BC: DEPARTED | CALGARY | 17 JULY 2011
FC: Stampede-ing Grover's
1: CALGARY | CALGARY | ARRIVED 7 JUL 2011 | is the largest city in Alberta with a population of 1,096,833. It is located in the south of the province in the grasslands and is about 80km east of the Canadian Rockies.
2: We can't believe it!! We are finally going to Calgary to see Auntie Kristen and experience the Wild West and the Calgary Stampede. Calgary Here We Come!
3: Opening Day Parade | CALGARY STAMPEDE | Parade Master of Ceremonies: Rick Hanson
4: CALGARY STAMPEDE The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! The Calgary Stampede was originally named "Frontier Days and Cowboy Championship contest". It began in 1912 and was founded by a trick rope rider and financed by 'The Big Four'...four wealthy Alberta cattleman.
6: Saddle Bronc Riding | Bareback Riding | Tie-down Roping
7: Steer Wrestling | Bull Riding | Wild Pony Race | In the Wild Pony Race there are teams of 3 kids (ages 8-12) that try to tame a wild pony long enough to get a rider aboard for a two jump ride. As long as someone is holding onto the rope, they are still in the race. This kid had an iron grip on the rope as he was dragged half-way around the stadium. That's one WILD pony!
8: Darn cowboys tuckered the lil' fellow out! The boys thoroughly enjoyed their day at the Stampede. We played games, went on lots of rides, ate ice cream (which Cody wouldn't share with Auntie Kristen) and finished the day with Cody's first ever bus ride!
11: fast | Faster | FASTEST!
12: BANFF NATIONAL PARK
13: BANFF is a town within Banff National Park located in Alberta's Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway. The mountains were quite breathtaking and somewhat magical...the pictures do not do them justice. It was very cold though and we were silly enough to wear shorts! Daddy and Nathan were a little unsure about the Gondola ride...love Daddy's expression! 7500 feet up, WoW!
14: SYDNEY | The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
15: LAKE LOUISE with it's blue-green water set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, it's the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. | Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle and constructed in 1888.
17: Our trip has been amazing!! Kristen has been great at filling our days with lots to see and do! We've been able to visit most of the places on our list! Woohoo!! Just a few hiccups with some prepaid air miles tickets not arriving on time due to the mail strike...oh well. We love it so much here it’s going to be hard to leave, but the fun isn't over yet...we still have lots more to see!
18: HORSESHOE CANYON
19: WEST EDMONTON MALL | Crazy West Edmonton Mall Facts: * largest mall in North America and 5th largest in the world. * covers over 6 million sq ft. * over 800 stores & services. * parking for 20,000 vehicles. * over 23,000 people employed at the mall. * receives 28.2 million visitors a year. * attracts between 60,000 and 150,000 shoppers DAILY. | * National Hockey League-sized Ice Palace. Edmonton Oilers occasionally practiced here. * The Santa Maria, an exact replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship. | * World's largest indoor wave pool with17 unique waterslides. * Galaxyland is the second-largest indoor amusement park in the world, featuring 24 rides & attractions. Mindbender roller coaster is the world's largest indoor triple loop roller coaster.
20: Nathan became a tatoo artist while in Calgary...we were all tatted up! | We celebrated Nathan's 9th Birthday at Montana's. He got to wear the birthday viking helmet! | While Jay and I went on our Date Night, Kristen took the boys to a nearby park and they had fun rolling down a hill and playing on the playground.
21: Oxford Stomp | Jay and I had a date night! We went to Oxford Stomp to see INXS, 54-40, and Platinum Blonde. It was a great night!
22: THE ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM in Drumheller, Alberta is home to the world's largest dinosaur. There was so much to see
24: Hoodoos in Drumheller Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall and are a protected site. Funny belief: in the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.
25: The Star Mine Suspension Bridge A 117 meter long pedestrian suspension bridge across the Red Deer River in Drumheller, Alberta. It was constructed in 1931 for the coal workers of Star Mine.
26: Calgary Zoo
28: Farewell Calgary... until next time....