view from a canoe on Lake Louise

When you move to a new place, you tend to be more excited about discovering it than people who have lived there forever.

Think about how you explore a city when you’re a tourist. You delve deep into the history and highlights of the place. Locals, treat it like their home, get in a routine, and are less likely to go out and really experience and appreciate what their city is about.

Since moving to Calgary in December 2009, I’ve been excited to wander around not only the city, but my new home province. All you have to do is take 2 minutes to watch one of Tourism Alberta‘s Remember to Breathe videos to understand how much there is to do here.

Here’s an inventory of the things I’ve done and want to doMy Alberta Bucket List:

Climb Ha Ling Peak     Hike Above Peyto Lake    Visit Bar U Ranch     Camp at Waterton National Park     See the Larch Trees in Fall     Hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House     Have ice cream at Mackay’s in Cochrance     Camp at Cypress Hills     Visit Drumheller     Ride the bobsleigh     Eat some prairie oysters  Hike To The Plain Of Six Glaciers  Climb the trail to Sulphur Mountain     Camp at Two Jack Lake     Ride a mechanical bull     Own a cowboy hat     Mountain bike in K Country     Take a picture at Picture Butte     Visit Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump   Hike Mount Yamnuska   Paddle a canoe at Lake Louise     Eat Taber corn     Walk on the Columbia Icefield     Hike above the tree line in the Rockies     Take the Highwood Pass     Cycle to Bragg Creek     Buy a share of a cow     Hike and camp in the backcountry     Golf at Kananaskis     Visit Spray Lakes     Camp at Dinosaur Provincial Park     Watch the Chuckwagons at the Stampede     Have some shooters at Cowboys     Wander West Edmonton Mall     Water ski at Sylvan Lake     See Lake Minnewanka     Ride a horse     Golf at Banff Springs     Two-Step at the Stampede     Visit Jasper     Watch show jumping at Spruce Meadows     Raft the Bow River     Go to the top of the Calgary Tower     visit Vulcan     Meet Jarome Iginla     Go to a Roughnecks game     Go to a Stamps game     Go to the Battle of Alberta [hockey] [football]     Skate on an outdoor rink     Have tea at Chateau Lake Louise     hike to Assiniboine Lodge

What should I add to the list?

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  1. Kim Perraton July 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    My husband took up paragliding at Muller Windsports in Cochrane. Now he is hooked and attends a yearly event in Invermere, BC. Perhaps researching a tandem flight at the Cochrane Hill would be something to add to your list?

  2. Lala Mama July 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Dunno about adding, that’s a pretty complete list – *I* need to borrow this, having been here 15 yrs now and not sure I even know about some of these things on your list!

    You definitely have to go to the Bar U Ranch, it’s like they put Heritage Park on a working ranch. The cowboy/cowgirl that hangs around the campfire telling stories is the best – plus there’s bannock to eat and strong boiled coffee to drink! Took our 3 yo daughter there last yr and she had a lot of fun with everything!

  3. Leigh July 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’d add to your bucket list – canoe or kayak to the end of Maligne Lake. Then spend the night. Did that over the July long weekend and it was very scenic + lots of wildlife.

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