Reader Rock Garden

 

Produced by Jesse Yardley

Just minutes from downtown – at the foot of Cemetery Hill – is a hidden oasis of nature called Reader Rock Garden. A City of Calgary parks superintendent, William Roland Reader, was the visionary behind the garden. Reader worked for the city from 1913 until 1942. For 30 years Reader experimented with thousands of plants, turning what was once a barren hillside into one of western Canada's most important gardens. The garden, which was restored in 2006, is now classified as a Provincial Historic Resource. A wonderful array of flowers and plants can be seen throughout the growing season, but the park is most spectacular in spring. As the seasons change visitors come to enjoy a beverage at the Reader's Garden Café or to take in the sights. It's not uncommon to see couples getting married, students celebrating graduation or children laughing and playing on the lawn just outside the café. In autumn, the park transforms. Warm light filters down through the leaves and the stone pathways are littered with yellow and orange fallen leaves. Whether you're a photographer, painter, gardener or just someone that enjoys nature, the Reader Rock Garden is one of Calgary's most beautiful destinations and well worth a visit.

The beauty of Banff National Park

 

Produced by Skye Anderson

Banff is a special place to me because I have always loved the mountains and enjoy the different attractions it has to offer. My family and I would always go to the mountains to ski when I was younger, so the mountains are somewhat nostalgic to me. The Banff Springs Hotel has always fascinated me because of its beautiful architecture and extensive history. Banff is also known for it's fudge and chocolate, so one of my favourite things to do while visiting is walk around downtown and take in all the wonderful smells of homemade crafts. I hope to one day live in my favourite place, but for now, it is somewhere special I go to relax and rejuvenate.

 

Calgary's Cobb's Corn Maze a treat for all ages

Produced by Jessica Brady

One of Calgary's newest attractions is Cobb's Corn Maze. East down 16th Ave is the hidden treasure filled with fun for every family.

It's a place I have fallen in love with. My daughter Joni and I have been there many times already. I'm a small town girl, and it feels like a fun farm within the bustle of the city.

Jo and I can spend the whole day or just a couple of hours at the Corn Maze. Everything from the food and games, to the mini activities: we always have a blast.

Often Cobb's has events such as the pumpkin patch during October. You can pick a pumpkin or just wander around, and look.

If you haven't checked it out I strongly suggest doing so. Cobb's is open again on July 31st.

Paddleboarding in the Bow Valley

Produced by Amara McLaughlin

A paddleboard on the local Canmore dam clutches Ha Ling Peak, Miner’s, East Rundle and the Three Sisters mountain glory at its westward facing bow, while rolling waves splash up and try to knock you off the board’s perfect balance with nature. 

Although the water is cold now from October’s first taste of snow, and the cycle of glacial runoff has been revived from its summer slumber. The autumn leaves suspended in the turquoise water are a reminder of your fiery passion for this place, and make that cold paddle forth worth every icicle. 

This is paddleboarding on the Canmore dam.