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Uniquely Alberta

Alberta Prairie Excursions, Stettler

A whistle to start, slow moving wheels, beautiful countryside passes by at a slow pace — for train aficionados, the Alberta Prairie Excursion out of Stettler is a trip back in time to the early days of Albertan history. Our… Continue Reading →

Black Diamond

Stop four on the Cool Little Town Tour is Black Diamond, known for it’s cute main street and interesting galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and stores. We were here for the ice cream. As we ate, we wandered amongst the buildings… Continue Reading →

Longview and the Navajo Mug

Stop 3 (coffee) on the Cool Little Town Tour was Longview, known for being the home of Ian Tyson and the Navajo Mug. Almost a ghost town, not much remains of the little town once known as Little New York…. Continue Reading →

Whistle Stop Cafe, High River

In the middle of High River… exactly when we were not expecting it, we discovered the rather unique Whistle Stop Cafe on 1st Street SW. As we rounded a corner on our way to a different cafe, we saw a… Continue Reading →

High River

Destination 2 on the Cool Little Town Tour was High River, known for the unique murals painted on buildings to depict this little town’s history. Each mural has a different artist and story, a sampling of these murals are pictured… Continue Reading →


Unique in their own special ways, each town adds something special to your experience. This quote comes from the Cool Little Towns website. To kick off our 2011 Uniquely Alberta schedule we drove the circuit of towns in search of… Continue Reading →

Banff Springs Hotel

My two favourite hotels in Alberta are the Prince of Wales Hotel (Waterton Lakes) and the Banff Springs Hotel (Banff National Park) — both built in the early 20th Century by railways to lure tourists to the rugged but beautiful… Continue Reading →

Sulpher Mountain, Banff National Park

Above is the meteorological observatory built in 1903 atop Sanson Peak on Sulpher Mountain (Banff National Park). Samson Peak was once the home of the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, built between 1956 and 1957 to study cosmic rays during… Continue Reading →

Banff National Park

It was a surprisingly nice day for spring in the Rockies. Previously it snowed, and the weather forecast looked bleak. However, we lucked out in many ways… As we headed around Lake Minnewanka, we rounded a bend and La Niña… Continue Reading →

CornMaze, Lacombe

It started as a rather miserable day. The rain came down in relentless sheets and there was a bitterly cold wind that was quite unexpected. A few other families huddled in their vehicles, hoping for a break in the weather… Continue Reading →

Bathhouse, Atlas Coal Mine

La Niña’s favourite non-ghost story told at the Atlas Mine is set at the bathhouse windows (pictured above in the mirror). I’ve tried to re-create it from memory. In the early days of East Coulee, there weren’t a lot of… Continue Reading →

Lamps for Coal Miners

Going to the Altas Coal Mine brought back many stories from my childhood in Nova Scotia. The mines were damp and warm, my Grandmother would say, in the harsh of winter my father loved going into to the mine because… Continue Reading →

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