Fort McMurray, AB – No play on words here or mistyped font either. Winter in the Reginal Municipality of Wood Buffalo is all about PLAY. February 22 – 24 will be the big WinterPLAY celebration at Snye Park in Fort McMurray. And as usual, the days will be filled with the magic of winter.
All around me there’s medieval mayhem and much merriment. Standing at the tournament ring, fighters head to toe in steel armour try to knock each other down to the ground. To the backdrop of the baritone sounds of drums, the clashing swords ring out somewhere behind me. Costumed characters walk by as I hear the herald calling out for the crowd to gather in the tournament ring with the king and queen. It’s time for the height of medieval entertainment – the jousting tournament.
Knights in shining armour. Court jesters. Ladies in waiting. WHAAAT? Did you just fall through time? If you are in Brooks, Alberta on August 11th and 12th, you have walked into the largest gathering of medieval and historical re-enactments in Western Canada. And you will be amazed at the demonstrations! Come as you are or as you would in the year 1450.
Three Hills, Alta., is Western Canada’s Cruise Capital from June 1 to 3, 2018. Come to town and stroll the show and shine hosted by the Three Hills Street Freaks. Check out the nearly 1,500 vehicles lining Main Street. Then, stick around to watch Bracket Racing at the airport in the evening or stay up even longer to watch the racing under the lights.
The WinterPLAY Festival is a three-day gathering celebrating winter fun in northern Alberta. Head to Snye Park in Fort McMurray to see beautiful ice sculptures, fireworks and take part in family-friendly activities and entertainment.
One of the cornerstones of Medicine Hat’s pottery industry was Medalta Potteries, whose facilities still stand in Medicine Hat’s Historic Clay District – one of Canada’s National Historic Sites in Alberta.