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Category Archives: Alberta

Snowshoeing in Jasper- Our First Experience and Why You Should Try it Too!

When I signed us up to go on a snowshoeing excursion in Jasper National Park, both Mike and I didn’t know what to expect. In all honesty, we were kind of skeptical whether we would like snowshoeing at all. “It seems kind of silly to strap on big shoes just to walk around in the...

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Stargazing at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit all year round, but is especially enjoyable in October when the sky takes centre stage for Dark Sky Month. What is the Jasper Dark Sky Festival? In 2011, Jasper National Park was officially designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada....

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Photo of the Week: Romantic Elk Island Sunset

One of the best places to watch the sunset near our hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, is Elk Island National Park. We recently made the half hour drive, on a beautiful fall evening, specifically to watch the sunset. It sure did not disappoint! One lucky couple scored the coveted spot at the end of the dock,...

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Photo of the Week: Summer in Lake Louise

Mike and I visit Lake Louise regularly, as it’s our favourite place to stop on a road trip in the Canadian Rockies or to spend a romantic weekend away. I always walk to the edge of the lake to take a photo with Victoria Glacier in the background, but this time I wanted to photograph...

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Photo of the Week: Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

As a lifelong resident of Alberta, and frequent visitor to Banff National Park, it’s very odd that I hadn’t visited Peyto Lake before now. Over the last few months, I was seeing so many photos of this beautiful lake on Instagram, that I decided we had to make a special stop on our way home...

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Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta- One of Canada’s Most Unique Landscapes

Arriving at Dinosaur Provincial Park, I feel like I am stepping back in time, to an era when enormous, prehistoric creatures ruled the earth. Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed Alberta’s land, once lush with subtropical vegetation and towering Redwoods. Looking across the horizon, I don’t see the palms and giant ferns that once decorated...

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Photo of the Week: Downtown Lights, Edmonton, Alberta

When you’ve lived in the same city for a long period of time, sometimes it’s hard to feel inspired by it. It’s easy to become jaded and no longer notice the beauty that surrounds you. After 14 years of living in Edmonton (and growing up only 45 minutes away), I’ve been feeling…unenthused, to put it...

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park- The Lake With the Twenty Dollar View

Excitedly, Mike and I climb up Rockpile trail, weaving our way around huge boulders of glacial moraine so prominent that the nearby Moraine Lake was named after the debris. Walking a little faster than normal, we are anxious to see the famous lake that graced the back of Canada’s $20 bills during our childhood. A...

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Photo of the Week: Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park

The decor throughout the Chateau Lake Louise pays homage to the Swiss influence that was paramount to the early development of the Lake Louise Area. This chandelier in the main lobby has four maidens, facing each of the cardinal directions. The women are said to represent the wives of the Swiss mountain guides. The chandelier...

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Edmonton Heritage Festival-Celebrating Canada’s Multiculturalism

This past August long weekend, Mike and I took in one of our hometown’s largest festivals- the Edmonton Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park. The Edmonton Heritage Festival is a fun way to celebrate and learn about the different cultures that contribute to Canada’s identity as a multicultural nation. You may not know this, but Canada...

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Photo of the Week: Ink Pots, Banff National Park

The Johnston Canyon trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Banff National Park.  However, not too many people hike as far as the Ink Pots. Those who make the 3 km trek from the Upper Falls to Johnston Valley are rewarded with this beautiful view, unspoiled by the masses of tourists you...

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Romantic Lake Louise- Our Favourite Activities for Romance

Lake Louise is one of our favourite places to visit in the Canadian Rockies and Mike and I have made many trips here during our relationship. Lake Louise is pristine, calming and picturesque- the perfect place for couples of any age to rekindle the spark during a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. For us, romance...

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Pyramid and Patricia Lakes- Jasper National Park

Ahh…Jasper. Every time I visit I don’t want to return to my city life. Sparkling blue lakes reflecting postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain views, leave me feeling calm and serene every time. Just visit Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and you’ll know what I mean! Visiting Pyramid and Patricia Lakes- Jasper National Park As part of the Canadian...

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