Last week I shared our visit to the Alberta Legislature Building – doing some travelling in our own town (well, about 45 minutes away). This weekend I’m sharing a little visit we had to Edmonton’s delightful conservatory – the Muttart Conservatory. Four beautiful pyramids, each a different climate: arid, temperate, tropical and then a feature pyramid.
First, admission is fairly reasonable. It’s $12.50 per adult, yet when I went with my dad and step-mom the lady at the desk was so kind she rang us in as a family. She asked if I had CAA and I said “I don’t, but I’ll ask my dad” – to which she responded, “oh, I’ll ring you in as a family.” Score – a family admission is $37.00 and we saved 10% with my dad’s CAA membership, so $33.30.
Okay, on to the plants!
Best time to visit is when it’s bright and sunny out. The pyramids let in so much light and the plants simply look amazing in the bright sunshine.
Here’s the arid climate. We took a tour and although it was very informative, my step-mom nailed it by saying it’s like our tour guide was giving her grade 8 oral. Yup, that’s it.
It was special to see this plant – only flowers every 37 (I think 37) years. So neat!
The elephant foot trees – simply the coolest.
Temperate pyramid is full of all sorts of plants we’re used to seeing here in Canada. Smells like home.
The feature pyramid changes about 8 times a year, so I’m thinking each feature is 6 weeks long – then a few days for change over in between? When we visited it was the tail end of the Canada 150 feature. A lot of red and white plants. These bright beauties were my favourite from that pyramid.
Off to the tropics – money trees and rubber figs, oh and one tree was even growing fruit!
If you’re ever in Edmonton and have a couple of hours, then spend some time at the Muttart Conservatory, you’ll leave with a love for plants.
Overall, it was a delightful afternoon. Great company and beautiful plants. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend!
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Does it count as travel if you live near the area? I’m going to say yes – if it’s a touristy thing and you travel more than 30 minutes, it counts as travel! The Alberta Legislature Building is full of drama, classic portraits, and breathtaking architecture. My dad and step-mom visited back in September and we took them to the Legislature – not only is it beautiful, yet they offer free tours! Yes, free. Just don’t visit when the schools are there…150 sixth graders is too many. Okay, let’s check out this capitals home of democracy!
Alberta Legislature Building
First – eyes that follow you anywhere.
This is King George V and Queen Mary. It’s Queen Elizabeth’s II father’s parents, so her grandparents on her father’s side.
Do you watch Netflix’s The Crown? So, good, right? Okay, back to the tour.
When the chambers isn’t in use the tour will walk you through and you’ll get to see where all the action takes place from the upper balcony. We got to go in, yet I forgot to take pictures.
Below – chronological portraits of past Alberta Premier’s and Sergeant-at-Arms.
That’s the Mace below. Alberta’s first Mace was made in Calgary by a handyman – and it’s said to have pieces of earrings, teacups and even a piece of a toilet on it (the flange?). Take the free tour – it’s so fun to learn nifty things like that!
Time for a little fun. My Dad is too funny – what’s Ab-leg? That makes no sense.
Such a bright and beautiful day. So happy we got to explore the grounds.
Happy travelling to you, too. I suggest you checkout your own city and do some touristy things – and take guests with you, they’ll have a blast! Happy Saturday.
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Paddleboarding on Christina Creek! This summer we spent a little over a week in Christina Lake with family – that’s where we were headed when we stopped at Margo’s Farm. The weather was hot and one way to cool off was to take the paddleboards for a spin on the creek. These photos are taken with my iPhone since I don’t have a waterproof bag for my camera, so don’t mind the picture quality. Here we go!
The place we stayed at backed up onto Christina Creek. This is the view from the shore. Pretty, eh? The water right out front is about 11 feet deep, quite the swimming hole, that’s for sure!
The tricky part about paddleboarding is getting up – you need to be moving when you get on that way you have some resistance. Let me tell you, it was very hard to get on these things off the shore of a creek! We for sure fell, yet the cool off was welcomed.
See the bridge? It had a huge keep off sign on it. Had it not, we might have jumped off it into the creek. Swimming cools you off and is good for the soul. So relaxing.
Crips, clear and clean water. Perfect to take a little dip.
The creek was quite low this year so we had to get out and walk the board here and there (another reason it wasn’t a good idea to bring my good camera). Paddleboarding can be quite a workout – keep you core tight and your back strong.
Look at those mountains! It’s so wonderful to see the beauty that is Canada. When I first think of paddleboarding I think of tropical climates – Hawaii or Florida. Not the mountains in Canada. I’ll admit, it was a blast and quite tranquil.
These are the two boards we used – bright and durable.
Overall, we had a blast paddleboarding each day – sometimes even twice a day. Flat out so much fun.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have some adventure this summer, too. If you haven’t yet, there is still time. See you again soon – bye!
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