Ghost hunting in Alberta's Badlands For a couple of summers, when we had more than a weekend and less than a week of free time but not much travel cash, my husband and I took interrupted, multi-day road trips.
The rules were simple: I planned it based solely on hitting small-town second-hand stores, the infamous Torrington Gopher Hole Museum and a sheep farm. Our first destination down Highway 21 was Camrose, where we were smitten by Peggy and her Imagine Vintage Wear store tucked off main street.
An old suitcase left on the sidewalk advertised the location with an arrow. I convinced my sister she ought to host a s house party where everyone dresses in polyester and eats tiny cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Three suitable dresses were purchased. I recommend a trip over 11 bridges to the ghost town Wayne, and a pint in the Last Chance Saloon full of western kitsch and antiques. Southwest of Drumheller, Rosebud is a sleepy town of or so known for its theatre performances.
The way home up Cowboy Hwy 22 but zigzagging along Highway 2A was marked by a stop in Cochrane the western-wear store had a lot of appropriate bling , a highway pause to see the Okotoks Erratic a huge rock left on the plain by glaciers , and a visit to Pasu sheep farm west of Carstairs 30 minutes north of Calgary. Our trip ended at the Red Deer Value Village.
But a reputation for one of the best second-hand selections in Alberta. Sixty per cent of Ghost Glacier collapsed two years ago into the emerald lake below, causing mudslides and floods that closed hiking trails and roads in the area. Among other things to do near Jasper are the Glacier Skywalk, the new tourist attraction on the Icefields Parkway; the Miette Hot Springs, 17 kilometres off Highway 16 on a winding mountain road up into Fiddle Valley; various hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty; rafting whitewater or just floating ; and lots of chances to see wildlife.
That never seems to deter anyone else, but it just has never seemed worth the risk to us. The trail is an easy ramble up through forests and past a waterfall to shimmering twin blue-green lakes, where benches invite leisurely picnicking and picture taking.
Check out Crazyweed on Railway Avenue for great, creative food, and for a special night out The Trough is unbeatable for both service and flavour. Learning about the Bearpaw Sea that once covered this province, a vast warm inland sea that stretched from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. And then coming eye to bony eyeball with a giant mosasaur that swam in those waters.
Take your bikes and cycle the kilometre paved trail that winds along the Red Deer River. Climb around the hoodoos. And if you get a chance, book a meal at Sublime Food and Wine, run by the cutest manager and chef in town. Their all-local menu lives up to its moniker.