Week in Review: Tripping the Parks Fantastic

The last weekend with my mum and grandma visiting was an eventful one. We had a lovely trip to Fort Edmonton Park, did some shopping at the Strathcona Farmer’s Market, and visited the Muttart Conservatory.

Fort Edmonton Park was fantastic. Matt and I bought annual passes so we can visit frequently through the year. They are having a Canada Day celebration as well as a Hallowe’en costume extravaganza that we plan on attending. The Fort is laid out in separate sections, starting with a replica of the actual Fort that was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company to provide shelter for traders and to act as a meeting place for the Natives and the newly arrived Europeans. Next comes 1885 Street, the era where Edmonton became a proper town. There is a hotel, a saloon, an RCMP outpost and a millinery, where I tried on the hat.

There is also 1902 Street and 1920 Street, where you can see the changes that time brings about to the city. There is a midway with games, a ferris wheel, and a carousel. It was a lot to take in, and we will definitely go back just to see all the rest of the sights.

We also went to the Muttart Conservatory once more. It was my mum and grandma’s first visit to the Conservatory but we saw many new flowerings. The peach tree was bearing fruit. The Agave Americana had sprouted babies and they were selling the plantings. The feature pavillion was planted with hydrangeas and draped with muslin so that weddings could be hosted there. While they were very pretty, I preferred the beautiful tulip flowerings of the last visit.

Matt’s back to work today, but it’s a short day, and he has tomorrow off as well so we can take my mum and grandma to the airport. I’ll be sad to see them leave. It’s been a great visit though, and I can’t wait until Mum comes back so I can take her to even more fantastic places in this great city.


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