Learning and Community

Yeosmith Photography

Learning and Community

Some of the best trips are the ones where you expand your mind and learn something new. It could be about a culture, an art or craft that brings you joy and new insights. In Alberta, you can venture out onto a frozen lake and learn the craft of photographing the artful bubbles and fissure. Or, learn the secrets of how to best to capture the beauty of a wildflower during the Wildflower Festival in Waterton. In any corner of B.C. and Alberta there’s a chance to have that a-ha moment. 

“A REAL Picasso?” That was my incredulous response after David Smith, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery assistant curator, casually waved towards one of the gallery rooms.

I've lived in Alberta my whole life and had never heard about the Remington Carriage Museum until we began a road trip through Southern Alberta. Situated in the scenic town of Cardston, the museum is home to more than 270 carriages and is the largest of its kind in the world.

Driving along Highway 3 through the Kootenays, many folks pass by the city of Cranbrook not realizing what lies just off the busy road. I recently spent a couple of days here and discovered this: a cool recreated historic village, miles and miles of trails for hikers and bikers, a deliciously vibrant food scene and a local craft brewery named after the impressive Fisher Peak that reigns the landscape here.

The bulbs of market lights twinkling above were strung between cedar boughs, and Perry Como played on an outdoor loudspeaker.

“It’s 1953 day at the Mill today!” said Deanna Beaudoin, executive director of McLean Mill Historic Park  as she walked up to me with root beer floats in hand.

#OkanaganExploring Hike and explore the spirit of Ogopogo, Kelowna and discover the region’s Indigenous heritage

#OkanaganExploring Love biking? Check out Vernon and get ready for the ride of your life.

“I’m not sure how it happened,” said the man sitting next to me with a flight of beer in front of him. “We started out in Port Moddy sipping an IPA called “Sit and Stay” at some crazy little brewery called Yellow Dog and suddenly here we are, in Golden B.C. drinking…” he looks down at the cheat cards, “Thread the Needle Witbier.”

Someone, take my pulse, I thought as we flew over the Okanagan on a gorgeous fall day. My adrenaline was pumping as we were being treated to an awesome aerial perspective flying on a helicopter – without doors – over Mission Hill winery, Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.

Discovering the golden light, green jade and good people in this beautiful part of B.C.

Imagine coming away from an oceanside mini-holiday feeling refreshed and relaxed, but also leaving with a beautiful piece of artwork that you made with your very own hands.