Flin Flon Manitoba is Famous for More than Just Medical Marijuana

Flin Flon

Manitoba Travel Destinations: Flin Flon

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Flin Flon, Manitoba gained worldwide attention in 2002 when it became the site of a government approved marijuana farm. The legalized farm produces around 400 kg of medicine each year in an underground copper and zinc drift. If you happen to travel to this area of Manitoba, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a tour offering free samples. Sadly, when the globe focuses on this historic event, they missed out on a lot of the unique scenery and attractions the area has to offer.

The city of Flin Flon, founded in 1927, lies directly on the border between Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The interesting points surrounding this beautiful city begin with how it got its name. A gold prospector by the name of Tom Creighton had found a book entitled ‘The Sunless City’ by J E Preston Muddock in the woods. The book told the story of how ‘Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin drove a submarine into a gold coated tunnel and discovered a hidden civilization. Not long after the prospector discovered a rich area of copper and named his mine Flin Flon after the character in the book. The city began to grow in the area and continued to take pride in ‘Flinty’ into the present day.

Since Flin Flon is built on an ancient volcano, the city has many unique traits including Ross Lake which is found in the center of the city and surrounded by two billion year old cliffs. The lake has a beautiful boardwalk that encircles the lake and is perfect for a romantic stroll. The Hapnot Lake Wildlife Sanctuary is also located within city limits along with stunning cliffs and mountainous terrain.

The city also boasts a large number of manmade attractions within its borders. The tallest of the group, and the tallest free-standing structure in the Canadian prairies, is ‘The Stack,’ which falls only 175 feet short of the Eiffel Tower.

The Hundred Stairs staircase was originally constructed in 1935 to connect the two portions of the city. It now leads to Flin Flon’s Bomb Shelter that was started in 1947 for a cost of $32 000. Interestingly, the excitement over the shelter waned 4 meters short of the goal and the tunnel was narrowed to the point that it is nothing more than a storm drain. Of course, a large cartoon-like statue of Flintabettey Flonatin still perches proundly in the city of Flin Flon.

Another interesting site to see in Flin Flon is the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting’s Mine and Smelter Site. The copper vein that Tom Creighton is generally accredited with finding was actually discovered by a trapper and merely shown to the prospector in 1914. The find did prove to be a massive find, but a process called smeltering was needed in order to purify the ore. Today, the North Main is closed, however the South Main is still in use as well as the other operations associated with the site.

There are tons of beaches, lakes, and attractions in and around the beautiful city of Flin Flon, Manitoba. This little city is the perfect blend of the region’s iconic past and of history in the making. If you would like to explore the city for yourself, feel free to visit Flin Flon’s Website.

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Experience Real Life in the Canadian Prairies: Unique Alberta Vacations

Cabin Rentals, Ranch Vacations, and Pure Alberta Relaxation

Cabin Rentals, Ranch Vacations, and Pure Alberta Relaxation

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Vacations don’t have to include a visit to the same old hotel setting or the usual sightseeing tours. For something new and unusual, how about going on a true country vacation this year? Different styles of western vacations are available throughout the province. If you want to experience life in the Canadian Rockies, in Northern Alberta, or in the Southwest, go for it!

Alberta cottages in the southern portion of the province are a great way to experience a true country vacation no matter what time of year. Lyndon Creek Cottage, just outside of Claresholm is a wonderful place to spend your vacation. Here, you can stay in the rustic yet lavish guest house and enjoy waking up to the peaceful countryside of the Alberta Foothills. From here, you can explore the area including attractions such as the Birds of Prey Centre, Waterton National Park, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and many of the natural wonders in the area. Outdoor adventures like skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other activities are here as well. You get the enjoyment of living out in the country with the freedom of a hotel vacation!

Cabins in the wild Canadian Rocky Mountains are another great way to experience real life in the area. The Brewster Adventures allow you to live the history of the local area in a way that is not possible with a museum visit. Horseback riding on a 4-day pack trip takes you deep into the nearby Banff National Park where you can see the untamed wildness from a fresh perspective. Spend your days exploring the mountains and sleeping at night in an historic log cabin. They also offer day trail rides of Banff and genuine western barbeques in the Lake Louise area.

Guest ranches in Alberta give you the opportunity to witness life on the ranch first hand. You can watch the ranchers go about their daily lives of looking after their animals, and enjoy complete relaxation untainted by the rush of city life. The Lakeview Guest Ranch not far from Edmonton, Alberta is a prime example. Relax around the waterfront property and take part in your favorite activities. It is one of those vacations where doing nothing is truly a wonderful experience. Meals are made from scratch and offer the finest in Western Canadian cuisine. They even offer a selection of special programs and activities off and on throughout the year.

For those looking to truly experience life on a ranch in the Canadian Prairies, consider a real working ranch vacation. These vacations give you the opportunity to work and live on a real ranch. Red Lodge Guest Ranch lets you rent one of their comfortable Alberta cabins or stay in the ranch house. They bring you along and guide you through the various jobs done on the ranch including riding, moving and feeding cattle, and working with the horses. The vacation isn’t all work! There are trail rides and other fun activities to enjoy. If you choose to opt out of the ‘working vacation’ there are an unlimited number of activities and relaxation opportunities available. Volleyball, baseball, wagon rides, or just enjoying the fresh air. There is also a group lodge and camp sites available for visitors.

Take an entirely new vacation and experience real life in the Canadian Prairies! For more information, visit Alberta Western & Cowboy Vacations.

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