From carpentry to tourism: entrepreneur builds a dream

 

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Nestled in a coniferous forest, along the banks of the Bow River in the traditional lands of the Blackfoot, rests Tipi accommodations and the River Ranche Lodge. It’s where Dion Red Gun and his wife Cherylene Bullbear created the business of their dreams, River Ranche Tourism.

Here in the peaceful and serene territory, visitors can learn about the outdoors and the Blackfoot culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the fly fishing, kayaking, birding and cross country skiing excursions. Those seeking cultural experiences will learn from Siksika Elders who share their knowledge of healing and wellness. Through the Majorville Medicine Wheel Journey through Siksika lands, Elders and members share the interpretation of the stones, dances, stories of the dancing regalia, and significant sites important to the Siksika. Sweat lodge experiences are also available upon request.

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Come out and play!

Tired of the concrete urban jungle, or the often hectic demands of life day to day? Fortunately for Albertans, the province’s two largest cities have beautiful river valleys to explore. Chris Szydlowski understood the value of that idea and started a tourism business to help urban dwellers come out and play.

In our final post celebrating Small Business Week and the many tourism businesses who are shaping tourism in Alberta, we Segway into a look at River Valley Adventure Co. 

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The pursuit of Alberta adventures

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Do you crave crisp, clean air and scenic beauty? David Thompson Country in central Alberta is great place for hiking, snowshoeing and sightseeing, and small groups can experience this stunning landscape thanks to the small business of Pursuit Adventures.

It’s Small Business Week and we are recognizing the many entrepreneurs who help make the tourism industry in Alberta strong and vibrant, like JP Fortin, owner and CEO of Pursuit Adventures. This is the second article of three that features exemplary tourism operators who are vital to the visitor experience in Alberta.

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Exploring at the heart of tourism

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Haskin Canoe Tour; photos courtesy of Amy Dillon and Anthie Michailides, Métis Nation of Alberta

Imagine, life as a fur trader more than 150 years ago, living off the land and paddling your birch bark canoe in the great outdoors. Thanks to the industrious operators of Métis Crossing, Leon Boychuck-Hunter and Phoebe Surana’Mehit, you don’t have to imagine it, you can experience it! About an hour and a half northeast of Edmonton, near Smoky Lake, you will find this one-of-a-kind historical adventure.

Leon and Phoebe are examples of the many entrepreneurs that are the backbone to tourism in Alberta. In celebration of Small Business Week in Canada, we’re taking a look at a few tourism operators whose entrepreneurial spirit is shaping visitor experiences in Alberta.

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Meet your rural neighbours during Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20

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Open Farm Days is close. Really close.

Open Farm Days (OFD), for the uninitiated types, is a celebration of everything rural Alberta has to offer. On August 19 and 20, farms and ranches across the province will open their doors to offer visitors a range of experiences, including culinary events, tours and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’ve participated in OFD before, then you know the score. However, a primer for first-timers and a refresher are in order. With that, let’s review some tips and highlights to ensure your Open Farm Days journey is fun and memorable.

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Celebrate Canada Day at historic sites, museums and archives

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If you’re looking for something to do for the entire family to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, embark on an Alberta adventure to one of our family-friendly, fun and affordable provincial historic sites, museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, enjoy hands-on activities and take in the gorgeous Alberta scenery.

While most of our heritage facilities will be open for regular programming on July 1 (read a brief overview of each site and what they offer here), visitors are welcome to check out some of the special Canada Day programming at the sites below.

*Please note, admission fees apply

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It’s Tourism Week…time to explore!

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It’s Tourism Week – so what are you still doing inside? Get out there and explore everything Alberta has to offer!

Tourism Week (May 28 to June 3) is a friendly reminder for Albertans, and visitors to Alberta, to celebrate and enjoy the province’s many tourism destinations and attractions – schedules permitting of course.

Some Alberta destinations and attractions are already well known across Canada and internationally – like the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the province’s national parks and the Alberta Resorts region set records highs for visitation and occupancy, respectively, in 2016. With free admission to all national parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, these numbers are expected to climb higher still.

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Happy International Museum Day!

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You don’t have to dig to find something awesome to do in Alberta. After all, our province has many stories to tell and plenty of natural wonders to explore thanks to our network of 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and archives.

In honour of International Museum Day, we wanted to share with you a few reasons why we love our heritage facilities (and why you should love them too).

Are you into dinosaurs? Vintage vehicles? Tasty Ukrainian cuisine? Alberta history, artifacts and records? We could seriously keep going because we have it all! Our heritage facilities cover a wide range of topics and interests; to find something that intrigues you, check out this complete directory of facilities, locations and event information to help plan your next adventure.

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