02 February 2012

Surprise vacation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The family has wanted to go skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies for a long time. I thought I'd surprise them with a three week vacation to Alberta. I've located affordable short term  rentals in Edmonton where we can base ourselves to begin our exploration of the area.

I've secured snowboarding lessons for our boys at Snow Valley right in Edmonton where they can learn to snowboard. I'm not that game so I'll spend the morning taking pictures of them and blogging from the lodge in front of a roaring fire. In the afternoon 'the gang' will ski at Edmonton Ski Club.

Since Dad will be skiing with the boys, I'll be able to get away to visit the Alberta Aviation Museum where I can tour exhibits from early Canadian 'bush pilots' and learn more about 'Wop' May who was my 'Nana's' brother on my father's side of the family. With a little luck, I might be able to find his son Denny, and perhaps arrange a meeting of cousins for an afternoon and evening during our visit.

I have plans to drive down to Banff National Park and spend a couple of days. I want the boys experience the wonder Canada's oldest national park. On our way back to Edmonton, we will stop in Calgary and spend an over night taking in a hockey game. With only two days remaining once we return to Edmonton, I'll let the boys choose what they want to do...chances are they'll want to go skiing again...