Tuesday, 5 April 2016

ABCs of Easter

A little driving holiday in Alberta and B.C.  Here are some highlights:

A  Arrowhead Brewing in Invermere. TIP: try the Coffee Porter Stout!
B  Bluestar Diner, Calgary. Very chill. Time to up your game, Edmonton.
C. Canmore. Just. No.
D  Dandy Brewing, Calgary A nanobrewery in an industrial area of Calgary with a tiny bar. They plan to produce 40 different beers this year. TIP:Don't miss the Szchechan Peppercorn

E  Egg Hunt Because you can't have Easter without one. Too bad we just had one kid home to hunt for eggs. The one whose name starts with E.
F  Fernie Brewing  TIP: Lone Pine IPA!

G  Gregg Lake  Peaceful as ever. TIP: Don't let your dog follow cougar tracks into the woods.
H  Hot pepper jelly, Kootenay produced. TIP: Try Dales Roasted Garlic and Jalepeno or Strawberry Rhubarb Habanero.
I   Icefields Parkway. TIP: Go see the icefields before they disappear!
J  Junofest.  Sponsored by the CBC. We attended "Outlaws and Gunslingers" at the Calgary Legion #1 featuring Fortunate Ones, Jim Cuddy and more. TIP: Don't buy the wristband. Buy an advance ticket to ensure getting in!

K. Kicking Horse Coffee. Roasted right in Invermere! Buy it cheap at the grocers!
L   Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park. Still a great place to walk in spring.

M  Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Shop, Radium.  Funky vibe, great coffee. TIP: Want to buy a coffee shop?  This one is for sale for a mere $149,000
N  National Parks. All good, all the time. TIP:Take advantage of Radium Hot Springs, still a deal at $6.30
O Old Salzburg Restaurant,
Radium. TIP: Ask for a table by the window for spectacular valley views. And don't miss the schnitzel.

P  Park Distillery, Banff  TIP:Try the espresso vodka
Q  Q. Like, the podcasts. Don't drive anywhere without a podcast!
R  Ralph Klein Park in Calgary. A human-built marsh to collect spring runoff and prevent pollutants from entering the river. TIP: No dogs. Closes at 4. No birds.

S  Stolen Church Coffee Roasters, Invermere  TIP: A bargain at the Invermere Grocery Store, $11.49!
T  Taste of Bragg Creek.  A yearly event where all the food and beverage sellers in the community offer deals.  TIP: Check out the liquor tasting
V.  Valley views. Like the view of the Columbia Valley from our balcony on the very affordable Radium Springs Hotel. TIP: Great Hungarian restaurant on sight.
W. Walking. Juniper Trail, Redstreak Campground, Johnson Canyon, Athabasca Falls...TIP:Go south.  There is NO SNOW there!

X.  Xtra-cool studios, arts and artisans in Invermere. My favourite? Black Star Studios with a whole area where kids can make stuff.
Z   ZZZ...time to rest!

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Pass View with Raven

Spring Thaw, Gregg Lake