|Jasper is just a few hours' drive from Edmonton|
We went to Jasper one weekend with some intrepid friends who taught us how to camp - and I really liked it. We camped on a gorgeous stretch of sand next to a stream, and I actually had a good night's sleep in the tent. Plus we got to hike in the mountains and got closer to a glacier than I have ever been, before or since. It is a wonderful place, and I hope to be able to get back out there one of these years.
|Government House, Edmonton, AB|
Government House was used as a military hospital during the World War II period and afterwards, housed convalescing veterans - a most fitting thing to think of today, on Veterans' Day. It is now a provincial government conference center (or, to use the correct Canadian spelling, centre). One of the nicest of its features is the porte-cochère - the porch-like structure on the right, literally a porch under which a carriage could sit. So that when you were driving up to attend a formal dinner, you could avoid getting snow or rain on your ball gown. A most civilized architectural invention, don't you think?
[Images from Wikimedia Commons.]