MS Walk 2014

Good Morning folks, It turned out to be a gorgeous day for a walk around the river valley of Edmonton. The rain stood aside until after which was very kind of it to. 2K was such a short distance so we kept on walking to the 5K turnaround point and turned out to be the perfect amount of distance for that day.

10364109_665449126837617_7630228965308102593_nAfter the 5K turn around point we were heading back around back up across the bridge but instead we decided to make it a work out and run the stairs. So we ran the stairs up around the Edmonton Balls.

Not sure what I am saying about these Balls, well they are silver and they are a pile of them into a triangle. They probably symbolize something in this city but I am not sure what.

10294462_649001178482412_2118373596991959777_n I found out that this is Edmonton’s most expensive structure, the Talus Dome. One thousand gigantic silver balls, where it has been described as a bag of marbles, a pile of rabbit poop, unused construction material. Talus comes from a geological word that is referred to the accumulation of gravel at the base of a cliff.

“We started to think of it as more of a pile. It refers to the kind of construction you might see along the freeway in Alberta, or a pile of sugar beets, or a natural accumulation of gravel or sand.”

Designed by Los Angeles Artist; Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues.

If you want to read more about them: Meet the Talus Dome

Now let’s get back to the MS Walk. We the Mighty Saviours raised $615.00 dollars in our first year and we are hoping to surpass that goal for next year for our 10K walk because even though 5k was the perfect length, we could have kept on going. But we decided not to over do it the first year. It took us just little over an hour to walk 5k.

If you would like to join our team next year, all you need to do is send me a message. Or if you can’t walk with us you can always donate which I can direct you in the right path to donation in supporting us to walk for MS and help end MS. Every step matters.

It really was a good day, I really enjoyed myself and will keep on doing it again as the years come by. It is a great way to get one with the community and see the beauty of the City of Edmonton through the River valley as that is one of our many signature marks the city has to offer.

1798680_665449156837614_4144289208534004884_n Now why do I walk? well each year I learn someone new I know or meet that has MS, so you can say it is close to my heart  this disease as many friends and close friends have and I want to do my part in the community and society to give back what I can. Life is better living when you can give.

See you May 2015…. xoxo

High Level Bridge Streetcar

Strange isn’t it… when we live in a city and forget some of the touristy things to do in our own city. With the amount of times I have left and come back to this city, I can say without a doubt that Edmonton is actually not a bad place, it really does have potential.

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View from Top of the High Level Bridge

The High Level Bridge streetcar starts running the first Friday of May Long weekend to the long weekend of September. Giving the tourists and locals the opportunity to travel with The worlds highest street car river crossing, taking you from Jasper Avenue to Whyte Avenue.

Taking you back to the old days traveling by train. Can you imagine the only way you could have gotten down to Calgary was by  train and that would have taken five days. Nowadays it only takes three hours, what a difference in time makes.

The High Level Bridge Streetcar society has four double ended streetcars capable of operating on the lines of City of Edmonton. Although only one car will be used but the system provides for the use of two cars on busy occasions. The four types of double ended streetcars are:

Edmonton 33 (1912)
I have been on this streetcar.

Osaka Japan 247 (1921)

Melbourne Australia 930 (1947)

Hanover Germany 601 (1970)
I have been on this street car.

On the route from Jasper Avenue to Strathcona, the Streetcar passes many historic sites such as: Replica of the first station in Edmonton Built in 1891. The City’s oldest community garden. The original location and end of Calgary Trail. The only tunnel on the CPR east of the Rockies, and the site of ferry crossing to Fort Edmonton.

It is maintained and operated by the voluntary members of the Edmonton Radial Railway society.

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For more information: www.edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca

 

“Sugar Shaker”

When I was living in Australia, and visiting Townsville which is approximately a four hour drive south from Cairns. The Holiday Inn had their local population nick name their hotel “Sugar Shaker.”

Can anyone guess why?

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Okay I will tell you…. it looks just like how our Chateau Lacombe Edmonton.

Although Holiday Inn Townsville has twenty three floors; our Edmonton Hotel located downtown over looking the River Valley – North Saskatchewan River has twenty four floors; making Chateau Lacombe taller.

What you may not know:

  • City of Edmonton’s only revolving restaurant, La Ronde offering beautiful views of the city’s downtown core and the River Valley (North Saskatchewan River).  Rotating every 90 minutes.
  • Hotel named after Father Albert Lacombe,  who was an Oblate missionary and pioneer priest in the late 1800s.

When I was traveling overseas and fellow travelers asked where I was from, of course I would say Canada. But when they ask me whereabouts, no one knew of Edmonton (the Capital of Alberta). So here this summer I am finding reason for tourists to come to our beautiful City by putting us on the map, so when I travel overseas again people will know where Edmonton, Alberta is.

I am learning new things about my city myself; so here I share with you.

Edmonton on a Sunday

First weekend of a new month and the annual spring craft sale was happening at the butter dome near the university. While the weather is overcast with light flurries and rain. So perfect weather to attend a craft sale indoors with at least five hundred plus booths of food, clothes and little trinkets for sale. Besides the fact it costs you five dollars to park your vehicle into a controlled parking lot patrolled by volunteers and then again paying five dollars for an entrance fee. There goes half your money that you would have spent inside buying craft items. All this time I am hoping that the money goes to some beneficial charity. Why on earth would they charge you to enter the craft sale, as it just limits the amount of money spent inside. A little unnecessary I think.

Bur lets take a look on what else there is to do on a chilled, overcast Sunday in the city. Lots!

  • Coffee at the near by starbucks with a friend.
  • Browse the West Edmonton Mall
  • Catch a movie at one of the many movie theatres in town
  • Try a unique, quant restaurant in town that you have yet to try
  • Visit the local recreation centre (run on the treadmill, go for a swim, or join in a gym activity)
  • Alberta Art Gallery

And to give you A few other websites to check out to show you what else is happening in and around the city:

http://exploreedmonton.com//

http://www.urbanspoon.com/ To find those quant yet unique restaurants that you have not seen nor heard of as of yet.

http://www.yelp.ca/edmonton People telling other people their opinions on certain activities, restaurants in the city surroundings.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/bfam/travelalberta/sites-in-alberta-that-will-make-you-feel-alive

Have fun in Edmonton!! xoxo