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Canmore Quarry Lake Dog Park- 09.10.14

dogparkMAIN.jpg This post is part of our special NOTCOT Alberta Great Escape series thanks to our friends at Travel Alberta. In Part I, Shawn, Bucky, and I are loaded up in the NOTFZJ80 spending a week in Alberta roadtripping, camping, and exploring all that we can fit in… follow the series here to see what inspires us along the way!

I can’t even begin to sum up how much i’ve learned since Bucky joined us less than 2 years ago. We’ve all been learning a lot on this epic road trip… he’s been learning to take in all the newness, calm down a bit more with new folks, and adapt like a trooper to camping and hotels for the first time… and it’s our first serious trip with him. But along all of it - it also means less free roaming running around time for him to get his energy out and stretch his legs properly. SO - on unexpected awesomeness, we’re loving the Canmore Quarry Lake Dog Park. There’s a huge off leash area - as well as on leash trails surrounding it. And better than the beautiful land and views around it… the people! Who knew that pulling up our beast of a car with CA plates and having Bucky romp around with so many other big dogs would be such a great spot to connect with locals and travelers alike. Also crazy - we went two days in a row, the first with a little snow on the ground, the second covered in snow and snowing heavily! Both days you couldn’t stop Bucky from sprinting from end to end with a ridiculous puppy grin. Take a peek at the site and his giddy puppiness on the next page… and as we continue traveling with him, figuring out good off leash areas will definitely be high on the list.

Throughout town we saw this… how fun is that graphic? dogpark0.jpg

But luckily that rules doesn’t apply when you get to the Canmore Quarry Lake Dog Park! dogpark1.jpg

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The views really are spectacular. dogpark4.jpg

On post-dog park treats… the Mut Hut in Canmore Village makes these adorable Mountain Goat dog cookies! muthut.jpg

Heading back today… the snow was a whole different story! But that just meant a whole new kind of fun for our socal warm weather puppy as he jumped and flew through the snow - taking bites of it in between bursts of energy. dogpark5.jpg

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When the unexpected change in weather hit, our visit to the amazing MEC (wish we had one in LA!) became a shopping trip. MEC Snowfall Pants - I couldn’t resist when it said it was good for snowy “dog walking sessions” in the store! And they have worked out GREAT for chasing him around at the park and staying warm and dry. They are like the snow-proof workout pants. dogpark7.jpg

UPDATE: On our way back to Calgary - we stopped by one more time. This time it was hot and sunny and all the snow had melted! dogparksummer.jpg

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