Yesterday it was clear and above freezing in Calgary (yes, in January) – a perfect day to explore the roads south of Calgary – especially with a big wind forecast that I figured might produce dramatic skies.
Before I headed out, I thumbed through the book Day Trips From Calgary by Bill Corbett, an excellent resource filled with all manner of day trips – from hikes to museums to best drives, prettiest towns, best wildflowers… to get a rough idea of where I should point the car.
My destination was the Leighton Center, a center for the visual arts that offers school and summer camp programs. It sits on a hill at the same elevation as the town of Banff, and enjoys commanding views of the foothills and mountains.
Here’s a sampling of what I saw south of Calgary yesterday – far grander country than I thought I’d find – and worthy of many more trips across the seasons.
How often to you explore your own backyard? And what surprises have you found?