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Alberta: Our Canadian Quest

The Jennings crew at Banff National Park

The Jennings clan welcomes exploration. My husband, Kevin, and I have been on the voyage of marriage for 16 years. We have two curious young men, Noah Samuel (15) and Sawyer Finn (11), who count the days until our next adventure. After all, they’ve been traveling since birth in planes, trains, automobiles and campers. 

As a family, we have been to 57 national parks in the United States. We are park junkies and have the stamped passport and patches to prove it. Alberta, Canada, was the 2016 summer destination winner. After Noah showed us a photograph of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, we were all sold on the location. We planned the tour ourselves about a month in advance. As a summer vacation destination, Alberta may not leap immediately to mind, but this western province is truly Canada’s hidden star. From the shimmering waters of glacier lakes and mountaintops of the Rockies to the grasslands of the prairies or the desert-like Canadian Badlands, Alberta’s landscape is diverse and picturesque. 

Words by Diane Jennings

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

Where to Stay

To score good deals on flights, my husband uses Google Flights and signs up for alerts. This tool provides daily price fluctuation in one dashboard. To prevent being overwhelmed from the overabundance of online information, I called a local visitor center. Initially, we wanted to stay in the heart of Banff National Park, but the visitor center representative recommended we stay in Canmore, the next town over. It was about 24 miles from Banff National Park, but it saved us from crowds and traffic. We caught a good karma break through a cancellation at the Falcon Crest resort. What made this place perfect was the exquisite view, full kitchen, hot tubs, private bedroom for mom and dad and the on-site Pho restaurant. You can’t go wrong with any place you choose in Canmore, so check out the directory for other options.

Summit ridge of Sulphur Mountain, overlooking the small town of Banff in Alberta, Canada

Where to Eat

My family loves to eat, so we take a blended approach to indulging when we travel. We have one golden rule: No chain restaurants found at home. We sizzled breakfast ourselves every morning at the lodge. It was easy, cheap and just as tasty as any diner. With our lengthy itinerary, dining out for three meals every day was not a sensible option. On hiking days, we packed our lunches. Picnicking was one of the highlights of this trip — after all, how often can Floridians picnic on the side of a mountain? We also chose to treat ourselves by dining out on several occasions.

Check out the places we discovered: 

• Mexican Food: Aroma Mexican Restaurant
• Brewery: The Grizzly Paw
• Amazing views: Iron Goat
• Delicious food: The Wood
• Indian food: Spice Hut Canada
• Best coffee: Beamers Coffee

Culture Tip: A few Canadian must-eats are maple syrup, butter tarts and Poutine (French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds). So good!

The Jennings Family at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

WHAT TO DO

Hiking // In Canmore alone, there are hundreds of miles of trails. The entire area is a hiker’s nirvana. Our favorite trails were Ha Ling Peak, Grassi Lakes and Grotto Canyon. Ha Ling Peak is a difficult hike, but the view of the alpine meadow carpeted with wildflowers provided a breathtaking picnic stop. Grassi Lakes is more popular and offers both an easy and difficult route. Either way, it is an uphill hike, but the jewel-toned lakes and waterfall are gorgeous. Grotto Canyon offers climbing, and the trail has the largest stacked rock garden we’ve ever seen. We took several more hikes located closer to Banff National Park, including a hike at Sulfur Mountain on my husband’s 40th birthday. We rewarded ourselves by taking the Banff Gondola down. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park were the center of our trip’s universe. Take advantage of the trails around these brilliant lakes. Finally, Johnson Canyon was a gem and an easy family hike. The photography options on this jaunt are stellar. We hiked over 50 miles during our stay and have the worn boots to prove it. 

PLAY Tip: If you travel to Canada in 2017, Parks Canada is offering the Discovery Pass free of charge ($150 value). Alberta has five national parks and many more monuments and landmarks your family can visit using the Discovery Pass.

Angel Glacier, Jasper National Park, Canada

Whitewater Rafting //  Whitewater rafting is a rite of passage in the Canadian Rockies. Our boys chose Bow River Horse Shoe Canyon, and it was perfect! This run had cliff jumping and several thrilling rapids. We used the Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre to book, which I highly recommend. They even gifted us a free photo package.

Columbia Icefield

Jasper National Park // Our next destination was Jasper National Park. To get there, we took Highway 93, which is ranked as one of the top 10 most scenic drives in the world. Icefield Parkway has many icefields and is home to one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. We chose to stop at the Columbia Icefield, which is the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains. After reaching Jasper National Park, we encountered several gems: Sunwapta Falls and Canyon, Angel Glacier and Athabasca Falls.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Calgary // We spent the last two days of our trip in Calgary. The highlight was riding the Skyline Luge at Olympic Park. This fast-paced family experience is a must-do. Tracks like this are built for Winter Olympic runs around the world. We also took a two-hour excursion to Dinosaur Provincial Park, also known as the Canadian Badlands. It was like stepping back in time! The park is known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.

Badlands in Dinosaur Provincial Park

Alberta is the fourth largest province and home to some of the Canada’s most spectacular scenery. Temperatures during the summer typically range from 60°F to 73°F, so grab your boots and layered clothing and get on some happy trails with your family. 

Diane Jennings is a Lake Helen mom and an executive partner in client success for IBM. When she’s not traveling with her family, you’ll find her driving her two boys everywhere, volunteering in Take Stock in Children mentoring program, kayaking, ballroom dancing, going on date nights with her husband, gathering with friends and planning the family’s next getaway.

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Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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November 3
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
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They will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, the baby goats will come join for a meet and greet! We will supply fresh greens you can feed them.

Then they will ask for you to help to us give the "kids" a bottle of warm milk!

Farm products, local craft items and merchandise will be available for purchase.
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On Wednesdays, kids eat free* with the Little Piglet Dinner Special.

Wednesday, starting at 5pm, stop by Pig Floyd's locations for dinner and along with your dinner purchase, your child can enjoy a Quesadilla or Chicken tender kids meal, ON US.
Don't have kids, perfect night to invite a friend that does.

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Altamonte Mall
November 4
There's something for everyone at this family-fun event, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, midway games, and deep-fried treats, sweets and other tasty carnival eats. Event parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $35 on site and online pre-sale (before 5 pm Thurs., Nov. 4) for $29 each, 2/$55 or 4/$99. See website for Saturday ride wristband restrictions. Ride tickets are also available at the carnival for $1.50 each, $30/20 tickets, or $60/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.) Online pre-sale special: $45/50 tickets (includes 1 free ride) Visit the website for coupon savings on rides and food. Midway hours: 5-10 pm Monday - Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, noon-11 pm Saturday, noon-10 pm Sunday Parent/guardian supervision is required for guests ages 17 and younger. Please check the website for event updates. For more information, call 866-666-3247.
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How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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November 4

Please RSVP: jfleming@thechristschool.org

Thursday, November 4, 6:00 pm
106 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
407-849-1665
Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando

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November 5

Babies love music. With Virtual Little Music Makers, you and your baby can sing, play, and share the joy and whimsy of music while fostering language, movement, and social-emotional development milestones. Gather any instruments you have at home and engage your little ones during class time.

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12-18 mo – 11am-12pm

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How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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1:00 pm / 7:00 pm
November 5
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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
November 5

Host A Family Movie Night At Home

Gather the gang for Family Night, weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming.

Download printable Family Night movie tickets , movie marquee signs and a movie snack box !

Don't miss family night every Friday from 7 - 9 PM on PBS KIDS!

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November 6

Celebrate the season with this epic event you don't want to miss.

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November 6
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8:30 am / 10:00 am
November 6

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

Did you know our animal ambassadors are big fans of food prep? Our animals’ diets are designed to fit each of their unique nutritional needs. Help us prepare the day’s meals and feed some of our four-legged friends!

Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops.

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

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9:00 am / 10:00 am
November 6
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
November 6

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
November 6

Weekly Open House every Saturday at The Orlando School of Music!!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Come visit us to view the school, receive a VIP tour of the school, and schedule a trial lesson! We have a lot of great perks for students and parents!

4968 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803! (321) 281-8386!

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November 6

Public skating is for children 12 years old and younger and their parents.
$8.00 admission includes regular skate rental

Adults that want to skate the admission is only $5.00 with every paid child and as always non skating chaperones are free.

Need a lesson?

For $10.00, come in at 9 a.m. and have instruction from 9:15 to 10 a.m., which includes our Tiny Tot public session and regular skate rental!

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November 6

How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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1:00 pm / 7:00 pm
November 6
Join us in October for lots of fall fun on the farm! Included with admission: Pumpkin Patch & Photo Spots Farm Animal Petting Zoo Hayride Jolly Acres Play - bounce pillow, trike track, giant slide, maze, barrel train & more Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-31 - Free live performances for children Also available at additional cost: Bar, Grill, Fry Shack, & Sweets Gifts and Souvenirs Horse & Pony Rides - Saturdays & Sundays only Pumpkins for purchase Private Fire Pits & Birthday Party Area Online tickets are sold at a reduced price of $8-$15 and guarantee entry on busier days that may fill to capacity. Visit the ticketing site for more details.
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Nature Play
November 6

Fables on the Farm is a children's fun time here at Wildflower Farm.

They will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, the baby goats will come join for a meet and greet! We will supply fresh greens you can feed them.

Then they will ask for you to help to us give the "kids" a bottle of warm milk!

Farm products, local craft items and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Admission is $12.50 per person. (1 and under free)

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4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
November 6

The Hive: A Makerspace- Join the Maker Movement! Go forth and create! In this collaborative workspace, you can try new tools, build new skills, and create something one-of-a-kind to take home. Makers are MacGuyvers. Through the simple act of making something, you are strengthening essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. These experiences will challenge you to bring your ideas to life, and every choice you make will lead you to something new. Makerspaces cultivate community so enjoy sharing your creations with each other. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation, so select one of the following projects for your group’s private experience to explore and make your own: 3D Design for Printing, Make Your Own Mouse Ears, Sew a Felt Succulent Garden

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 9-10:30am or 4-5pm however weekday reservations are available upon request. This adventure must be booked online and workshops are best suited for makers ages 8 and older.

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November 6

Yee-haw! Eight seconds may not seem like a long time, but when a bull rider is trying to stay on a bucking bronc, you'll be frozen with suspense!WHAT TO EXPECT:
Get ready to be mesmerized by the excitement and unpredictable danger of the Rodeo at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. Known for being an unforgettable evening of family-fun, the 1,200-seat rodeo arena draws rodeo athletes from all over to compete in trick riding, barrel racing, and of course, bull riding. Our Saturday Night Rodeo is a guest favorite and allows all guests to discover talented contestants while also enjoying a patriotic tribute to our armed forces. So come on down to the rodeo for a wild Florida night!INFO & TICKETS:
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the Rodeo. We do not offer advance tickets.Guests staying at the resort do get priority for tickets; any tickets left after resort guests are available to the public.Adults $25 • Children (ages 5-12) $15
Children 4 and under are complimentary
All ages are welcome

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November 6

All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

Join us every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida.

The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00 pm and welcomes show-quality 1983 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30 pm and all registered cars are able to participate.

The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It's the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.

Here are some reminders and safety precautions to ensure everyone enjoys their time at Old Town:
- Practice safe social distancing between you and other guests of at least 6 feet.
- No gatherings or congregating of more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged while you enjoy Old Town.
- Face masks are county mandated inside public facilities in Osceola County.
- Old Town has placed additional sanitizing stations throughout the property and at each restroom.
- All Old Town staff, security and housekeeping are required to be temperature checked and wear masks at all times.
- Old Town requires cars be parked at least 6 feet apart to ensure cruiser and guest safety.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during your visit to Old Town, please visit Stay Safe.

PARTICIPATING CLASSIC CARS: enter Old Town from Highway 192 under the east (left) side of the Jukebox signs where you’ll be greeted by Event Staff. They will then direct you to a security escort down the brick streets. Please do not drive on the bricks without permission.

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8:30 am / 10:00 am
November 7

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

Did you know our animal ambassadors are big fans of food prep? Our animals’ diets are designed to fit each of their unique nutritional needs. Help us prepare the day’s meals and feed some of our four-legged friends!

Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops.

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

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