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Thread: Greetings (and camping info) from The Great White North.

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    Default Greetings (and camping info) from The Great White North.

    So I am posting from a small town about an hour or so from Saskatoon SK. Gotta say it is pretty cool.

    I know it rather far but since there are some avid outdoors folks on the board I will post it, because hey, you never know.

    So I spent the first week camping in Alberta (hey those "Visit Alberta" ads work!) Elkwater Lake in Cypress Hills to be exact. Cypress Hills is an interprovincial park that straddles Alberta and Saskatchewan in the Canadian Badlands. This area of AB/SK is rolling prairies dominated by farms and cattle. Cypress Hills is really a unique spot for the area, heavily forested hills populated by trees that cannot be found for hundreds of miles. Also a historic place: Sitting Bull and his Sioux hid out here after they massacred Custer and his troops. A place filled with wolfers, bootleggers and renegades. It was so lawless that the RCMP was created to bring it under controll.

    It may be be the same park but the two sides are different. As mentioned I was on the Alberta side this time and I camped the SK side three years ago or so. So the AB side is a little more wide open and Elkwater Lake is big enough that motor sports is allowed. We were right on the lake and it was very nice. Absolutely beautiful area with lots of hiking trails around.

    The SK side has a lot more activities: horseback riding, zip lining lots of stuff for kids.

    It is about 60 or so miles north or the border, and about an hour or so east of Medicine Hat AB. Pretty far I know but perhaps some of you will make you way up there one day.

    Hope all is well with everyone, off to down a few Labatt's....
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    Must be beautiful!

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    Sweet, sounds like a great time. Catch a Sheepdogs show if you can.

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    Post some pics!
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    Say hi to Cypress Hill for me. Always liked that band.
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    Mitch has gone insane in the Membrane.
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    So a few quick highlights/thoughts...

    While on a zip-line tour, proudly wearing a Kings shirt, one of the guides asked "So you're a big Kings fan eh?" I of course gave an enthusiastic "Yes!" whice elicited grumbling from a couple of the guys on the tour. She then followed up with "Well, I'm a Montreal fan myself!" The guys then laughed and said "Oh you had us until you admitted being a Habs fan!" The guys were huge Oilers fans from Edmonton and they turned out to be pretty cool blokes. But it confirms that while western Candians might not be to keen on the Kings they just despise Montreal.

    Just outside Swift Current we visited a farm owned by friends of my in-laws. A buffalo farm! Yeah, I know "It's technically bison." But as the farmer said "There never was a Bison Bill." So the farmer asks us if we want to see the herd. Heck yeah we do! So we takes us out across a rolling prairie and drives right in the middle of a herd of about 100 buffalo, he explains that they know the vehicle so they won't spook and drives slow enough so they can get out of the way. He stops and we are surrounded by buffalo that are about the size of small cars. "Ah, there he is!" he says as an even more massive buffalo walks up and stands about 6 feet away from us and stares us down. It was the dominate bull of the herd checking us out. After a couple of minutes he slowly turns and walks away. Then a calf walks up to the window and grunts and stares at us for a minute or two, "He is the curious one in the herd." After leaving the herd we go to a smaller area where 20 or so one and two year old bulls are kept. We pull up to the area were they are fed and all of sudden all them thunder into the pen. You could feel it as they came in. They snorted and stamped, ran around, ate some feed then thundered out. "The young bulls can be a little rowdy, we keep them by themselves for a little while before putting in them with the rest." Man was it something to such huge animals so close. It is sad to thnk that there used to be millions of them and they are mainly found on farms or national parks these days.

    So while driving about I heard a CBC report on the air quality of smoking patios in restaurants and clubs in Montreal, the report said that even though the areas are open, the air quality is bad. The very earnest CBC reporter ended his report with "The report states that the air can be compared to Los Angeles on a smoggy day or standing right next to a large forest fire. Roger Smith (or whater his name was) CBC News." I had to laugh.

    The night skies are amazing away from city lights. It was truly dark at night and the sky was filled with stars, the odd shooting star and even satellites streaking by. The night sky as it should be.

    So while diving by/visiting towns like Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and countless small towns every time I saw a little boy I thought "Future King?"

    As stated above it is pretty far but if you can ever make up there, go for it.

    Well, back to the grind......
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    What are these "stars" you speak of?


    I went to Vancouver last year and had a great time. I wore my Kings swag proudly I only got a few stink eyes but I spoke with many locals about the Kings run. I recommend going to Vancouver to anyone.

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    Suddenly my recent jaunts to Caspers Wilderness Park and Doheny State Beach dont seem quite as remarkable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Simpson View Post
    What are these "stars" you speak of?


    I went to Vancouver last year and had a great time. I wore my Kings swag proudly I only got a few stink eyes but I spoke with many locals about the Kings run. I recommend going to Vancouver to anyone.

    I have worn Kings gear in Vancouver many times and pretty much everyone was very cool about it, they mostly just wanted to talk hockey with an "enemy fan".

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