Tourism Saskatchewan has launched the Tourism Talks series of meetings to reach out to people involved in various aspects of rural tourism. 
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Tourism operators learn to sell Sask. attractions to public

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — A simulation of speed dating was one of the unique tools used at an inaugural Tourism Talks session held at Indian Head recently. Tourism Saskatchewan launched the Tourism Talks series of meetings to reach out to people involved in various aspects of rural tourism. The pilot project brought together more than […] Read more

Images taken with the Google Trekker will allow internet users to take virtual walks in many national parks, such as Fort Walsh in southern Saskatchewan.  |  Parks Canada photo

Google helps Parks Canada offer virtual walking trails

Making parks more accessible | Service expected to be used by armchair travellers, trip planners and teachers as they develop lesson plans

It’s now possible to visit many of Canada’s national parks and historic sites without ever leaving home. Armchair travellers can use Google Maps or Google Street Viewer to take a virtual walk on park trails. Parks Canada and Google recently launched a collection of visual vignettes that will eventually highlight more than 70 national historic […] Read more

Team Cannondale races around a corner in downtown Camrose during the second stage of the Tour of Alberta.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Cycling event impresses the pros

It’s not as well known as the Tour de France, but the Tour of Alberta has caught the attention of cycling fans and hopefully the dollars of future tourists. It’s estimated 168 million viewers in 162 countries may have watched elite cyclists race down rural roads and through small towns and cities in Alberta, and […] Read more

Glory and Richard Reimer have operated the haunted mansion since buying the house in Stirling, Alta., 12 years ago. The brick house, completed in 1919, has always been the site of community activity. | Barb Glen photo

Haunted house a spirited place to visit

Ogden House home to real ghosts? | Alberta couple embrace a theme and create a thriving tourist attraction

STIRLING, Alta. — As Halloween approaches, the screams increase inside the haunted mansion in Stirling. Groans, rattling chains, cobwebs and spine-tingling music combine with witches, monsters and mad scientists to scare thrill-seekers who visit the big, old brick house and pay the price of admission for frissons of fear. But those seeking a good scare […] Read more

An equine geocaching excursion allows riders to enjoy a day ride or camp overnight in the Kananaskis area of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Riders seek treasures in Alberta countryside

Scenic hunt | Geocaching in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains gives horseback riders a chance to explore the wilderness

Those so inclined can now grab their horse and GPS devices and head to the mountains for an equine geocaching race. The Amazing Backcountry Race encourages horseback riders to ride into the mountains and enjoy Alberta’s back country, said race organizer Brenda Murdock. Between June 25 and Sept 5, riders will be directed to 16 […] Read more

Agritourism can help attract visitors to fruit farms but growers must be willing to spend money to make money, says a U-pick owner.  |  File photo

Tips on tapping tourists

Fruit grower says to make the visit an experience for the whole family

Agritourism can add value to a fruit growers’ farm, but it’s a long-term proposition. Adding a fish pond, building a cafe and growing a corn maze can all help bring people onto a producer’s farm, U-pick or orchard, but they require cash upfront and returns are slow. It’s not for everyone, G2S Pickin Patch owner […] Read more