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drfumblefinger

Why should anyone visit Alberta?

by drfumblefinger »

I'm surprised that in all these weeks since the rebirth of the forums, there has not been a single question about Alberta.  I guess people don't know some of the great things there are to see and do here.

Most people know that Alberta is home to Canada's Rocky Mountains, but don't know how truly spectacular and beautiful they are -- among the greatest mountains in the world, like Lake Louise.....framed by Mt. Victoria and it's hanging glaciers....

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or Johnson Lake, and majestic Cascade Mountain....

They know of Alberta's prairies, flat but scenic in their own way......

These prairies grow wheat, canola, lots of hay but it's greatest crop is beef.....

Alberta grows the finest beef in the world.  The combination of free range exercise, natural grasses and climate (with marbling of meat) yield a steak tender enough to cut with your fork (and with due apologies to that young calf above, newly born, barely able to stand). 

This past weekend I visited the Alberta badlands and enjoyed some of its wonderful scenery, like Horseshoe Canyon near Drumheller....

Or the unusual rock formations known as Hoodoos....

While in Drumheller, you have to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, possibly the finest dinosaur museum in the world with dozens of exhibits like this T Rex.....

or this magnificient in situ dinosaur skeleton removed from the nearby hills (that's actually a single piece of rock).....

Two hours drive from Drumheller is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dinosaur Provincial Park, which has the largest concentration of dinosaur bones in the world.  The park itself is also in the beautiful badlands....

Most of the park is a restricted nature preserve and you need to take a ranger guided tour to see some of the great fossils lying on the ground, like this petrified tree....

Or dinosaur rib cage and backbone.....

Or part of a fossilized bone just lying around.....

There's lots more I could see and show, but come see for yourself.....

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JohnT

RE: Why should anyone visit Alberta?

by JohnT »

Fabulous piece Doc....about the Province of my birth...the cattle and the bales bring me back to my childhood.

 

Would make a comments about only hearing the crickets chirp around here, but truth to tell ...even crickets would be welcome right now....ah well...build it and they will come...right?

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drfumblefinger

RE: Why should anyone visit Alberta?

by drfumblefinger »

Hi JohnT,

Thanks for your comments.  Not sure why you'd leave beautiful spacious Alberta for crowded Vancouver, but to each his own!  Actually, I love visiting Vancouver, which I think has one of the most magnificient settings of any city in the world.

It is fairly quiet hereabouts.  One hears the e-crickets, as you say.  But I think people will find and start using the site more......hopefully

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