I am beyond excited that David and Kari will be venturing north for a Time Out for Women event. I have to confess, living in the largest city in Canada, I was almost certain that David’s eventual trip north to sing would mean a visit to my vibrant, concert-hall laden town. But I was incorrect in my thinking which is par for the course in predicting David’s future plans lol.
Well, not to be (this time!) but I’m sooooooo excited nevertheless. David (and I assume Kari) are going to Alberta!! Alberta is our second most western province and is one of three Canadian provinces and territories to border only a single US state (Montana) and one of only two landlocked provinces. It’s capital is Edmonton and many years ago, I made numerous trips there and it’s an absolutely beautiful province. In fact, I was in Alberta a few weeks ago (my timing is lousy, I know). A trip to Alberta is economical for an American these days ~ for those venturing to Canada, your dollar goes about 20% farther here (ALWAYS ALWAYS exchange your US dollars for Canadian dollars so that you get your fair share of the exchange) and Alberta has no sales tax! So, what are you waiting for????
And a trip to Canada means that not only does David get to sing for my country-mates in the western part of the nation, but its one step closer to (hopefully) open doors across the entire country. And that’s very very good for all of us living here!
So….where is Lethbridge Alberta, the location of the next TOFW event on Friday May 6th?
As it turns out, it’s much closer to many of you reading this than it is to me!
It’s a nearly 6 hour plane trip from Toronto and a 30 hour drive. But wait! If I drove I would go through The Mitten, maybe picking up a friend or two, then Chicago (for some pizza of course), then venture to Minnesota and pick up Joanie who would most definitely be in for a road trip, drive through Fargo, ND where you betcha I always wanted to travel, through Montana (any David fans here from Montana?) and scoot up to Alberta to Lethbridge. Easy peasy!
Well, actually, it’s neither easy nor peasy and totally impractical this time. MEGA SAD FACE ☹ But look how close it is to Washington State! Idaho! California! and Minnesota!
Other than exchanging your dollars in advance (see the differences in the way Can and US bills compare above), you should know that Lethbridge is the largest city in southern Alberta. It is Alberta’s fourth-largest city by population with the nearby Canadian Rockies contribute to the city’s warm summers, mild winters, and windy climate.
So, the 10 day forecast indicates that Lethbridge will go through a virtual heat wave this week with temps in the 80′s, but but the time of the TOFW event, a more seasonable 70 degree daytime temperature will prevail. So no ski jackets necessary, but not tanning weather either. BTW, Canada follows the metric system for temperature so 70 degrees equates to 21 degrees Celcius
If David and Kari are looking for an outing, as they often do, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in south Lethbridge is said to be one of the top attractions. It was opened in 1967 as part of a Canadian centennial celebration attended by Japan’s Prince and Princess Takamatsu. The ENMAX Centre is a 5,479-seat multi-purpose arena, in Lethbridge. It features a full-size ice rink, and a walking track so bring your skates David and Kari!!! And Nunsense is playing there this week!
Regarding food, it’s all about the beef. Lots of choice tho ~ beef is barbecued, braised, grilled, minced and skewered with different complements such as onions, mushrooms, green peppers, rice, sauces and beans. Alberta is also known for it’s stews (combination of diced steak, garden vegetables and biscuits cooked in rich gravy). But there would be plenty of game, so a burger from bison or moose is not out of the realm. Not sure if they would be in season next week, but wild berries are used in desserts. And this area is also known for alfalfa honey and clover nectar. So the Canadian Adventure extends to food too.
And not to be forgotten, a Canadian butter tart or Nanaimo Bar would round out the meal (best butter tarts are in Ontario tho, just saying). Okay, I’m hungry now
So, fill the backpack and have a most wonderful time, both Kari and David. Canada is so happy to have you!!!!
In fact, even our Prime Minister and his wife can’t help but show their excitement!