Max, parked up at the Olive Tree Campground, Ounagha, Morocco.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ounagha, Morocco.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading south in Morocco.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Alberta - Wild Rose Country

Next up in our series celebrating Canada's 150th birthday is the province of Alberta.

This province has a population of about 4.1 million people, most of them living in and around the two major cities, Calgary and Edmonton. Alberta has an oil based economy and is the largest producer of conventional crude oil, synthetic crude, natural gas and gas products in Canada. Alberta is the world’s second largest exporter of natural gas and the fourth largest producer of natural gas.

Alberta is located in between British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and just above western Montana...

Alberta is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Canada. Two of the most popular National Parks in Canada are located here.. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, as well as the photogenic Lake Louise.

The Icefields Parkway near Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Ruth and I have been to Alberta several times. We did a week in a rental car and tent back in August of 2006 where we visited Banff and Jasper. And in November of 2007 when we first drove Sherman across Canada we spent some time in southern Alberta, including Waterton Lakes National Park.

And most recently, we were in the city of Calgary for a day before flying to Seoul, South Korea in early October of 2014.

Calgary, Alberta.

Some interesting facts about Alberta...

The town of Vulcan, Alberta hosts a Star Trek convention every summer.

The world famous Calgary Stampede is the largest outdoor festival in the world.

During the Calgary Stampede, a local cowboy restaurant hosts the "testicle festival" where you can chow down on some bull delicacies... should you choose to do so. Tastes like chicken?

Before he teamed up with Butch Cassidy, Harry "Sundance" Longabaugh was employed at the Bar U Ranch in southern Alberta. I guess he found robbing banks to be more exciting!

Next up... Saskatchewan!

For our tea drinking readers...

And in Canada... the original 4 quart Crock Pot is almost free...


  1. Crown of the happy place! SO beautiful! Glacier/Waterton are very special places for our family. I've been going there since I was a baby. My brother in law is a Blackfeet Native from Glacier. I can never get enough of the scenery there. Thanks for the smile today!

    1. Yep, we love Waterton even though we really haven't spent all that much time there. Can't wait to go back there when the weather is nicer. We haven't been to Glacier yet but it is on our list because it looks just as beautiful as Waterton and why shouldn't it, it is just a continuation of it! :-)

  2. Don't forget about the Alberta oil sands. Nor the badlands in the Drumheller area where dinosaurs once roamed now home of the world famous Royal Tyrrell Museum.

    1. I think the oil bit that Kevin mentioned would cover the oil sands. Yes, the badlands in Drumheller are amazing and it isn't the only place to see where the dinosaurs once roamed because there is also Dinasour Provincial Park. Another cool place is Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park with the hoodoos and native rock carvings. Then there is also the West Edmonton Mall. There is just too much to talk about in just one blog post and be able to cover the whole province. People just need to come and explore the province themselves to see all the wonderful sights the Alberta has to offer.

  3. And Bow Island the pinto bean capital and Medicine Hat also known as Gas City! You're taking us through lots of great memories from our 2014 trip.

    1. I never knew that Medicine Hat was know as "Gas City", see even I learn something new every day! :-)

      Glad that we brought back some great memories for you, Chris.

    2. The biggest memory I have of rving and travel so far in my life. Remember our taco night? That was fun. Sure miss you guys and hope to see you in Mexico sooner than later.

    3. Yes, we remember! Boy we sure had some great food when you guys were here and all homemade. Between you and Juan, Lindsey and I and Mark and Jean, we ate like royalty! :-)

  4. Saskatchewan next! Alberta's got nothing on Saskatchewan......where we have 150 million mosquitos per person. Top that Alberta!

    1. Saskatchewan has really grown on us and we can now say that it is a very interesting province that gets overlooked big time on the cross Canada tour by most people!

      Somehow, I am sure that Alberta has just about as many mosquitoes as Saskatchewan but I have to admit, when they are out at the park you would think it is the only place in the world that they live! :-(


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