Two decades before confederation, The Hudson’s Bay Company asked two Quebec priests to travel west to minister to the company’s employees on the West Coast. During the journey, they travelled through the Rockies, where they stumbled upon Banff and established St. Mary’s of the Assumption. In 1888, the community built a log-cabin church for a Catholic parish, but in 1950, St. Mary’s upgraded to a grander building, designed by the resident priest (a former architectural engineer with the Banff Springs Hotel). The church is still in active and provides regular services.
Set sail on the Edmonton Riverboat and enjoy a weekend brunch, dinner or just a beautiful sunset cruise in the heart of Edmonton. Reservations are encouraged and the 90-minute sailings take place approximately one hour after boarding begins. Food is also available for purchase if you purchase just a cruise ticket.
The bluff runs along the northern bank of the Bow River as it flows through the centre of the city. It was named after Felix McHugh, who homesteaded this property and was a prominent early entrepreneur. In 2004, Calgary launched a project to restore and develop the bluff into a natural park. Though the park is close to the city centre, because of the steep grade it does not have a history of intensive human use. Currently however, on any given day, there is an extremely high volume of commuters, joggers and dog walkers using the lateral pathways and trails.