Woke up this morning in Swift Current SK. We have been travelling for 5 days straight and thankfully, this is our final day of driving to reach our destination of Calgary Alberta. Todays drive is 500 KM. Once we arrive in Calgary, we are staying put for almost 2 weeks.
We checked out of the hotel around 10am and went in search of another roadside attraction. This one is a Prairie Lily Sculpture.
We got onto the Trans Canada 1 heading West and the first thing we see is a grain elevator and a train… both are common sights as we travel across the prairie Provinces.
Cattle and oil well pumps are also a common sight.
Now this, we have no idea what it is, but every so often, we see these big piles of something… I wonder if this is sand to put on the TC-1 during the winter, or if it is some fertilizer or something to put on the farm fields…
The TC-1 is a nice highway to drive, we were told that this would be a long boring drive, but we find the scenery interesting, always something to look at and we are making good progress because of the 110 km/hr speed limit. Mostly I am doing 120 or a bit more and the km are just clicking by. Traffic is very light.
Around noon we cross the border into Alberta. We stopped at the Visitor Centre to pick up any and all information about Calgary and the Stampede.
More trains and more grain elevators.
In Medicine Hat AB we stopped to visit another roadside attraction… this one is the World’s Largest Teepee. It does not offer any protection from the elements though.
This was built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and moved here 3 years later. The Teepee is 215 ft tall.
Near by is a prairie dog town. We watched the playful little critters for a while.
We had to get past a couple of wide loads that were taking up a lot of the 2 lanes.
The fields of canola are a bright yellow.
The Trans Canada Highway, stretches out in front of us as far as the eye can see.
About 60 km from Calgary, we leave the TC-1 and get onto Alberta Highway 901, also known as the Sitsika Trail, this will take us South of Calgary to our hotel.
We begin to see the Rocky Mountains far in the distance ahead of us. The zoom lens brings them closer.
Off to our right a little bit we start to see the skyline of Calgary.
We arrived at our hotel around 5pm, got checked in, hauled all our luggage up to the room and got unpacked. This is a beautiful hotel, both inside and out. I am sure we will enjoy our stay here for the next 2 weeks.
Our room. We have a view of the Calgary skyline.
The hotel has a restaurant on the property, so we had a nice dinner. Looking around us, there are many restaurants within a few minutes walk. The C-Train station is a 10 minute walk away and that will take us to any and all locations and events in the city. We probably won’t need to do any driving in the car for the next while. Everything we need is close by.