Alberta will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s one of the first destinations I remember visiting as a child, when my family and I drove from Toronto to Edmonton for my uncle’s wedding. I was about six years old and it was the ultimate road trip, complete with long hours of driving (thanks, Dad!), toe-tapping tunes on the radio and of course, lots of back seat snacks for me and my sister to share. As the scenery along our drive gave way to the prairies, stretching endlessly out to meet the horizon, then later, to the majesty of Alberta’s mountains, I still remember my mother’s awe and delight. She truly loved the natural beauty of our country, so unapologetically on display out west, and her pleasure was contagious.