Larch Valley And 8 Other Hikes To See Fall Larches In The Rockies

Larch Valley, Banff National Park

When is the best time to hike Larch Valley? In the fall, when the leaves are flaming yellow. Everyone knows this so go during the week, or early on the weekends. I left home at 630 and was rewarded with a fiery mountain meadow. Here's some pictures, and 8 other hikes to avoid the crowds during larch season in the Rockies.

Seen In Calgary #17: Raygun Gothic Rocketship At Beakerhead

raygun gothic rocketship at beakerhead

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is visiting Calgary this week as a part of Beakerhead. It is a fantastically retro-futuristic space vehicle that will have your mind time traveling from the past to the future and back again. The climb up the precarious ladder to the ground floor of this 40 foot beauty is enough to give you vertigo.

Kids In Calgary: Disaster Alley

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Each year in early May, The Calgary Emergency Management Agency hosts Disaster Alley. It’s a collection of emergency vehicles from Police, Fire, Rescue, and the airport and kids LOVE it.

This free event is a huge hit with our boys as we made numerous laps of the Fire Training Academy (5727 – 23 Avenue SE). (Note the 2013 event has been moved to McMahon Stadium)

Firetrucks are open to climb in. Firehats are free to be tried on. Helicopters swoop in for landings. Police cars are ready for you can sit in. The bus driver will let you whonk the horn. Emergency response crews repel from towers.

Did I mention climbing in firetrucks?

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Disaster Alley comes at the end of Emergency Preparedness Week and is meant to give the public the opportunity to learn how first responders react to an emergency and how they can prepare for a crisis.

Best New Midway Food For Calgary Stampede 2012

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The Donut Burger was a hit at the 2011 Calgary Stampede

It’s not too difficult to create food for a midway. The steps are basically: find something edible, then deep fry it. Still, with that simple math a smorgasbord of delicious items has been unveiled for the 2012 Calgary Stampede.

The best new midway food for the 2011 Calgary Stampede was Kubie Korn Balls. Simple deep fried corn fritters with nuggets of kielbasa sausage tucked inside. When you dipped them in maple syrup, it was an entire pancake breakfast in a nugget.

So what will be the best foods to find on the midway of the 2012 Calgary Stampede? Here are the contenders:

Deep Fried Wagon Wheels
Dipped in funnel cake batter, this classic treat will be rolling over the competition

Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Pillowy cotton candy tops a bright pink and blue cupcake

Bacon Sundae Funnel Cake
Bacon and chocolate on a funnel cake. The best of both worlds – sweet and savoury!

deep fried kool aid

deep fried kool aid to debut at Calgary Stampede

Deep Fried Kool-Aid
Various flavours are added to a finger-licking dough and fried to a golden crisp

Jack Daniels Fudge
A distinctive and flavourful fudge

Loukoumades – Greek Honey Puffs
Golden puffs of fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts

Naaco Bits
Butter chicken sausage, battered and deep fried

Pulled Pork Poutine
Pulled pork, cheese curds, fries, gravy
[Global Calgary]

The early favourite to get all the headlines has to be the Deep Fried Kool-Aid. It’s just flavoured dough, and then deep-fried, so it doesn’t win any creativity points from me. Jack Daniels Fudge, Butter Chicken Sausage, and Cotton Candy Cupcakes on the other hand ..

Which disgustingly delicious new midway food are you excited to try at the 2012 Calgary Stampede?

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