An Adventure to Calgary (April 7 to 9, 2017)
Article written by Barbara Morban, IACC Webmaster (Urban Adventure) and Ruth Ball, IACC Member (Kananaskis Trip)
On Friday, April 7, seven IACC members (Cindy, Ruth, Barbara, Vincent, Linda, Terri, Maureen) and one spouse (Bob) drove to Calgary to enjoy some photographic opportunities.
In the evening, we all had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Squance, President of the Calgary Camera Club. He shared a list of the ‘best spots to take photos in Calgary,’ and he kindly offered to be the guide for the four who were interested in going to Kananaskis.
Saturday Urban Adventure (writer: Barbara Morban)
On Saturday, April 8, four IACC members (Linda, Terri, Barbara, Vincent) headed off early as well for their ‘urban’ adventure. Terri had taken the time to mark the ‘best spots’ on the map, and she navigated while Linda took on the challenge of driving in Calgary on a Saturday. The first stop was the Calgary Zoo for a three-hour photo opportunity, followed by a two-hour visit to downtown Calgary’s Stephen Avenue that included a visit to the Wonderland Sculpture. This metal sculpture of a girl’s portrait is a fascinating photographic subject both from the inside and outside of the sculpture.
Lunch was in the Kensington area, leaving time to capture some alley graffiti. In the mid-afternoon, we scouted out the Hillcrest Avenue Lookout, which is in Mount Royal and is touted as one of the best vantage points in the city, followed by a trip to Scotsman’s Hill Lookout, which is in Ramsay with a view of the city while overlooking the Saddledome.
The evening weather turned out to be rainy, windy and cold, so the prospects of a sunset dwindled. We headed off to the Peace Bridge, which was finished in 2012 and is architecturally intriguing, with lots of great angles and curves.
On Saturday, the four 'urbanites' each walked about 18,000 steps, so by about 9:00 p.m. it was truly time to 'give it a rest.'
Saturday Kananaskis Trip: Highway 1 to Highway 40 to Smith-Dorrien Spray Lakes Trail (writer: Ruth Ball)
On Saturday, April 8, Michael and Cindy, Ruth, Maureen and Bob headed out early (7:15 a.m.) on their adventure to Kananaskis.
Our first stop was at Canoe Meadows. It is a short walk down to the area where the kayak trials will be held in May. Kayak gates were in place. The Barrier Dam is upstream and controls the water levels in the creek. Water levels can raise up to one metre without warning. Upstream from this point is a Tim Horton Camp and white water rafting area. It would have been nice to follow the trail further upstream, but time did not allow for this.
We went on to Barrier Lake where we stopped for a few photographs. It is just a short distance from Canoe Meadows and provides a nice scenic view of the lake which, at this time, was still frozen. A short distance past Barrier Lake we stopped at a point along the highway that afforded great mountain views.
Further along the highway is Mount Lorette Pond where a short walk takes you to the ponds. Great area for water, trees and rocks.
At Nakiska is a lookout that provides a view of the ski hill (Mount Allen). This was also a good place for mountain shots. Travelling down the highway towards the turn off at Peter Lougheed Park, there are many turn outs which offer mountain vistas. It is a sort of “choose your own spot” as to what appeals to you personally.
From there we took the Smith-Dorrien Spray Lakes Trail which goes to Canmore. Although the snow had been plowed and the road was clear to begin with, we did not travel for more than 15 minutes or so when we decided to turn back as road conditions were deteriorating.
As we turned back onto highway 40, Cindy spotted sled dogs and we stopped to talk to the owner. He was from Poland but is in Canada because there isn’t a lot of dog sledding in Poland. He was just hooking up his dogs to go for a run so we were able to get some good photographs.
Our last stop was at O’Shaughnessy Falls, where we practised taking shots of the waterfall, using our guide’s variable neutral density filter. Speaking of our guide, thanks to Michael Squance, President of the Calgary Camera Club, for being our guide and providing us with a hot dog lunch and some much appreciated warmth in the form of hot chocolate.
Sunday morning (April 9) did not fare much better in terms of clear skies. It was cloudy with forecasts of snow and rain, so a sunrise shot was out of the question. A few more photographs were taken on Sunday, and then members headed back home to Edmonton.
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