Volume 7 â€¢ Issue 4 July - August 2017
HELEN SCHULER NATURE CENTRE Celebrating 35 Years
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK Hungry for Adventure
LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY EQUINE CENTRE Riding High on the Prairies
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Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Celebrating it’s 35th anniversary with exciting new summer programs
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Lethbridge Community Equine College
A Taber businessman aims to set a new standard for world calibre horse training
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Hungry for Adventure
Thomas Porter takes us to Waterton for his first installment of “Hungry for Adventure”, where he and his team explore nature and local eateries
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From The Publisher Summer is in full swing with lots to do and always new things happening in Lethbridge. This issue we visit the Helen Schuler Nature centre, celebrating it’s 35th anniversary with lots Jean Van Kleek of new exhibits and summer programs to keep Photo: Thomas Porter you busy in the beautiful river valley. Bring your friends and family for a one of a kind experience in nature. Thomas Porter, our roving photo-journalist, takes us to Waterton National Park for his first installment of “Hungry for Adventure”. Thomas loves the outdoors as much as he loves food… so a day hiking topped off by a wonderful meal is right up his alley, or should I say, mountain. Join him as he explores our beautiful national park. The Lethbridge Community Equine College is an idea whose time has come for Southern Alberta. Taber businessman, Ernie Knibb, is developing what will be the culmination of several years work and a life time of experience to put together. He is close to completing the very first college of its kind in North America. This equine college sets out to create the national standard in horse training.
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by Ginger Malacko
Liberty is mobility. It’s the exquisite power of moving oneself to a different place – of pedalling your own bike. In all my days as an adventurer, it was never merely the exploration of the unknown that thrilled me – it was my own ability to tackle that unknown.
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Call me an Urban Explorer. It’s a title I’ve clearly earned, at least in my own mind. Give me an unfamiliar city street packed with half hidden shops and dead-end alleyways and I’ll practically make it my new home – and write the travel guide. I’ve wandered a few major metropolises in my time and it felt like I was conquering the great cities of the world one by one…until that one day when it didn’t. A black day indeed. It was a fateful excursion into Europe I took with my Mother a few years back. I was surrounded by the unknown, which ought to have thrilled me. Instead I found myself hobbled by my stubborn refusal to learn even a lick of French (for which I blame my intolerant Scotch Grandfather). I knew from that first day, as I became devastatingly dependent upon my Mom to act as interpreter, that liberty isn’t freedom to do whatever you want. It’s the ability to do whatever you can. And the more you can do, the more free you are. One of my cherished possessions is this little beauty of a bicycle which has become a personal symbol for the goal I’ve made to travel through life as much as I can on my own steam. His name is “Liberty”, of course. And he’s powered
by me. It’s the knowledge, skill and flexibility we gather in life that makes us capable of stepping away from familiar paths. And it is the lack of these precious commodities that keeps us the most inescapably bound. It was my dismissal of a skill I most likely needed that left me shuffling after someone else through France and Switzerland rather than blazing my own trail. I never again want to feel as helpless as I did trying to communicate to the scowling natives with hand gestures, knowing it was my own fault. I had chosen that limitation.
As tempting as it may be to hope a powerful someone will reach down and pull us along, that’s just a form of servitude. Liberty is mobility. It’s the exquisite power of moving oneself to a different place – of pedalling your own bike. In all my days as an adventurer, it was never merely the exploration of the unknown that thrilled me – it was my own ability to tackle that unknown. It was the power to do. The power of my amassed capabilities. Liberty isn’t always won by armies and candidates – it’s most often something you win for yourself.
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Look closely at the main Nature Centre sign and you will find the outline of the meandering Oldman river as seen from above
At the End of the Day, Nature Always Wins by Sherri Gallant Photos by Chris Yauck
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In Lethbridge, a perfect example of this can be seen during a visit to the rooftop garden of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, in Indian Battle Park. From that vantage point, gazing down at the verdant landscape below, it’s impossible to imagine what the scene looked like a century ago.
But there are clues, if you know where to look.
“It’s something I always talk about when people come up here,” said Curtis Goodman, Resource Development Coordinator at the Centre, pointing toward a wooden structure nestled in the trees. “I tell them to look down towards the Coalbanks kiosk and imagine an active coal mine from 100 or 120 years ago. This area would have been an industrial mine site and one of Western Canada’s largest construction sites as the High Level Bridge
The Alberta Real Estate Foundation Living Roof is a great spot to enjoy the view and lean about prairie plants
“Open year-round, the Nature Centre provides wilderness within two minutes of downtown. Summer hours from June to August are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily, and admission is by donation.” was built. If we looked to the west, we would have seen the community of Riverside and a number of homes – one of the first residential neighbourhoods in Lethbridge.
“As you walk through the Nature Reserve, you can see many different plants that people planted when they lived down here. Over there, you can see some lilac trees and begonias people planted. Just think – it’s completely wild now, but that was somebody’s backyard. There was significant human impact in this spot for a number of years and when you see how it looks now, overtaken with growth you can really appreciate the resilience of nature. The earth has a very profound ability to balance things, and make things just right.
Goodman is delighted when he’s able to witness how people react to nature.
Outdoor games are setup around the building for your family to enjoy
This year, the Nature Centre’s 35th anniversary (opening day was June 6, 1982) sparked a variety of fun, sensorial and fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities guaranteed to draw folks off their sofas.
“Our number-one goal is to get people to go outside,” Goodman says. “Being outdoors is really good for everybody, no matter what your ability is, no matter your age. Spending time even just breathing fresh air is good for you. There are many studies we can point to that confirm and reaffirm this idea. Being outside doesn’t have to be hard work – it can just be fun and enjoyable. It’s probably one of the best free activities that’s available to all of us. Being in Lethbridge we have this fantastic river valley that connects most neighbourhoods. We’ve got a very extensive trail system and it really doesn’t take much to get into nature.
“From my house, after about a 10 minute bike ride, I’m right next to the river. That’s fantastic! I would say it’s likely that in Lethbridge anyone is probably not more than a half-hour walk to be in nature – either the river valley or one of the city’s amazing parks.” Quirk - 11
The Nature Reserve Park is a great spot for family photos!
biodiversity comparison, we’ve got almost as much or more here to see and do; it’s just a different type of ecosystem. Appreciating our own ecosystem is important, and when you learn about the grasslands and how they are threatened, you might be surprised. Most people have heard about deforestation and the Amazon rainforest being lost to logging and forestry. Well, we have a very similar issue happening here. Our area, as part of the Great Plains, has seen the fastest pace of conversion into agricultural lands than any other type of ecosystem on earth.” Some people may be scared away from the outdoors by messages about skin cancer from too much sun, or potential illness from tick or mosquito bites. Take a moment to get inspired by nature while you recharge before your next outdoor adventure!
“When they learn something about their own backyard they didn’t know, it’s amazing. One thing I think of at this time of year is the turtles. People say ‘I didn’t know we had turtles here!’ We have a really nice climate here for amphibians and reptiles like turtles, frogs rattlesnakes. The other species people are always surprised about are cactus. People say ‘what do you mean, those live in the desert!’ Well, we’re in a very similar environment here, Lethbridge is very hot and dry so we have some species that can also be found in deserts.”
Explore what’s right here, Goodman says, and you’ll be hooked. “I know lots of people in my own social circle that like to go to the mountains, and that’s fantastic, I love those places too. But if we look at the Quirk - 12
“It’s important for people to get that information; it has a place in keeping us safe – but for every one of those stories it would be great if there was a positive story about great outdoor experiences. We need to remember that mentally, being outside is good for us. Emotionally, it’s good for us. Physically, it’s really good for us. Plus we can take precautions by wearing sunscreen and doing tick checks after walking. It’s especially important for youngsters to get outside and learn what they’re capable of, what the boundaries are, and understand what their capacity is. If we shelter them too much, then they’re not aware of what they can do. “Our natural space is the outdoors. This is where we’ve all come from.”
When he’s in his office at the Centre, Goodman orients the desk to face partially away from the picture windows. “Otherwise, I’d never get any work done,” he laughs. “I’ve got a little rabbit that hangs out in the rain gardens here. I call him Roger. He keeps me entertained. And this tree is just alive with birds. Generally I see the trains cross the High Level Bridge at least 6 times a day, by my count – and once the train hits the
“Our natural space is the outdoors. This is where we’ve all come from.”
“This year, the nature centre’s 35th anniversary (opening day was June 6, 1982) sparked a variety of fun, sensorial and fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities guaranteed to draw folks off their sofas. And, at some point this summer season, the centre expects to welcome its one-millionth visitor.” bridge, it’s such a powerful sound you can hear it inside.” The interactive exhibits indoors are a treat for the senses. An area map of Lethbridge invites visitors to mark an X on their favourite places and share something about why they enjoy it.
The splendours of the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands (including the Western Painted Turtles that live there) are displayed on a wall map, in both English and the Blackfoot language. Centre staff have worked with Ryan Heavy Head, who conducts phenology (study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life) studies in the river valley.
“He watches the seasonal changes, and takes note of the slight changes that are easy to miss,” Goodman says. “This map really highlights the areas where you’re likely to see different things. We really want to provide a Blackfoot ecology perspective given the strong cultural connection to the land. A diversity of perspectives is important as we try to understand the world around us. This exhibit also provides a chance
Help curate the exhibit by bringing in found objects for others to enjoy
to practice and preserve the Blackfoot language which is important for our community.”
“Moving along,” he says to visitors on this day, “I want you to think about activating your senses when you’re outside. It’s so important. The more time we spend inside, the more we can sort of dull our senses. We can dull our ability to hear really quiet sounds. So we’ve got a couple of outdoor activities like Deer Bingo or the Shelter Game that take people outside to use their senses in helping them find things they normally would not notice.
“In the case of deer, find evidence of mule deer or white-tailed deer. Where are they sleeping? Can you find an (antler) shed? We give visitors some subtle prompts, in case they are not sure where to start.”
Another station looks at memory and how it’s impacted by spending time outside. “We’ve got a couple of cards here with different images to appeal to different types of people – whether you’re a word person, an image person or a colour person. The idea is to take these cards one at a time, look at each one for about 20 seconds,
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Trail signage provide a fun perspective on what you might see on your walk
“Quaint trail markers, signs and surprises are set along the trail, and empty wooden picture frames are mounted here and there so visitors can take a portrait of themselves, nicely framed, with river valley flora and maybe even fauna in the background.”
and then try to remember the order that they were in and exactly what was there. You do it a couple of times inside and see how you did, then go outside for a 10 or 20 minute walk, come back in and see if you’ve improved at all.
“It’s said that going out in nature helps improve your concentration and your memory skills. We showcase a chickadee with this activity because chickadees are known for having amazing memories. They often cache food throughout their little neighbourhoods, and it’s amazing how they’re able to go back and remember where it all is.”
In the centre of the room is a space for people to leave things they’ve found in the Nature Reserve, where visitors can touch and feel them, or look at them with magnifying glasses.
“These found objects provide a totally interactive display, and one we’re asking people to help us curate. If you find a feather, bring it in. If you’ve found an old nest that’s no longer occupied, bring it in. Look at this Baltimore Oriole nest; it’s just fantastic. There are about 10,000 weaves in it. It’s so soft and intricate. A family of them nested just north of the building last year. They’re not here for very long, but they’re so beautiful.”
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Step into a tent in one corner and instantly hear the peaceful sounds of the forest. “We live in a very loud world, and especially in an urban environment it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with the constant hum of the traffic, the work noise – you name it. We’ve got different soundtracks that we play here in the tent
and we’ve got sound maps. This is really a great thing to do outside as well. Sit in one spot, close your eyes, and start to listen. Where are the sounds coming from - start mapping what it is. That sounds like a crow. I hear a babbling brook. With your eyes closed, it’s amazing how vivid of an image you can get, just using sounds alone. Oftentimes we don’t allow ourselves enough time to process all the sounds going on around us.”
Another space is devoted to the inspiration sparked by nature. “A lot of the great artists in history spent a lot of time outside,” Goodman says. “And some of the best inventions have been rooted in nature. The one that I always bring up is Velcro, which was inspired by burrs…. the licorice burrs. We have some beautiful photos here done by Courtney Gregson, and you can sit and look at books that show different types of bird nests.”
Visitors can head upstairs to the rooftop garden, and along the way up see a bed of wild onions, flanked by varieties of the succulent sedum. Once at the top and outside, native plants are blooming in shades of mauve and pink, while wild grasses bob and wave in the westerly breezes. Look up to see the awe-inspiring High Level CPR viaduct, while down and to the east is what remains of old coal mine, now cushioned in greenery.
When the weather is warm, enjoy Saturday yoga classes in the rooftop garden, or just sit and drink it all in. Many have come here to take their pictures, as it’s nearly impossible to frame a bad background. Interpretive signs provide insight to the surroundings,
“Being outdoors is really good for everybody, no matter what your ability is, no matter your age. Spending time even just breathing the fresh air is good for you.”
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while a raised platform affords a slightly loftier viewpoint. Wooden tictac-toe sets are left out on the benches for anyone wanting to linger a while and play a game.
Once done on the rooftop, head downstairs and out the back door for a cruise on the Nature Quest Trail. “It has new pavement, so for people with mobility challenges it’s a lot easier to get close to the river,” says Goodman, approaching a new signpost that points visitors to the Fairy Door, 200 Acre Woods (the approximate size of the reserve), and the ‘end of the sidewalk.’
Peer into the water to learn about bio-film and the importance of microscopic organisms
“The Fairy Door – this is one we talk about a lot on our programs. Anyone who’s been on a Nature Centre program knows about the Fairy Door – but we realize there are a lot of people who haven’t been, and don’t know about the Fairy Door, so we wanted to introduce them to some of these things and spark their imagination.”
Quaint trail markers, signs and surprises are set along the trail, and empty wooden picture frames are mounted here and there so visitors can take a portrait of themselves, nicely framed, with river valley flora and maybe even fauna in the background. Walking poles can be signed out thanks to a partnership with the Public Library, to make the trail a little easier. The adventure can be as quick or as meandering as you have time for. Just off the trail to the south of the Centre is a good place to wrap up your visit, at a public art installation called Listen. Created by Terry Billings, a Saskatoon artist, it’s a large parabolic dish which, when one sits in front of it, concentrates the sound from the vicinity into your ears. “It’s intended to have the participant slow down, activate their senses, and use it as a tool to hear things that might be undetectable otherwise,” Goodman says. “It’s really worth checking out.”
Open year-round, the Nature Centre provides wilderness within two minutes of downtown. Summer hours from June to August are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and admission is by donation. Turn west into the river valley at the intersection of 3rd Ave. and Scenic Dr. South. For more information on programs, events, volunteering, resources and more, call 403320-3064. Visit www.lethbridge.caHSNC @DiscoverItHere
Whichever path you choose, find yourself at the Nature Centre!
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A Southwest Service & Tourism Award offers an opportunity to give back to those who left a lasting impression. For those who receive a nomination or possibly win an award, it is a great accolade, as well as a noteworthy addition to their resume. Customer service is an art. The awards inspire staff and business to be acutely aware of the importance of welcoming guests to Southwest Alberta â€“ to grow the visitor economy and to make Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta the destination of choice.
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Do You Need More
Fat in Your Diet?
Over time, “fat” had gotten a bit of a bad reputation and Dr. Joseph Mercola says it best by saying that the media and public health authorities have been promoting misinformation about fats for over 50 years, advising low-fat diets, while encouraging avoiding foods like coconut oil and butter. But now there is a steady stream of compelling research that contradicts this.
So don’t be scared of it... you actually need it in your diet. Fat doesn’t directly make you fat; it’s all about the balance.
In fact, someone in my family previously always purchased “fat-free” products but that same someone also always complained to me about sore joints. Finally, after buying “full-fat” products, guess what? No more sore joints. I often use this analogy as one of the reasons to consume your good fats.
But it can be confusing to know which fats are good for you. Saturated fats are the healthy fats found in animal products like butter, cheese, whole raw milk, and fatty meats. However, you must be vigilant against hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils, which are unsaturated fats that have been artificially manipulated into saturated fats. These are also known as trans fats, which interfere with your insulin receptors and put you at risk of chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Aside from guacamole spread, avocado just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Avocados don’t contain any cholesterol or trans fats and are rich in vitamin E. Avocado oil is pressed from the pulp of the fruit rather than the seed and because of this, it is not only a superfood oil that can be used in uncooked items like salads and dips, but it’s also highly recommended for cooking at high heat.
Fish oil is a form of fatty acid that is derived from the tissues of oily fish. This fatty acid is the Omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA. Those who consume a high amount of fatty fish in their diet tend not to need to supplement with fish oil capsules as much. EPA and DHA are Oemga-3 fats extremely important for the brain, cardiovascular system, eyes, nervous system and thinning the blood.
Salmon and sardines from wild caught and sustainable sources are a good choice for Omega-3 fats. Anchovies and herring also are very good choices for us because they provide high levels of heart-healthy omega3 fatty acids which play an important role in normal brain development and function. Anchovies and herring are small fish and near the bottom of the food chain and so you don’t accumulate the contaminants that are so common in large predatory fish. Furthermore, these fish have not been endangered by overfishing as other species of fish have, so you can eat them with a clear environmental conscious.
Also known as red palm oil, palm oil contains high amounts of saturated fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. Palm oil is often used as an ingredient in soups and sauces or a flavoring in certain dishes.
Similar to coconut oil, it is also resistant to high heat. It can also be used as a skin moisturizer as well as a “sunblock” protection due to its high level of carotenes. Palm oil also carries properties to improve cardiovascular health.
So the inclusion of fats (also called fatty acids) in the daily diet is critical for overall health and wellness. Have a healthy fat at each meal and snack. Go for whole foods first such as nuts, seeds, and avocado because these come packed with other nutrients such as protein, fibre, and vitamin E.
How much fat is enough?
Some health benefits of avocado oil includes lowering blood pressure, improving psoriasis & other skin problems, improves heart health, lowers cholesterol and even removes eye makeup naturally.
This depends on many factors but I usually recommend 5 to 6 tablespoons of fat each day. Include the oils used to make your salad as well as fish oil supplements in this calculation.
Coconut oil is another amazing fat high in natural saturated fats. It not only increases the healthy cholesterol in your body, but it also helps to convert the LDL bad cholesterol into good cholesterols.
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So who needs more fat in their diet? Probably you do!
Priscilla Peltier is a natural health care practitioner at Nutter’s who writes on health & nutrition and has a passion for the latest research in natural health & diet.
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Early morning light is great but there are problems that come up that are hard to deal with in the camera. While arriving at the Grand Canyon to get early morning images I ended up with dark shadows on the images where the background is correctly exposed. Taking several different exposures of the same scene that can be manipulated in Photoshop later is helpful. Shooting in RAW gives a file with much more detail than a JPEG. Grand Canyon Arizona Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L Shutter: 1/100 sec; f/4.5; ISO 10
Grand Canyon Arizona Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L Shutter: 1/100 sec; f/18; ISO 100
Photo: Eric Gallant Winner: July Photo Contest
The second image has the background correctly exposed but the foreground is in shadow. While this is my preference combining the images in Photoshop was the only way I could have the best of both images.
The foreground is in shadow with background overexposed.
Composite Image made in Photoshop. Place the darker image on top of the other as a new layer, creating a layer mask you can then paint out where the image is in shadow, revealing the detail from the lighter image.
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Roasted Salsa Verde By Judi Frizzle-Stowell
An addictively bracing green salsa that vibrates with the deep char goodness that comes from roasting the tangy tomatillos, fiery jalapenos and serranos, sweet onions and mildly smoky poblanos. Olé!
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It’s just about Summer time! With this delightful announcement comes an impossible-to-resist prerequisite to raise our needy little faces to the warming sunshine, to briefly bask, as we effortlessly feel easy gratitude for renewal. Now that the snow and the chills are gone, and fingers of sunlight and warm breezes play about, it seems Mother Nature herself, is smiling upon us. The trees eagerly sway to a song known only to them. Thriving leaf and flower buds arrive daily on some vine here, or some bush there, new green shoots are pushing up from the forest floor and tender soft new needles are popping out at the tip tops and very ends of branches on the fir trees. Quirk - 24
Green, glorious green, is the order of the day. Verde, baby! So when I saw plump, firm tomatillos and shiny, fresh poblanos in the supermarket, I knew exactly what I was going to make. And I'm so glad I did. Whether you just want a crispy tortilla chip and salsa fix, or you've got tacos or quesadillas in mind, this salsa rocks. Whatever your oh-wouldn't-that-be-perfect-with-salsa cravings are at the moment, I daresay I've got the remedy for you. And, bonus, it's all happy and green and vibrant, just like Summer. First of all, get your hot little hands on some fresh tomatillos, poblanos and serranos...
ROASTED SALSA VERDE
If you want a kicky hot salsa, you know, hot-baby-hot, just add more jalapenos or serranos. But of course, it always depends on the heat of each and every pepper, as they vary widely. This is the usual combination of peppers that I use, which makes a hot salsa, but not HOT salsa
2 pounds tomatillos 1 nice large, firm, dark green poblano pepper 1 jalapeno 2 serrano peppers 1/2 large sweet onion 1/3 cup fresh cilantro Juice of 1 plump, juicy lime 1 teaspoon sea salt • Heat your broiler on high. • Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse off any sticky residue from the skins. Slice the tomatillos in half and place on large baking sheet, cut side up.
Peel, chop, roast. El yumo!
• Slice jalapenos and serranos in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes from the inside of the peppers for a milder salsa. Leave seeds and membranes intact for a hotter salsa. I always leave my peppers intact. Place pepper halves on the baking sheet with tomatillos. • Place the whole poblano on the baking sheet. • Cut the onion, into large chunks and scatter over baking sheet. • Broil for 10-20 minutes or until charred. (I almost always broil for 19 minutes to get the 'right' char.) Place the poblano pepper in a plastic or paper bag and seal. Let sit for 10 minutes to steam. Remove from bag carefully and peel the skin from the pepper.
Throw into a food processor with some cilantro, lime and salt. Buzz, buzz. Arriba! Arriba!
Más por favor!! More, please!!!
• Add the tomatillos, jalapeno, serranos, poblano, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to a food processor or blender and buzz, buzz, until smooth. • Cool before serving, if you can wait that long. We never can! • Store covered in fridge for up to 1 week. Quirk - 25
Lethbridge Community Equine College Retired Taber Businessman Has a Lot Riding on His New Venture By Georgie Erickson • Photos courtesy: Ernie Knibb
With a cowboy father, and a horse “whisperer” grandfather, Taber born Ernie Knibb is no stranger to horses. He grew up surrounded by them, and his passion for the majestic animal has remained with him throughout his life, now into it’s seventh decade. Ernie was an electronics technician and businessman who along with his wife, Donna, owned Quality Electronics in Taber for over 30 years. After deciding to retire, Donna became bored and at age 40 decided to go back to university and obtain her nursing degree. Ernie’s version of retirement at the time meant spending more time with horses. Sadly, Donna passed away at the young age of 54. She had made Ernie promise to go to university and receive his masters’ degree in electronics. It was following her passing that Ernie returned to school to fulfill his promise to her.
After receiving his masters’ degree in electronics engineering, Ernie had a brief stint at the University of Tokyo as an electronics professor. It was there he realized he wasn’t fond of teaching in a classroom, and even less fond of seafood. He laughs as he finishes the story by saying “Fortunately for me, that was the time the tsunami hit and we were let out of our contracts and sent home’.
Upon returning to Southern Alberta, Ernie began taking several horse training courses across the U.S. and is certified by some of the top training centres including the John & Josh Lyons program as well as Ray Hunt and Denis Reis.
His goal is to change this and create a national standard across the board.” Quirk - 26
“Ernie has worked relentlessly over the last few years planning the program, raising funding, designing the facility and overseeing all aspects of the project.”
After experiencing a variety of expert training, Ernie realized what he already knew growing up… there is more than one way to train a horse. And while each training school provided expertise in their field, they each taught only their specific method.
Ernie adds “One method may not work for one person or one horse, but a different method might work better. You have more tools in your tool box than just one method. We’re offering a whole variety of methods so the student can deal with any problem.” Ernie set out to establish an equine college that is the first of its kind in North America. The school has close to 70 trainers on it’s roster, teaching a variety of disciplines. One of the major components that make Ernie’s college stand out is a set of what he hopes to become “industry standards”. The industry currently has no guidelines in place for instruction. His goal is to change this and create a national standard across the board.
Lethbridge Community Equine College will have the largest indoor riding arena in the province along with three two-story barns. The prebuilt barns will house 30 horses and have dormitories for 15 students on the second floor. Students will take nine courses, also interacting with farriers, saddle fitters, acupuncturists, trick trainers, and problem solvers. About 120 students will be able to take the program each year.
The first part of the course focuses on groundwork, horse maintenance and classroom learning, but the second and third part are all in the saddle. Students can expect to be on their horses about eight hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Ernie has worked relentlessly over the last few years planning the program, raising funding, designing the facility and overseeing all aspects of the project. The school is accredited by the Alberta government (which is a huge process in itself) and affords students the opportunity to transfer their credits from the college to another institution towards a degree. Equestrian foundations across Canada have also approved the school’s curriculum.
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Lethbridge Community Equine College will have the largest indoor riding arena in the province along with three two-story barns. The pre-built barns will house 30 horses and have dormitories for 15 students on the second floor.
“One method may not work for one person or one horse, but a different method might work better. You have more tools in your tool box than just one method. We’re offering a whole variety of methods so the student can deal with any problem.” To date, this $7.5-million project is being solely funded by Ernie, himself. Some funding was approved to be provided by the Alberta government, however, since the change in government this last election, that funding was taken off the table.
Ernie is currently scouting locations for the college, and has it down to a couple of sites he will choose from to move his buildings on to. In the meantime, the college is teaching satellite courses and is offering training at rented facilities. Interest in the school has been phenomenal, with over 70 students ready to register at this time.
This has been a massive project with countless hours to bring into fruition, but Ernie’s resolve to create an equine college like none other is solid, and his school is about to put Lethbridge on the map with equestrians across the continent.
For more information contact: Ernie Knibb @ 403.308.2245
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“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horses ears” - Arabian proverb
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Lower Bertha Falls, at the halfway point of the trail
“Bertha and the Chophouse”
Hungry for Adventure: Part One of a Four-Part Series By Thomas Porter • Photos by Thomas Porter Quirk - 30
Nothing builds an appetite like stunning landscapes, fresh air, and exercise. In this four-part series, intrepid traveller Thomas Porter works up a hunger traversing some of the most storied trails of Southern Alberta. At the end of a long day of hiking, our weekend warrior sits down to a gourmet meal prepared by some of the region’s most accomplished culinary experts.
“With meltwater dominating the landscape in early spring, the Bertha Lake trail is a must see.”
The final viewpoint from the top of the switchbacks nearing Bertha Lake
It’s that time of year again - temperatures are on the rise, flowers are in bloom and the rivers are swollen with spring runoff. That means it’s time to hit the trail, chasing the retreating snowpack in the mountains of Southern Alberta.
Just after breakfast on a sunny Saturday, six of us headed to the Canadian portion of what is known as the ‘Crown of the Continent’. This is the point where three watersheds diverge, boasting some of the highest elevations in North America. It lies on the Great Divide, shedding water west to the Pacific and east toward Hudson’s Bay. Water also flows south of this area into the Gulf of Mexico. This triple junction is nearby
Alberta’s southernmost national park Waterton Lakes.
We would hike together, taking in the sights and sounds and photographing the flora and fauna. At day’s end we would enjoy a fabulous meal in the townsite - our reward for scaling the 1500 vertical feet along the Bertha Lake trail. Bertha Lake sits at the foot of its namesake Bertha Peak, towering at 2454m above the prairies to the east. According to local lore the peak and lake were named for a former resident back in 1914. There is a photo of the mysterious woman on horseback at the summit.
A view from the patio at the Lakeside Chophouse in the Bayshore Inn. Waterton Lake and Vimy Peak in the background
The trailhead for Bertha Lake is located just southwest of the townsite. This 10.5km return trip is a family favourite for a host of reasons. Not only does it provide a wealth of photo opportunities and scenic vistas, is also easy to access for a variety of skill levels. The trail has a number of regularly spaced rest stops to enjoy your picnic lunch. Regardless your level of personal fitness there is something for everyone.
A kilometre and a half into the lushly foliated trail, visitors are afforded a beautiful view of Upper Wateron Lake. Shortly thereafter the trail branches, with the left leg heading down to the shore at Bertha Bay. The right leg continues to lower Bertha Falls and onward to Bertha Lake.
With meltwater dominating the landscape in early spring, the Bertha Lake trail is a must see. Waterfalls and streams snake their way down the rocky slopes in vibrant ribbons of light. As Bertha Creek finds its way to Waterton Lake it plunges over cliff and boulder, casting rainbows into the sky above. “For our group,
a sunset and a glass of wine were just what the doctor ordered.”
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Lower Bertha Falls rests at the halfway point of the hike. You know you’re getting close as you round the last corner and hear the roar of thousands of gallons of water crashing on the limestone below. The trail follows the creek now, with a series of waterfalls leading up to the
main event. When visitors arrive they are met with a 30-metre-high waterfall that converges in a craggy and colourful white water chute below. A footbridge at the base of the falls offers a great spot for group photos. Prepare to wait your turn though, it’s a popular spot.
Once we had our fill of snacks and selfies we continued onward and upward toward Bertha Lake itself. Just up from the footbridge hikers are treated to a spectacular view of Mount Richards (2416m) to the southwest. A series of switchbacks up this looming face terminates at the blue-green shores of Bertha Lake.
The trail gains elevation sharply in the last half, but the switchbacks keep the climb reasonable. A sparsely vegetated rock wall at the final corner offers hikers one last view of the valley stretching out into the prairie landscape. Take a few deep breaths, we’re almost there…
Nearing the lake, we wound our way through towering lichen-covered spruce. This area seems like an ancient place, full of mystery and magic. Old Man’s Beard lichen hangs from every branch you see. The trail is flatter here and the air is cooler. Upon leaving this cathedral grove, we enjoyed a brief and welcomed descent to the lakeshore.
Although summerlike conditions may exist in the valley below, temperatures at the lake can still be quite cool even in the middle of June. On our expedition vast snowdrifts still covered much of the landscape at elevation.
“From top cuts of meat and seafood through to traditional classics, there is a dish for every palate and price point.” Spring meltwater flows on many of the trails making for an interesting game of hopscotch in some areas. Intermittent snowpack prevented us from doing the full circuit around the lake but no one seemed to mind too much.
A word to the wise if you’re going to the lake in the early season, be sure to pack warm clothes and waterproof boots. The trail is wet in many areas and when you stop moving the cool mountain air wicks away your sweat leaving you vulnerable to cold.
Microspikes are also a handy addition to your kit as snowdrifts can be slippery too. Checking trail conditions before departure will let you know whether or not snow shoes are required. After a rest and a few more photos, our team decided to head back down the mountain. Everyone was excited for what was yet to come… supper at the Bayshore Inn’s Lakeside Chophouse. Owner Shameer Suleman and his staff were there to greet us as we arrived and escorted us to our table in the dining room.
of wine were just what the doctor ordered. Our server Matthew, a sharply-dressed and articulate young man in his 20s, quickly identified us as weary hikers and asked all about our day’s adventures. Uncorking a bottle of Rosé he made some thoughtful suggestions about other trails we might enjoy on subsequent visits. We were immediately made feel welcome and at ease thanks to this young man’s efforts. With what seemed like military precision, six plates were presented to six hungry hikers - ranging from lighter fare through to more exotic and higher end cuisine. The two dishes chosen by Chef Brian Long for my partner Holly and I were what I like to call danger dishes – red meat and fish. Over or undercooking either dish can be disastrous. Another challenge is in timing, especially at peak periods. If meals are not well-timed on the cook line they can come out under temperature or overly dry from too much time on the heat rack.
This four-star restaurant has an incredibly diverse menu bringing big-city variety to small-town southern Alberta. From top cuts of meat and seafood through to traditional classics, there is a dish for every palate and price point.
I was presented the peppercorn New York steak on scallop potatoe while Holly had the pan-seared Ling Cod and gnocchi. Both meals were artfully plated and well balanced. To our delight everything was presented perfectly and the plates were not screaming hot from the rack. Thumbs up as the restaurant was busy!
For our group, a sunset and a glass
Throughout the meal the six of us exchanged samples from each other’s plates, discussed the wine pairings and service, evaluated flavour and critiqued presentation.
This family-friendly restaurant and adjoining lounge are warm and inviting. The woodgrain and stonework present a bold sophistication with a nouveau rustique flair. A picture window running the length of the restaurant offers a spectacular and everchanging view of the lake and nearby Vimy Peak.
The Pan-Seared Ling Cod on Gnocchi
The White Asparagus Soup
I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised, Chef Long has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Vancouver bringing his passion for high calibre creative cuisine with him.
The Peppercorn New York Steak Quirk - 33
“This 10.5km return trip is a family favourite for a host of reasons. Not only does it provide a wealth of photo opportunities and scenic vistas, is also easy to access for a variety of skill levels.” Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), is a member of the corn lily family. A view from the lower half of the trail.
Our Hungry for Adventure team, from left: Kyla Rushton, Kathryn Abbott, Oliver Keinzle, James Croil, Holly Dalton and Thomas Porter.
It was an excellent discussion arriving at a unanimously positive conclusion… we’d be back.
Even the gluten free hamburger bun requested by one of our party got the thumbs up (not an easy feat with some alternative flour choices). Needless to say we were too stuffed for dessert although the after-dinner menu was very tempting.
A walk along the marina as the sun dipped behind the mountains served to round out our perfect day in the wilderness. In the parking lot as we said our goodbyes, we agreed it had been a day that will be difficult to top…but we’re going to try with our next installment.
Until next time... see you on the trail!
For a look at the full menu at the Lakeside Chophouse in the Bayshore Inn visit http://lakesidechophouse.com/menu/full-menu/ Quirk - 34
A sign post, just visible through the snow at the lakeshore, shows the trail around the lake and where overnight camp sites are available.
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The Lethbridge & District Humane Society has been a no-kill haven since its inception in early 1970. It is their goal to take care of strays and abandoned pets until a home can be found for them to thrive and have a new start in life. Some animals stay for years before finding a family to love them.
With the support of Park Pet Hospital & Northside Veterinary Clinic, Quirk would like to introduce a few of the residents who have been waiting for quite some time. Rescued pets are exceptionally loving,
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Carlos Male Great Dane
This big boy is Carlos, he was born in 2012 and lived with his family as an only pet. Carlos is great with people although his size would be overbearing to many. At over 160 pounds he needs a home experienced with giant breeds. Carlos can also be jealous when other dogs are around and protective of his family. He enjoys playing his style of “fetch”. That is he will run after and sniff the ball and wait for someone to fetch it and throw it again. Carlos also lived most of his life in a tropical climate so does not like the extreme cold and much prefers a snuggly blanket.
Bojangles Siamese Cross
Bojangles is an exceptionally handsome Siamese cross! He has lots of white in his coat, and beautiful big blue eyes. Bojangles was born in 2012 and came to the Humane Society in spring 2017. He appears to be well settled and confident in his new surroundings.
Strype Female Grey and White
Strype is a pretty little grey and white tabby, with a distinctive stripe down her nose! She was born in June 2016, but is quite petite. Strype loves people and is a great snuggler, she will demand your attention forever! She does NOT like the other kittens in the kitten room, and definitely tells them so! She certainly doesn’t want them to play with the toys, she’d like to keep the best ones for herself! Strype would probably like a Forever Home without other pets, and with people who have plenty of time for her!
Ramsey is a good looking orange and white kitten, about 6 months old. He loves to play wi his toys, and with his siblings. He's got a great purr, which he uses as soon as you pick hi up! He's energetic and fun, very entertaining to watch. He'sCats presently residing at th • Medical & Surgical Care for & Dogs Lethbridge Humane Society, but is looking for his very own Forever Home!
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Simba Male Orange and White
Simba is a good looking orange and white boy, who was born in 2016 and came to the Humane Society this spring. Simba likes people a lot, and is very snuggly. He doesnâ€™t like other cats as much as he likes people, and occasionally gets into tussles with his roommates. Mostly he keeps to himself, exploring and visiting the volunteers.
Cookie White and Grey Tabby Male
Cookie is a handsome white and grey tabby with lovely big eyes! He's a playful character, and lots of fun! He's about 6 months old and very energetic and lively. Cookie came to the Humane Society in October with his brothers and is well settled and at ease in the kitten room. He gets along with everyone and likes people. Cookie is looking for a fun Forever Home, he'd like to be one of the family!
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LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM MY DOGS By Jean Van Kleek Isn’t it funny how things change right before your eyes without you even seeing them. Time has a way of doing that… carrying on whether you acknowledge it’s existence or not. Subtly, slowly, and almost invisibly, what was, is forever changed. I look at Shani and it seems like out of nowhere she got older. Her passion for the ball is still there, but rather than catch it uncountable times, she prefers to hold it in her mouth like a soother. Her proud poodle prance often gives into her legs collapsing from
underneath her. She pulls herself together again, often a little embarrassed, but still proud and carries on. It comes to all of us, this time of life. The moment we realize there is less time ahead of us than behind. A time we get to know ourselves for real, a time of reconciliation with the world around us. And yes… still a time to prance proudly even though we may fall down. It all becomes part of this dance we call life.
The moment we realize there is less time ahead of us than behind.
An easy dog treat to make. Simple ingredients. Soft and chewy. Once baked these cookies must be refrigerated or frozen.
Place all ingredients in large bowl and mix until cookie dough texture.
1 pound lean ground beef 4 eggs whipped 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil 1 cup smooth peanut butter 1 can chick peas drained and ground 4 to 5 uncooked quick oats 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Press mixture on large cookie sheet. Use parchment paper. Pat down to one inch thickness. Use paring knife to cut into bite size pieces. Bake at 350 F for approximately 45 minutes.
*Michelle's recipes include well researched ingredients to help make your dog happy & healthy.
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