Hoodoos, dinosaurs, and bullet holes in the badlands

Dinosaur Valley ExpressDelegates from visitor information centres across the province attended a tour of the badlands on Sunday, September 14. Hosted by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Canalta, and the Badlands Community Facility, the tour gave delegates insights that will help them promote the Canadian Badlands region to travellers.
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A Tour of the Tour of Alberta

Thank-you from the TourFrom September 2 to 7, Albertans and cycling fans around the world were treated to some outstanding cycling at the 2014 Tour of Alberta. No one will forget Tom Dumoulin’s incredible performance, along with his team Giant – Shimano. In case you missed it, Tom took the Province of Alberta yellow leader’s jersey at the prologue and kept it all the way to stage 4, only to lose it to Daryl Impey of Orica – Greenedge on the last day. Here are some more highlights of the week from our files and friends on social media: Continue reading

Can you dig it?

Originally posted on Alberta Culture & Tourism:

Ask that question to the class of the First Nations Archaeological Field Skills program and you’ll get a resounding “yes!”

A joint program of Alberta Culture and Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, the two-week field skills program offers Aboriginal youth and young adults the opportunity to learn the finer points of identifying and preserving archaeological and palaeontological resources.

Opportunity to put newfound skills to the test

Blair First Rider with Alberta Culture and student Mikki Plume of the Kainai Nation assemble a camera extension used for taking pictures of stone features such as tipi rings

Blair First Rider with Alberta Culture and student Mikki Plume of the Kainai Nation assemble a camera extension used for taking pictures of stone features such as tipi rings

After a week of classroom instruction which began Sept. 2, students from the Kainai, Piikani and Tsuu T’ina First Nations will be heading out into the field to put theory into practice. Students will assist staff from Alberta Culture’s Archaeological Survey to conduct historic resources impact assessments at flood remediation projects in Fish…

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Alberta Open Farm Days a moooving experience

Cooke LivestockOn August 23 and 24, thousands of people participated in Alberta Open Farm Days across the province. Many shared their experiences with photos on Twitter and Facebook. Here are some highlights, for those who missed it and for those who want to relive the fun.

The fun started Saturday with 17 fabulous farm-to-table culinary events, and continued on Sunday at 61 open houses at farms and ranches across the province.



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When it was Cookin’ Hot

Ryan O'Byrne:

A blast from the past out at Cooking Lake! I wonder how much the taxi cost in 1916 to take Edmontonians out to their cabins…That would probably be almost an hour’s drive!

Originally posted on RETROactive::

Cooking Lake with its cool breeze was the place to be in the halcyon summers to the end of World War I. The wealthiest Edmontonians spent summers in one of the rustic cabins, swimming, sailing and canoeing or lounging at the docks. Others had to make do with day trips and special picnic outings to the beaches on its south shore.

A group of prominent Edmontonians formed the Koney Island Sporting Co. Ltd. in 1894 to develop a small island located in a bay on the west side of the lake. It was an exclusive resort, complete with a log clubhouse nestled among the spruce trees. Members built cabins and erected docks. The serene lake waters were ideal for boating and one of the first club projects was a sailboat: the Mudhen. She was clinker-built using hand sawn lumber.

Koney Island Club member showing off their floatilla: The gaff-rigged sloop Mudhen, along with a row boat and two canoes, one with a small sail as was popular at the time. (Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta, B.6542.) Koney Island Club member showing off their floatilla: The gaff-rigged…

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Opportunities await for tourism investors

Tourism booksHere’s some good news if you’re looking to get into Alberta’s tourist attraction market: The Alberta government is releasing three booklets that highlight tourism investment opportunities in Alberta’s Mighty Peace, Northwest and Southwest regions. The booklets are designed to encourage businesses and private sector developers to develop and invest in 32 tourism attractions over the next three years.

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Meet the Trail Crew

Trail crew July 2014

Katherine Cousineau and Laurie Chase work on rebuilding the Ribbon Creek trail.

As I’m driving in from Kananaskis Village to a section of the Ribbon Creek trail with four members of the Bow Valley Trail Crew, earnest chat fills the cab of the truck. Talk of pizza and ice cream, the enduring pleasures of the loaded poutine at Canmore’s La Belle Patate, segueing into descriptions of various aches and ailments, the typical outcome of two solid months at work on the trails. “All we talk about is food and pain,” they tell me. Continue reading