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Out and About – Great Summer Getaways

This summer, become a traveler in your own back yard. Whether you’re looking for priceless performances, fabulous French toast or taste travels, Alberta is the place to be.

Getaway #1 – Great Theatre

Rosebud Theatre is a theatre enthusiast’s dream come true. Located 100 kilometres from Calgary and 35 kilometres from Drumheller, Rosebud is a hamlet nestled in a beautiful valley. The vibrant and creatively gifted community thrives on creating magic at the Rosebud Theatre.

It is a perfect getaway close to home for a night out with your spouse or a weekend of fun and adventure with the family. Children are welcome to performances at the Rosebud Theatre, provided the content is appropriate for their age group. The stunning performances are amazing and will blow away theatre enthusiasts and others alike. Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are plays that have proven to be very popular with families and this summer’s musical Oliver! is all set to carry forward the legacy.

Add another dimension to your visit by investing in one of the dinner and play packages that offer a buffet lunch or dinner at the Mercantile Dining Room. Rosebud Theatre also offers a platter of packages to chose from that include accommodation, breakfast, buffet meals or hydro-therapy treatments to choose from. For more information, visit

Getaway #2 – Great Food

Berry-filled goodness: Treat yourself to the Heartwood Inn’s scrumptious breakfast while visiting the Drumheller area. Owner and Chef Zeke Wolf’s breakfast hosts all the ingredients needed for the perfect French toast: fruit, flavor and lots of syrup. Filled with four types of berries and topped off with cinnamon and orange zest, these are hard to resist. Pure maple syrup is especially flown in from an organic farm in Ontario. Wolf was first introduced to the syrup when friends gifted him a jar and he just had to go back for more. He says he tried to use a variety of syrups but none of them “have as good a character.”

That’s not all; the Heartwood dining room serves a spicy poached egg sandwich with asparagus, portabella mushrooms and ricotta cheese on Rye bread, fruit plates or Salmon lox on a bagel to satisfy your hunger. “We have a little something to take care of everyone’s appetite,” says Wolf. If you’re not staying at the Inn, call ahead to be accommodated for breakfast, as the dining room is traditionally reserved for guests. It is definitely a treat you don’t want to miss! For more information, visit

Getaway #3 – Great Festivals

Calgary nurtures vibrant and lively festivals in the summer that offer plenty of entertainment for adults and children alike. The Taste of Calgary festival in August is perfect for families looking to do something different. For picky eaters or the adventurous, the Taste of Calgary offers the world on a buffet. The long hours of the festival let eating enthusiasts pick a time of day that is most convenient.

The festival is alive with excited children enjoying ice cream and chocolate cake. Beef dips; crepes with bananas, strawberries and whipped cream; butter chicken; meatballs; Thai noodles and baklava are some of the tasty food delights offered at the festival. Let your taste buds travel to cuisines from 18 countries represented in over 100 menu items.

Admission to the festival is free and food sampling tickets can be purchased for $0.75 each. Other attractions include interactive booths for children’s entertainment and local performances, all of which are included in the admission. The Taste of Calgary runs from August 12 to 15 at Eau Claire from 11am to 9pm daily. For more information, visit

If your feet are ahead of your taste buds, ExpoLatino in Calgary won’t let you down. With dazzling dance performances and Latin music, this festival is your ticket to rhythm. ExpoLatino runs from August 27 to 29 in Prince’s Island Park. For more information, visit

GlobalFest is the ultimate cultural festival in Calgary. With fireworks, cuisine, dance, music, performances, this festival is jam-packed with summer adventure. Pack your bags and get ready to visit Cuba, Brasil, Scotland and Iran, just to name a few of the countries represented at this festival. Fireworks are also presented by Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as by GlobalFest this year. GlobalFest runs from August 20 to 28 at Elliston Park. For more information, visit

Seema is a freelance writer specialized in travel and lifestyle writing. You can find her on Twitter @WordAffair.

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