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Karen Keller
Travel Alberta
Travel Media Relations Specialist, Europe & Latin America
400, 1601-9 Avenue S.E.,
Calgary AB T2G 0H4
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Edmonton

Edmonton

Culture - old and new - this is what makes a city great. History and food come together day and night to stimulate your tastebuds and your mind. Eat great food from some of the original Prairie settlers with Ukrainian cuisine and Edmonton beer from Alley Kat Brewing company. Take in an afternoon at the recently minted Art Gallery of Alberta with a stay overnight at Edmonton's historical Hotel Selkirk. Take a tour of the province's legislature buildings - this is the Capitol after all! - and a tour of Edmonton architecture from Frontier to modern days. And speaking of modern days - you have to take in a show or two (or three!) at the Edmonton Fringe. Finally, enjoy ethnic cuisine from a broad range of Edmonton's more recent 'settlers' - Caribbean, Chinese, and Indian are all on the menu of both the restaurants and the Fringe.

www.edmonton.com
www.alleykatbeer.com
www.youraga.ca
www.fringetheatreadventures.ca

Alberta North

Alberta North

Take a short flight from Edmonton to Slave Lake in pristine Northern Alberta. Here you will live in the same authentic dwellings put up by the original ancestors of the North Shore Homestead. Catch your breath in the ranch museum where the granddaddy of the place kept careful watch on the local animals classified many examples for you to enjoy today, all guided by the great grandson of one of the original settlers. And of course - FISH! You'll catch more fish than you ever thought possible on the Lesser Slave Lake, uninterrupted by the multitudes of speedboats that you might see elsewhere. Finally, and definitely not least - enjoy your own catch of the day by fireside in the main lodge where you'll learn how to clean and cook your own fish and hear incredible stories about the place told by Roland Eben-Ebenau, an ancestor of the settlers who were there first. You'll make it out alive (unlike some of the originals!) and filled with an immediate sense of the challenges and the bounty of this true-to-history landscape.

www.LesserSlaveLake.ca
www.northshorehomestead.com

Central

Ride the Wind Ranch in Rocky Mountain House

Want to know what real ranch life is like? Stay for a week at the Ride the Wind Ranch in Rocky Mountain House. You will herd long horns on horseback, clean and feed your own horse, and at the end of the day regroup with your friends in cozy, air-conditioned cabins. OK, the air conditioning is a modern touch but this is a true family-run ranch with all the exciting challenges you can't get anywhere else. And of course you can take in the view of the rocky mountains while understanding what 'real' horseback riding is all about - take a chance off the beaten path with bragging rights to boot! And guess what? You can also golf or fish on day trips if a day on the greens or on the water is what you need to round out your Central Alberta experience.

www.ridethewindranch.com
www.riverbendgolfcourse.ca
reddeergolf.com
www.pinehillsgolf.ca

Central

Deer Valley Bed and Breakfast

Only have a small bit of spare time to unwind? Then get away from the chain hotels and stay in luxury cottages with mineral baths (in caves!!) with your closest companion at Deer Valley Bed and Breakfast near Sundre, Alberta.

The newest lodge - Timber Creek - has a Bose surround sound system to enhance your enjoyment of music from the 2 Natuzzi leather fully reclining chairs in front of the gas fireplace. The lodge also includes a 2 person slate shower includes chromatherapy for a spa-like feel as well as speakers for music. Now how many of your friends can say they've surprised their sweethearts with something like this?
www.deervalleyalberta.com

Alberta South

Alberta South

Take a short trip from Calgary to the Crowsnest Pass. Take part in a hoopdancing lesson with Aboriginal instructors and sleep overnight in a tipi. Cook your breakfast over a fire and walk the landscape with guidance from an Elder to illuminate the landscape in the realest sense. End the night with a smudge ceremony and prepare for the next day when you will be participating in a Powwow the next day, feeling the unity of the locals getting together for a hoop dance competition by day and a meal by an open fire at sunset.

www.crowsnestpass.com

Alberta South

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Sometimes the only way to experience the landscape is down in the dirt. Get your hands dirty on a two-day dinosaur dig in Dinosaur Provincial Park. Make your way toward Drumheller and walk the hoodoos and finally end up at the Royal Tyrell Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the real dino-nerds take making sense of all those lovely lumps of dirt to the next level.

Cycling the Crowsnest Pass & Ranch Stay

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You love the challenge of cycling long stretches of highway - but have you done it on your way to a ranch? Cycle the stretches of scenic highway in Southern Alberta's Crowsnest pass, and end up with a stay on a real ranch. The hitch? Nothing - just open highway stretches and breathtaking views all made worth it with a cattle drive on a ranch. The fresh air and exhilaration of participating in a cattle drive will make you wonder how manage to spend so much time behind a desk. There might even be a shot of whisky at the end of the day.

Wine & Horseback & Spa girls' getaway weekend

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After a trip like this, you'll have a hard time deciding what story to tell first. Make your way from Calgary to Banff, Alberta and start the trip out right with an amazing meal Deer Lodge. The next day, Timberline Tours will take you on a trail that will be inspiring in terms of beauty but still relaxing enough that you'll still feel you're on vacation. Rest and shower...and get ready for an amazing night of sampling wines. Your sommelier, Brad Royale, will meet you in the restaurant and you'll be relaxed and laughing in no time - if not because of the wines, then because of the banter. You can spend the next day on horseback again - or walking the lake if that's more your speed. You'll soon be immersed in the healing waters of the Post Hotel & Spa, all in preparation for another incredible meal at the Post Restaurant. Here you'll have a chance to flex those wine tasting muscles on yet another impressive wine list. Overnight at The Post - then one last luxuriant day at the spa - and you might just think about quitting that day job.

www.crmr.com/deer-lodge.php
www.timberlinetours.ca
www.posthotel.com

First Nations, The Rockies, and Native Flora & Fauna

First Nations

Want to know more about how indigenous culture and shaped some of the lodges and hiking trails in the Rockies? Flex your hiking skills and your spirit on a trip between Jasper and Banff. Fly into Edmonton and make your way to Sunwapta Falls overnight and walk the Columbia Ice Fields with a native interpreter. Stay overnight and dream about kindred spirits in the ice until the next day, when you'll take a trip to The Glacier View Inn, surrounded by walking trails full of Indian Paintbrush and other native plant life you'll discover for the first time. On the next leg of your journey, a First Nations guide from Mahikan Trails will meet you at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and you'll spend one doing guided hikes and the next day on your own, equipped with a new understanding of Alberta's natural beauty and culture. Finally, stay at the Juniper Lodge and learn about its native history amidst what some call the best view of Banff. Digest your experience with a fine meal of local ingredients from Alberta at Juniper's Restaurant & Bistro with an incredible view of Mount Rundle as your backdrop. You will depart from Calgary after passing through the Stoney Plains - home to one of Alberta's oldest tribes.

www.sunwapta.com
www.explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield/hotel.aspx
www.mahikan.ca
www.thejuniper.com
www.num-ti-jah.com

Branding Party and Spiritual Retreat in Priddis

Spiritual Retreat

Not to be mistaken for a marketing practise, you haven't seen a real ranch party until you've been there during calf branding season in the Alberta foothills. You'll see how real ranchers make their mark on their herd and even get to wrestle a calf yourself. Shuck those prairie oysters you've heard all about and get in the mix at the country music shindig afterward. After your overnight at the ranch and a hearty breakfast, take the short trip to a retreat called Spiritwood just outside Priddis. Connect with your spirit animal. Find your centre in a reiki session. Meditate in the backdrop of a high skylit room surrounded by babbling creeks and nothing but beaver dams holding you back.

www.spiritwoodretreat.com