Clarence Buchanan likes to tell the story about how two women walk into Wood Buffalo Brewing Company and each order a Coors Lite.
Dust, horses and the faint smell of fresh manure bring me back to childhood in rural Alberta. Big cities and professional tours draw broader public attention these days but there’s something about the small town rodeos - like the Boyle Rodeo in Boyle, AB. - that gets me, even though I never really tried my hand at roping, riding or rustling.
The corner of northern Alberta that is the sprawling Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is known for its sands. Mostly, it’s the oil sands that has tongues a wagging, but there are cleaner dunes north of Fort McMurray that deserve their own bit of attention.
The annual Extreme Mudfest will be just that — extreme. So, if you’re looking to get a little mud on the tires, don’t miss this one of a kind event.
Chuckwagon racing is back in Bonnyville, Alberta and better than ever. The town once boasted a very active racing scene but hadn’t hosted an event since the 1970s.
It takes a community to run a carnival. A carnival whose rides, food trucks, lights and all on-site attractions are powered 100 per cent by biodiesel fuel.
Even though it was amateur night and anyone was welcome to entertain the packed local hangout in Lac La Biche, I wasn’t about to step up to the mic to exercise my vocals on this night in La Bone’s Sports Pub.
They know how to kick back and have good, clean fun and get-in-the-muck fun at the Hylo/Venice Harvest Days southwest of Lac La Biche. Any time you add a pig to the mix, there’s got to be some muck.
Feet raw from a hot afternoon of barefoot dancing, I dipped my toes into the cool flowing waters of the Tawatinaw River. Behind me, the band played on.
As the longtime announcer at the Bonnyville Pro Rodeo and Chuckwagon Races, the sights and spectacle is forever ingrained in his mind.
Travel back in time to Haying in the 30’s and see how farmers of yesteryear worked from sun-up to sun-down followed by a Saturday night barn dance.
The 53rd annual Lac La Biche Pow Wow Days and Fishing Derby is going to boldly go where the festival has never gone before — the Bold Center.
I have a confession to make. Despite being a born and raised Albertan, when someone raised the idea of going to a mud bogging event, I had to Google what it was.
As I peered over the railing to the pit in front of me, I could see one truck still churning through the mud, slowly making progress, the impossibly sticky muck sucking the tires further down with each inch.
What makes the Gathering so spectacular is that it has retained a small, intimate vibe.
When the Magnificent River Rats Festival first kicked off in Athabasca in 1996, a city councillor came up to Andy Woudstra (one of the founding members of the festival committee) and told him it was doomed.
Most people would rather not drive on an icy road for fear of a white-knuckling experience trying to stay in control of the car. But then again, most people aren’t ice racers.
Sustainival's first year in Fort McMurray was the talk of the town and fun for everyone - even those hard-to-please teens.
When Phyllis Arsenault goes to the Lakeland Country Fair and Open Rodeo she feels like she’s stepped into a time machine.
Lac La Biche area residents gather for the Lakeland Country Fair and Roughstock Rodeo and do what small town Albertans do – have a heck of a good time.
In 1952, the Royal Canadian Air Force picked Cold Lake as its newest military installation – and today, 4 Wing Cold Lake remains one of the most significant air weapons and flight- training facilities in the world. In fact, it is Canada’s largest fighter base and the second largest RCAF base.