S: the Galston Family Vacation in Alberta, Canada ~ August 2-11, 2011
FC: Our Family Trip to Alberta Aug. 2 to Aug. 11, 2011
1: What we Did. Tues. August 2, 2011 ~ Arrival at Calgary Airport at 7:50 AM Shopped at CrossIron Mills Mall and then drove to WEM, Edmonton (3 hours) Wed. August 3 - 4, 2011 ~ West Edmonton Mall and then on the 4th we drove to Grande Prairie, AB (5 hours) Thurs. August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Grande Prairie for Sarah and Edwin's Wedding Sunday, August 7 - drove form GP to THree Hills, AB ( 8 hours) Tuesday, August. 9, 2011 ~ Kristen and Malachi's wedding, Trochu Arboretum, Trochu, AB Wed. August 10, said good bye and drove to Calgary THurs, August 11, 2011 - Calgary Zoo day and flew home to winnipeg
2: Suitcases all packed and ready to go! | Karissa Kyle | Mommy Daddy
4: Leaving Home We had to wake up at 4:30 AM on Tues. Aug 2, 2011 to get to the airport on time for our 6:50 AM flight. Both Duane and I did not get much sleep the night before. | Duane's Mom drove us to the airport and kept our van for us while we were away. We got to the airport with just enough time to check in and board our plane 10 minutes before departure. It was a small JAZZ plane with about 52 passengers.
5: Flight from Winnipeg to Calgary Our flight (AC 8331) left Winnipeg at 6:50 AM. It was a very smooth flight. Karissa was very nervous about having sore ears and tried to sleep throughout the flight. Kyle, who was excited about the adventure of flying in an airplane, slept on Duane's lap and Duane played games on his cell phone. I just flew and waited for the flight to be over. We arrived in Calgary at 7:53 AM and after a bit of hassle with Budget Car Rental in getting the right size rental car we were on our way.
6: CrossIron Mills Outlet Mall After breakfast at a Humpty's Restaurant near the airport, this was our first stop in Balzaac, AB just north of the airport. We shopped for a couple of hours at various outlet stores including the Croc Store, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Disney Store and had delicious fruit smoothies. | Karissa spent her $20 form Grandma on a Sleeping Beauty doll.
7: Driving from Calgary to Edmonton Tues. Aug. 2, 2011 During this 3 hour trip, we stopped briefly to meet my university friend, Shirley Plett, for coffee at Tim Hortons in Red Deer.
8: ~Edmonton~ Tues.Aug. 2 - Thurs. Aug. 4, 2011 | ~The first evening there we had dinner at the WEM in one of the Food Courts with Brad and Ruth and Jordan, Rebekah, Nathan and Esther and Rene and Elyssa. It was SO wonderful to see them all again! ~The next day, Aug. 3, we spent at the Waterpark at the WEM. WE arrived there by 10:00 AM. After lunch, everybody went back to the Waterpark except Esther and I. Kyle had fallen asleep in the stroller so he napped while Esther and I browsed the mall. In the evening, we all met at Ruth and Brad's camper to have dinner together. It was cool outside and the mosquitoes were annoying. ~On the morning of Aug. 4, we headed back to the WEM to shop for sandals and shoes for Duane and browse some more. Then, we met up with Carl and Angela and girls in Spruce Grove and began the long 5 hour drive to Grande Prairie.
9: DAYS INN & SUITES 10010-179A St. Edmonton, AB We spent 2 days in Edmonton with Ruth & Brad and Esther & Rene and families.
10: West Edmonton Mall
14: DOLPHIN KIDDIE POOL
16: The Dolphin Pool for children with the double slides kept the interest of our children for many hours. The water was shallow and warm.
18: THE WAVE POOL
20: The Water Slides
21: Duane and Rene tried this crazy waterslide.
22: OOther O | Other interesting attractions at WEM
29: Heading from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, Thursday, August 4, 2011
30: Wedding Rehearsal Meal for Sarah Thiessen and Edwin Anstey Friday, August 5, 2011 5:00 PM at the home of the Larson's | Grande Prairie, AB.
36: Friends and Family L to R Jessica Thiessen and Sarah Penner Jennifer and Paul Bergen Adam and Ellie Dyck with Cole, Riley, Megan Tess and Chris Doerksen with Micah Cory Black Pastor Greg Clairmont Edwin with Byron and CoraLee Hayden
74: Three Hills, Alberta Monday, August 8, 2011 - Wednesday, August 10, 2011