My mother in-law, came for a visit. There’s one thing that my wife, Josie, likes to do, give her mom as much adventure as possible. I don’t mean site-seeing type things, I mean power type days that leave you exhausted and talking about them for days.
Here’s what was on the agenda!
- West Edmonton Mall Water Park
- Cross Country Skiing at Lake Louise
- Dog Sledding
- Southland Leisure Centre Pools
- Glenmore Pool
- Play time with the kids!
- Wine and cheese (Of Course!)
I have to admit, I am with Josie on this. I don’t want my MIL (mother in-law) to be bored!
First stop… West Edmonton Mall Water Park! If you have never been, you must check it out. Hopefully not on a busy day as the lines can get long.
I was really hoping to encourage my MIL down a super steep water slide. They do have two almost vertical slides that would have been perfect for sending (pushing) her down! Now, the water park has a new pink slide called the Cyclone – a water slide that actually does a loop like a roller coaster! First, you start with a straight down stint, then up and around, then back down again. There’s even an emergency hatch in case you don’t make it all the way up and get stuck.
The interesting part of the straight down slides and the Cyclone is that the park makes you stand in a capsule or pod. A clear glass door opens and you step in, then they turn the key to lock you in, there’s no going back. While you are standing in there with your legs and arms crossed, an attendant will turn the key to ‘launch’ and a lovely female voice counts down 3-2-1 before the floor drops out and sends you down to your doom! My wife screamed like a little school girl all the way!
I couldn’t make my MIL go on that. It nearly gave me a heart attack! Even my wife was shaking like a leaf and closed her eyes before being dropped down the hatch.
Here is a video (not mine) that shows a number of the slides!
The only extreme slide I could convince the MIL to go on is at 7:15 in the video, the side by side purple slides. These guys go down it a couple of times. You’ll see how they catch some air!
The sound isn’t the greatest, but scroll through to get an idea of the slides!
XC skiing Lake Louise
We had a lovely day in Lake Louise. We cross-country skied 4km that day to the end of the lake and back. It was shaping up to be quite a warm day and the snow conditions began to soften considerably around noon. There were lots of tourists around basking in the glory of the day and soaking up the warm sunshine. Following our little jaunt, we ate our lunch on the side of the lake with our new-found English friends. Their dogsledding tour had been postponed to early the next day due to the warm weather conditions. To which my mom replied: “Oh, I’ve never been dogsledding”. The lightbulbs started to go off all over in my head…hence, our next adventure!
Although not as physically demanding, dog sledding offers a great adventure in the Canadian Rockies. Funny enough, when we left Calgary, the weather looked miserable and foggy. Canmore looked significantly better and we could see a break in the clouds as we went up the Spray Lakes road. Sure enough, the Spray Lakes and surrounding mountains were sunny with a few clouds around. It made for a spectacular morning.
We were assigned a guide and dog team and helped get them set-up for the run. The dogs were so excited, they were yelping and barking constantly, eager to take off. Our guide, a Brit living in Canmore was great. He let us drive the whole time. We did a 10km out and back along the Spray Lakes with cookies and hot chocolate at the turnaround point. There were a number of really young kids (one of them even celebrating his 3rd birthday) that just loved it. It’s an easy activity for all ages (really cheap for the 5 & under too – only $30!). There would be pictures but my wife lost her cell phone (not on the dog sled though)!
http://www.howlingdogtours.com/ is the address. Be sure to check them out.