Well it’s coming up on summer again, and that means festival season. One of my new favourites is Rum Runner Days and Thunder in the Valley, down in the Crowsnest Pass in south-western Alberta. If you check out the listed web sites, you will find there is lots to do.
Last year I went with friends for the day to check out the Thunder. The worst part of it was leaving after the show. We didn’t get home until about 05:30 the next morning (see here). I’m vowing not to do that again, so was planning to spend a couple nights camping in the area. I’m just hoping that I can make it down there early enough one morning to get a spot, otherwise I might be sleeping in the car on the highway (done it before; don’t want to do it again).
Anyway, aside from camping (and therefore, partying), as I said, there is a ton to do down there. The following is a short listing of potential activities for the whole family to enjoy. I’m sure there is much more to do as well.
- Bellevue Underground Coal Mine
- Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
- Hiking some of the thousands of trails in the area
- The Blairmore Show ‘n’ Shine classic car show
- Drive down to the town of Sparwood, BC, and check out the giant dump truck
- Have lunch at the Rum Runner or at the Stone’s Throw Cafe
Now I just have to see if I can actually make it down there or if I have to miss the whole thing.
Whatever you do, though, don’t forget the sunscreen and DEET-based insect repellent (just don’t apply them both at the same time, as many sunscreens are known to increase the rate at which DEET is absorbed into the skin – check out the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen database to determine if yours is safe).