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Andrew in Alberta

After nearly two full weeks on the road, I bring you the fully-finished, half-hour long TV show highlighting my very recent travels in Alberta. My aim in making this video was to capture all the things I love best about Alberta: the sheer size of the place, the awesome nature and vast wilderness, the animals…

Back in college, the hardest class I ever took was not Econ 110 or Statistics 100 or Russian Literature 440. No—the hardest class I ever took was an elective gym class: Ukrainian Folk Dancing. I took the class on a whim—I have no dance experience or talent, nor do I have an ounce of Ukrainian…

The homemade pierogy are spot on, and the borscht is rich with dill—just like Ukraine. But I am thousands of miles away from the old country, and more than a hundred years from the memories of the land so many left behind. This patch of prairie just northeast of Edmonton, Alberta is still the largest…

Albertosaurus was shorter than most of the RVs I’ve been stuck behind on my journey around the great province of Alberta, but as a smaller ancestor of T. rex, he still packed a serious bite. Somehow I fell in love with this species that is no more, perhaps because this dinosaur of the Late Cretaceous was…

Brushing Chico is the most fun I’ve had in weeks. His coat is sleek and velvety, and with every stroke, a hundred little white hairs fall away, leaving his shiny and muscled surface quivering in the faint light of this century-old barn. The walls and roof beams are built with rough-hewn tree trunks, the bark…

I was hoping to find cowboys on the Cowboy Trail but instead I met Elvis. When I poked my head into the old doorway, I was greeted by Marvin Garriott, guitar in hand, swinging to his own jaunty cover of “That’s Alright”. “That was the first Rock ‘n Roll song,” he told me after playing…

My very first job out of high school was cleaning up roadkill, all along the highways and back roads in my county. It was very depressing. There’s nothing like picking up dead deer and smushed racoons all summer to convince a kid that going to college isn’t such a bad idea. It also had a…

Never schedule wildlife into your calendar, because they probably won’t show. Grizzly bears are the elusive megafauna of the Canadian Rockies and the mere knowledge of their presence had me on the hunt, hoping to catch a glimpse of the impressive animal. My search for bears was accompanied by an entire film crew, as well…

Every object tells a story—some strange, or comical, or sad. This is why I love museums—to see what counts as treasure in a place, to meet objects I never met before, and to hear their stories. On the top floor of the Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary, behind locked doors, I saw shelves upon shelves…

Who knew it was so wildly hot in western Canada? I did not—because I only know this place in winter, when the snow falls deeper than the deep end at the swimming pool and the wind warrants a scarf and long underwear. But now, in August, Alberta is nothing but wide blue skies and semicolon…