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In Edmonton, Explore on
October 14, 2018

Sunset Tours with Haskin Canoe

Elk Island National Park is one of our little family’s weekend mainstays. It’s the only completely fenced national park in Canada, and is home to both the largest and smallest land mammals in the world: the wood bison and pygmy shrew, respectively. We visit often, especially for the beautiful hiking trails, and while we’re proud of our part in accidentally inventing the sport of “extreme off-road stroller hiking” this past summer when we had to drag our sturdy City Select through a bog, we haven’t been able to get out for as many adventurous dates as we used to. When I came across Evening Paddle Tours, I knew we needed to call up Nana to babysit and make it a date.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
October 10, 2018

Start the Car! Weehelp Sale is THIS Weekend!

Weehelp, one of my favourite Edmonton sales for getting second hand kids & baby clothes/shoes/toys/books is coming this Friday and Saturday! Here’s a few reasons why you should check it out:

The Prices!

Second hand shopping is where it’s at. Not only is it way cheaper, but it is so much better for the environment. Plus, kids. They have no idea how to treat clothes, they never stay in one size for too long and they are over their toys faster than you can blink. This way you can pick up multiple items and still keep your budget in check.

The Cause!

Weehelp Foundation donates all of its profits to local children’s charities, like the Stollery! All of the items have been donated by generous people in the community and the entire sale is run by volunteers. To date, Weehelp has donated OVER $85,000!

The Quality!

Andrea Peyton, founder of Weehelp, and her team of dedicated volunteers are meticulous about the quality of the items they offer up at the sale. For the entire year they wash, repair, test and ensure all items are in tip top shape for their next home.

The Selection!

There will be tons of items for kids aged 0-14 years old. I’ve also been told that there is a lot of winter items- snowsuits, boots, etc. Last year, I snagged a pair of hockey skates that had never been worn, a North Face jacket and so much more. Seriously, you don’t want to miss it. For the best selection come on Friday if you can! Here’s a sneak peek:

The Details:

  • What: Second Hand Sale in Support of Local Children’s Charities with Items for 0-14 Year Olds (biggest selection is usually babies/toddlers, but there are items for all)
  • Where: Weehelp Warehouse 14215 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
  • When: Friday October 12 noon-7pm & Saturday October 13 9am-3pm
  • Need to Know: Cash only, please try to bring your own reusable bags. There is no entry fee. Get there early for the best selection!

You can RSVP via Facebook here. Please share with your friends to help spread the word! See you at the sale,

Every Day Girl

In Central Alberta, Events on
October 5, 2018

Halloween Fun In and Around Red Deer

It’s one of my favourite celebrations – Halloween. Dressing up and candy – what’s not to love? Honestly, I’m not big on the scares though – I had nightmares from The People Under the Stairs – look it up, you’ll probably laugh. Whether you like a good scare or you don’t, it’s always fun to get out there and take in the fun that comes along with the day.

Do you head out and enjoy events around Halloween? Which are your fave?

Here are some great looking events we found in and around Red Deer!

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In Calgary, Explore on
October 1, 2018

Pandas At The Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo upped the cute level in Alberta this past May with 4 adorable pandas.

Da Mao (male) and Er Shun (female) will be sticking around in Calgary until 2023 but twin cubs Jia Panpan (male) and Jia Yueyue (female) will be leaving the Calgary Zoo in 2019. Ready to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see pandas up close and personal in Alberta? Here’s your chance.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
September 20, 2018

Christmas Glow is coming to St. Albert

Christmas Glow is coming to Enjoy Centre and it’s going to be the largest indoor family Christmas festival in the Edmonton area!

 Christmas Glow Garden is in town from  November 22 – January 19 at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert and will feature:

  • Musical light tunnel (80,000 sq ft of interactive light sculptures)
  • Twinkling Christmas light gardens
  • Magic Castle Playground
  • Giant LED Swings
  • Glen the Glow-comotive
  • Seasonal food, sweets and adult beverages
  • Christmas Market with local artisans and businesses
  • Local food trucks and breweries
  • Daily visits from Santa

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In Calgary, Explore on
September 18, 2018

Explore Calgary | Free Kid-Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Beakerhead Calgary

Taking place across Calgary September 19th-23rd, Beakerhead has plenty of kid-friendly activities which brings together arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to create interactive exhibits.

Free Kid Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Treeter Trotter – September 19th-23rd 
C-Square, 520 7 Ave SE, Calgary
A whimsical urban escape that explores nature in balance, hop on and enjoy the childhood playground

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5 Alberta Festivals to Check Out This Fall

Summer is over but it doesn’t mean that the festival season has stopped in Alberta. Fall is a season of all things, pumpkins and harvest and you can get all that and more with these 5 fall festivals in Alberta. So, grab your latte, pull on your wellies and lets get exploring.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

When: October 12-21
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Events: Schedule of Events can be found on the Dark Sky website

Did you know that in 2011 Jasper was designated a Dark Sky Reserve, by the Royal Astronomical Society “due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing” (source)

Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. We are the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and we are the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve – meaning there’s a town within the limits of the preserve.  – Jasper Dark Sky Festival 

Not your typical ‘fall festival’ there are no farms, pumpkins but the dark sky festival is unlike any other you’ll attend this fall. With both free and paid events, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to world famous scientists, astronauts, go star gazing or take photography workshops. Plus… you’re in Jasper and there are lots to do with the family while you’re there as we’ve written about before (tips for staying in Jasper inexpensively are here,  for food with kids click here).

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In Explore on
September 16, 2018

Where To See The CP Holiday Train Around Alberta 2018

CP Holiday Train

Like many checking out the CP Holiday Train is one of our favourite holiday activities to do with the family.

CP Holiday Train

CP Holiday Train Date & Locations Across Alberta

CP Holiday Train Schedule for Alberta
Station Address Date Arrival Event Time Performers
Medicine Hat Queen & North Railway Street, East of CP Station 2018-12-7 4:15 PM 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Tilley Southeast side of crossing at Highway 876 2018-12-7 6:30 PM 6:40 PM – 7:05 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Brooks 1st Avenue, rear of Civic building 2018-12-7 7:45 PM 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Gleichen Field adjacent to CP track along Railway Street at 2 Avenue *Stop and Go 2018-12-7 9:55 PM 9:55 PM – 10:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Calgary Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot 2018-12-8 6:45 PM 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Blackfalds CP Tracks at Gregg Street between Broadway Ave and East Ave 2018-12-9 12:45 PM 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Lacombe The Len Thompson Fish Pond 2018-12-9 2:00 PM 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Ponoka 50th Street and 47 Avenue 2018-12-9 3:45 PM 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Wetaskiwin CP Building, 4009 50 Street 2018-12-9 5:30 PM 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Millet Pedestrian crossing, 50 Street and 48 Avenue 2018-12-9 6:50 PM 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Leduc 3915 50 Avenue 2018-12-9 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Josephburg Moyer Recreational Center 2018-12-10 5:00 PM 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Edmonton South of the Edmonton CP Station, 7935 Gateway Boulevard 2018-12-10 7:45 PM 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Innisfail 52 Avenue and 50 Street (the FasGas crossing) 2018-12-11 1:15 PM 1:25 PM – 1:55 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Olds 50th Street level crossing 2018-12-11 2:35 PM 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Didsbury 20 Street and 18 Avenue 2018-12-11 3:50 PM 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Airdrie Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks 2018-12-11 5:30 PM 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Cochrane Between River and 4 Street, behind the Provincial building 2018-12-13 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Morley Adjacent to the Morley Gas Station 2018-12-13 4:15 PM 4:25 PM – 4:45 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Canmore Behind the Save On Foods 2018-12-13 5:45 PM 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Banff CP Train Station 2018-12-13 7:00 PM 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

You’re invited to take in the beautiful Christmas lights, enjoy live entertainment, and sip some hot cocoa!

Don’t forget to bring a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation as well! Everything collected is donated to the local food bank and helps families in the community.

For more information check out www.cpr.ca/holiday-train

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