Can you guess where I am?

-I am the highest elevated town in Canada
-since 1996, I have 4 000 000 visitors travel to see me every year, although my population is merely 6 700 people
-I am the home of Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou
-I contain Canada’s largest cave system
-I have in excess 1000 glaciers
-I am BEAUTIFUL

Did you guess Banff? If you did, jump for joy! (just look out for falling rocks or mountain edges!) Because you got it right!

Majestic Lake Moraine

Majestic Lake Moraine

Banff is absolutely one of the most compelling tourist attractions in Alberta, throughout my blog learn the reasons why!

I like to go to Banff to ____________________.
The amazing thing about that question is, that if you simply ask this question to strangers on the street in Banff, every person will tell you something different. Personally, I like to go to CAMP, HIKE, and sightsee. However, some people will answer, “helicopter ski,” or “photograph bears and moose” or “hot tub in the hot springs!”

Banff is super diverse, landscapes taking a major role, so here they are:

OUR LANDSCAPES

Every year, over four million (!!!) people travel from all across the world, just to visit Alberta’s beautiful Banff. Part of the attraction of Banff is the diverse natural landscapes found within this national park.

Being a proud Albertan, Banff National Park is always one of my favorite “must travel to” locations. Regularly living in the prairies, it’s common for me to get accustomed to seeing pale yellow fields and fresh crops. And fields. And crops. And fields and crops. But Banff is a beautiful change of scenery, as it’s anything BUT fields and crops.

MOUNTAINS

Banff is home to the ROCKY MOUNTAINS! Amazingly, these mountains give you a true perspective on size and significance of the world, as the collision of tectonic plates made mountains that rise to unfathomable heights, rising several kilometers upwards. Banff has 13 main mountains, each individually named, and they range from 45 to 120 MILLION years old. These mountains are the hosts of many daring summer hiking trails and winter ski slopes.

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The Rocky Mountains!

LAKES

Banff lake

How gorgeous is this??

Often recognized for their brilliant blue or turquoise colour, Banff is the home of many famous Canadian lakes. Lake Louise, the most famous lake in Canada is included in this list! What is so cool about these lakes? They’re glacier fed! In fact, it’s so cool you may not want to take a swim in them, as during the majority of the year you are risking hypothermia. BRRRRR!

ICE FIELDS

Imagine walking on glass-appearance ice, surrounded by white snow covering all you can see. Sounds like a scene from Frozen, doesn’t it? But, it’s not! Banff is known for its ice fields, with tours leaving every half an our to take you to see this magnificent site.LakeLouise.jpg

GLACIERS

One, two, or maybe a couple thousand or few. Banff has over a THOUSAND glaciers preserving part of the world’s small supply of fresh water. Banff offers a very unique way to view these… with a skywalk! Here, you can walk on a glass platform suspended on mountain edge where you can view this gorgeous natural phenomenon.

HOT SPRINGS

Put the Banff Upper Hot Springs at the top of your list of things to do in Banff. Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travellers have come to ‘take the waters’ for over a hundred years. When in Banff do as the locals do – come in the morning for the most relaxing visit.

The top five minerals found in the Banff Upper Hot Springs are:

• Sulphate- 572 mg/l
• Calcium- 205 mg/l
• Bicarbonate- 134 mg/l
• Magnesium- 42 mg/l
• Sodium- 6.6 mg/l

Water temperature is kept between 37ºC and 40ºC.
At 1,585 meters of elevation (5,200 feet), the Banff Upper Hot Springs is the highest in Canada. Water volumes from the spring are affected by this unique location and may fluctuate. Currently,100% natural mineral water is flowing at the Banff Upper Hot Springs

FORESTS

Banff homes rich coniferous forests, crawling with animals from vicious grizzly bears, to silent cougars, to energetic squirrels. These forests are great for hiking, biking, or simply breathing in the fresh air. The tree line,(dominantly lodge pole pine) is abruptly cut off by glaciers, yet is still rich with plants and wildlife. Just be careful to always travel with a buddy and don’t forget your bear scare!

SKY

One of the amazing things is that, due to relatively low light pollution, at night you can see a brilliant display of stars, as well as it is common to catch a phenomenal show display of the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights). S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G.

 

  • SUMMER ACTIVITIES:

 

-Camping
-Canoeing
-Cycling
-Fishing
-Golfing
-Gondola Rides
-Hiking
-Kayaking
-Skateboarding (yes, they have a park!)
-Swimming (lakes BRRR and pools and hotsprings)
-Tennis
-Walking Trails
-Various tours (glacier viewing, rafting, cave exploring, historical site visits, etc.!)

 

  • WINTER ACTIVITIES:

 

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Yes, this is an actual form of travel!

-Dogsled Tours (because who doesn’t love dogs?)
-Snowmobile Tours
-Snow Tubing
-Snowshoeing
-Helicopter tours
-Sleigh Rides
-Sightseeing Tours
-Winter Rentals
-Ice walks (don’t slip!)
-Hockey
-Skiing/ Snowboarding (a fan favorite, I prefer to ski!)
-Heli Skiing (hope you’re not scared of heights!
-Cave Tours
-Ice Fishing
-Ice Climbing (this is seriously something out of a spy movie)

HISTORY

The Nakoda (Stoney) and other First Nations originally inhabited the area. Banff was first settled in the 1880s, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway workers stumbled upon a series of natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain. In 1885, Canada established a federal reserve of 26 km2 around the Cave and Basin hot springs, and began promoting the area as an international resort and spa as a way to support the new railway. In 1887, the reserve area was increased to 673 km2 and named “Rocky Mountain Park.” This was the beginning of Canada’s National Park system.
The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the rail line and advertised the Banff Springs Hotel as an international tourist resort.
The Banff townsite was developed near the railway station as a service centre for tourists visiting the park. It was administered by the Government of Canada’s national parks system until 1990 when the Town of Banff became the only incorporated municipality within a Canadian national park.
An Internment camp was set up at Banff and Castle Mountain in Dominion Park from July 1915 to July 1917.
In 1985, the United Nations declared Banff National Park, as one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a World Heritage Site. Banff remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada.

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MY PERSONAL FAVORITE

My personal favorite part of Banff National Park is the wildlife. Driving along the highways, it’s not an uncommon sight to see a heard of elk or a mother bear with some cubs. Animals I have seen in Banff alone are: mule deer, wolves, coyotes, black bear, grizzlies, bighorn sheep, elk, squirrels, mountain pine beetle, foxes, various birds of prey including the bald eagle and many owls.

Come discover this unprecedented land and explore the wonders it has within it. Who knows, you might even see me there 😉

Bye for now,
Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

Written by: Chloe
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In honor of Canada Day, I am dedicating a blog post to my pure love for this country.

A wise man once said, “you can’t buy happiness, but you can live in Canada, and that’s pretty much the same thing.”

This quote is one of the best quotes I can find to describe Canada, and so I would love to share with you some of the reasons why Canada is so amazing.

On Candada Day I got to do a ball throw at the MH Maverick's Baseball game!

On Canada Day I got to do a ball throw at the MH Maverick’s baseball game!

  • – Rather than being a “melting pot” to cultures, we a are a mosaic, beautiful and strong, reflecting all different cultures within our country. Rather than forcing all to assimilate into one culture, we respect and value the diversity in which makes up the beauty of our country.
  • – Please, thank you, sorry, eh? Canada has developed our own type of lingo that is familiar with almost all citizens… The best part? We almost overuse our manners and are sincere in their use, helping to make our country extremely welcoming and polite to all <3
  • Poutine. Need I say more?
  • – Machine washable money!!!! (That even is colorful and can’t rip, and even smells like maple syrup!)
  • – Our seasons say it all. From frosty bare tree arms, to vibrant orange blankets coating the autumn ground, to heatwave blurred scorching yellow prairie sunsets, to pink blossoms peeking from the earth, our seasons are beautifully expressive.
  • – I can walk down the street and know that I don’t have to be scared. Know that because of my country, I am free. I can know I am protected and safe.
  • – We are incredibly diverse. Mountains, oceans, prairies, forests, lakes, we have it all.
No better way to spend Canada Day than with family!

No better way to spend Canada Day than with family!

And that’s just a start!

Keep watching for more posts soon!

Bye for now,
Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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Hey guys!

Time to catch up again! I’ve kept you very updated with things I’ve had going in for me personally, but let’s be serious, if I do it while wearing a crown it is automatically wayyyyy cooler. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to be doing a ton of rad stuff, so this is it!

– I had so much fun spending time with fellow sash holders. Sparks (mini girlguides) were so fun to present to, as I got to speak to them on inner beauty, as well as make crowns for everyone! They didn’t only catch me in tag, but they also caught my heart as well ❤️

-I was recruited as a role model for a Canadian clothing brand, reducing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness, and was interviewed for their national blog. Wear your label donates 10% of profits to mental health organizations, and I am so blessed to be working in a partnership with them!

Rachel Renner Photography

Rachel Renner Photography

-With my personal connection to the AB Children’s hospital, I could not miss out on an opportunity to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House on McHappy Day! I got to surprise people getting their food, as I worked the drive through, as well as made many friends within the store.

Serving coffee... MMM

Serving coffee… MMM

-I won the award of Leader of Tomorrow by the City of Medicine Hat, recognizing my outstanding commitment to volunteering and community involvement in a leadership position.

It included a feature in the newspaper!

It included a feature in the newspaper!

-In my school I helped as a leader with clothing donations to victims affected by the fires in Fort Mac.

-When Hedley came to town, rather than cozying up inside, I worked the CalTire parking lot with fellow Me to We students collecting donations for Free the Children and Red Cross

– 93.7 Radio let me practice my public speaking skills as I discussed my platform and journey on a morning interview!

image-I got to spend some time with 5 (!!!) grade one classes teaching them about inner beauty, and that if someone can’t afford food, it doesn’t make them a bad person (platform alert!). These guys were great listeners during my “story time” and speech, and were even cuter when question period rolled around! Oh how much we can learn from children 😉

-I was a guest speaker at Dr Roy Wilson School’s Mental Health Fair, and got to lead my own workshops on “true beauty”. I got to speak on the importance of inner beauty and loving yourself to several groups with students ranging from grade 6-8, and teach them the importance of knowing the difference between “looking” beautiful, and “being” beautiful. It was a great way to end off mental health week, and am so honoured to have had the opportunity to teach these amazing people how to love themselves and others.

-Thank you so much to the Medicine Hat and District Live Music Club for allowing me to talk about my journey and things I am passionate about, as well as to introduce some of the amazing musicians on stage!

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I even got to get up on stage many times to speak about my platform

– I had a massive BBQ at M&M’s Meat Shops raising money for Free the Children! Thank you all who supported this!!!

-Thank you to Dr Roy Wilson School for allowing me to present on inner beauty to several kindergarten classes! You guys were great listeners, and truly adorable ❤️

-I was chosen as the “Community Champion” for this year’s upcoming Relay for Life! What a huge honour!

-I walked down memory lane as I revisited my very own middle school. Rather than sitting in a gymnasium with the rest of my classmates, anxiously awaiting the upcoming presentation, today I got to be the person at the front giving the speech. Thank you Alexandra Middle School for making me a guest speaker for the entire school at today’s ShowCase Feature Day. It was great getting to see all of my old teachers, and to get to speak to the entire school on hunger awareness and inner beauty.

-I had the honour of spending a day at Irvine School, and presenting to the K-6 grades! Thank you to all of the students who were such amazing listeners, and to the teachers, who each took a period out of their class schedule to let me speak! Speaking on inner beauty and my platform is something I am so happy to have the opportunity to present to children 💖

– Of course there was CAMP DAY at Tim Hortons! I advertised to make sure to get down there today and grab a coffee like I did, as 100% of proceeds go to help send kids from low income families build essential life skills.

-I got to speak in front of Medicine Hat at our annual Spectrum Festival! I am so honoured to have such a supportive community, as well as the opportunity to spread awareness on “inner beauty” and reducing the negative stigma surrounding disadvantaged individuals. Thank you all for coming out and helping me pursue my dreams.

-although I’m sure I frightened many children with my air horn, I still had a blast volunteering at the wipeout booth hanging out prizes and Spectrum!

-I had the opportunity to take a stand in the 8th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a walk against sexual and physical abuse. Men are encouraged to walk a mile in a pair of women’s high heels, supporting victims and taking a stand against abuse.
I had a blast on stage teaching the police and fire department how to walk in high heels, followed by myself kicking off the walk. Thank you to all who came out to support this cause.

-I had a super busy day selling floats for Free the Children with my business class! It also happened to be my last day as a leader of the very supportive Me to We club

– I had the honour of spending one last evening with my very favourite people. Waves Swim Club has been a big part of my life for a very long time, and has taught me skills from determination, to patience, to leadership skills, to the importance of supporting others. From being a swimmer for many years, to coaching for 3 years, I could not have asked for a better group to have called my swim team. Last night I got to hand out awards to recognize all of our hardworking swimmers and appear not as a friend or a coach, but as Miss Teenage Alberta (the little girls loved it!) Chat TV was there documenting the memorable event, so be sure to tune into TV to catch it!

-Guess what 🙊 mostly everyone knows I love public speaking 🎉 but I love it even more when I can speak for a cause. Recently, I got to be the MC of a fashion show… But not just any fashion show! All proceeds from the show went towards the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, to help women affected my breast cancer. We made a TON of money to help women with breast cancer, and had even more fun at it! The coolest thing? The clothes in the show (Free Hippy by Tenille Reichelman) were made from recycled materials such as broken jewellery and second hand clothes!! Cool, eh???

Being the MC as well as getting model the clothes was fun!

Being the MC as well as getting model the clothes was fun!

-I am so happy I could support the Medicine Hat Kinnettes in their Charity BBQ. A while back, I presented to this group of ladies on my platform as Miss Teenage Alberta, and the importance of reducing the negative stigma in our communities, as well as how the Brown Bag Lunch Program does so. I am so honoured that my speech influenced them to support this charity at their annual BBQ (100% of profits went towards the Brown Bag Lunch Program), and that together we can all help build up self confidence in individuals to work towards a less judgemental and more welcoming environment!

-I attended a crimestoppers BBQ making burgers and attending the “Positive Pedals Project”, giving bikes to kids in need who make an impact on our community!

And that’s not even all of it!

Whew!! That was a long one! But hey, it was fun, wasn’t it? Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for even more updates to come!

Thanks for reading!
Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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To those who don’t know me, I am a very busy person. However, when I say “busy,” I don’t mean “sitting at a desk doing work and other boring stuff,” I mean I am truly living life to the fullest. Confused? Let me explain by taking you through one day of my life.

Wednesday, in no particular order, I:

  • -watched the birth of 3 deer
  • -completed my LAST EVER day of high school
  • -got to support local charities by buying “Kona Ice” from a nearby food truck
  • -did a conga line down a hallway
  • -presented to a classroom on healthy lifestyles
  • -was presented a $450 cheque for Free the Children (after convincing my school to host a fundraiser!!) YAY MHHS
  • -received a free ice cream slushie mix from Hat News (thanks guys!!)
  • -watched a baby dear take its first steps
  • -had a chocolate celebratory ice cream cone
  • -ordered a McDouble, dressed like a Mac, with no bun (my favourite McDonalds meal)
  • -handed in my last high school assignment
  • -wore heels for 7 hours (correct, not minutes… HOURS) without rolling my ankles (whoop whoop)

And that’s just a peek into how my day went! On an average day, I’d also add in “attended Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked out, volunteered after school, and worked as a swim coach for a few hours,” and would not have all of those junk foods added into the mix, but got lucky with my last day of school and had a day full of fun!

Wondering what else I’m up to? Tune into my blogs for me to go over all my recent appearances!!!

Thanks for reading <3

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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I’d like to make a toast. And I’m not talking about the peanut butter and banana toast that our parents would make for us every morning for breakfast, although we all are finally old enough to do that on our own. I’d like to make a toast to the parents, because us students have finally reached that stage where we are moving on to the portion of our lives where we will have to make our own toast for breakfast.

Okay, parents, before we start I’d like to have some straight talk with you. You’re always telling us to “be creative” and that we are sooooo unique, but let’s be serious. I was sensing a trend going on, so did some research. How many of you know someone with this name:

Jacob
Austin
Matt
Jarred
Nick

Emily
Hannah
Madi
Taylor
Hailey

Well it turns out these are some of the most common baby names of 1998. Way to be creative. I’m so glad we’re “unique” 😉 But you see, it’s not always so easy for us to be so creative.

I know you always have our best interests in mind, hence the curfew, but do you realize that you are actually putting our lives at risk by doing so?! Following speed limits, it should take approximately 16 minutes to get from the far end of crescent heights to south ridge. We’ve accomplished this is a mere 6 minutes, just to meet that curfew, am I right? Side note- biggest mover on bidding battles right now is the radar detectors. So parents, when you ask us how we’re home 2 minutes early, I’m not going to lie, we only drove 45…. Over the speed limit (not actually but we’re all basically skilled at doing corners at 45!) and if we’re late, I can tell you, it was most definitely a traffic jam… At midnight… In Medicine Hat.

Parents, you’ve had to deal with our crap (like, literally deal with our crap), for a long time, but I guess it’s time for us to say thank you. Thank you for your sleepless nights staying up waiting for us while we’re in “traffic jams”, for giving us that much needed hug when our heart is shattered after a breakup, for you worrying for us when we first got our drivers license, for giving us pointers for our first job interview, for making us soup when we’re sick and handing us kleenexes when we’re down. For understanding that although we’re addicted to technology, that we really do noooot want you to answer the landline phone call from anytime between 5-7 pm (a student from your household in grade 12 was absent for teacher advisory period…), for believing in us in everything we do, and pushing our limits to be our best. For always being there to listen to us, and offer advice. These are sacrifices you’ve made for us that would have been hard, and they don’t unrecognized.

Thank you for moulding us into the young adults we are today, ready to venture on to a new chapter of our lives. But also, thank you for giving us space after door slamming, and putting up with our name calling.

You guys have had to deal with us complaining of name calling for a long time, but no longer do you have to ask the other parents what the words mean. In kindergarten having others say we have “cooties,” to grade 7 being called “band geeks” or “drama nerds”, to grade 9, I’m not going to repeat some of those words, but a tip of advice, if you don’t know what they mean, I don’t suggest you ask the other parents… We as youth, don’t like to take the blame for anything. It somehow was always your fault. You made me a girl and that’s why I have cooties, you enrolled me in that class and that’s why I’m a nerd. But today, I can be called a new name. Today I am proud to call be called a graduate, and it’s all thanks to you.

Massive thank you to my mom, Terrie, and dad, Rob. You guys are the real MVP!

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Signing off for today,

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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Aloha! On a daily basis I’m asked about my upcoming Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, and my current title of Miss Teenage Alberta. However, hardly ever am I asked about myself as a person! So here is 10 answers to questions you were probably never going to ask 😉

10 little known facts about me:

-my best friend is my beagle Holly

-I either listen to classical music, rap, or musical theatre during my workouts, and there is no in between (talk about getting a pump on!)

-I have a slight (and by slight, I mean will drink 6+ cups a day) addiction to tea of all flavours

-I’m a huge nerd. We’re talking spending my free time writing pieces to get published, memorized 200+ digits of Pi, highest mark in school type nerd.

-I believe in aliens. Seriously.

-I probably spend more time in a swimsuit than I do in clothing #lifeguardlife #swimcoach #lakelife

-my very favourite food is a traditional Hawaiian salad, consisting mainly of raw tuna and spices called POKE (mmmmmmmmmm it is actually so good… If you like raw fish) BUT I am not a picky eater. I seriously eat everything. (Some things on the list include frog legs, snails, and some other pretty crazy stuff)

-I enjoy making words up. Some words are just meant to be! Find that missing sock you’ve been looking for? That’s a SOCKCESS (sock+success) Do you ever get frustrated because you’re so cold? Sounds FREEZSTRATING (freezing+frustrating). Nervous and excited at the same time? You’re NERVOUSCITED!

-I can state the alphabet faster backwards than forwards

-I have many talents, but singing is definitely not one of them (some times I like to think I’m pretty good at opera though hahaha *wine glass in the background shatters*)

And there you go!! Pretty cool, eh?

Thanks for reading! Check back soon!

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016 <3

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