Calgary Stampede 2013 & Travelling Around Alberta
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jan 14, 2013 2:00 PM Last Post By: thoughtpolice
Jan 7, 2013 8:08 PM
Jan 8, 2013 7:15 PM
16A budget option for Stampede that visitors often miss is the Hotel Alma Summer Residence. Hotel Alma is a year-round hotel on the University of Calgary campus (roughly 500 meters from the University C-Train (tram) station). In the summer, the lower floors - which are international student residences during the school year - are also available as budget accommodations. As a Calgary resident, I haven't tried this myself, but it doesn't seem to be too well-known yet because they've only been in operation for 2-3 years. B&Bs are another great option. English Bed Breakfast & Day Spa, and Blackmore's B&B are both fairly close to the Dalhousie C-Train station. The first one gets great reviews on TripAdvisor, for what that's worth. But they only have two rooms, so book soon! I haven't seen any reviews for Blackmore's Calgary Westways B&B has a big surcharge during Stampede Week, because they have an excellent view of the nightly fireworks on the Stampede Grounds. And if you look at the Calgary B&B Association's website (www.bbcalgary.com) and the bbcanada.com, you'll find a bunch of other B&Bs in CAlgary. The Calgary B&B website is nice because they have a map showing all the locations of their members.
twc wrote: "I am predominantly interested in anything relating to the culture and heritage of Western Canada."
I'm an amateur historian with a strong interest in Western Canada, Alberta, and Calgary. You've gotten some good suggestions already (Head-Smashed-In and the Glenbow Museum), but there is lots more:
- Heritage Park living history museum in Calgary: www.heritagepark.ca
- Bar U Ranch National Historic Site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ab/baru/index.aspx
- Stephen Avenue National Historic Site: http://historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7774&pid=17959&h=Stephen,Avenue,Calgary
You'll also notice that there are a lot of other brochures for walking tours of other historic areas linked on that page.
- Fort Calgary: www.fortcalgary.com
If you do end up in Edmonton, you should definitely check out Fort Edmonton Park, another living history museum like Heritage Park but in some ways it is much better than Heritage Park. But I would recommend skipping Edmonton so that you can drive the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper both northbound and southbound. That way, you double your chances of seeing the gorgeous scenery, in case there is poor weather the first day. And if you do get nice weather on both trips along the Icefields Parkway, you'll find that the views are different in each direction but still awesome. It's also an excellent place to see wildlife, particularly bears.
I wouldn't say that wild bison are found "everywhere" in Alberta. They're only found in Elk Island National Park and in Waterton Lakes National Park. Although there are long-range plans to re-introduce free-roaming bison, that hasn't happened yet. Any bison you see outside of those two national parks are ranched bison, not wild bison.
Jan 14, 2013 5:20 AM
Jan 14, 2013 5:37 AM
18I have one more question: how long does it take to drive from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to Calgary? Google says 2 hours. Is that reasonable?
I'm thinking of starting off early in the day driving from Banff to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Google: 3 hours 12 min), sightseeing there, and then drive to Calgary at the end of the day (2 hours). Is this a reasonable plan?
Jan 14, 2013 6:01 AM
19Country wife...when I said everywhere, It was in reference to her asking if she will see bison in elk park....yes you will with a bit of driving, and there are a dozen or so ranches in the area as well. There are a few elk farms too!
#18...thats a lot of driving to see one attraction. Your time table is reasonable, but I "personally" dont think its worth the drive JUST for the one stop....just imo.
Jan 14, 2013 2:00 PM
There are no buffalo in Jasper or anywhere on the way to Jasper.
The only two wild herds are in Elk Island and Wood Buffalo National Parks, and Wood Buffalo is much too far north for you to get to. Lots of them at Elk Island though, which is 30 minutes east of Edmonton.
The only two wild herds I know of in Canada outside the parks are on the Liard River in northeast BC and way back in the bush near the White River in Yukon. Both are doing very well. The Liard hers is very often seen from the highway.
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