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 do – My Alberta Bucket List:
Climb Ha Ling Peak Buy a share of a cow 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 Get white-hatted 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 Golf at Jasper Park Lodge 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 Two-Step at the Stampede Walk on the Columbia Icefield Hike above the tree line in the Rockies Cycle to Bragg Creek Take the Highwood Pass Hike to Crypt Lake Golf at Kananaskis Visit Spray Lakes Camp at Dinosaur Provincial Park Hike and camp in the backcountry Watch the Chuckwagons at the Stampede Have some shooters at Cowboys Wander West Edmonton Mall Ski at Lake Louise Water ski at Sylvan Lake See Lake Minnewanka Ride a horse Golf at Banff Springs Do the Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay Visit Jasper See the giant pysanka in Vegreville Watch show jumping at Spruce Meadows Raft the Bow River Go to the top of the Calgary Tower Straddle the border in Llyodminster visit Vulcan Go storm chasing 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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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?
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!
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.
You should definitely check this out! I’m doing it August long weekend and can’t wait. http://www.absteamtrain.com/
This is a great list, Buzz. Now, I have to add a bunch of things to my own Edmonton-centric bucket list: http://palter.ca/global/2011/07/04/14-amazing-things-i-will-try-to-do-in-edmonton-this-summer-2011-edition/
One thing you must do: come to Edmonton with your bike and I’ll take you on a lovely tour of the North Saskatchewan river valley. Offer’s open – anytime.
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