-3378Edmonton Folk Music FestivalEdmonton | August 8-11edmontonfolkfest.org | 780-429-1999CariwestEdmonton | August 9-11cariwestfestival.com | 780-421-7800Edmonton InternationalFringe Theatre FestivalEdmonton | August 15-25bluesinternationalltd.com1-855-985-5000Symphony Under the SkyEdmonton | August 30-September 2edmontonsymphony.com780-428-1414Kaleido Family Arts FestivalEdmonton | September 13-15artsontheave.org | 780-471-1580Edmonton InternationalFilm FestivalEdmonton | September 26-October 5edmontonfilmfest.com | 780-423-08444streetcalgary.com | 403-229-0902FunnyfestCalgary | May 30-June 9funnyfest.com | 403-228-7888Spirit of OkotoksAnnual Children’sFestival & Weekend ParadeOkotoks | June 15okotoks.ca | 403-938-8950Sled Island FestivalCalgary | June 19-22sledisland.com | 403-229-2901Calgary StampedeCalgary | July 5-14calgarystampede.com | 403-261-0101Music in the PlazaCalgary | July 10-August 28Calgary InternationalBlues FestivalCalgary | July 29 -August 4calgarybluesfest.com | 403-668-7144Heritage Days StampedeStrathmore | August 2-5strathmorerodeo.com | 403-934-5811Calgary Fringe FestivalCalgary | August 2-10calgaryfringe.ca | 403-451-9726Calgary Dragon Boat FestivalCalgary | August 10-11chinatowncalgary.com/dragonboatTaste of CalgaryCalgary | August 15-18tasteofcalgary.com | 403-293-2888chinookhoney.com | 403-995-0830The Tour of AlbertaAlberta’s Pro-Cycling FestivalEdmonton to CalgarySeptember 3 – 18 | tourofalberta.caSpruce Meadows MastersCalgary | September 4-8sprucemeadows.com | 403-974-4200Airdrie Family Fall FairAirdrie | September 13-15airdrieevents.caCalgary InternationalFilm FestivalCalgary | September 19-29calgaryfilm.com | 403-283-1490fringetheatreadventures.caheritagepark.ca | 403-268-8500780-409-191036 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 37


high levelJASPERFORT McMurrayPeace riverslave lakeLAKELOUISEFIELDBANFFathabascast paulCanadian RockiesNorthern Alberta2Banff Jazz FestivalBanff | May 22-June 8banffcentre.caBanff National Park Bike FestBanff | June 13-16banfflakelouise.com | 403-762-8421Banff Summer Arts FestivalBanff | June 27-August 25banffcentre.ca | 403-762-6100Wild Mountain Music FestivalHinton | July 19-21wildmountainmusicfest.caMary Reimer Memorial RodeoHinton | July 26-28rvrahinton.comTrans Rockies Bike ChallengeCanmore | July 27 – August 2transrockies.com | 403-668-7537Canadian Death RaceGrande Cache | August 2-4canadiandeathrace.comCanmore Folk Music FestivalCanmore | August 3-5canmorefolkfestival.com403-678-2524Jasper Heritage RodeoJasper | August 14-17jasperheritagerodeo.comJasper Motorcycle RunJasper | August 24jaspermotorcyclerun.com780-931-6100Lake Louise Fall FestivalLake Louise | August 31-October 6banfflaklelouise.comCanmore Highland GamesCanmore | September 1canmorehighlandgames.ca403-678-9454artsPeak Canmore Arts FestivalCanmore | September 27-29mountainartsfoundation.comCulture DaysBanff | September 27-29banfflakelouise.comDark Sky FestivalJasper | October 25-27jasperdarkskyfest.comGrande Prairie StompedeGrande Prairie | May 29-June 2gpstompede.com | 780-532-4646North Country FairLesser Slave Lake | June 21-23lslncca.caThe MagnificentRiver Rats FestivalAthabasca | June 29-July 1riverratsfestival.com | 780-675-9297Peace FestPeace River | July 12-13peacefest.com | 780-624-5353World ProfessionalChuckwagon RacingBonnyville | July 18-21halfmileofhell.com | 780-812-0773Lakeland Country Fair &Professional Roughstock RodeoLac La Biche | July 19-21laclabicheagsociety.comBoyle RodeoBoyle | July 20-21kalynacountry.com2013 55+ Summer GamesWestlock & Barrhead | July 25-28bw55plussummergames.com780-349-6165Alberta Open SandSculpture ChampionshipLesser Slave Lake | July 29lesserslavelake.caElks Pro RodeoHigh Prairie | July 30-31rodeocanada.com | 780-523-3724Lac La Biche AnnualPow Wow & Fish DerbyLac La Biche | August 2-4laclabichepowwow.comNorth Peace StampedeGrimshaw | August 2-4mightypeace.com1-800-215-4535TransAlta InterPLAYWood Buffalo | August 2-11eventswoodbuffalo.com | 780-791-1600Whitecourt AnnualRiverboat RacesWhitecourt | August 10-11whitecourt.caKikino Silver BirchRodeo & Celebration DaysKikino | August 15-18kikinoresort.com | 1-888-330-8833Plamondon Mud BogsPlamondon | August 16-19plamondonalberta.ca | 780-798-3478Boomtown DaysVilna | August 17-18vilna.ca | 780-636-36205th Annual Iron Horse UltraSt. Paul | October 5www.ironhorseultra.com25th Annual Great WhiteNorth Pumpkin FairSmoky Lake | October 5smokylake.ca38 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 39


DRAYTONVALLEYOYENDRUMHELLERROCKYMOUNTAINHOUSERED DEEROLDSCAMROSEBROOKSMEDICINE HATTABERLETHBRIDGEWALSHCROWSNESTPASSMILK RIVERCentral AlbertaSouthern AlbertaCentral AlbertaChildren’s FestivalRed Deer | May 31-June 1100 years, Rocky Mountain HouseRocky Mountain House | July 19-21rockymtnhouse.comBattle of the RockiesRocky Mountain HouseAugust 14-18DinofestDrumheller | June 7-9drumhellerdinofest.comThe CanadianBadlands Passion PlayDrumheller | July 10-21World MiniChuckwagon ChampionshipsCardston | August 16-17centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca403-343-6400Stettler Art WalkStettler | June 8stettler.netInnisfail Professional RodeoInnisfail | June 13-16innisfailauctionmarket.com403-227-3166Ponoka StampedePonoka | June 25-July 1ponokastampede.com | 403-783-0100Bluebird FestivalLacombe | July 13ellisbirdfarm.ca | 403-885-4477Westerner Days Fair & ExpositionRed Deer | July 17-21westernerdays.ca | 403-347-4767CentreFest StreetPerformers FestivalRed Deer | July 26-28centrefest.ca | 403-340-8696100th Annual Bruce StampedeBruce | July 26-28brucestampede.caBig Valley JamboreeCamrose | August 1-4bigvalleyjamboree.com1-888-404-1234Summertime Country DriveCentral Alberta | August 10-11countrydrive.caLloydminster CPCA FinalsLloydminster | August 14-18lloydchuckwagons.com | 306-825-5571battleoftherockies.orgCentral Music FestivalRed Deer | August 16-18centralmusicfest.comViking DaysDickson | August 17-18danishcanadians.comStettler Steel Wheel StampedeStettler | August 31-September 2stettlerboardoftrade.com403-742-3181Mountain View Arts FestivalDidsbury | September 13-15mountainviewartsfestival.caCanadian Supreme Horse ShowRed Deer | September 29-October 5canadiansupreme.com | 403-313-8673Spock DaysVulcan | June 7-9vulcantourism.com | 403-485-2994Lethbridge Jazz FestivalLethbridge | June 13-15lethbridgejazz.comWaterton Wildflower FestivalWaterton | June 15-23watertonwildflowers.com1-800-215-2395Medicine Hat Jazz FestMedicine Hat | June 24-30medicinehatjazzfest.com403-502-8777Fort Museum MusicalRide and Groom-A-HorseFort MacLeod | July 1-August 31nwmpmuseum.com | 1-866-273-6841Sinister 7Crowsnest Pass | July 6-7canadianpassionplay.com1-888-823-2001South Country FairFort MacLeod | July 19-21scfair.ab.caAlberta International AirshowLethbridge | July 20-21albertaairshow.ca | 403-380-4245Medicine HatExhibition & StampedeMedicine Hat | July 24-27mhstampede.com | 1-888-647-6336Blue Grass Festival,The Barn Dance Music FestivalHillspring | July 26-28gcbd.caCrowsnest PassDoors Open Heritage FestivalCrowsnest Pass | August 1-4crowsnestheritage.cahistory.alberta.ca | 403-653-5139Shady GroveBluegrass FestivalNanton | August 16-18foothillsbluegrass.comWhoop Up DaysLethbridge | August 20-24whoopupdays.comTaber CornfestTaber | August 23-24taber.caHot Air Balloon ChampionshipHigh River | September 25-29highriver.ca | 403-880-4842Waterton Wildlife WeekendWaterton | September 27-29watertonwildlife.com | 403-859-2663sinister7.com | 403-563-576640 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 41


AlbertA’s unrivAlled summer destinAtion.travelalberta.com1-800-ALBERTA42 travelalberta.comEscape – pure and simple. Transport yourself to a place where mountains scrape the sky,not office towers. Travel to a unique wilderness where the trees go on forever, not the traffic.Even the most jaded frequent flier can’t resist a long look out the window at the CanadianRockies on a dazzling blue sky day as snow-capped mountains stretch across the skyline.People come from all around the world to visit Banff National Park for its pristine, protectedwilderness and vast mountain ranges. You are lucky enough to come whenever you want.BanffLakeLouise.com


Scenic boat cruises to theworld-famous Spirit IslandVacationsshouldn’t beabout waitingin line...TWO OF JASPER’S MOSTPOPULAR ATTRACTIONS:· Guaranteed Cruise Time· Guaranteed Flight Time· One reservation· One reduced price· Zero line-upsBanff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul ZizkaONE RESERVATIONDO THE TWOPackageT W O ATT R A C TIO N SThe Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise The Fairmont Banff SpringsCanada’s highest guided aerialtramway to The WhistlersRESERVATIONS:Maligne Lake Ticket Officein Downtown Jasper,616 Patricia St.Book online at:malignelake.com orjaspertramway.com780.852.3370 or 1.866.maligne www.malignelake.com www.jaspertramway.comThe Ultimate Road TripThree Legendary Resorts.One Incredible Journey.Hit the road and explore the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. Walk on ancient glaciers, hikepristine mountain trails, spot local wildlife, ride a gondola to the top of the world, enjoyunforgettable alpine golf courses and then relax in the hot springs.Escape this summer and experience the unique heritage and unspoiled beauty of the world’smost extraordinary natural surroundings. Here, Fairmont’s magnificent iconic properties –The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and The Fairmont BanffSprings, each a destination unto itself – offer unsurpassed elegance and comfort, exquisitedining and warm, engaging service.1-800-441-1414 fairmont.com/jasper fairmont.com/lakelouise fairmont.com/banffsprings44 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 45


Like a bee tohoney CelebrateSweet AlbertaCalling AllHoney LoversGAIL’S HONEY CAKEA passionately regional chef, Chef Gail Hall(seasonedsolutions.ca) is all aboutcooking with fresh local ingredients.By Heather EggerHer yummy honey cake will bring backThe snack of “honey spoons” started at ourmemories of mom.house during flu season. My toddler wastoo little for cough syrup, so I gave him ateaspoon of honey to calm his cough.Now, given a choice between honey andmarshmallows, honey spoon always wins.INGREDIENTS• 3 large eggs• ½ cup vegetable oil• 1 cup sugarAnd I’m certainly ok with that.• 1½ cups liquid Alberta honeyHoney is easily digested, packed withvitamins and minerals and it’s locally farmed.In fact, Alberta produces about 40 per cent• 1 tsp vanilla• juice of 1 lemon• 1 cup strong teaof Canada’s honey. Bees love our longsummer days and clover, canola and alfalfacrops. And farmers love them back –honeybees are important pollinators andcritical to the agricultural industry.So this summer, celebrate Alberta honeywith us. Visit a honey farm, whoop it up ata honey party or just grab a jar and spoon.How sweet it is!Tour the Chinook Honey ApiaryBefore you approach the hustle and bustleof Chinook Honey’s (chinookhoney.com)observation hive, you’ll hear the buzz.Looking close through the mesh, you spythe big queen laying her eggs (up to 2,000of them a day!), dancing workers deliveringtheir goodies and a brand-new baby beeemerging from the wax comb. You couldwatch them all day but you’ve got abeekeeping demo next, a honey winetasting in a few minutes and a lot of freshhoney to buy at the store.• 1 tbsp cocoa• 3½ cups all-purpose flour• 3 tsp baking powder• 1 tsp baking soda• pinch of salt• 1 cup raisins, plumpedDIRECTIONSBeat eggs, oil, sugar and honey welltogether. Add vanilla and lemon juice.Mix tea and cocoa together in separatecontainer. Sift dry ingredients together.Add dry ingredients alternately with tea/cocoa mixture to egg mixture. Fold inraisins. Line and grease a 9” x 13” cakepan. Bake at 300º for 1½ hours. Serve withsweetened whipped cream or lemonyoghurt spiked with icing sugar.Try not to eat it all at once!know that a queen bee can decide whetherto lay female worker or male drone eggs?Bees are awesome. The farm also housesa meadery, where you can tour the honeywine fermentation room and have ataste or two.Paint the TownYellow and Black in FalherEach year for the past two decades,honeybee fans have donned bobbingantennae headbands and yellow-and-blackstripy tees for the Falher Honey Festival(falherhoneyfestival.ca). Falher is twohours south of Peace River and smackin the heart of Alberta’s world famousclover honey region, which at its peakproduced 10 million pounds of honey a year.Being the Honey Capital of Canada totallyexplains the 6.7 metre bee statue.bees! Amazing. You’ll also find lots of funthings for the kiddies – magic, balloons,bouncy castles and a bike parade – so bythe time the fireworks are over for the night,you’ll be carrying a blessedly sleepingtoddler back to the car.The Chinook Honey farm is in Okotoks, just20 minutes south of Calgary. Here, a tourguide will lead you around the observationhives, show you how beekeepers keep theircolonies happy and share some coolhoneybee facts, like this one: did youIn between eating a free pancake breakfast,watching live bands, playing in the big slowpitch tourney and shopping at the Albertahoney market, pause to behold the HoneyFestival’s bee beard demo, where a fewbrave souls don waggling beards of live46 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 47


Endless wonder.Free with every visit.Connect with nature and be inspired by nearly 1,500 of the world’s most fascinating creatures –including tigers, grizzlies, hippos, gorillas, lions and over 40 penguins. Plus, every visit to the zoohelps support our animal conservation programs in more than 20 countries.Plan your trip to Calgary’s most visited attraction at calgaryzoo.comCochrane Days Inn & Suites10% off rack rate with the code CTA 3403 932 5588 | 1877 932 5588 | 5 Westside Dr | daysinn.caCochrane Ramada10% off rack rate403 932 6355 | 1866 860 8846 | 10 Westside Dr | ramada.comGlenbow Ranch Provincial Park$20 Park Golf Cart Tours (subject to weather and availability)Hwy 1A between Cochrane and Calgary at Glenbow RdVisitor services 403 930 9000 | Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation: grpf.caFrom youth programs to photography classes, there’s something for everynature and history lover at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.Program registration online or by phone. Admission to the Park is free.The Links of GlenEagles Golf CourseSave 25% off our 18 Hole Green Fee403 932 1100 | 100 GlenEagles Dr | gleneaglesgolf.comPresent this offer upon check-inValid Anytime Mon - Fri (excluding Holidays), After 2pm Sat, Sun, holidays48 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 49


Digging DeepInto Alberta’s HistoryBy Kathy FitzgeraldBefore Alberta was “big oil,” it was “bigcoal.” A century ago, industrialists andlabourers by the thousands rushed west tofind their fortunes in Alberta’s rich coaldeposits. Wanting to know more, ourfamily decided to dig deeper into historyover a couple of weekends this spring.Nothing like a road trip into the past tofire up the imagination.Atlas Coal MineWe started our history trip in the CanadianBadlands at the Atlas Coal Mine NationalHistoric Site (atlascoalmine.ab.ca)near Drumheller. The 100-year-old sitepreserves the last of the area mines. Wewere mesmerized by tales of “the man inthe small dark place.” Coal mining was notfor the faint of heart.Threats of explosions, cave-ins, and deadlygases meant that small acts of couragewere required just to go to work each day.We hiked halfway up the valley and enteredthe mine. Peering into the pitch black, wetried to imagine the reality of a miner’sworkspace: if the coal seam was 1.5 metreshigh, he crouched; if less than that, he hadto work on his belly.Climbing to the top of the last woodentipple in Canada, my teenaged sons wereastonished to learn the coal was sorted andcleaned by boys as young as 15. It was easyto imagine the wind gusting through thewalls, filling the air with swirls of black dustas the workers scrambled to pick out rocksfrom the endless stream of coal.We loved the above ground tour, with all ofus loaded into coal cars pulled by an antiquebattery-operated locomotive. After we leftthe site, we visited the nearby East CouleeSchool Museum which gave us a glimpseinto the lives of the miners’ families.continued on next pageEnjoy the wonders ofJasper National Park.With cozy guest cabins,fully equipped kitchens, lushmountain views and petfriendly, Tekarra Lodge offersan unforgettable experience.1.8 00.709.182 7www.tekarralodge.comHighway 93 A South, Jasper, Alberta50 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 51


What is a tipple?The tall building located outside a coalmine is called a tipple. This is where coalwas brought for cleaning and sorting.A T T R A C T I O N SLong conveyor belts pulled the coal to thetop of the building as workers pulled outrocks and other impurities. Large shakingtrays with holes of varying sizes wouldthen sort the coal according to size.It was noisy, dusty, and on a windy daythe building might sway backand forth. The last wooden tipple inCanada is at the Atlas Coal Mine!What is acolliery?Colliery is an old-fashioned word for coalprocessing facility. It was where coal wascleaned and graded. Some collieries heatedcoal in coke ovens, creating the cokeneeded for the steel industry.Coke is a sponge like, hard, dry carbonsubstance created by exposing coal chunksto extreme heat in the absence of air.Touring the Crowsnest PassThe following weekend, we headed tothe southwest corner of the provinceto take the Heritage Tour through theCrowsnest Pass (crowsnestheritage.ca).There’s so much to see and so manyways to take it all in. You can hike or cyclealong 25 different trails connecting historyto nature in beautiful alpine settings.The mining communities that thrivedhere are close together and connectedby a walking trail. We decided oncewe had visited the main sites wewould return to explore Bellevue, Hillcrest,Blairmore and Coleman on foot. But firstthings first.Bellevue Underground MineWalking into the mine, what struck us firstwas the temperature – mountain coal minesare cold! We donned helmets, headlampsand warm ponchos as our guide took us1,000 feet into the mine. We looked intothe small nooks and crannies the minerscrawled in to do their work and got toLeitch CollieriesWhile it looks like an ancient ruin, LeitchCollieries was only built in 1907. Back thenit was an ambitious business venture thatused cutting-edge technology forprocessing coal. We were surprised to learnthe owner’s lavish family home and thecolliery buildings were constructed by aScottish stonemason using sandstone froma local quarry. The facility and its row of 101coke ovens were only used for eight yearsdue to bad timing and economic events.According to our guide, the mansion burntto the ground under suspiciouscircumstances. All that remains of it today isa two-story sandstone shell and what’s leftof the central fireplace.Frank Slide Interpretive CentreThe boys were keen to see the Frank Slide(history.alberta.ca/frankslide), the siteof Canada’s deadliest rockslide. At theinterpretive centre – a wonderful building withall kinds of interactive displays – we learnedwhat happened in the early hours ontonnes of rock came loose from TurtleMountain and hurtled down the mountainsideat 120 km/h. In less than two minutes, 90people had lost their lives. There were manylocal heroes that night, rushing to the aidof their friends and neighbours.As our family stood on the viewing platformoutside, staring out at the expanse of fallenrock and the scarred face of the mountain,I could not speak. It was a soberingreminder of the absolute power of nature,and one that will not soon leave me.For more historic road trip ideas,visit travelalberta.comValuable coupons atcalgaryattractions.comYour guide to exploringexciting tourist attractionsin Calgary, Alberta, CanadaAERO SPACE MUSEUMCALAWAY PARKCALGARY STAMPEDECALGARY TOWERCALGARY ZOOCANADA’S SPORT HALL OF FAMEFORT CALGARYGLENBOW MUSEUMHERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGENATIONAL MUSIC CENTRETELUS SPARKTHE MILITARY MUSEUMSWINSPORT’S CANADA OLYMPIC PARKsee displays of the hand tools and smallApril 29th, 1903. The residents of this smalllamps they actually used.town were fast asleep when 82 million52 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 53


Small TownRodeoMeans BigLeague EntertainmentBy Joanne ElvesEight seconds is the magic number in rodeo.If you can follow the rules and stay on thathorse or bull until the classic car horn blows,you and the animal are judged. You can dojust about anything for eight seconds –balance on one foot or swim under water –that’s easy. But what about holding a skinnyrope sitting on a big cranky bull called BurntRubber as he bursts out of a rodeo chute?He is going to spin to the left, kick to theright and attempt to fling you into orbit.And if he does…your flight is not pretty.Maybe cheering on the professionals fromoutside the fence is a better idea.The Rodeo Road to GloryIn rural Alberta, rodeo is the main event.Sure, you can see a polished rodeo atthe Calgary Stampede where the finestcowboys and cowgirls test their abilitiesagainst the roughest rodeo stock everyJuly. But stamp around Alberta on almostany weekend from mid-March throughSeptember and you’ll find a small townrodeo hosting the same athletes on muchof the same bucking stock – with onebig difference: you are nose to nosewith the action with every thump of ahoof vibrating through your body!From Benalto to Vulcan, close to 100junior and pro rodeos are held each year.Qualifying for the annual fall championshipsin Edmonton is based on earnings so duringthe peak rodeo season, cowboys tip theirhats to the spectators in as many as threerodeos per weekend.continued on page 57There’s a new memory every day aT calgary’s living hisT orical experience54 travelalberta.com v isiT heriTagepark.c a T o plan your T rip back1-800-ALBERTA 55


continued from page 54Rock alocal rodeothis summerHistorybrought toLifeCome visit this outdoor living history museum tellingthe story of Ukrainian settlement in Alberta (1892-1930)History brought to life with authentic food and pioneerexperiences at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.Learn the RopesThe Innisfail Professional Rodeo,June 13-16, is a perfect place to learn theropes. It’s rustic, it’s intimate and it’s wild.The stands are full of past champions, rodeofamilies and contestants who will gladlyexplain the rules of the main events. Likemost rodeos, the bareback, saddle bronc,tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrelracing and bull riding events are precededby the cutest event called Mutton Busting.780.662.3640 | 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Hwy. 16ukrainianvillage.ca2013TASMRAD_Layout 1 29/01/2013 10:13 AM Page 1Historic Sites and Museums, Alberta CultureARE YOU OUT OF YOURVULCAN MIND?Spock DaysJune 7 - 9, 2013Trekcetera MuseumGrand Opening - June, 2013Vulcan CentennialCelebrationAugust 2 - 5, 2013Visit Vulcan, AlbertaFor more information: (403) 485-2994www.vulcantourism.comTMThat’s where pint-sized future rodeo starsget their start clinging to the back of abolting thick-coated sheep.Stand along the fence as the cowboyschallenge a steer to the ground and cheeron a cowgirl as her talented steed boltsaround the barrels. But step back when thebucking stock is in the arena – that’s whenthe dirt really starts to fly.If the chuckwagon races are your passion,head to the Ponoka Stampede in late June.Along with the regular rodeo, the rigs rollingthat figure eight pattern and lunging round thetrack will definitely get your heart pumping.If riding a bull is on your bucket list, checkout Fantasy Adventure Bull Riding(fantasyadventurebullriding.com) nearAirdrie. They offer experiences for every levelof adrenaline junkie from sitting on a bull inthe chute to the thrill of nodding your headand yelling “outside!”– bullrider-speak for“Open the gate!”Small Town Saturday NightWhen the dust settles it’s time to kick upyour heels. Most rodeos include a danceon Saturday night where you can meet manyof the contestants and hear firsthand whateight long seconds on the back of a buckinganimal really feels like.Find the rodeo schedule for Alberta onThe Canadian Pro Rodeo Association’swebsite at rodeocanada.comTM & © 2013 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.56 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 57


Bird’s Eye ViewAlberta by AirBy Travis GrantThe sun is breaking over the Edmontonskyline. It’s 5:50 a.m. and I’m standing in apark with neatly trimmed grass. Our pilotfastens a frame and propane burner to thebasket of the hot air balloon. The massiveenvelope spread out over the grass isslowly taking shape as a powerful fan fillsit with air. Soon, the base is wide open.A flame jets from the propane burner,Following the signal that we’re ready forflight, the three of us climb into the basket,one by one. Our pilot works the burner,sending thrusts of hot air into the balloon.We rise up over the field and gaze down inawe at Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.Threads of mist drift and curl upwardsfrom a fog snaking low over the NorthSaskatchewan River.from the air. Yet the grid of the streetsand geometry of the buildings contrastthe natural appeal with a civilizedaesthetic. Buoyed by a gentle breeze,we drift across the river and over theGroat Road Bridge. The balloon softlyrises in elevation. Despite the thrill offloating so high over the city, this is atranquil experience.heating the air inside the balloon andEdmonton is so lush and green at this Now we’re gliding over Hawrelak Park,lifting it into the dawning sky.time of year. It appears even more so with the river arching around it like ahorseshoe. Spindles of sunlight cutthrough the mist and shimmer on theriver’s surface. All too soon, it seems,we return with a graceful landing.There’s something magical about seeingyour homeland from the sky. Here aremore of my favourite ways to explorefrom above.Biplanes and Bush PilotsStories from a bygone era of bush pilotsflying planes into the Canadian North havealways captivated me. There’s a quality allCanadians can relate to: the remote andrugged solitude of this vast land.I’m reminded of this as I step inside theopen-air cockpit of a vintage 1939 WACObiplane, courtesy of The Reynolds-AlbertaMuseum (history.alberta.ca)– one of onlythree fly-in museums in Canada – whichoffers 10, 20 and 50 minute sightseeingflights.The engine roars to life and the propellerdrones as we prepare for take-off on arunway at the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport.The warm wind presses harder against mycheeks as we pick up speed and lift off.Behind me, the pilot banks a turn as we setcourse for Pigeon Lake. From this height,Alberta appears an endless ocean of landand sky. I could stay up here forever.Soaring Over Southern AlbertaThere are few things more satisfying thanthe euphoric rush of riding a thermal whilehang-gliding. The weather is perfect as Ihead west of Calgary to Cochrane, one ofmy favourite spots. On the bluffs above thetown, the wind socket blows straight out.After careful preparation, I lift silently intoflight. Below me lies a sprawl of ranchlandsand foothills that seamlessly gives way tothe vanguard of pine-skirted mountains inthe distance. Many hours of ground schooland preparation have made this momentpossible. “Free as a bird” takes on a wholenew meaning.A great place to learn the fundamentals ofhang gliding and paragliding is at MullerWindsports (mullerwindsports.com), inCochrane, about 20 minutes west of Calgary.continued on page 6158 travelalberta.com 1-800-ALBERTA 59


Helicopter tourscontinued from page 59Rocky Mountain Heli-highMy friends and I have a difficult choiceto make. Mountain View Helicopters(mvheli.com) offers aerial tours overCalgary, the badlands, and several scenicspots in the Rockies. Each tour soundsenticing, but today we’re in the mood forKananaskis Country.The rotors of the Raven R44 II helicopterare already spinning when we arrive.Jogging toward the aircraft, we duckinstinctively. Buckling in, we give thumbsup to the pilot who lifts us effortlessly intothe sky. We take it all in: the late spring snowadorning the peaks of the Three Sisters, thesilver ribbons of Spray Lakes cradled by richgreen forest, and the shimmering edge ofMount Assiniboine’s glacier.No matter how you achieve your bird’s eyeview, one simple truth remains: Alberta fromthe air will take your breath away.For more sky adventures, visittravelalberta.comHorsesHoecANYoNDruMHeller,AlbertAOur helicopter tours offer you the opportunityto see drumheller’s Horseshoe Canyon likeyou’ve never seen it before. We offer fun andaffordable rides for the whole family withsame day bookings available.Call now for more information or visit usonline at mvheli.com• hiking and picnic area• shop for fossils and souvenirs• ice cream, drinksand snacksTOP REASONS FOR CHOOSINGWEST EDMONTON MALL1. NINE amazing attractions under one roof2. NO provincial sales tax3. TWO hotels on site – convenience4. TOP shopping and fashion destination in CanadaHot Air BalloonOperatorsRainbow Balloons in Calgary403-259-3154calgaryhotairballoonrides.comAir-ristocrat Balloon Rides in Alix403-302-7167 | air-ristocrat.comWindship Aviation in Edmonton780-438-0111 | 1-888-463-5283windshipaviation.comMouNtAiN view Helicopterswestedmontonmall.comtourism@wem.caScan to viewVisitor’s GuideSundance BalloonsEdmonton Flight Line: 780-443-6043Grande Prairie Flight Line: 780-402-8988Calgary Flight Line: 403-503-0633403-334-4354 info@mvheli.com mvheli.comOpen mid June until labOur day60 travelalberta.com sundanceballoons.com1-800-ALBERTA 61


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