Mud and Trail, a Slippery Biking Adventure

Today’s great adventure started with two sunnyside up eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and toast followed by packing our mountain biking bags and prepping the bikes for the journey. Last night we were informed the trail out to Big Bend has a few mucky spots due to the rain over the past few days. The 6.5…

The Albertan Highway of Waterfalls

Coming out of Canmore you chuck a left onto the TransCanada Highway #1 within five minutes of entering the highway you will pass thru Banff National Park entrance. With our annual pass already on the rear view mirror you’ll proceed 24 kilometers to the three exits for Banff! But since you’ve been there done that…

Trotting Around Canmore for Canada Day

The plan was hatched over last night’s tequila exploration at Cabeza Grande followed by Marg’s at 1809 Tavern on Main Street, in Canmore. The expectation to wake early about eight in the morning then head over to Chez Francois for a breakfast. After that pickup our local friend Kate and some cash then start the…

Please Do Not FLY Your Drone in the Park

Sitting at Chez Francois awaiting what will be our next awesome breakfast meal, I’m catching up on some light literature by reading the Parks Canada website surrounding the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) also known as drone. Yesterday, after our exploration of the Lake Minnewanka trail system, I pulled over near this amazingly…

Preparations for Mountain Week

Six hours ago, I spent twenty-five minutes preparing a list of what to bring versus what not to bring on a week long hiking, mountain biking excursion which will take place for three-days in Canmore, Alberta just outside of Banff National Park followed by a couple days in Jasper National Park at a Sunwapta Falls…

The Decision to Buy a BBQ Turned into an Unforeseen Adventure

Three-years ago, I saw this shiny silver two burner barbeque (bbq) sitting on the display floor at the local hardware shop. It was a real eye catcher with its chrome pieces accenting the knobs, temperature gauge and handle. Plus the two-tone paint scheme (silver stripes on black) but what phased me then was its price…

An Albertan Ice Skating Experience at Rich Valley Arena

Seven years ago had someone said to me, “Aaron, one day you will learn to ice skate and enjoy it“, I would have wholeheartedly laughed back at your comment. The reason why, I would be laughing is back in my twenties a girlfriend tried getting me into rollerblading. The only thing I experienced then was…

Somewhere East of Toronto

The plane gently rolls along the tarmac taxiing into position at Toronto International Airport (TOR) as the Co-pilot briefs the staff to brace themselves as the plane begins to generate speed. As the wheels roll faster and faster down the asphalt until its nose pushes the air out of its way peaking off the horizontal-plane along the tarmac…

What to do when Temperatures Dip Below Zero Degrees?

From mid-April to mid-November, all across Alberta there are hundreds of blue ponds which residents and visitors attend to for recreational purposes. These ponds and lakes are used by outdoor enthusiasts who will canoe, kayak, boat, fish, swim, hydroplane, scuba dive and more throughout the year. And when the temperatures dip below zero degrees and…

Kids Roping Competition at the 2013 Rainmaker Rodeo

Around 2:00pm in a light drizzling rain at the St Albert Rainmaker Rodeo on Saturday May 25th the announcer introduced 8-teams from throughout Central Alberta competing in the Kids Roping Competition. As this was my first time ever witnessing this event, I decided on the spot to capture the action using my video camera rather…

Are You an Albertan – Speed Racer ?

Interestingly enough, when you move North or South of the US/Canadian border to live you must hand over your legal drivers license for replacement. How do I know this? Because I had to turn in my US Driver’s License when I came into Canada to live several years back. Thankfully, I did not have a…