Tuxedo Stan’s World Tour

We haven’t had many World Tour submissions for a long time but here’s a great one from our regular Alberta, Canada correspondent Diana Piggott.

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Summer Holiday Edition, Tuxedo Party Alberta Division Journals

Much as we love snow, and the beauty of snow-covered mountains, there comes a time when we yearn for a wee taste of Spring.  Thus we packed up the camping gear and headed into B.C. in early May to find some signs of life.  We struck it rich in the Okanagan, at Ellison Provincial Park.

Overlooking the beach at Ellison Provincial Park
Overlooking the beach at Ellison Provincial Park

 

Albert, Victoria and Tony were quite taken with the beauty of the place, and the big flowers!

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Enjoying the giant flowers

 

By early July, summer had finally arrived in Alberta, and we took the minions for a few days camping in spectacular Waterton Park, where they enjoyed some time on the beach.

Waterton Lake
Waterton Lake

 

Waterton Lake
Waterton Lake

 

There was a very friendly bear in a lovely flowery meadow.

Bear!!!
Bear!!!

 

And then there was the mama with three adorable cubs  (we all stayed in the car!!)

Mama bear and cubs
Mama bear and cubs

 

At the end of the Akamina Parkway we found Cameron Lake and went for a walk.

Cameron Lake
Cameron Lake

 

Cameron Falls
Cameron Falls

 

All in all it was an enjoyable escape to another of our fantastic national parks.

Back home, more of Kananaskis Country is being repaired, rebuilt and re-opened.  We went to investigate a trail up a creek of particular interest to the tuxies…..

Cat Creek!
Cat Creek!

 

This trail sign is being reclaimed by nature!!
Up Cat Creek is an attractive waterfall, which, unlike the rest of the valley, was not ruined by the flood.

Cat Creek Falls
Cat Creek Falls

 

Back in Banff, we took the minions on a classic hike from Sunshine Meadows to Healy Pass.  It was a little smoky, but we could still see Mt. Assiniboine from Healy Pass.  There has been a huge amount of smoke in the mountains this summer from all the forest fires.  Quite a lot reaches Calgary too.

Three little minions at Healy Pass, Banff National Park
Three little minions at Healy Pass, Banff National Park

 

Flowery meadows below Healy Pass
Flowery meadows below Healy Pass

 

Albert, Victoria and Tony had developed quite a thirst after all those adventures!  It was time to celebrate with a “champagne” fit for a tux.

A champagne fit for a tux!
A champagne fit for a tux!

 

Regards to all from the Calgary Tuxedo minions!

Addendum:  Meanwhile to the west of Calgary, it looks like some rich tycoon is building his own “Downton Abbey” or something!  These pictures were taken in mid-September, after a big snowstorm.  

Downton Abbey... Calgary version
Downton Abbey… Calgary version

 

Minions freeze while admiring the mansion
Minions freeze while admiring the mansion

 

Anyway, that about wraps up this installment.  Best wishes to all inhabitants of Catopia, from our humble abode in Calgary.

Cheers,
Diana


 

Thanks, Diana and Alberta minions Albert, Victoria and Tony for another great Western Canada adventure!

Love,

Earl Grey and TJ

Published by Hugh Chisholm

I'm a retired veterinarian with a passion for outdoor photography. And cats.

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