Calgary – Just Outside the City

North of Calgary is the park-lands.  As you head towards Edmonton the countryside turns into trees and rolling-hills.  Among them are nestled numerous lakes with sandy beaches and campgrounds.

East of Calgary are the flat, barren plains with endless fields of grains to a dominating horizon.  With one surprising exception.  You are traveling along the overwhelming land when suddenly you drop into a canyon of awesome proportions.  You are in Drumheller, the foremost authority on the fascinating dinosaurs.   There you will find an huge, impressive interpretation center with fossils and information.  Go out and explore the cliffs and discover artifacts yourself.  Visit strange and unusual rock-formations and foliage that shouldn’t be there – but it is.

South of Calgary – my favorite.   The famous Fort McLeod North West Mounted musical ride and exploring a genuine fort – the place where the famous RCMP first arrived.  Just north of Fort McLeod is another huge interpretation center – Head Smash ’em In Buffalo Jump (seriously).  This is where you can see native culture in its’ fullest – right back to a time when they didn’t have horses and stampeded buffalo over a gigantic cliff.  You can eat buffalo burgers and other authentic native foods. You can join in – playing drums to dancing.  One of my sons couldn’t get enough and became very proficient in native dancing.  Then go a bit further west of Fort McLeod to another awesome sight – the Frank Slide, where settlers, not believing the natives, built a town below Shaky Mountain to their peril.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

Then – somewhere in Crowsnest Pass– the Lost Lemon Mine.  My story Alberta Wild Rose centers around that fascinating legend. For anyone interested, that gold is still out there but beware the curse.  And I can’t forget Waterton/Glacier International Parks.  This is a park – partly in Montana (Glacier) and partly in Alberta (Waterton) – and the only ‘International Park’ in the world.

Moraine Lake in Banff National park

Moraine Lake in Banff National park

West of Calgary –  the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.  From Banff to Lake Louise – you don’t need introductions.  They are very famous places around the world.  Both are National Parks. Lake Louise is classified one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Just outside Calgary I often took my children for a lunch wiener-roast over a campfire we tended ourselves by Elbow Falls.  They loved it and it was always an enjoyable time for me as well with the soothing sounds of water falling.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

The view inside the Chateau Lake Louise

Calgary, Alberta

I always loved Calgary, even as a child.  Calgary meant an exciting, vibrant city. When I finally went there, it was all I thought and better. The first time I saw the city at night, the lights were awesome.

Now, although I don’t live there I long to return.  I have a son who lives there with my new grand-daughter and the friends I made are fantastic.  They still live in Calgary.  Most of my close relatives live there or near there.  Sometimes I feel so isolated.

Two of my stories are set in or around Calgary.   Alberta Wild Rose, a historical romance is set in the surrounding area of Calgary.  And One Dance with a Stranger, a contemporary romance is set in Calgary.

The story I’m working on, Seraphim, also takes place mainly in Calgary.

 This is a picture my son took just recently – Calgary, Alberta 2012


This is a picture my friend took a few years ago when leaving Calgary.

Thank you Carol of Malibu Dreams Photography. 

As there is no Tim Horton’s where I live now, using Adobe Photoshop, I inserted a cup of my favorite brew into another picture Carol (Malibu Dreams Photography) took at Lake Louise, near Calgary.

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.