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Family vacation can be close to home BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Ever get tired of seeing your children playing on their computers and media devices while on vacation? Do you ever wish that there was a place you could go where they could play carefree with Mother Nature as their companion? There are many options in Alberta that can offer a quiet getaway including cottages in the Rocky Mountains, the many beautiful campgrounds the province has to offer and a selection of lakes and beaches as well. Red Lodge Guest Ranch, just minutes west of Bowden off Hwy. 587, is a rustic retreat that offers a taste of life in the countryside. “We get a variety of guests,” said Wendy Bradshaw, who along with her husband Dale run the Ranch. “We have 16 cabins to rent, as well as camping services available and people will stay anywhere from a weekend to a week or even more.”

The attraction of the ranch is the idea of a getaway, as many will shut off their cell phones and live free of the constant buzzing – even if for just a day, she said. Guests at the ranch have the choice to either work along side Wendy and Dale during their stay to get a piece of the ranch life in the wide open fields or simply enjoy quiet time in a serene atmosphere. The many horses and cattle allow for plenty of work for the guests when they saddle up with Wendy in the morning and help her on the ranch during the day. “This morning we would have saddled up, went and checked cows, checked our big group of horses,” said Wendy. “We would have easily gotten in two hours of riding, but we could be doing anything that day on the ranch and people realize that and I think it’s part of the excitement and the attraction of getting to vacation on a ranch.” The ranch itself isn’t the only attraction for guests

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New building at Sunnybrook Farm unveiled BY JENNA SWAN Red Deer Express Sunnybrook Farm Musuem, original homestead of pioneer farmer James Bower, opened the doors to their new Roseneath Garage recently. The garage will be home to a plethora of valuable artifacts donated to the museum, including the 1911 McLaughlin Buick as well as a 1927 Chevrolet Coach and a 1927 Model TT truck. “When the 1911 was donated to us in 2007 we had it in our collection but weren’t able to display it properly and we haven’t had

enough storage space to properly preserve it so we built this garage so that it could be done properly,” said Ian Warwick, executive director for Sunnybrook Farm. “Then after the 1911 was donated we had the other two come in and we had this amazing garage built. Now we have the space to display all of them properly.” Named after the principal donor George Braitwaite’s family farm, the temperaturecontrolled garage will add to the already outstanding display of Central Alberta farm artifacts present at the museum. Originally gifted to the community in 1988 by Norman Bower, the museum is

now operated by the non-profit society Friends of Sunnybrook Farm. The Farm is now in its 25th year of operation. Aiming to educate the community on rural life in Central Alberta circa 18801950, the Farm is a popular destination for field trips, day camps and family fun days. Many of the museum buildings currently located at Sunnybrook Farm are from the original homestead of the Bower family including the 1942 Bower House, the 1950s barns and outbuildings, and it has grown to include 30 working antique tractors, farm equipment and 1,300 artifacts. The urban farm has high hopes of con-

tinuing to develop further than the garage and parking lot it has already constructed and move onto the next phase of the Society’s long term strategic development plan. This will include the restoration of the Calder School, a major interpretive centre and a cooperative mercantile store. “We’ve had the land transferred to us and we are planning to protect the north end where Norman’s original farm was,” said Warwick. “But we plan to preserve the original north end of the land and slowly develop further in the south end to continue growing Alberta’s farming history.” jswan@reddeerexpress.com

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Enjoy family fun on the golf course this summer BY EVAN BUHLER Red Deer Express Golf is a game that has been played for over five centuries, but only gained international popularity in the late 19th century. Since golf’s humble beginnings in Scotland the game has grown into one of the world’s most popular recreation sports. A 2009 National Allied Golf Association study found that revenue generated from golf courses and stand-alone driving ranges ($4.7 billion) rivals the revenue generated by all other recreation sports combined ($4.8 billion) in Canada. This means that based on participation, golf is the most popular recreational sport in Canada, played more than hockey. “If you’re a 12-year-old boy or an 82-year-old man you can tee off at the same time and enjoy a round of golf together,” said Andrew Gilchrist, general manager of River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. River Bend Golf Course is one of five golf courses in the Red Deer vicinity, and is owned by the City of Red Deer. “Golf is a game that has a long history of being associated with family. A lot of memories are built around the golf course.” The facility offers golfers an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole mini-links course for kids and a driving range as well. “River Bend is really well suited for families because we have the nine-hole mini-links course, which is well suited for kids learning the game golf or for an outing with a grandparent. Of course we also have the driving range, which is one of the best and biggest in the province.”

Also available at River Bend is the Academy of Golf Program, which is designed for kids, as well as ‘Little Swingers’ lessons that are put on through out the summer.

‘GOLF IS A GAME THAT HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BEING ASSOCIATED WITH FAMILY. A LOT OF MEMORIES ARE BUILT AROUND THE GOLF COURSE.’ ANDREW GILCHRIST Gilchrist said that golf is a great way to bond with the family, stay active and healthy, and is a cost-effective activity if offers like season passes are taken advantage of. River Bend is able to offer junior, adult and senior leagues and tournaments throughout the golf season. Not only can golf bring people closer together but it also

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Taking good care of your spine this summer As families vacation more and spend more time in the yard it can be easy to ignore your spinal health. With summer in full force families are getting outside and enjoying the yards and parks. With yard work comes low back pain and

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work stress and anxiety, relationships etc. is also a contributing factor to poor health. Most people are aware the more mental stress the more adverse health effects you will have. Mental stress can cause increases blood pressure, cancerous environments in the body, ulcers and so on. Mental stress is also one of the primary causes of vertebral subluxations.  A lot of people are aware that when they are stressed their neck aches, they get headaches, mid back pain, shortness of breath and low back pain. Lastly, physical stressors like car accidents, work trauma, what we do for work - because it’s repetitive, strenuous exercise, bumps and falls and even as early back as child birth trauma can cause spinal subluxations. These three types of stress cause subluxations in the spine and without regular checkups by a doctor of chiropractic these subluxations cause degenerative arthritis. I recommend families be checked regularly and starting at child birth. A forceps birth, breach baby or vacuum

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extraction can cause undo stress on a baby and therefore lead to common issues like colic, restlessness, irritability, wry neck, ear infection, lower intestinal problems like constipation to name a few. Unchecked these subluxations will continue to cause a life time of spinal stress and eventual arthritis. It’s important to note that basing your spinal health on how you ‘feel’ is a poor indicator if what’s actually happening. As we play outside, pull weeds, garden and do yard work we stress the spine in abnormal ways and it is imperative to get checked regularly by your doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractic is gentle, safe and the most clinically effective way to treat back pain. Chiropractic for children is extremely gentle and not the same as an adult treatment. Although most of the time there are no physical symptoms to let you know your spine is subluxated, there are of course many instances when your body presents symptoms or body talk. These are things like headaches, back spasms, neck pain, numb arms or

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013, HEALTHY FAMILY LIVING

What do you think you are made of? Have you ever asked yourself, ‘What is my body made of ?’

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of the most important pieces of biological data that we can know about ourselves. If you’re on a weight loss or fitness program, it can be difficult to determine if you’re losing fat or muscle. The only way to know for sure is to have your body composition measured. “The measurement of body fat content will become the new standard for assessing disease risk in adults. As such, it is of vital public health significance.” Everett Koop - Former U.S. Surgeon General Now this may seem pretty deep, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. The importance of determining our body’s composition is an important step for everyone regardless of age, race, religion and gender. Whether you are just thinking about losing weight, a casual runner or gym-goer, or an athlete, each of us needs a base line when we begin any training program and the first step is to get a body fat test done. Once we begin our

training programs, it’s important to check in anywhere between three to six months after beginning and see where we’re at. Not only do we hope to see an improvement in regards to our weight, but our clothes should fit better and go down a couple of belt sizes. The recurring tests will tell us scientifically where we’re making our gains and losses. Hopping on a scale just doesn’t tell us the whole story. Now I’m sure most of us have heard of Body Mass Index or BMI. The metric formula for determining our BMI is your weight (kg) divided by your height (m) squared (BMI = weight (kg)/(height x height). What does that tell us about what you’re made of ? You guessed it! It tells us absolutely nothing. Many extremely fit athletes that have a lot of lean muscle mass are considered obese based on this scale. On the other side, many people that are considered to have a normal BMI are in fact obese when they get their body fat tested. This

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Enjoy a rafting experience on the Red Deer River BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express An adventurous family outing awaits Central Albertans on the Red Deer River. Otter Rafting Adventures is located in Sundre and offers tours along the river. David Todd has been operating the company for 31 years. “We offer tours on the upper portion of the Red Deer River, southwest of Sundre in the foothills,” said Todd. “It’s outdoors, it’s exciting and the river changes all the time so it’s a different trip at different water levels.” The Red Deer River is considered to be a Grade 3 level which is in the middle in terms of difficulty. The rafting season generally begins the long weekend in May and runs through to the long weekend in September. “It’s something a beginner or intermediate paddler would be quite happy with and at higher waters, the more advanced paddlers would be very much interested in the river,” said Todd. “It has all capabilities, just at differ-

ent times.” Families can enjoy a half-day or a full-day trip down the river as there are different packages available. With a half-day excursion, participants are on the water for a couple of hours and with a full-day, they get to experience much more. “Our customers are taken out on a shuttle bus to the launching point and we provide them with a meal as well,” said Todd. “We’re on the river for about four to four and a half hours. But as the river flow rate changes then the amount of trip time on the river varies, so that is just a good estimate of the time.” He added by rafting down the river, Central Albertans are able to see the landscape from a different perspective. “We’re used to seeing the landscape from the road whereas on the river you get to see what erosion is all about. It’s a trip back in time because we can see how the river has eroded a strata of rock. At some levels you can even see fossils in the rock where we go,” said Todd. “We also usually see deer and last year we saw a

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grizzly bear which was the first time in several years. There is also evidence of cougars around and there are lots of wild horses around.” Rafting trips take place rain or shine. “You’re going to get

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Ride the rails on the Alberta Prairie Railway BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express This summer is full steam ahead with the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions. Exciting one-day adventures, which are based in Stettler, are onboard a real steam train or diesel powered train and are offered with a stop in Big Valley for a bite to eat before returning back to the town. “No one does what we do anywhere else in the world,” said Bob Willis, general manager of Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions. “This is one of the few attractions out there that appeals to all ages.” Trips can be anywhere between five and six hours depending on the packaged purchased. “Our excursions are very relaxing. Some people sit back and enjoy the ride and others explore the cars.” All ticket purchases include a full course country dinner style buffet at Big Valley, as well as onboard entertainment and possibly even a train robbery. “We are doing different things all the time,” said Willis. “We offer murder mysteries, dinner theatres and teddy bear specials.” Reservations are encouraged for the railway excursions which began in May. “People shouldn’t drive to Stettler and expect to get on the train,” said Willis. “A lot of times it’s all booked up.” He added the unique train excursion, which has been operating since 1990, is one that the whole family can enjoy. “You get to experience Alberta like it should be

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A Newfoundlander Excursion where guests will feast on steak and lobster is priced at $155 for adults, $130 for youth and $130 for children. Ticket prices for the murder mystery excursions, which are for adults only, are $120 per person. An adult only excursion is also available at $100 per person. More details about the excursions and their prices are available on the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion’s web site. Reservations are recommended. For more information call 403-742-2811 or visit www.absteamtrain.com. efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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See the animals up close at Discovery Wildlife Park Learn about animals while enjoying time with family BY EVAN BUHLER Red Deer Express Family-operated and family-oriented, Discovery Wildlife Park has a wide arrange of options to fit the needs of any family. “We appeal to all age groups. We really try to make it a good place for families to come and spend some quality time together,” said Debbie Rowland, co-owner of Discovery Wildlife Park. Located in the outskirts of the Innisfail town limits, Discovery Wildlife Park is set up like any other zoo, which you are allowed to walk through at your own pace. The park is home to bears, monkeys, jaguars, tigers, raccoons, camels, an alligator, and many more exotic and domestic wild animals. With 90 acres of property the park has ample space for families to enjoy all of

the animals without feeling crowded with other visitors checking out the sites as well. Many of the enclosures offer ample viewing space to help ensure families can get a good look at the animals.

‘WE TRY TO MAKE IT A REALLY GOOD PLACE FOR FAMILIES TO COME AND SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER.’ DEBBIE ROWLAND Golf carts are also available for patrons to rent and can help accommodate seniors or anyone who may have a tough time getting around the zoo. Rowland said that the staff at the park try to create a family atmosphere by offering comforts that you find in your home. There is a family room in

NEW ADDITIONS - One-month-old orphaned raccoons Kuna and Raiken were rescued by Fish and Wildlife near Black Diamond and now make their home at the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail. the lodge that offers a place for mothers to change or feed their babies, or just to sit and relax.

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Picnic tables are also scattered throughout the park offering patrons many locations to sit down and enjoy a meal. Open seasonally from May 1 until Thanksgiving, Discovery Wildlife Park offers many family-friendly events throughout the summer. Some of the programs include ‘Zookeeper for a Day Camp’, ‘Zoo Fest’, ‘Family Campout’ and ‘Night at the Zoo’, family reunions, and even weddings. The ‘Zookeeper for Day Camp’ is run throughout

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the summer with days designated for specific age groups. Participants will spend time with the staff at Discovery Wildlife Park and can help feed the animals, clean enclosures, and learn about the animals. ‘Family Campout’ and ‘Night at the Zoo’ allows families to camp on the park’s large area of land in the front of the park. “We have campfires and often times one of the black bears will come a sit by the fire, which the kids love. “Many times a year the

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A new ‘fast’ way to trim up for summer The cold has gone, the sun is out and it‘s time to ďŹ nally enjoy summer. For all Central Alberta residents we never take summer for granted. It seems to take forever to show up and in a quick blink of an eye it is gone. In saying this we always want to get the maximum beneďŹ ts of summer - and that means getting out, shedding the layers and feeling the warmth of the sun as much as we can. And if you‘re like most folks, it‘s also time to lose that last little bit of fat – those stubborn ďŹ ve to 10lbs of ab you wish could just melt away by tomorrow morning. Maybe you want to look good for an upcoming pool party, spend some time at the beach with friends or just feel great spending time outdoors. Whatever your reason for wanting to get ďŹ t in the shortest time possible, the good news is that with a little hard work, a solid exercise plan and cool little diet trick - you might get there just in time for the beach. It could help get you quickly get ďŹ t just in time to enjoy the rest of the sunny season. And the best news? It‘s beginning to get a lot of scientiďŹ c support. I‘m talking about intermittent fasting (IF). You may have heard of IF in the media. It really hit the main stream in the last half of 2012. Based on the research so far it could very well turn out to be another solid pillar of a sound nutrition plan (not a fad, not harmful and no long term backlashes). More research needs to be done to be sure but so far things look promising.

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DARLING Just so we‘re on the same page, the idea behind IF is simple – fast for relatively short periods of time throughout the week. The rest of the time eat as you normally would. Quick example – one way to do IF is to limit your daily eating to just eight hours (or less) per day. So in this case you‘d eat from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. every day. The rest of the time you‘re fasting. Or you can fast for two days a week and the rest of the week eat as you normally do. A 2007 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition split participants into two groups. One group ate three meals a day. The other group restricted their eating to a smaller time frame and fasted the rest of the time. Both groups ate their maintenance level of calories (enough to keep them from losing weight). The results were surprising. The researchers found that the participants who restricted their eating to a shorter time frame had a signiďŹ cant modiďŹ cation of body composition, signiďŹ cant decreases in blood pressure and in total, LDL-, and HDL-cholesterol concentrations; and a signiďŹ cant decrease in con-

centrations of cortisol. The fasting group lost weight despite eating their maintenance level of calories. In addition to weight loss beneďŹ ts IF can also be good for your health. Research cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute conďŹ rmed in a recent study that there is an association between fasting and warding off Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Like I said, so far the research is promising. Like anything the more research and trial the better. But if intermittent fasting

is something you‘d like to try check with your doctor ďŹ rst. Make sure you‘re in good health to begin with. Then remember, your total daily calories are still important. You still need to be in an energy deďŹ cit if you want to see optimum results. Based on the anecdotal (and some scientiďŹ c) evidence it seems like IF could really be a great tool to help get you healthy and ďŹ t, in the shortest period of time. Ryan Darling, M.Sc. is a personal trainer at 360 Fitness in Red Deer.

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See lots of local sites via the ‘Country Drive’ BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express There’s a whole lot for families to check out in our own Central Alberta ‘backyard’, and Country Drive 2013 is an ideal means to do so, organizers say. Country Drive is a cluster of local rural tourism businesses that have joined together to offer a mix of rural attractions, events, history, markets and local cuisine. Liz Taylor, executive director of Tourism Red Deer, said the project has really gained momentum since its inception just a few years ago. Recently organizers hosted the Spring Showcase weekend, which proved an ideal time to check out all 13 participating partners which are located within Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Mountain View County and are all within a short drive of Red Deer. Although the sites are of course open for guests to pop by anytime as they plan their Country Drive excursions, the Summer Showcase weekend runs Aug. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Taylor said that during the Summer Showcase weekends, the Country Drive participants try and do something extra special to

highlight their facilities. But they’re happy to host visitors anytime, she said. “They’re excited to share with their neighbours. “They also enjoy networking with each other and sharing information about what’s just down the road.” Many of the featured facilities and ventures have really expanded over the years, so it’s great to see local folks enjoy what is so close to home, she said. This year’s participating partners include the Danish Canadian National Museum and Gardens, the Didsbury Museum, Edgar Farms, Ellis Bird Farm, Hilltop Greenhouses, Historic Markerville, HolmeHus Antiques & the Farm with The Good Food, the Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site, The Blooming Fields, Wolf’s Botanical, Unique Stained Glass Works, Vitality Crystals & Fountains Inc. and White Treasure Farm. Highlights such as the Danish Canadian National Museum and Gardens offer 13 acres of picturesque scenery to explore. The Children’s Garden of Imagination celebrates well-known Danish fairy tales as well. Historic Markerville is a tiny hamlet that features three historic buildings: the Creamery Museum, Fensala

Hall and the Markerville Lutheran Church. They were all erected in the early 1900s and are beautifully restored. Another fascinating glimpse into local history comes with a visit to the Stephansson House which is located near Markerville. Restored to its 1927 appearance, Stephansson House offers a look at Alberta Icelandic heritage and the life of pioneer and poet, Stephan G. Stephansson and his family. Costumed guides provide interpretive house tours, demos, fresh baking from the wood-fired oven, pioneer crafts, poetry readings and special activities. Ellis Bird Farm, located east of Lacombe, offers lots of fun things for families and youngsters from bird box and bumble bee box making to presentations on purple martins and beavers, sunflower and dandelion activities. There are also tea house specials to enjoy. The HolmeHus Antiques & The Farm With the Good Food features 2,500 sq. ft. of vintage, ‘old’ and genuine antiques and contemporary artwork, specializing in vintage pioneer and Scandinavian items and jewellery. The working farm also offers their own free-range eggs, rhubarb

CHARM - The Stephansson House Historic Site near Markerville is just one stop featured on the Country Drive. and custom-raised freezer beef by order. The White Treasure Farm near Innisfail is home to one of the finest herds of angora goats. See first-hand how the fibre is processed from lock to yarn. Spectators will also have an opportunity to experiment with colours in the dying process. For the kids, Sunny the farm pony is available for picture taking as well. Organizers say the best way to tackle the Country Drive is to pick three or four operations to visit in one day. Folks should also

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Family fun and learning at Fort Normandeau BY MARK WEBER Red Deer Express A scenic jewel just west of Red Deer provides families with lots of summer programs that delve into local history. Fort Normandeau offers visitors not only a peaceful setting to enjoy, but staff also provide many programs over the summer that kids and families can take part in. “It was not called Fort Normandeau to begin with – it was known as Red Deer Crossing,” explained Peter Allen, history interpreter for the Waskasoo Parks. The spot is indeed rich in historical significance. Before the railway connected Edmonton and Calgary in 1893, the Red Deer River Crossing was the gateway between northern and southern Alberta, he said. A relatively shallow area made crossing at the site safe for myriads of travelers along the well-worn routes which were actually utilized for hundreds of years. “The trail is ancient – it’s not just a settlers’ trail.”

Native peoples used it for centuries prior to the settlements made in the late 1800s. In 1884, a man by the name of Robert McClellan built a stopping house at the Crossing to take advantage of the traffic on the Calgary & Edmonton Trail. The next year, with the settlers afraid of violence during the Riel Rebellion, his hotel was fortified by the 65th Mount Royal Rifles under the command of Lt. J.E. Bedard Normandeau. The site was really the focus of the burgeoning community of Red Deer before establishment of the railroad, which drew settlers east to the City’s current location. “The town probably wouldn’t have shifted from here if it hadn’t been for the railway in 1891.” Today, the Crossing and its fort commemorate the First Nations, Metis, and European people who influenced the development of Central Alberta. Throughout the summer, history is brought to life with authentic entertaining and informative pro-

SPECIAL PLACE - Peter Allen, history interpreter for Waskasoo Parks, is looking forward to the many summer programs in store Mark Weber/Red Deer Express at Fort Normandeau. grams. “We’ve got family groups that come back repeatedly,” said Allen, adding that Fort Normandeau is also a popular picnic and fishing site as well. Local Native groups also utilize the area regularly because

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of its heritage and a sacred site located on the grounds, he said. This summer, programming is being held in the stopping house replica as the main interpretive centre is undergoing extensive renovations. Allen said there will be brand new exhibits and displays to explore next year. “It’s been static since 1984, so it’s time for change.” He said the programming planned for the coming months includes things like tee pee building, bannock and rope making and learning about the river which includes adventurous rafting trips. “Most of

our programming right now has to do with school groups.” During the summer, each of the staff design programs as well. “I’ll be doing blacksmithing and some native pottery work. I’ll also be making some wagon wheels.” Besides the many learning opportunities via the programs, folks are encouraged to relax with a picnic lunch in the picturesque Red Deer River valley. The Crossing is also the ideal place to launch a canoe for an afternoon paddle down the Red Deer River. To get to Fort Normandeau, head west on 32nd St.

and continue past Red Deer College over the bridge that travels over Hwy. 2. Turn right on Range Road 280 (on the left is the Red Deer County Office) and continue a few km to the park. For more and specific information about summer programs, check out www. waskasoopark.ca/HistoricFort-Normandeau.html or call 403-347-7550. “People come out here and they are surprised that it’s here. They’re pleased that it’s here. They’re comfortable here and happy with it. It welcomes folks and they feel a joy about the place.” editor@reddeerexpress.com

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BUFFALO CHICKEN CAESAR WRAP PORK CHOPS FISH AND CHIPS beer battered Haddock loins $14

LASAGNE BOLOGNESE

WEDNESDAY after 4pm – Chicken Wings 10 for $5

BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS

MLA Red Deer South 403-340-3565

feta cheese, organic greens, julienne apples, candied pecans, grape tomatoes, julienne carrots with balsamic vinaigrette $12 add crispy chicken for $3

Pacific smoked salmon gently layered with red onions, fresh lemons, capers and fresh field greens $13

SWEET CHILI CHICKEN BITES

MLA Red Deer North 403-342-2263

SOUP

Soup of the Day $3.50

Fountain Pop $1.50 Bottled Pop $2.25 Juice $2.25 Bottled Water $1.75 Flavored Water $2.25 Gatorade $2.50 Milk / Chocolate Milk $2.50 Slurpie $2.50

Coffee / Tea Small $1.50 / Large $2 Hot Chocolate Small $1.75 / Large $2.25 Mocha Small $2.25 / Large $2.75 Flavored Cappuccino Small $2.50 / Large $3

choice of hot, honey garlic, salt & pepper, suicide, sweet chili or sesame Thai, served with ranch sauce $12

Honourable Cal Dallas

SALADS

Chicken Salad $11 greens w/ Feta cheese, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, red onions, grape tomatoes and chipotle mango dressing. Without chicken $8 Caesar Salad $6.50 add chicken for $4.50

BEVERAGES

Chips $1.50 Chocolate Bars $1.50 Fruit Cup $3 Granola Bars $1.75 Yogurt Cup $2.50 Vanilla & Caramel Cone $3 Iced Cream Sandwich $3 Fudgesicle $2 Popsicle $1.50

tossed in honey garlic sauce $10

Mary Anne Jablonski

LUNCH Rink Burger $5.25 with lettuce and tomato add cheese for $.50 and bacon for $1 Chipotle Grilled Chicken Sandwich $6 with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo Hot Dog $4 Add chili for $1 or cheese for $.50 Grilled Cheese $5 w/ ham $6.50 Fries Small $2.50 / Large $4.50 add gravy for $1 Poutine $6 Chicken Tenders $7 w/ fries $9.50

EXTRAS

lattice cut spicy fries with pulled pork, cheese and gravy $8 try it with sweet potato fries for $1.50

Enjoy all the Great things to do this Summer in Central Alberta and Surrounding Area

Stay!! Stay

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with garlic toast $14

SIRLOIN STEAK SANDWICH 7 oz. ‘AAA’ Alberta Sirloin steak served with fries, coleslaw and garlic toast $13 add mushrooms or onions for $1.50 ea.

DESSERT

Raspberry sorbet $7


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