The New West – Calgary

Calgary is situated in the foothills of the Blue Canadian Rockies, where the snow-capped mountains often look as though they are painted on the sky for an awesome sight when you have your morning coffee.  The weather is moderate.  Although there is a saying in Calgary ‘If you don’t like the weather – wait 10 minutes and it will change.’

Calgary - Voted Cleanest City in the World

Calgary – Voted Cleanest City in the World

Calgary is situated on the clear, clean waters of the Bow River – which runs out of the glacier fed Lake Louise.  It was originally a popular gathering point for the Blackfoot natives.  The Bow River was a  place where the tree branches were material for bow and arrows.  With a chinook that can blow through often, the temperatures could warm and the snow go away at any time, including the winters.Calgary is Canada’s newest city and in my opinion, by far the cleanest city.  With the head-offices for oil companies galore, it has the largest population of Americans outside the USA in the world. Most people share optimism and a desire to work and thrive.

A fort was established in 1875 by the North-West Mounted Police and the original founder – Sam Livingstone – was already settled in the area;  The fort was called Calgary which is Gaelic for ‘swift waters’.

The settlers of the area were mainly ranchers and often those ‘second-sons’ of aristocrats.  The Canadian Pacific Railroad ran through Calgary and created a settlement of what is known as ‘China Town’ now as well as a landmark hotel made of sandstone – The Palliser, which is still in downtown Calgary.

Palliser Calgary Hotel

Palliser Calgary Hotel

Calgary was a small settlement until oil was discovered in the Turner Valley, Black Diamond area and in the early 1900′s the city started thriving. There has been no looking back.  Calgary is a bustling, thriving city where it always seemed to me – about every 10 years, old dirty buildings/areas are torn down and new, clean buildings replace them. Some people don’t appreciate that – but to me Calgarians definitely understand the difference between old junk and real heritage landmarks.  There are old buildings that are maintained of course.

It is a transient city and may be a reason people are so friendly.  My two sons were born in Calgary but that seems to be a rarity. Most people seem to come to Calgary to work.  My romance story One Dance with a Stranger takes place in Calgary.  My romance story Alberta Wild Rose takes place in Calgary’s fascinating surrounding area (the Lost Lemon Mine) and the story I am working on now Seraphim will mainly take place in Calgary.

Cowboys and country - Background for Sophisticated Cowboy

 

The book – Calgary, Spirit of the West by Hugh A. Dempsey is a great book on the history of Calgary.

 

 

 

Here are a few websites with information on visiting Calgary.

Visit Calgary

Calgary Attractions

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It Starts with You: – Nature

There are some who never take the time to connect with nature and there are some that are obsessed with nature.  Some believe humans are different and not a part of nature.  They believe people are only here to destroy nature.

Deer in the winter – grazing with no fear beside a residential house.

 

I believe we are a part of nature as surely as any other plants/animals are.  Some of my beliefs are not popular today.  God provides for humans just as he provides for other animals. If He provides rabbits for a wolf to eat, then so He provides plants and animals for a person to use.

My grandson and the waves of Tofino behind. Soon he will have to leave the beach as the tide comes in. It happens every day and has since the beginning of time.

This is a picture of trucks, including my husband’s truck waiting to load/unload in a man-made mine.  Some might see destruction..  I see the beauty as the sun reflects on man-made ridges.  I see man utilizing the offerings God provides.

When or if we believe that we can more easily connect with nature.  One of the best methods I use for relieving stress is to wander around in nature.  A flower growing from a crack in the concrete can give me a feeling of connection.

These are pictures of Deerfoot Trail and other roads when the Bow River showed it’s might in Calgary.   Respect it – or don’t.  In a short time the water will recede.

Even in a city, nature can be a part of your life.   You can work with nature or feel you can conquer it.

Calgary – a short history

Calgary is situated in the foothills of the Blue Canadian Rockies, where the snow-capped mountains often look as though they are painted on the sky for an awesome picture to view when you have your morning coffee.  The weather is moderate.  Although there is a saying in Calgary ‘If you don’t like the weather – wait 10 minutes and it will change.’

Calgary Skyline

Calgary Skyline

Calgary is Canada’s newest city and in my opinion, by far the cleanest city.  With the head-offices for oil companies galore, it has the largest population of Americans outside the USA in the world. Most people share optimism and a desire to work and thrive.

Calgary is situated on the clear, clean waters of the Bow River – which runs out of the glacier fed waters of Lake Louise.  It was originally a popular gathering point for the Blackfoot natives.  The Bow River was a  place where the tree branches were material for bow and arrows.  With a chinook that can blow through often, the temperatures could warm and the snow go away at any time, including the winters.

A fort was established in 1875 by the North-West Mounted Police and the original founder – Sam Livingstone – was already settled in the area;  The fort was called Calgary which is Gaelic for ‘swift waters’.

The Bow River flooding

The settlers of the area were mainly ranchers and often those ‘second-sons’ of aristocrats.  The Canadian Pacific Railroad ran through Calgary and created a settlement of what is known as ‘China Town’ now as well as a landmark hotel made of sandstone – The Palliser, which is still in downtown Calgary.

Calgary was a small settlement until oil was discovered in the Turner Valley, Black Diamond area and in the early 1900’s the city started thriving.  There has been no looking back.  Calgary is a bustling, thriving city where it always seemed to me – about every 10 years, old dirty buildings/areas are torn down and new, clean buildings replace them. Some people don’t appreciate that – but to me Calgarians definitely understand the difference between old junk and real heritage landmarks.  There are old buildings that are maintained of course.

It is a transient city and may be a reason people are so friendly.  My two sons were born in Calgary but that seems to be a rarity. Most people seem to come to Calgary to work.  My romance story One Dance with a Stranger takes place in Calgary.  My romance story Alberta Wild Rose takes place in Calgary’s fascinating surrounding area (the Lost Lemon Mine) and the story I am working on now Seraphim will mainly take place in Calgary.

The book – Calgary, Spirit of the West by Hugh A. Dempsey is a great book on the history of Calgary.

Here are a few websites with information on visiting Calgary.

Visit Calgary

Calgary’s Five Most Romantic Spots

Calgary Attractions

On my way to Calgary

There is a lake – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – called Lake Louise, between my place in the mountains to Calgary. Along the route there is a small town beside the lake.   My friend and professional photographer, Carol of Malibu Dreams Photography, took this picture and I think anyone can understand why it is  one of seven wonders.

Lake Louise is fed by glaciers in Roger’s Pass.  It goes to the Bow River, providing Calgary’s wonderful water.  It is an amazing place to visit and a wonderful place to dream – a writer and photographer paradise.