Category Archives: Cities

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan City Profile

Moose Jaw has been around for over 100 years from around the time Saskatchewan first entered into confederation.  It’s a great distribution center for most of Western Canada as it is located on not only both the Trans-Canada Highway and east-west rail across Canada, but also the north-south rail to Chicago.  It’s the only city of major population in Western Canada that has retained its original Main Street (completely intact).  Moose Jaw Refinery processes over 5 million barrels of heavy crude oil per year.  They do this in order to produce several grades of road asphalt, wellsite fluids, and roofing flux.  Its less than an hour away from Regina which is pretty much the only major city of its size for hundreds of miles.

Population: 35,629
Elevation: 1893ft (577m)
Website: www.moosejaw.ca
Media:
News – Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Forum / Radio – 800 AM (Oldies since 1922), 100.7 FM (Country Music), 103.9 FM (Community Radio)  / TV – Channels 4 (CBC), 7 (CTV), 11 (Global Regina)

Attractions

  • Emerald Glass and Gallery
  • IMC Potash Gallery
  • Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
  • The Yvette Moore Gallery
  • Burrowing Owls
  • Murals of Moose Jaw
  • Cultural Centre
  • Crescent Park
  • Moose Jaw Warrior Hockey
  • Casino Moose Jaw
  • Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum
  • Western Development Center
  • Temple Gardens Mineral Spa
  • Trolley Company

Places to Stay

  • Comfort Inn
  • Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort
  • Super 8 Motel
  • Travelodge
  • Knights Inn
  • Dreamland Motel
  • Days Inn
  • Prairie Oaks Tourist Complex
  • Heritage Inn
  • Capoone’s Hideaway Theme Motel
  • Thritlodge
  • Midtown Motor Motel
  • Wakamow Heights Bed and Breakfast
  • Knowles Motel

Places to Eat

  • Cornerstone Inn Pub & Eatery
  • Harwood’s
  • Bobby’s Place
  • Boston Pizza
  • Nit’s Thai Food
  • Burger Cabin
  • Family Pizza
  • Kergano’s
  • DK Sushi House
  • Nick’s Place
  • Hickory Smokehouse & Grill
  • Hopkins Dining Parlour
  • National Café
  • Déjà Vu Café
  • Saigon 75
  • Houston Pizza
  • Jame’s Chinese Restaurant
  • Calico Junction
  • Smitty’s Pancake House
  • Cordova Bistro
  • Jade Garden
  • The Mad Greek
  • A & W Family Restaurant
  • Trifon’s PIzza
  • Humpty’s Family Restaurant
  • Overseas Restaurant
  • Rodo’s Pizza
  • Prairie Oasis Restaurant
  • Al’s Pizza & Family Restaurant
  • Joey’s Seafood Restaurants

 

Minnedosa, Manitoba City Profile

Minnedosa (not to be confused with Minnesota) is a town Northwest of Winnipeg. It is actually directly north of Brandon, Manitoba.  It’s also located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Highway 10.  You are only a 30 minute drive North of Brandon, Manitoba and 30 minutes South of Riding Mountain National Park.  If you are into sports this town has about everything one could need in this part of the world.  They have an 18 hole golf course, curling and skating rinks, baseball and soccer fields, bowling lanes, walking trails, ski trails, tennis courts, fitness centers and more.  Their golf course is actually located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Canada.  The greens are nice a soft which makes for great play.  As far as the outdoors go, there are plenty of rivers and lakes around to do some fishing, canoeing, boating, etc.

Ducks Unlimited has a huge presence in the town with their waterfowl management programs in the region.  One of my favorite things to do in the town is the Flag Walk which is the short trail between the Heritage Village and the spillway.  There are a ton of flags all in a row and makes for a great photo opportunity.  One of the cool events that you should check out if you get a chance is the “Rockin The Fields of Minnedosa” festival which is pretty awesome.  This year they are having Finger Eleven as the main attraction.  They are a really good and popular Canadian rock band.  If you want to see pictures from their 2011 Festival just check them out here.  I would compare it to a small Austin City Limits Festival.  The people are really nice and you really don’t see many problems with the crowds.  There is plenty of parking all over so you really don’t have to worry about that either.  The festival itself was apparently created from the ashes of two previous rock festivals by a small group of very dedicated fans.  It is now non-profit which I am all for supporting and it continues to grow every year.

Population: 2,474
Elevation: 1,840ft (561m)
Website: Link
News: Minnedosa Tribune
TV: 4 Channels (Channel 2 – Global, Channel 4 – CTV, Channel 12 – Local, Channel 21 – Radio Canada)

Things to Do

  • Ishii Japanese Garden
  • Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village Corp.
  • Minnedosa Golf & Country Club
  • Minnedosa Civic Center
  • Buffalo Park
  • Train Park
  • Nature Trails
  • Heritage Park
  • Lookout Tower
  • Trout Pond
  • Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa
  • Antons Lake
  • Minnedosa Paddling Club

Places to Stay

  • Gateway Motel and Restaurant
  • Tilson Place Bed & Breakfast
  • Laws Way Bed & Breakfast
  • Minnedosa Campground
  • Beach Road Bed & Breakfast
  • Valley Motor Lodge

Food to Eat

  • Cornerstone Grill
  • The Garden Thyme Restaurant
  • Dari Isle Drive In
  • Maushies Ltd
  • Sun Sun Chinese Restaurant
  • Minnedosa Main Street Cafe
  • Mangin Bros Diary
  • Ka Ming Restaurant
  • Terry’s Place
  • Uncle Tom’s Drive Inn Restaurant
  • Chicken Delight
  • Prairie Pantry Family Restaurant

 

Medicine Hat, Alberta City Profile

Located east of Lethbridge and southeast of Calgary, Medicine Hat is the sixth-largest city in Alberta.  Known for it’s massive natural gas fields and reserves the city got the nickname “The Gas City”.  Founded in 1883 it was not incorporated as a town until 1898 and a city in 1906.  The reasons for the boom in population initially were due to the expansion west and having the first hospital past Winnipeg.   It also happens to be conveniently located halfway between Winnipeg and Vancouver.  There is no shortage of things to do here and more than 100 restaurants to choose from.

Population: 57,000+
Elevation: 2,198 feet (670m)
Website: www.medicinehat.ca
News: Medicine Hat News | Prairie Post
Radio: FM 93.7 (Christian), FM 94.5 (Country), FM 96.1 (Adult Contemporary), FM 97.3 (Public), FM 98.3 (News/Talk), FM 100.5 (News/Talk), FM 102.1 (Classic Hits), FM 105.3 (Active Rock)
TV: Channels – 6 (Citytv), 8 (CTV), 34 (Radio-Canada)

Things to Do

  • Public Library – Theatre
  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Medicine Hat College Theatre
  • Spectrum Sunshine Festival
  • JazzFest
  • Tongue on the Post Folk Festival
  • Canada Day and the Sandfly Festival
  • Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede
  • Medicine Hat Speedway and Motorplex
  • Police Point Park

Places to Stay

  • Best Western Inn
  • Coast Hotel
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Days Inn
  • Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Imperial Inn
  • Medicine Hat Lodge Resort, Casino, and Spa
  • Motel 6
  • Park Lane Motor Motel
  • Quality Inn
  • Ramada
  • Ranchmen Hotel
  • Sun Deck Motel
  • Super 8
  • Travelodge Hotel
  • Gas City Campground
  • Golden Sheaf Park
  • Ross Creek RV Park

Food to Eat

  • Fast Food
    • A&W Restaurant
    • Burger King
    • Dairy Queen – Crescent Heights
    • Pita Pit
    • Taco Time
  • Original Joe’s
  • Ralph’s Texas Bar & Steak House

McCarthy, Alaska Town Profile

McCarthy is barely a town in my opinion but it offers some of the greatest experiences in Alaska. At the foot of the Wrangell Mountains McCarthy offers up some of the best outdoor adventures in the state. During the Summer months, McCarthy is one of the coolest places in Alaska to visit. It almost became a ghost town in the 70′s but then a lot of young people started moving in once the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline project was going on. Since then, the population has grown a bit and there are a lot of adventure services out in McCarthy.  There was also a serial killer who lived there, Louis D. Hastings who killed half of the town in 1983 trying to disrupt the pipeline’s development.  He is currently serving over 600 years in prison so he will not be getting out any time soon.  If you are looking for a place to stay, the McCarthy Bed & Breakfast is a great place to start.  They have clean cabins, continental style breakfast.

Population: 28
Elevation: 1,401ft (427m)

Things to Do

  • Alaskan Alpine Treks
  • Trek Alaska
  • Mountain Arts

Places to Stay

  • Kennicott Glacier Lodge
  • Kennicott River Lodge
  • Lancaster’s Hostel
  • Ma Johnson’s Hotel
  • McCarthy Lodge
  • Wrangell St. Elias News B&B
  • Swift Creek Cabins

Food to Eat

Mayo, Yukon Village Profile

Mayo was originally settled by those who were seeking gold.  It turned out however, that silver was what was going to make this village thrive.  This village has all the services someone who travels here will need.  Back during the mid 1930’s the Stewart River flooded so bad that it wiped out the original village destroying the church and most of their culture.   Yukon Energy made a deal with the First Nations to supply electricity to the entire area and there are over 40 silver mines in the area.

Population: 226
Elevation: 1,653ft (504m)
Website: villageofmayo.ca

Things to Do:

  • Alpine Interpretive Centre
  • Keno Mining Museum
  • Binet House Interpretive Centre
  • Mount Joy Wilderness Adventures
  • Wind River Adventures
  • Winterchild Jewellery

Places to Stay:

  • Bedrock Motel
  • Keno Cabins Bed & Breakfast
  • Golden Heart Acres Bed & Breakfast
  • North Star Motel
  • Silver Trail Inn/Halfway Lakes
  • Whispering Willows RV Park & Restaurant

Food to Eat:

  • Whispering Willows RV Park  & Restaurant
  • Chinese Restaurant
  • Snack Bar @ Corp & Ryan Cabins
  • Keno City Snack Bar
  • Mayo Bigway Foods

 

Lower Post, British Columbia City Profile

Lower Post, British Columbia is an aboriginal community up in Northern British Columbia.  Its located along the Alaska Highway and is a beautiful area to be in during the Summer months.  Before it was a town, it was a great fishing spot along with a crossing (early road systems) and a meeting place for people.  It has a diverse population due to the fact that people from all over would come meet at this place and eventually settled there.  Kaska is the rare language spoken by a few of the aboriginals.  There are no government services in Lower Post and the citizens use services from nearby Watson Lake, Yukon (about 15 miles Northwest).  I find the sharp increase in population interesting considering just 10 years ago there were 28 people and 5 years later there was 113.

Population: 113+
Elevation: 1800ft
Website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/firstnation/kaska_nation/default.html
News:

Things to Do

  • Good Fishing Spots

Places to Stay

  • Big Horn Hotel

 

Lethbridge, Alberta City Profile

Lethbridge, Alberta is the 4th largest city in the province (behind Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer).  Its located just south of Calgary, Alberta on the Oldman River. They have the only University in Alberta south of Calgary and two of the three campuses in Southern Alberta are in Lethbridge.  Lethbridge was originally developed from coal drift mines by the North Western Coal and Navigation Company and was named after their president William Lethbridge.  Before this time, this area was a complete mess with Americans fighting Natives and the area was a hot Whiskey trade.  Eventually the RCMP (then known as the North-West Mounted Police) came in, restored order and eventually the large coal mining company came in.   The first railway came into town by 1885 which helped the city thrive, grow, and dream because of the railroad industry’s dependence on coal.

Population: City – 87,882 | Metro – 100,000+
Elevation: 2,990ft (910m)
News: Lethbridge Herald | Lethbridge Sun Times | Lethbridge Journal
Radio: 88.3 FM (Campus Radio), 91.7 FM (Public Radio), 93.3 FM (Hit Radio), 94.1 FM (Classic Hits), 95.5 FM (Country), 98.1 FM (Christian), 99.3 FM (Public Radio), 100.1 FM (News/Talk), 104.3 FM (News/Talk), 106.7 FM (Active Rock), 107.7 FM (Adult Contemporary)
TV: 6 Channels – 2 (Citytv), 7 (Global), 10 (CBC), 13 (CTV), 17 (The Miracle Channel), 23 (SRC)

Things to Do

  • Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre
  • Galt Museum
  • Scenic Drive Dog Run
  • Henderson Lake Park
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
  • The Helen Schuler Nature Centre
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery
  • New West Theatre
  • Alberta Birds of Prey Centre
  • Remington Carriage Museum
  • High Level Bridge
  • Evergreen Golf Centre

Places to Stay

  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
  • Quality Inn & Suites
  • Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Sandman Hotel
  • Canada’s Best Value Inn
  • Ramada
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Comfort Inn
  • Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Holiday Inn
  • Paradise Canyon By Evrentals
  • Super 8
  • Days Inn

Food to Eat

  • Saigonese Restaurant
  • Firestone Restaurant and Bar
  • Lighthouse Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant
  • The Cheesecake Cafe
  • Original Joe’s
  • Plum
  • CoCo Pazzo Italian Cafe
  • Miro’s
  • The Keg
  • Georgio’s Contempory Dining
  • O-Sho Japanese Restaurant
  • Two Guys An A Pizza Place
  • Dono Sushi
  • Top Pizza & Spaghetti House
  • The Penny Coffee House
  • Crazy Cakes
  • Pasta Fresco
  • Denny’s Restaurant
  • Namu Korean and Western Grill

 

Juneau, Alaska City Profile

Juneau, Alaska is a rare breed when it comes to being a city inside the United States.  This is not only because its the Capital of the largest state in the United States but it also covers the largest area over land by more than four times the next largest Capital City.  On top of all of that, it has the fifth lowest population of any Capital City.  When you think of Capitals you tend to think of larger cities when in actuality (this is one of the largest cities in the state).  People who live here are called Juneauites which is weird when you look at it but flows quite nicely when saying.  Auke and Taku tribe’s settled here and in the surrounding areas for thousands of years before people first discovered the area.  This enabled this area to become a center for social events for several tribes.  1790′s is when the first Europeans came and explored the area but actually ended up designating the area unreachable via boat and therefore pointless to explore further.

Unlike other parts of Alaska, Juneau has more of a temperate climate (relative to other temps across Alaska).  Record highs in July have seen 90 degrees.  If you are just looking for some hiking and camping to do, Juneau is a great place to do that too.  Just be sure you bring the right kind of gear because it tends to rain all year round (except when its snowing).  If you want to learn more about Alaska’s Capital City then I suggest you check their city website out because it will not only have the most up to date news, but is also a great resource for any specific information you might need for your trip.  They also have a whole host of webcams that you can view from their site which will give you an idea of what life is like live in Juneau.

Name: Juneau, Alaska
Population: Borough – 32,154 | City – 17,311
Elevation: 56ft (17m)
Website: www.juneau.org

Things to do:

  • Alaska State Museum – museums.alaska.gov
  • House of Wickersham
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum
  • Patsy Ann Statue
  • Mount Roberts Tram
  • Trails

Places to stay:

  • Best Western – Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Best Western – Country Lane Inn
  • Juneau Aspen Suites Hotel
  • Travelodge Juneau Airport
  • Juneau Hotel
  • Westmark Baranof Hotel
  • Frontier Suites Airport Hotel
  • Driftwood Lodge
  • Super 8 Motel – Juneau
  • Extended Stay America – Shell Simmons Drive
  • Goldbelt Hotel Juneau
  • Sally’s Bed and Breakfast
  • The Alaskan Hotel & Bar
  • Prospector Hotel
  • Breakwater Inn
  • Blueberry Lodge

Food to eat

There are quite a few restaurants in Juneau so we decided to do some extra research and figure out where the best ones are.  If you would like to learn more about how we figured all of this out you can start by going to one of several websites such as:  TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, and Google Places

  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack
  • Jerry’s Meats & Seafood
  • The Rookery Cafe
  • Sandpiper Cafe
  • Paradise Cafe
  • The Sandbar
  • Red Dog Saloon
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Alaskan Crepe Escape
  • Southeast Waffle Company
  • Chan’s Thai Kitchen
  • Seong’s Sushi Bar & Chinese
  • Island Pub
  • Suwanna Cafe
  • El Zarape
  • Pel’ Meni
  • Pizzeria Roma

Parks:

  • Douglas Parks
  • Downtown Parks
  • Valley Parks
  • Lemon Creek Parks
  • Treadwell Historic Trail – Map

Indian Head, Saskatchewan City Profile

Indian Head was settled in 1882 just ahead of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.  The town became popular once the railroad was put in because of the one attraction in the area which was the Bell Farm.  Tourists who were taking the train out West would often stop and watch the daily harvesting of the land.  The reason for this was the sheer size of the farm (54,000 acres) which was pretty unheard of in Canada. It’s actually located about 100 miles north of the United States border. The city you would want to go to from here is Regina as it will have any services you might find yourself needing.

Population: 1,910
Elevation: 1,900ft (579m)
Website: http://www.townofindianhead.com/
News: Indian Head Today

Attractions

  • Towns Historic Walking Tour
  • Katepwa Park
  • Qu’appelle Valley
  • Grand Avenue Shopping

Places to Stay

  • Corner House Bed and Breakfast
  • Eden House Bed and Breakfast
  • Grand Avenue Inn & Wooden Nickel Saloon
  • Indian Head Motel Bar & Grill
  • Sunshine Motel

Places to Eat

  • A-1 Pizza – (306) 695-5040
  • Arrowhead Convenience Store – (306) 695-3708
  • China Garden Restaurant – (306) 695-2793
  • Dairy Mart – (306) 695-2030
  • Grand Avenue Inn & Wooden Nickel Saloon – (306) 695-2163
  • Indian Head Bakery
  • Bigway Foods
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • JV Restaurant

 

Haines Junction, Yukon City Profile

Haines Junction is that mirage in the desert that you think you will never see but up and over that hill over there…boom a gas station, hotels, food, everything a human could need.  It also serves as a junction for the Alaska Highway and Haines, Alaska highway route.  I am hoping that eventually they will build a road that ends in Juneau.  I am pretty sure that would be the most epic drive in the entire world.  Haines Junction is located in the Shakwak Valley in the deep southwestern Yukon.  It’s at the foot at some of the most gorgeous mountains in North America.  Just take a look at Haines Junction in terrain view because you will just see how awesome this place is. City slickers beware, this is more of an adventurous, outdoors kind of place as you will find almost all outdoor activities available here.  If you are looking for something that is somewhat all inclusive, I would recommend the Dalton Trail Lodge as they have food and lodging available as a package for $230.00 (Canadian Dollars) per night which is pretty awesome.  Every room has its own bathroom (which you may not consider a luxury but out in the Yukon it really is) and the rooms are all located in 4 cabins or main building.  They have 2 double rooms and 8 single rooms available in their main building with the rest of the rooms (10 more double rooms) located in the 4 cabins.  Haines Junction really does have a spectacular view in all directions.  If you miss out on Haines Junction on your way up to Alaska, be sure and spend some time on your way back!

Population: 593
Elevation: 2,150ft (656m)
Website: www.hainesjunctionyukon.com
News: www.yukon-news.com

 

Things to do

  • Dezadeash River Trail
  • Flight-Seeing Trips of St. Elias ice age landscape
  • Alpine Wildflower Hike
  • Snowmobile excursions

Place to Stay

  • Raven Hotel
  • Cozy Corner Motel & Restaurant
  • Alcan Motor Inn
  • Kluane Bed & Breakfast
  • Stardust Motel
  • Dalton Trail Lodge

Food to Eat

  • The Raven Gourmet Dining
  • Village Bakery & Deli
  • Alcan Motor Inn
  • Backerei Café
  • Cozy Corner Motel & Restaurant
  • Kluane Park Inn
  • Mountain View Motor Inn