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Norquay Via Ferrata

When it opened in June, we added the new Via Ferrata at Mt. Norquay to our summer bucket list. Why? 1) An adventure with a high fun factor. 2) A new experience for us. 3) It looked like an ideal way to push the limits of my gradually developing ability to cope with my long-standing…

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Book Review: Family Meals by Chef Michael Smith

Canadian chef Michael Smith’s most recent cookbook is full of mouth-watering recipes and heart-warming photographs. A strong advocate for real, homemade food and family mealtimes, Michael shares “go to” recipes from his home kitchen – where every member of his family participates in preparing simple, healthy food. These recipes call for fairly basic ingredients and…

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Hiking Banff National Park – Sunshine Meadows

All through last summer we kept our fingers crossed that we’d be able to use our Sunshine Meadows shuttle tickets during wildflower season. But to our disappointment, the June flood damage was so extensive that the shuttle service didn’t run again in 2013. So as soon as online bookings opened for the 2014 hiking season,…

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Geocaching’s 7 Souvenirs of August

After last August’s grueling 31 Days of Geocaching Challenge, I wondered what the folks at Groundspeak (aka geocaching HQ) would dream up for August 2014. I was pretty happy when they announced the 7 Souvenirs of August. This year’s month-long branding initiative requires geocachers to find only six geocaches to earn the first six souvenirs.…

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Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail

What a difference three years and $2 million makes! Completed in 2013, the 4.4 km stretch of paved pathway that allows cyclists to ride from the Travel Alberta Information Centre in Canmore westward into Banff National Park has really improved the overall Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail riding experience. When we rode the Legacy Trail in…