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Happy #Canada150

Yesterday was Canada Day and I dragged the boyfriend downtown to explore. We started out at Winston Churchill Square to check out The Works Art and Design Festival. Honestly, I didn’t really see much worth looking at. But maybe I just need someone to give me a tour.

Next we walked over to the City Market Downtown. I don’t know why I like going to the Farmers’ Market because I never buy anything due to everything costing so much. But it’s still fun to look around.

I heard that there were things going on in City Hall so we went inside to check it out. There was a line up for a free cookie which was delicious. We took our cookies into the theater(?) where they had some drums set up. We watched some bagpipers and some singers before leaving for our next destination.

We walked across the road to the Art Gallery of Alberta which was free for Canada Day. We’re not huge art fans so we sped through the galleries pretty quickly, again not really seeing anything that interested us. But it was free, and I love things that are free haha.

At this point it was lunch time, not seeing anything that caught our eye at the food trucks, we ended up eating at The 3 Amigos. We occasionally eat at the one located closer to our home so we knew the food was good. We each had some Chicken Empanadas (they were sold out of beef) and were stuffed by the end of the meal.

After eating, we made our way to the Legislature Grounds to see what festivities were going on there. There were lots of people cooling off in the pools as well as entertainers throughout the grounds. We took a break in the shade so we could cool down and I watched a man offering free hugs. It was fun to see all the people taking him up on his offer.

We were able to go inside the Legislature Building which I had never been in. It was neat to see all the portraits and architecture. But by this time the boyfriend was getting tired and so we started back for home.

After having a rest at home, I talked him into taking me out to see the fireworks which was a fun conclusion to Canada’s 150th birthday.

Camping in Waterton

I just got back from Camping in Waterton Lakes National Park. It’s about as far South as you can go in Alberta. From our home in Edmonton it took about 5-6 hours to drive there.

Because I wanted to bring our bicycles with us, we took my boyfriend’s truck instead of my car. He doesn’t do well at staying awake during long trips and because it was my idea to go there, I was in charge of most of the driving. It was my first time driving the truck and it went fairly well. But I must say I much rather drive my car. There was one or two scary moments, one being where I cut off an 18-wheeler. But nothing major.

The first two days of the trip were windy and rainy. There were two or three deer that came and visited our campsite each day we were there. There were lots of warnings saying not to get too close because they can attack, but they seemed pretty tame. We also saw three bears during our stay in the park, thankfully never too close. I was actually hoping to see more but it was still pretty neat.

We got out and did some hiking despite the rain. On the third day it was sunny so we brought out the bikes, but for some reason about 5 minutes into the ride I felt sick and had to stop. All in all, it was a pretty fun trip. But I don’t think we will go again because it’s a long drive and we didn’t find as much to do as we were hoping.