The Alberta Mamas are always up for an adventure, so when Arrkann Trailer & RV asked if we would be interested in taking some of their trailers camping for the weekend we immediately jumped on the opportunity! Out of the 5 of us, 3 of us camp on the regular, 1 loves to camp when she can and the other is not into camping at all (or so she thought). The trip was an opportunity for us to connect face to face because even though we live in the same city it can be a challenge to get us all together in the same room for a meeting sometimes.
We arrived at the campsite on a Friday to meet the folks from Arrkann Trailer & RV who gave us a rundown of the trailers and their basic features. Immediately we were taken with the automation and ease of use with both models. For the record, we camped in serious luxury. Both trailers (Passport Ultra-Lite 2920 BH and Sprinter 26 RB Campfire Edition) were about 28 feet long with slide outs, full bathrooms with showers, air conditioning, couches, automated awnings and levelling systems as well as sound systems! This was no “roughing it” type of trip, and that suited us just fine.
This levelling system on the Sprinter made set up SO easy. One push of the button on Auto Level and the trailer did the work in under 5 minutes.
There’s a lot happening in our province if we take a look outside the city. The range roads and small towns hold a lot of overlooked treasures in our province. There are small museums and bigger museums and historical structures and farms.
When we go camping, we love checking out activities that are local to the area that we are staying in and that includes checking out some of the best outdoor pools in Alberta! Here are some that you can put on your list!
Outdoor Pools In Alberta
Bear Creek Pool (No pictures because it opens this year!!)
Address: 102 St &, 102 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB
Admission: Free/0-2yrs, $4/3-12yrs, $6/13-17yrs, $8/adults, $6/seniors
The beauty of our great province of Alberta is most evident in the diversity and uniqueness of Albertans. Albertans come from all corners of the Earth. They come from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
On May 6th, over 115,000 Muslim Albertans will be observing the Holy Month of Ramadan. This is a month of heightened spirituality which includes prayer, reading Qur’an, fasting and giving charity. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dusk to dawn. A total of about 19 hours. This means Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, intimacy and worldly desires during those hours. Also, Muslims are expected to control their tempers and behaviors.
If you want to be a good Ally, Ramadan is a great time to start. As you can imagine, fasting such long hours can take a toll on your co-workers. Although they will do their best to maintain their work, their energy and their friendly personality they may need a little support from you. So how can you support your Muslim Coworkers? Here are some pointers to help you out.
Camping season is coming! If you are a camper or want to try it this summer, now is the time to start planning. Though April may seem like it’s early to get booking campsites you will find that many fill up very quickly in advance. The Alberta Mamas love to camp, well, most of us. During May, June, July, August and sometimes September you will find us trekking around Alberta with our families in tow in the great outdoors.
It can be difficult to choose a campsite. Common questions like “are there flush toilets?” “is the lake swimmable?” “do they have activities for kids?” “can I get a site with power?” and “what do the sites actually look like?” come to mind. We’ve compiled a list of campsites in Alberta that we have personally reviewed to make things easier for you!
If you’re looking for festivals to attend in Alberta this summer, the Days of Yore festival definitely needs to be on your list. So dress up in your favourite period costume and mark your calendars.
Taking place August 3rd & 4th in Didsbury, AB (between Red Deer and Calgary) at Rosebud Park the Days of Yore festival is a family-friendly festival that takes you back in time to watch reenactments from:
- Sons of Fenrir Vikings
- Dragons Own Medieval Combat Group
- Victorian Society of Alberta
- Edmonton House Brigade
- Yankee Valley Yankees
- 10th Battalion (CEF) Commemorative Association (WWI)
- WWII First Special Service Force Reenactors
- Prairie Motor Brigade
Other activities at the festival include sing-a-longs, storytelling, live music, an Artisan Alley for you to shop for heritage arts and traditional crafts, as well as delicious food from the canteen.
You can also explore the Medieval Stick Pony Maze which is new to the festival this year and don’t forget the BIG CANNONS!
Admission & More
You can find the Days of Yore festival at Rosebud Park which is at the East end of Didsbury. The hours of operation are 11 am – 5 pm on both days and admission is $6 for 13+, $3 for 6-12 yrs and children 5 and under are free.
Some vendors at the festival will be able to take credit or debit however having cash on hand is always best. If you require a bank machine, there are several ATMs in Didsbury for you to access.
For more information about the Days of Yore festival visit www.mountainviewartssociety.ca/daysyore/
Alberta is BREWING (haha puns) over with craft breweries across the province. You may have heard of some of the bigger ones such as Yellowhead Brewery, Alley Cat or Grisly Paw, but there are hundreds of microbreweries making tasty delicious beer. There are now “…more than 125 existing and pending licenses” for independent craft brewers in Alberta.
“Alberta farmers grow some of the world’s most sought after barley and agricultural products. It only makes sense to grow the brewing industry right here and support good jobs from grain to glass,” said Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci
It would take a LONG time to track all these breweries down and taste the hoppy goodness, and thus enter in brewery tours. Brewery tours will take you to about 3-4 breweries and you’ll get the chance to talk to the brewmaster and sample some of the best of Alberta.
Have you heard about Take A Kid To The Course?
This amazing program starts on July 2nd and is available to kids under 16. Aimed at getting kids outside and away from their screens Take A Kid To The Course allows one kid to golf free when accompanied by one adult.
Have you ever wondered what happens at the Royal Tyrrell Museum when the lights go out?
Sleepover With Dinosaurs At The Royal Tyrrell Museum
Experience the fun of a sleepover with dinosaurs at one of the camp-in nights offered at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. As an activity that is perfect for a family, as well as larger groups camp-ins, are offered on Friday and Saturday nights during the fall and winter months.
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).