Alberta Travel Guide
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View of the North American Chairlift at Mt. Norquay Ski Area
Last week, we wrote that now is a great time to travel to Canada thanks to a favorable exchange rate for Americans. Taking our own advice, we shot up north of the border to Banff National Park outside of Calgary in Alberta. The northern part of the Rocky Mountain chain is known for its dramatic, jagged, glacier-carved peaks that shoot straight up from the sprawling, pine-covered valley floor.
Summer is the primetime season to explore its infamous alpine lakes - such as Moraine - but it is also an underestimated and often overlooked ski destination. Banff has three ski areas inside its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other: Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise.
It's that time of the year again, when your body is, like, chemically engineered to crave apple cider donuts and adventures in corn mazes. For now, we'll address the latter as farms mow down the crops to make some extra bucks. And, for 2012, the Guinness World Records title of "World's Largest Cornmaze" hops the border and heads to Canada.
The maze at Kraay Family Farm in Lacombe, Canada (that's in the province of Alberta, btw) measures a beastly 309,000 square feet and, in a nod to what's hot with the kids these days (yeah right), takes the shape of a functioning QR code.
If, for some reason, you decide to fly up to Edmonton, rent a car and then rent a plane or helicopter to get high and check this baby out, then manage to capture it, the QR code just directs you to the official maze website, which is right here. Look, we saved you all that trouble!
[Photo: Kraay Farm]
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set to hit theaters Friday May 1st, and with so much drama in the XMO we put together the beginnings of a travel map that takes you to some of the places the Marvel crew have come from and gone to over the years. This is an organic map, so feel free to add to it in comments and we will plot the additional travel spots we find there.
Wolverine is a mutant whose primary power is the ability to heal quickly, typically referred to as his mutant healing factor. Despite popular belief, Wolverine was born with claws of bone. After he joined the Weapon X program, his skeleton was reinforced with adamantium (an indestructible metal). This is where his healing abilities really came in handy because each time he activated his claws, they would tear through his skin (ouch).
According to Origin, a limited series comic published by Marvel, Wolverine was born in a mining colony in Northern Alberta, Canada. His father, James Howlett, was a wealthy 19th Century plantation owner. Northern Alberta is also home to one of Canada's largest national parks, Wood Buffalo National Park. Open year round for hiking, boating,camping and fishing, Wood Buffalo can be reached by plane via Edmonton.
Wolverine didnít stay in the colony for long. He left to live alone in the wilderness. From there, he joined a group of Blackfoot Indians, enlisted in the Canadian Army, spent time on the fictional island of Madripoor, and finally settled for a time in Japan.
She dared to go where Jennifer Aniston had gone before: Vince Vaughn's new girlfriend, Kyla Weber, is a former real-estate agent from a small town outside of Calgary.
Weber hails from Okotoks in southern Alberta, a city which hugs the Sheep River and proclaims itself the second fastest growing city in Canada with about 20,000 residents. She met Vaughn on a trip with friends to Venice Beach and the two have been inseparable since, eating sushi in Vegas and attending a Dolly Parton concert in LA.
Vaughn clearly took the Maguire-Damon approach to dating after his high-profile celeb break-up with his "Break-Up" co-star. Granted, Weber is in "the biz" now, having recently joined a reality TV company, but it's not like dating a "Friend." In a regular week we might have a Canada joke to go here, but we've used all of them up on Alaska.
[Photo of Vaughn and Owen Wilson from "Wedding Crashers": EW.com]