Jan. 3oth – This weekend’s Happenings!

If your anything like me and LOVE to be outdoors – camping then your probably heading to the Calgary RV Expo and Sale this weekend at the BMO Centre: http://www.rvda-alberta.org/shows.html

Snow Days is still on in Banff until Feb. 9th: http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Area-Events/Festivals/Winter/SnowDays

Saturday Feb.1st The Traveling Mabels are playing at Cochrane’s Legacy Guitar & Coffee House: http://legacyguitarhouse.com/events/

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Cochrane WinterFest!!

This weekend, January 25th & 26th from noon to 5pm at the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds.

Admission $5/person (age 5 and under free). Firepits, Kids Curling, Kids vs. Cochrane Generals on ice, Team Alberta Bobsleigh, Pony Rides, Games, Wagon rides, Lumberjack zone, Entertainment, 5k WinterFest Fun Run.

Facebook Cochrane WinterFest or www.cochraneevents.ca

Latern Tours in Banff!

Latern Tours in Banff!

It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. All your sense awaken as the light from your lantern casts shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns, you supply the imagination.

BOOM – Theater Calgary Jan. 15-19, 2014

BOOM – Theater Calgary Jan. 15-19, 2014

A riveting one man tour-de-force that captures the defining   moments of the baby-boom generation.   Folding the past into the   future, with state-of-the-art multimedia.   Rick Miller guides us   through 25 years of turbulent history and portrays the world’s most   influential politicians, activists and musicians.   It’s a   mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.  See why   Entertainment Weekly has called Rick Miller “one of the 100 most   creative people alive today.”

Ice Magic Festival

Ice Magic Festival

January   17 – 26, 2014

Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise, Alberta

 

 

Now in its 20th year, this BanffNational Park classic is more popular   than ever. Experience Lake Louise at its   winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival. Centerpiece to SnowDays, a new   month-long celebration of winter in BanffNational Park.   With activities including the International Ice Carving Competition, speed   carving events and the Little Chippers, the Ice Magic Festival has something   for all ages.

 

Rockyview (Cochrane) Hotel

The ‘ol Cochrane Hotel has seen some changes with it’s new owner: The Texas Gate. And in my opinion, just a born and raised Cochranite who has always appreciated the historical charm of this delightful little town, has done nothing good for this local hot spot.

The first thing I noticed, because how you could not, was that they stripped the honkey-tonk’s infamous title “Stageline Saloon”. The second thing I noticed was how quiet and dreary it was on a Friday night. To be quite honest it looked more like a Sunday afternoon in there, all the new T.V’s lit up with some Oiler’s game (???) and only a few people watching. Now the Hotel I remember was always packed on Friday and Saturday night; due to the fact that you could count on there being a live band, may be great, may be bad, didn’t matter much because that was the vibe of this famous little honky-tonk – A LIVE BAND! Which is exactly what my husband I and were banking on when we decided to go out last night. Not only I was super disappointed – I was devastated. The old oak bar sat full of empty stools, and you used to have be a small female to just get to the wood to get a drink. No D.J., no one was playing pool, and you used to have to put your loonie down behind 5 or 6 other’s to just get a game. The old wooden table and chair décor has been replaced with a Buffet Restaurant style equivalent (cheap & ugly) and to top that off they put carpet squares over the old antique hardwood, maybe they took that out too, but CARPET SQUARES!! In an antique historical icon!! Seriously?? Like I said, devastated.

Not one cowboy hat to be had in there last night, not even by the staff, when once there were so many. So if anyone were to ask me if I like the changes to The Hotel? I think its fairly obvious I don’t. This bar represented western heritage and it was a place of social gathering for this ranching community. I believe the new owner’s don’t get it, they certainly do not appreciate the piece of history they have bought and I believe they have done this bar’s history and this town a disservice with their changes. They stripped it’s name, it charm, it appeal, its history and they literally swept it under the carpet.