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Humble Beginnings in Canada

By Linda Tancs

The humble roots of Canada’s first national park originated in the fall of 1883, when three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that inauspicious backdrop has blossomed over 2500 square miles of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers now comprising Banff National Park in the province of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park sports three ecoregions: montane (3% of the park area), subalpine (53% of the park area) and alpine (44% of the park area) and a vast array of wildllife, including bears and elk. Hire a local guide to learn the most about this area’s natural wonders and cultural treasures. If you go it alone, watch out for our four-footed friends; they most certainly will feel entitled to the right of way.

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A Family-Friendly Day

By Linda Tancs

Public holidays generally bring families together–at least in theory. So it may seem strange to have a public holiday called Family Day. Yet in certain Canadian provinces, today marks that celebration. On the third Monday of February, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario observe Family Day. Of course, the day would lack meaning if you didn’t spend it like a family. So find some family-fun things to do. How about spending time at the Toronto Zoo or the ice rinks? According to the Calgary Herald, Alberta is celebrating its twentieth anniversary of the statutory holiday. Surely, that’s cause for celebration. Only two years’ strong in Saskatchawan, the province nonetheless has the most public holidays in the country. Hopefully that translates into lots of family time.

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