Studies show that people who take part in extra-curricular activities are better problem-solvers and more creative. So, over the summer we’ll share what we like to do in our spare time.
VP Diane Bégin talks about her favourite summer escape – the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
Ever since we were little kids, my parents have taken our family to the mountains for a summer escape.
Going to the mountains is a tradition that remains for us as the family grows into the next generation. (In fact about five years ago, my younger brother and I recreated one of our favourite kid pics on a mountain in Jasper.)
The Rocky Mountains remain one of the most relaxing places that I’ve ever been to, helping you disconnect and recharge by breathing fresh mountain air and seeing stars that you didn’t even know existed.
Incidentally, summer is a great time to see the Perseid Meteor Showers too – I saw two falling stars this year, but have seen many more than that in previous years. The mountains protect you from lights on the horizon – called Dark Sky Preserves.
So that our yearly visit remains fresh, we try to alternate between Jasper and Banff – with this year Banff winning out. Actually, Banff was incredibly busy this year, so we opted for the next municipality over in Bow Valley Provincial Park, just outside of Canmore.
We’d never stayed there before but coming from the Calgary Airport was super quick (53 minutes from door-to-door). Because we’d not explored this park before it gave us the opportunity to hike new mountain trails – including one where you see the fault line where the Alberta Rockies meet the foothills (top right of this image).
And this year, I bought a t-shirt to remind me to plan the next time.