2020 has been a very unusual year. Many events and businesses have had to postpone their activities until next year. Here is our list of 10 things we miss in 2020 and look forward to in 2021.
Parades – Caroline holds a parade on the May long weekend, and Rocky Mountain House has one usually the first Saturday in June.
Summer Camps – We have several camps that specialize in school and summer camps, ranging from programs for young kids to full credit, multi-week adventures for high school students. This year some are renting out their cabins and equipment, or providing guided mountain tours instead of doing full summer camp activities.
White Water Rafting – Hunter Valley Adventures provides rafting trips and camps along the upper Red Deer River and He La Ventures does it on the North Saskatchewan River.
Programs at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site – While the National Historic Site has opened the Park, trails and campground, we are still hoping to enjoy the museum, blacksmith shop, trappers tents and cabins, and the many other interpretive programs. Plus Canada Day festivities at the Site are Awesome!
Rocky Airshow – The Rocky Airshow had to be postponed but we are definitely looking forward to see what they can do in 2021.
National Aboriginal Day – The Âsokêwin Native Friendship Centre in Rocky Mountain House held a lovely parade this year, but we look forward to the fuller celebration they have been holding the past few years.
Leslieville Antique Days – There is no feeling like an old time fair. Leslieville Antique days has it with pancake breakfasts, tractor pulls, antique farm machinery displays, miniature train rides, and many, many home made cinnamon buns and pies.
Rodeos and Chuckwagon Races – The Bighorn Rodeo is held in Caroline on the May long weekend. The Rocky Mountain House Pro Rodeo is early June and the WPCA Chuckwagon Races are in mid August.
Wednesday Nights on Twin Lakes with the Rocky Canoe Club – The Rocky Canoe Club holds weekly canoe and kayaking sessions to help people enjoy the water and improve their comfort and expertise with canoeing and kayaking equipment. With some practice they will even take you on the Brierlies Rapids for a real adventure.
Tours of the Brazeau Collieries Coal Mine in Nordegg – Touring the coal mine buildings that helped make nordegg a thriving town of over 2,500 people in the first half of the 1900s. It was a booming town set in a remote part of Alberta that has now become a tourism centre for hikers and campers.
There is also the Crimson Lake Trail Run, Fat Tire Festival at Frontier Lodge, Nordegg Days, various horse trials and shows, farmers markets, and the Lions Club Demolition Derby. We are very excited for a busy and exciting 2021!
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