Sunday July 1-Friday July 6, 2012
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Calgary, Alberta Canada
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Meet-up at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire
Monday July 2, 2012
Ride to meet Fred Phillips, CEO Focus Auto Design
Focus Auto Design manufactures acrylic automotive accessories for the OEM and aftermarket. Our manufacturing facility is located in Calgary Alberta and currently employs 30 people.
The equipment and technology required to process and produce high quality station buck and hammer forms on CNC equipment is used daily in our core business. This investment and competency allows us to offer our services to the old car hobby without the pressure of a business model that solely depends on revenue from a niche market. In this case, the fabrication of one-off station and hammer form bucks for the old car hobby.
Then out to Fred’s hangar west of Calgary where he houses one of the most rare and unique car collections in the world.
Late afternoon ride to Bragg Creek, 10 miles west of Calgary for dinner at Infusion Restaurant, nestled away in the heart of beautiful Bragg Creek. A restaurant destination for Calgarians in the know. Fine Cuisine, beautiful décor and top notch service creates a complete dining experience to delight your senses.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – Calgary to Nakusp, BC – 550 kms
After a hearty breakfast we depart for beautiful Nakusp, BC travelling the TransCanada Highway #1 west through Banff National Park and then to the provincial border of British Columbia. We continue riding west on Hwy #1 to the community of Golden, BC and then on to Glacier National Park, eventually ending up in Revelstoke, BC for lunch. From Revelstoke, we will ride south on Highway 23 to the Shelter Bay-Galena Bay ferry which crosses Upper Arrow Lake. From Galena Bay we travel south on Highway 23 to Halcyon Hot Springs. This will be our overnight stop after a full day of riding with no entrepreneur meet-ups planned. We end the day at the Halcyon Hotspring Village & Spa with lake, mountains, natural hot springs, wilderness, comfort, fun and serenity – there is so much to explore at Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa. Experience the beauty of the Kootenays and exceptional amenities – maybe book a spa treatment!
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing and beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in the natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake and the Monashee Mountain range. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine in the Kingfisher Restaurant or a pampering treatment at the Spa at Halcyon. Relax along the shoreline or explore the waters of Arrow Lake from the dock or by canoe or kayak.
Wednesday July 4, 2012
Happy Independence Day! After a relaxing evening at Halcyon, we start the following day with a short ride south to Nakusp, BC and a Meet-up with Box Lake Lumber Product’s Dan Wiebe. Box Lake Lumber Products is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of cedar split rail fencing, shipping product all over North America and Europe. Split cedar posts & rails are known for their unique craftsmanship and rustic Old West appearance. Every post and rail is hand split and is aesthetically pleasing as they curve in and around knots. Box Lake was started in the mid-1980’s by Dan’s dad Ed Wiebe.
Even though Box Lake Lumber has seen sales grow, hand-split cedar fencing is truly a small, niche market. “We’ve distributed fence all over the United States,” says Wiebe. “There is a little bit of split rail used in every state, you don’t see a lot of it used in any one state.” That said, they’ve worked at developing a solid base of distributors, and are working with those distributors to develop the split rail fence market, wherever possible. Faced with a high Canadian dollar, Box Lake Lumber is working to keep things going with US customers, but they are also looking at the possibility of expanding Canadian sales, which, to date, has not been the focus. We’ll roll up our sleeves and share our expansion ideas with this great little company.
From Nakusp we ride south to Crescent Valley – here the off-road enthusiasts will leave us and take the road less travelled to Kimberley. Those who prefer the pavement will continue south through the picturesque towns of Creston, Cranbrook and finally into Kimberley, our stop for the night.
Our rest stop this night is Trickle Creek Lodge which is surrounded by the natural beauty of pristine mountain wilderness. This premiere resort offers a superb venue for outdoor recreational activities. Inside, relax in the cozy atmosphere where lodgepole pine beams and river rock pillars provide a rustic elegance which is sure to delight.
Thursday July 5, 2012
We begin the journey back to Calgary north from Kimberley on Highway 93 through Invermere to beautiful Radium Hot Springs, and onto Banff, Canmore and into Calgary. We will have ridden 1300 kms or just over 800 miles through the mountains.
Your visit to the Calgary Stampede is not complete without your very own cowboy boots so you can look the part. Later in the afternoon, we’ll visit with Tim Gerwing of Alberta Boot Company, a second generation owner of the business. For over 30 years, Alberta Boot Company has outfitted Royalty, movie stars, entertainers, celebrities, athletes, public figures, religious leaders, and most importantly – ordinary people from all over the world who are intrigued by the mystique of the Wild West!
As Alberta’s only western boot-maker, Alberta Boot Company is proud of their boots and enjoys a solid reputation built on quality products and excellent service, but what really sets Alberta Boot apart from the competition is that they actually manufacture the boots ‘right on the premises’ at their location in downtown Calgary. “Not only are we located in the right city, we are located right in the heart of this great city!” Tim Gerwing continues, “Regardless of how high tech and cosmopolitan Calgary becomes, everyone in this city remembers it’s roots, and every July we celebrate this great heritage in the annual 10 day party, known as the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede – ‘the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth’!
Evening wrap up and celebration dinner. This will be the groups last evening together – we will enjoy an outdoor bar-b-que at the home of Leslie Roberts (volunteer) and her husband Mike McGeough. Back to the Sheraton Suites for the evening.
Friday July 6, 2012
An early morning start! We’re off to the Calgary Stampede Parade, broadcast all over the world. Your early deposit was used to secure curb-side seats of what is promising to be the largest parade in Calgary Stampede history. Good place to try out your new Alberta Boots! After the parade, you can enjoy an afternoon and evening at the grounds of the Calgary Stampede.
Sunday Evening July 1st, 2012 AND Monday Evening July 2nd 2012
Accommodation: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire Hotel
Room rates are $199/night on July 1 and 2, 2012.
Tuesday Evening, July 3rd, 2012
Accommodation: Halcyon Hot Springs
Box 37 Nakusp BC Canada V0G 1R0
Phone: 1(250) 265-3554
Fax: 1(250) 265-3887
Toll Free: 1(888) 689-4699
Wednesday Evening July 4, 2012
Accommodation: Trickle Creek Lodge
Kimberley Alpine Resort
PO Box 40, Kimberley, BC V1A 2Y5
(877) 282 1200
Thursday Evening July 5, 2012
Accommodation: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire Hotel