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Five Things to do Around Alberta This Week - Part XVIII

Okay, time to get introspective. We’ve spent a lot of this series helping you find ways to explore local businesses, swim in the most beautiful watering holes, camp in the most ideally located campgrounds, and delve into art and culture.
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This week, it’s about looking inward at the places where we can connect with ourselves.

Visit the Healing Garden in St. Albert

As we uncover more about the terrible truths of residential schools across the province, it can be difficult to process the grief. The Healing Garden in St. Albert was created in 2017 to help with this. It’s a quiet, therapeutic place of education, awareness and cultural teaching. You’ll find it on Red Willow Trail across from St. Albert Place.

Reflect on history at Fort Calgary

It’s complicated, the history of Fort Calgary. It’s a site of importance for Indigenous peoples, a site of history for the North West Mounted Police, it’s where plans were made to stamp out the whiskey trade, and where complicated relationships with local Indigenous populations were born. It’s been a hospital, a railway support centre, and a police administrative facility. The history and the decisions made here are not always comfortable ones; now the site serves to reflect on what we did wrong, what we did right, and how we can learn from the past.

Push yourself at the Buller Pass in Kananaskis

Like to hike? Then test your limits. The Buller Pass presents a challenge for the day hiker because it’s an uphill climb through trees and uneven terrain. You’ll be rewarded, however, with beautiful views and the healing power of nature. Be sure to dress for the weather, carry a cell phone, let people know when you are expected back, and bring plenty of snacks and water. A challenging hike is good for the body and brain, but keep safety in mind.

Soak your troubles away in Banff

Banff Upper Hot Springs has re-opened to the public. Soaking in a natural hot spring is more than relaxing. It’s therapeutic! The hot water helps with sore muscles, tension, and pain management. The mineral content gives your skin a glowing boost too. A good soak can ease stress and help you focus on the positive. Give it a try before the summer is over.

Increase your wellbeing with flowers (specially, one giant one) in Hughenden, Alberta

Flowers bring light and life into your home. They make wonderful gifts, can be an expression of love, and just burst with joy! Experience this under the Brown Eyed Susan sunflower in Hughenden. Made from rubber and concrete, Susan soars 14 feet high and has leaves that spread out 12 feet. She may not be a “natural beauty” (who are you to judge, hmmmm…?) but she’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Nerissa McNaughton is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.