Alberta

Painted Warriors Bimose Forest Walk - Rebecca (left) learns about tying a clove hitch to secure the tripod for cooking over a fire. Photo Robyn Louie
Painted Warriors’ Bimose Stories of the Forest

We are walking with nature in a sun-dappled forest as we learn about Indigenous healing traditions with Painted Warriors, an Indigenous-owned business near Sundre in the Alberta foothills. Our guide, George, points out a native plant with feathery grey-green leaves, carefully breaking off a small leaf, crushing it to release
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Aidan Hopp follows in his grandfather’s footsteps - Photo Carol Patterson
Ranching History at Bar U Ranch: Photo Gallery

At the annual Chore Horse Competition at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site in September, skilled teamsters (people who drive horses on long reins) harnessed up tons of horseflesh to recreate ranching work of bygone eras. For one afternoon I could sink into the historical connections between steed and horseman,
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Competitors at Chore Horse Competition make it look easy (but It’s not!) - Photo Carol Patterson
When Horses Did Chores: Modern Twists on Ranching History at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

At the annual Chore Horse Competition at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site in September, skilled teamsters (people who drive horses on long reins) harnessed up tons of horseflesh to recreate ranching work of bygone eras. I come from an era of forklifts and delivery trucks; my father, whose hundredth
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Dine and splash at R&R Wellness Spa - photo Fairmont Palliser
Time to Spa in Southern Alberta

Now that we can venture out again, with safety always top of mind, here are three spas in Priddis, Calgary and Canmore, Alberta to put on your feel-your-best list. Flourish, the LIV Well Spa at Azuridge Estate Hotel, Priddis, AB Semi-precious gems form slowly under pressure given enough time, so
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The Wild, Wild Westley – Calgary’s Newest Boutique Hotel

It took a wagon load of optimism to plan a new boutique hotel in downtown Calgary when 4th  Avenue was as deserted as the main street of a spaghetti western at high noon. But Canadian, family-owned Silver Hotel Group saw potential in a perfectly square, 70’s era, former oil and
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An eagle enjoys a shower after exercising. Photo Carol Patterson
Where the Wild Things are in Southern Alberta

Where can you take your nature-loving youngster once they’ve devoured all the animal videos and picture books in your library? When children express an interest in nature, the next step might be to take them outdoors where they can encounter animals in their natural habitat. That can be intimidating if
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Banff Trail Riders Riding
3 Days, 2 Nights and 1 Horse – An Adventure with Banff Trail Riders

Spider the horse is a little wild at heart. Born feral and later tamed he is a favourite among the staff and guests who frequent Banff Trail Riders, but he has never lost his adventurous spirit. In 2013 when rains and meltwater combined to cause the biggest flood in Alberta’s
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3 Days, 2 Nights and 1 Horse – Photo Gallery

In 2013 when rains and meltwater combined to cause the biggest flood in Alberta’s history, the Brewster River which runs through the grounds at Sundance Lodge threatened the buildings so the staff were evacuated by helicopter. Before they flew away, they removed all tack and released the horses from the
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What’s New in Banff Alberta for Summer 2021

“Get in your cars! Get in your cars!” We’re just about to hop on our electric bicycles for a guided tour of the Bow Valley Parkway near Banff when a Parks Canada staff person runs up and shoos everyone into their vehicle. “Bear! Bear!” Luckily for us, our shuttle van
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Many Springs Trails offers mountain views and wildflowers Photo Carol Patterson
The Many Flowers of Many Springs Trail

Many people are familiar with Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park’s wildflowers but there’s plenty of blooms on Many Springs Trail in Kananaskis Country. The flat, short(1.6km), family-friendly trail in Bow Valley Provincial Park loops around Many Springs Basin offering easy access to a colourful display of spring flowers, a dock
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