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Torrington World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Traveling in Alberta one may see more than jaw-dropping majestic Rocky Mountains, teeth-chattering glaciers, and most photogenic turquoise lakes. More than 50 stuffed gophers take residence in this little hamlet called Torrington, population under 200. They are cuter than the bear cubs and funnier than Comedy Central. One of them even made it to 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Probably the best entertainment $2 can buy driving through Alberta ($0.50 for children). The unique quirkiness and humour these gophers have to offer makes this a must visit destination on a road trip through Alberta. Check them out and vote for your favourite!

 

PS. If you are graving for more gopher amusement after all the dioramas in the museum, ask for the Fire Hydrant Gopher Tour. Fire hydrants in Torrington are painted and each tells a interesting story.

 

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Lilac Festival Calgary

Bye bye Winter, and hello Lilac Festival! Spring is finally here!

Every year on 4th Street in Calgary, we await the market fair, Lilac Festival, that kisses goodbye the winter and kicks start the Spring for us. Fragrance of lilac is in the air, mixed with the freshly cut grass and BBQ flavour. There are flowers of the Spring, and vibrant colours of pink, purple and white! Everything in the surroundings are bathed in warm sunshine and singing “come out and play”! So, we did and we were grooving with the music!

The festival has been a success, and is getting bigger and bigger every year.  On this 24th anniversary, the event runs from 12th Avenue SW to Bow River along 4th Street SW. If you like the crowd, live performance, street foods and unique craft products, you wouldn’t want to miss this fun event. It’s children and pet friendly, too!

If it’s gonna be your first time visiting Lilac Festival, bring drinking water, wear shoes for walking, get there early (10am) and allow 3 hours to cover the ground.

 

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