The Prairies 1/1 by Tripoto
Frank
From dramatic rocky mountains, the landscape changes to monotonous flat lands. The Prairies extend from Ontario in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Here you will find those endless roads that meet the horizon. Calgary is the Western gateway to the prairie provinces; confident and modern, this city is booming like nowhere else in Canada at the moment. Every summer, it plays host to the Calgary Stampede, a near city-wide celebration of Calgary’s ranching heritage. The city is also home to the Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, and Canada Olympic Park (the city hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics). Visit Stephen Avenue Walk, a wonderful location to eat, drink and shop and go to some of the city’s parks (Fish Creek Provincial Park is recommended) for walking and hiking. East of Calgary, visit the arid Badlands around Drumheller (once home to dinosaurs), the town of Medicine Hat, and the Grasslands National Park. Another fascinating city is Winnipeg- the capital of Manitoba and the Eastern gateway to the Prairie provinces. It’s also smack in the middle of the country – it used to be known as the “Bulls Eye of the Dominion”. It's a mix of culture and history, with old buildings lining up the city.