Of all the countries I’ve lived in, Calgary has the shortest summer season. This is one thing that I still can’t get used to after living here for a year. Seriously, I feel sorry for the people who live here (oh ya, that includes myself). How depressing it is to live in a place that only has TWO MONTHS of summer! What’s worse is that the rest of the year is either cold, colder, or even colder!! (The coldest it had gotten to last year was -30°C. My face was instantly frozen as soon as I stepped outside. It was not fun at all.) Growing up in a tropical country where I didn’t have to cope with winter whatsoever, this is a torture for me. Click to read more!
要了解當地歷史文化，可以透過不同的管道。如果是跟團旅行，導遊通常就會灌輸你相關的知識。像我不愛跟團的人 (有人跟我一樣不喜歡被強迫購買當地名產，而且時間被綁死死的嗎?) ，除了自己上網翻書做功課，(當假文青) 去歷史博物館走走，也是不錯的選擇 XD
「可是我不喜歡博物館那沉悶的氛圍，怎麼辦?」沒關係，如果你來卡加利玩，我一定介紹你去歷史文物公園 (Heritage Park)。之前，我以為它是個博物館，一直到上個月親自去了一趟，才發現它是個佈滿歷史建築的主題公園。要不是因為凱文的公司辦餐會，我們也不會發現這個老少咸宜的好去處 😛
We always pass by Heritage Park whenever we drive to the Southern part of Calgary. At first, I thought it is a history museum of some sort. With no interest in learning about boring historical facts, the thought of visiting the park never crossed our mind. But thanks to Kev, we got a chance this summer to discover what the Heritage Park really has to offer. His clinic organized a summer picnic there so we received free access to the park!
It was almost 5 pm when we checked into our hotel. Kev was completely worn out from the long drive. So was I (from being awake the whole time and keeping him company). All we wanted to do was to go for a feast and refill our stamina!!
Strolling along Banff Avenue, it was almost like walking into a fairy tale town. Everything seemed so cute and tiny~
After exploring the Columbia Icefield, we returned to the Visitor’s Center and went on the shuttle bus that transported us to our next destination, the Glacier Skywalk. It is the newest tourist attraction site in Jasper National Park, which allows visitors to walk on a glass-floored observation platform and look straight down to the rugged Sunwapta Valley 280 m below!
At the receiving area, you could see the trail winds its way along the edge of the cliffs, offering a perfect spot to enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding mountains.
Can you believe that I’ve moved to Calgary for a year already but hadn’t had a chance to visit Banff until few weeks ago? Summer is finally here (thank god! I can’t stand any of that freezing cold weather anymore!!). To celebrate the end of the winter season, Kev and I planned a weekend getaway to Banff National Park, which is just an hour away from Calgary (Woo~hoo~).
My last visit to Banff was in 2005 when my mom joined a tour group and came to Canada to visit me in Vancouver. That was back in first year university. As soon as I finished all my classes, I joined them on their road trip to Banff. Gosh, that was soooo long ago. I had only hazy memories of what Banff was like. All I could recall were the lengthy, laborious bus ride, white snow, and townhouses. Click to read more!