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

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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.

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