My Alberta Summer Getaway- Glacier Skywalk & Lake Louise

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.

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My Alberta Summer Getaway – Exploring The Columbia Icefield

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!

來一趟冰原歷險記─ 探訪哥倫比亞大冰原 (Columbia Icefield)

來卡加利一年了,但一次都還沒去過班夫國家公園 (Banff National Park)。好不容易等到了夏天 (冬天太冷,沒有想去的慾望),上個月我跟凱文就來個兩天一夜的班夫小旅行。

我對班夫的印象停留在2005年。當年我媽跟旅行團來加拿大找我,我就搭順風車,跟他們去了班夫一日遊。因為太久遠了,我的記憶裡只有…白雪、小鎮、還有超長的車程! (當時,我們從溫哥華坐長途巴士坐得頭昏腦脹 o_O)

這次我特別做了功課,除了去班夫國家公園,還買了哥倫比亞大冰原 (Columbia Icefield)、冰川天空步道 (Glacier Skywalk)船遊明尼旺卡湖 (Banff lake cruise) 的三合一套票。卡加利到班夫國家公園的車程僅一小時,但由於哥倫比亞冰原及冰川天空步道距離較遠,所以我們第一天一早就先開車朝哥倫比亞冰原前進。 Click to read more!

一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 園區遊玩篇─下〉Calgary Stampede

要把 Stampede 園區整個逛完並把所有節目都看過一遍,一天根本就不夠用。還好牛仔節橫跨兩個周末,園區每天營業到凌晨12點。

園區內幾乎樣樣都花錢,如果大家不想額外花錢看節目,也是有其他免費又有趣的餘興節目可以選擇~

例如,每年都會安排不一樣的極限運動表演。像去年,我跟凱文就去看了水上表演 (water show)。由幾位水上摩托車好手展示特技,而且還用水上飛行器 (flyboard) 瞬間變身 iron-man,讓我們頻頻歡呼喝釆

水上表演

水上表演

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 園區遊玩篇-上〉Calgary Stampede

逛完市區,我們搭乘捷運紅線到 Victoria Park / Stampede 站下車。在這邊跟大家說明一下卡加利的捷運票價~ 只要是在市區範圍 (下圖綠色區塊) 搭乘捷運,皆可免買票。一但超出範圍,就要買票上車囉! (不像台灣,這邊的捷運沒有設置驗票閘門) 所以雖然我們在市區上車,但 Victoria Park 站已超出免費範圍,我們還是得花 CDN$3 買票 (可留票根於1.5小時內轉乘巴士或捷運) 。千萬別因為人多,存著僥倖的心理。如果被交通警察抓到,可是要罰 CDN$250!!

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 市區遊玩篇〉Calgary Stampede

今年是我第二年參加卡加利牛仔節。本來今年不打算參加的 (因為實在不想去人擠人),一直到上周六,想到就快結束了不去可惜,最後還是去感受一下氣氛~

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙!〈卡加利牛仔節 準備篇〉Calgary Stampede

如果你問我 :「卡加利有什麼好玩的?」我一定會說卡加利牛仔節 (Calgary Stampede) !! 

牛仔節是卡加利一年一度為期10天的盛事。每年到了七月初,就會有來自加拿大各地的觀光客來這兒 “朝聖”。在牛仔節期間,整個城市充斥著牛仔氣息。在路上,你能看到不管男女老少個個喬裝成牛仔。(穿著牛仔裝去上班一點也不奇怪!) 商店的玻璃窗上,畫有各式各樣有關牛仔的卡通。當然,少不了鄉村音樂演唱會還有酒吧串遊 (pub crawl) 啦!

星巴克櫥窗上的牛仔節畫作

星巴克櫥窗上的牛仔節畫作

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