Everyone must be raving about their summer holiday. Unfortunately our Ontario trip was postponed because Zach was less than 8 weeks and we opted to wait for next year instead. But here is a throwback of our holiday at Alberta in 2012. Our first stop is in Virden.
We were welcomed by our very generous hosts - Mel and Hanz. Mel was my schoolmate since high school. They live in Virden for quite a while now. Virden is a very small town in Manitoba and there are only an estimated of 50 Filipino families living there. Towns like this reminds you of Canadian hospitality. Kids say hi, random people talk about how there day went and doors aren't locked because crimes are very rare.
Getting ready for a 12 hour road trip to Alberta.
We left Virden at around 8 in the evening just so Zoe will all be sleeping in her booster seat throughout the trip. We had a couple of stopovers from washroom breaks, snack breaks and driver switches. It is kinda dangerous to pullover just anywhere because there are bears, hyenas, foxes or deers just around the corner. I remember when Mark and Genesis had to stop to pee, they heard howling sounds and immediately got back to the car. There funny reactions!
We arrived in Edmonton around 8:00 am sans the speed precaution because we were pretty confident that there were no RCMP's watching out for speeding cars. We were so fast that the car was almost flying and I had been constantly reminding them that we have a kid. We had an overnight stay at my hubby's old buddy way back. Zoe and her friends (Bingo's kids) at Edmonton Mall. This mall is by far the largest in Canada. The mall is jam-packed with people of various races, high end stores, street fashion stores and very kid friends. It has an indoor beach-like pool with the waves and all. We didn't had too much photos because the hubby forgot to charge it. Lol
This was taken the next day and since it was summer, There were various fairs everywhere in the city with Hubby's friends (Zach was already in my tummy before I realized!)
The scorching heat was hard to beat. Yeah, we were sweaty and sticky.
The trip to Edmonton was very short. It looked more fast paced, busy and modern. Alberta is a rich province that it can support it's own without the Federal government. Oil is there primary source of income. There are also quite a number of Filipinos that live here.
On our way to Calgary. Our first stop was Cross Iron Mills, it is an outlet store wherein all prices are majorly discounted. Our shopping bags were so full it didn't fit the trunk! It was crazy there.
Calgary Zoo, a kid-friendly trip wont be complete without a trip to the Zoo. It is something Winnipeg should improve. We have Assiniboine park, but it isn't tourist magnet enough to be a good destination just yet. They said they are renovating and will be adding polar bears. It would be one of world's best according to CTV... let's wait and see next summer.
Zoe was asleep because the GPS gave us a longer way to the Zoo.
Never leave Calgary without going to Banff and Lake Louise. It's a 2 hour drive from Calgary. Banff is actually a quaint little town that caters mostly tourists from all over Canada and the US as well. We even see a car plate who travelled as far as California all the way to Banff.
We just had to stop over at this view of the mountain alps. As usual, this spot were bombarded with Asians (The asian photo bombs)
Zoe had been following the squirrel lurking around the area and she can't stop giggling when she sees it.
Hubby is pretty scared of heights. LOL