Explore Alberta with affordable, all-ages activities this Family Day …

Explore Alberta With Affordable, All-ages Activities This Family Day ...

Make this Family Day weekend a staycation and enjoy all Alberta has to offer by visiting our provincial museums, historic sites and parks for special events, including Family Fishing Weekend!

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The following sites will offer free admission on Monday, Feb.15.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre Fort McMurray6

Learn about the inner workings of the human body with The Odd-Lot Puppetry Company s all-new black light puppet show, Talent Inside. Show times are 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Enjoy a full day of fun family activities!

Government House Edmonton7

Government House offers free public tours every Sunday and Discount Holidays © holiday Monday, beginning Feb.

15 until late November, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore this stately home with its selection of original historic furnishings, impressive meeting and ceremonial spaces and extensive art collection.

Rutherford House Edmonton8

Step back in time to the Edwardian era and explore the elegant home of Alberta s first Premier and founder of the University of Alberta. Make a fun craft, play old-fashioned games, and sample delicious cookies baked in the wood-burning stove. Spend the day with family in a historic atmosphere and discover who the Rutherfords were and the activities they enjoyed.

Provincial Archives of Alberta Edmonton9

The Provincial Archives of Alberta will host its annual Family History Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be guided, behind-the-scenes tours and introductory workshops on genealogy. All activities are free, but pre-registration is required.

To register for activities, email Edmonton

Enjoy various indoor activities at the Alberta Legislature between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Enjoy live music and magic performances or dig into some of the tasty treats on-hand at indoor food vendors. Get lost in the Legislature Building with a history scavenger hunt or try your skills during aboriginal games and dance with Amanda Woodward-Lamothe and Friends. You and your guests can make their own model version of the Legislature Building using Lego. Stop by the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre to experience the theatre-in-the-round, interpretive centre, retail store and the feature exhibit in the Borealis Gallery.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum Wetaskiwin12

Family Day fun at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum means playing giant versions of your favourite board games and donning white gloves to check out the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane vintage fighter jet. Cozy up with the family to watch some vintage cartoons at the indoor Drive-In theatre.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology Drumheller13

Special Family Day programming will be available at the Royal Tyrrell Museum all weekend long. Free admission will apply on Family Day. Storytime is perfect for the little ones. Fossil Casting allows visitors to make a piece of pre-history to take home. On Monday, kids can show off their creativity and transform themselves into a dinosaur by making their own free dinosaur hat. Free auditorium shows also run throughout the weekend. A small fee will apply to the Fossil Casting program.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre Crowsnest Pass14

Enjoy a free day at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlighting the unforgettable stories of tragedy and resilience of the human spirit as you learn about the 1903 Frank Slide. Enjoy audio-visual presentations, interactive exhibits and more.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod15

Celebrate the Full Moon of the Eagle family event. The day includes a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, a simulated archaeological dig, guided building tours, Living Off The Land artifact demonstrations and storytelling.

Remington Carriage Museum Cardston16

Enjoy the museum s interactive galleries that tell stories of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry. Visitors can enter the carriage factory and discover the techniques used in producing carriages. Classic Looney Tunes cartoons will play in the theatre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alberta provincial parks in winter are for more than just cross-country skiing. Try snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing, tobogganing, skating and downhill skiing, along with festivals in Alberta s most exciting season winter! The fun in Alberta Parks keeps going all year. Visit AlbertaParks.ca17 for a list of upcoming events; click here18 to find a park and winter activity in your region.

Here are a few events and activities for people looking to get outdoors this Family Day long weekend: (Please note all activities are weather permitting)

William A. Switzer Provincial Park near Hinton19

Ice Fishing Derby Gregg Lake

Get hooked on fishing this Feb.

13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Come out for free fishing, hot chocolate, hot dogs, snowshoeing, and trophies for the biggest fish. No fishing licenses required. Alberta Parks staff will provide a clinic on local fishing tips and regulations. Hosted in partnership with the Hinton Fish & Game Club.

Bonhomme Carnaval Hinton Nordic Centre20

On Feb.

14, immerse yourself in a fun traditional French Canadian Festival. The festival runs from noon until 4 p.m. and comes complete with maple sugar, kick sleds, free skiing, pea soup, sugar pies, baked beans, fur trade fun, face painting, door prizes and more! This is a family event you won t want to miss. Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Parents for French.

Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park near Lac La Biche21

Enjoy an afternoon of winter activities including horse drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, hotdog roasting and cross-country skiing on Feb.14 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Crimson Lake Provincial Park near Rocky Mountain House22

Try your hand at a round of snow golf, snowshoe soccer, geocaching and snowshoeing on Feb.15 between noon and 4 p.m. Activities will take place at the day use area.

Moonshine Lake in Saddle Hills County23

There s no shortage of activities at the Moonshine Lake Family Fun Day between noon and 4 p.m. on Feb.14. Everything from ice fishing (all weekend long), ice skating and cross-country skiing to snow golf and horse-drawn wagon rides, Need a pair or snowshoes or cross-country skis? Loaners will be available for free along with hot chocolate, doughnuts and hotdogs!

Frost Fest Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation24

On Feb.13 enjoy the great outdoors with interactive games. Be active and have fun while taking on the role of a predator, or its prey! Participants can stop by before 1 p.m. to try out free cross-country skis and snowshoe equipment loans. The free outdoor program takes place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., so please dress for the weather.

Warm up after with hot chocolate at the campfire.

Alberta Winter Games Cypress Hills Provincial Park, near Medicine Hat25

The 2016 Alberta Winter Games is coming to Cypress Hills Provincial Park Feb.14-16. Bring the family out and cheer on athletes as they compete in three sporting events: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon.

The Family Day weekend also marks the first of two Family Fishing Weekends put on annually in Alberta. Throughout the weekend, you re invited to head out and discover the lure of fishing without the need to purchase a Sportfishing License! Of course, all regulations still apply. For more information, visit Family Fishing26.

Family FISHtival Bow Habitat Station, 1440-17A Street SE, Calgary27

On Feb.13 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., enjoy free outdoor activities including snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting and games. A fee of $5 per person will be charged for indoor activities such as feeding the fish in the hatchery, games, crafts and more! Children three-years-old and under are free.

Hundreds of affordable events and activities are taking place throughout the province in honour of celebrating Family Day. Here are just a few examples of other ways to celebrate the long weekend. Some events may include a small fee, please contact event organizers for more information.



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Authentic outsiders?

Welcome to the age of the ‘post-tourist’

In the last decade, the tourism industry has been overtaken by a new kind of tourist: one who avoids popular sites and abandons their maps. Welcome to the age of the post-tourist . The term post-tourist is commonly used to refer to a new breed of travellers, those who eschew common tourist1 hotspots and opt for a more unconventional experience, immersing themselves in local culture for an extended period of time.

As German broadcasting organisation Deutsche Welle2 put it in August:

Tourist attractions and hotels are boring, as far as the post-tourists are concerned. Instead, they want to get an authentic feel for the cities and places they visit.

Tourist , resident or somewhere in-between?

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Writing in 2010, urban planner Johannes Novy described5 a blurring of the prior divisions between tourism and everyday life, but conceded that post-tourism, as we now think of it, is not especially new:

It s rather that these different forms of tourism have become more prevalent in the city as tourism has grown and diversified. The niche has become mainstream, so to speak. But it has been happening for a long time. The slumming and flaneurism of the late 19th and early 20th century in Weimar-era Berlin essentially involved the activities we now call new tourism .

Seeking real and authentic experiences

With the rise of this supposedly new breed of traveller6 , more and more people are hoping to immerse themselves with the help of technology and organisations such as Airbnb7 in local culture and environments. The concept of post-tourism has already gained much traction among travellers questioning the authenticity of merely sightseeing, who seek out so-called real places. But the concept of authenticity 8 is where post-tourism, and tourism in general, runs into trouble.

The Tourist Gaze9 (1990), argues that there is no authentic tourist experience . In their 2010 book Key Concepts in Tourist Studies10, Melanie Smith, Nicola Macleod and Margaret Robertson argued that the post-tourist:

embraces openly, but with some irony, the increasingly inauthentic, commercialised and simulated experiences offered by the tourism industry. So perhaps post-tourism isn t all that different from ordinary, run-of-the-mill tourism.

Visitors still take guided tours by locals, have no need to learn the language thanks to translator technologies, and endlessly seek authentic experiences.

Tourism and Politics11 (2007), posited that:

The myth of modern tourism is centred on the possibility of encountering authentic difference seeing the real Bali, engaging with the real Spaniards, having real adventures by getting off the beaten track But as tourism became a truly global industry in the 1990s, that myth of authenticity became more difficult to maintain.

The Gentrification Debates12, emphasised the global and local basis of tourism gentrification in the context of modern urbanisation a gentrification that as argued by Michelle Metro-Roland of Western Michigan University in Tourists, Signs and the City13 (2011) could lead to making city environments more sterile .

article14, that post-tourism and gentrification together can render formerly sleepy neighbourhoods instantly more upscale and exciting . But when established residents and businesses are forced out due to tourist expectations, other issues emerge:

(This) taps into a host of other resentments about American entitlement, about being required to speak English, about a calm neighbourhood being hijacked for the sake of someone else s clich idea of Berlin hedonism.

The resultant blurring between the local and non-local will continue not only to shape Berlin, but the future of tourism itself . Visitors immerse themselves in the culture before taking off for another city, but the residents remain.

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  • Quarter of struggling Brits cannot afford a holiday

    Nearly a quarter of Brits did not manage to take a single holiday1 in the last year. Yet while many were stuck at home making ends meet, those who have it all were also getting away from it all with the well-off taking an average of eight breaks in the year. Research by UK travel association Abta2 shows the total number of people getting a Discount Holidays © holiday at all has continued to fall for five years.

    Just under half of the less well-off will have taken a Discount Holidays © holiday in 2015 including low earners, the unemployed and those on a state pension. That is down from 81% who managed it four years ago.

    People on the beach at Cannes

    But in the highest wealth group, 95% have taken a Discount Holidays © holiday this year unchanged from 2011. Abta boss Mark Tanzer said: Some people are clearly still feeling the pinch.

    They re either cutting back on the number of holidays, or not taking one at all. The long tail of the recession is still having an impact.

    Four years ago just 10% of us were going without a holiday this year that has risen to 23%. And while the less wealthy have halved their number of breaks from three in 2011 to between one and two this year, for the well-off the figure has climbed.

    Quarter Of Struggling Brits Cannot Afford A Holiday Family finances: The pressure has meant some people have had no Discount Holidays © holiday at all

    It is now up from an average of 7.4 to eight. The study – released at Abta s annual convention in the Peloponnese, southern Greece – defines a Discount Holidays © holiday as any break lasting from a night to a fortnight or longer, but excludes business trips.

    The increase in trips among the well-off has driven growth overall, with the average number of holidays in 2015 actually rising to 3.2, up from three per person last year. Mr Tanzer added: The travel industry has seen a steady return to growth since the worldwide economic crisis.

    It s very encouraging to see optimism and growth, with many people choosing to take more holidays particularly longer overseas breaks.

    Quarter Of Struggling Brits Cannot Afford A Holiday Beach bliss: The better off have been going on as many as eight holidays

    The survey results, part of Abta s 2015 benchmark consumer trends report, also revealed a slight rise in foreign trips. Helped by the strength of sterling, they now average 1.5 a year, up from 1.2 in 2014.

    Staycations fell in the same period from 1.8 to 1.7, but remain higher than before the credit crunch hit in 2008. The poll also found people more optimistic about future holidays, with 23% saying they will spend more in 2016 and only 15% intending to cut back. Four holidays in 10 are now booked through a tablet or smartphone3 , while high street travel agents are preferred for expensive trips such as honeymoons.

    POpular: Koh Samui, Thailand

    Short-haul favourites continue to be Spain, including the Balearic and Canary islands, plus Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Turkey and Egypt have taken a dip, partly over security fears. But visits to Greece continue to rise despite its economic and migration problems. For long-haul trips, Cuba, Cape Verde, Kenya and Thailand are the top spots.

    Mirror Travel Editor Nigel Thompson

    Are we a nation of Discount Holidays © holiday have nots and have yachts? It certainly seems that way. As millions of Brits struggle on zero hours contracts and low pay, many are having to go without a much-needed holiday.

    But the world’s your oyster for Chancellor George Osborne’s chosen people, with eight getaways a year. With this Tory government, the rich don’t just get richer. They get a nice tan too.


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