When you move to a new place, you tend to be more excited about discovering it than people who have lived there forever. Think about how you explore a city when you’re a tourist. You delve deep into the history and highlights of the place. Locals, treat it like their home, get in a routine, and are less likely to go out and really experience and appreciate what their city is about.

view from a canoe on Lake Louise

Since moving to Calgary in December 2009, I’ve been excited to wander around not only the city, but my new home province. All you have to do is take 2 minutes to watch one of Tourism Alberta‘s Remember to Breathe videos to understand how much there is to do here.

Here’s an inventory of the things I’ve done and want to doMy Alberta Bucket List:

Climb Ha Ling Peak  Buy a share of a cow      Hike Above Peyto Lake    Visit Bar U Ranch     Camp at Waterton National Park     See the Larch Trees in Fall     Hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House  Have ice cream at Mackay’s in Cochrance   Get white-hatted Camp at Cypress Hills     Visit Drumheller     Ride the bobsleigh     Eat some prairie oysters  Hike To The Plain Of Six Glaciers  Climb the trail to Sulphur Mountain     Camp at Two Jack Lake     Ride a mechanical bull  Own a cowboy hat  Golf at Jasper Park Lodge   Mountain bike in K Country   Take a picture at Picture Butte     Visit Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump   Hike Mount Yamnuska   Paddle a canoe at Lake Louise     Eat Taber corn Two-Step at the Stampede   Walk on the Columbia Icefield    Hike above the tree line in the Rockies   Cycle to Bragg Creek    Take the Highwood Pass   Hike to Crypt Lake    Golf at Kananaskis     Visit Spray Lakes     Camp at Dinosaur Provincial Park  Hike and camp in the backcountry    Watch the Chuckwagons at the Stampede     Have some shooters at Cowboys     Wander West Edmonton Mall   Ski at Lake Louise  Water ski at Sylvan Lake  See Lake Minnewanka   Ride a horse     Golf at Banff Springs  Do the Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay  Visit Jasper  See the giant pysanka in Vegreville  Watch show jumping at Spruce Meadows   Raft the Bow River    Go to the top of the Calgary Tower  Straddle the border in Llyodminster   visit Vulcan   Go storm chasing   Meet Jarome Iginla     Go to a Roughnecks game     Go to a Stamps game     Go to the Battle of Alberta [hockey] [football]     Skate on an outdoor rink     Have tea at Chateau Lake Louise    hike to Assiniboine Lodge

What should I add to the list?

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  1. Kim Perraton July 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    My husband took up paragliding at Muller Windsports in Cochrane. Now he is hooked and attends a yearly event in Invermere, BC. Perhaps researching a tandem flight at the Cochrane Hill would be something to add to your list?

  2. Lala Mama July 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Dunno about adding, that’s a pretty complete list – *I* need to borrow this, having been here 15 yrs now and not sure I even know about some of these things on your list!

    You definitely have to go to the Bar U Ranch, it’s like they put Heritage Park on a working ranch. The cowboy/cowgirl that hangs around the campfire telling stories is the best – plus there’s bannock to eat and strong boiled coffee to drink! Took our 3 yo daughter there last yr and she had a lot of fun with everything!

  3. Leigh July 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’d add to your bucket list – canoe or kayak to the end of Maligne Lake. Then spend the night. Did that over the July long weekend and it was very scenic + lots of wildlife.

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