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  • #15421

    Diane
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    Hi everyone. My name is Diane. I presently live in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), where I am in my last semester of my Bachelors of Arts in Canadian History! Love history in general and British history, specifically 19th century British history. I also enjoy Canadian western history, American history, and World War One history.

  • #17111

    anonymous
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    Diane,I am new to the forum.  I had to reply to your post because my husband and I spent two weeks in Alberta and British Columbia.  What a beautiful area.  We flew into Calgary.  We travelled around to Banff, Jasper, Golden, Waterton Lakes and Lake Louise.  I would love to go back, especially when there is less snow.  We went in July, but some places we're still snowy, at least for hiking.Laura

  • #17112

    Jamie
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    Hi Diane, welcome to the forums!I'd love to pick your brain once we get into the British/Canadian era of history, if you don't mind.  I'm always interested in how things are taught in different areas of the world. How the perspectives change and all that sort of thing. :)

  • #17113

    Diane
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    Laura,Welcome to the forums! I'm glad you thought the area was beautiful. I actually call a small city, Medicine Hat, in the SE corner of Alberta home (near the Saskatchewan/Montana border), which is 3-6 hours drive from where you visited. So, if you thought the foothills and mountains were beautiful, I doubt you would find the prairie where I live as appealing. Certainly SE Alberta it is beautiful in the summer, and there are golden fields as far as the eye can see under a clear blue sky- Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada, and one of the warmest; the temperature hovers around 28-35 degrees Celsius (82-95 Fahrenheit) in the summer. But the views are not as dramatic as in the foothills and mountains.  I was living in Calgary for the University (just moved back to Medicine Hat this weekend), and I must agree its a nice place! Big, perhaps not to standards elsewhere, but it has a population of over 1 million people, and is super spread out (we take suburban sprawl to a whole new level out here). However, it is generally clean, multicultural, safe, friendly, and vibrant. The views of the mountains are amazing, especially up the Calgary Tower; if you visit again I recommend lunch at Sky 360 in the Calgary Tower on a clear day- beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, foothills, and all of Calgary (the restaurant rotates 360 degrees- very slowly, but you see everything!). As for the snow, it doesn't really disappear in the mountains, even in August. I was in Golden two years ago in August for white-water rafting, and there was still snow on the mountain slopes (the water was insanely cold). In fact, I think the ski hills in Sunshine (near Banff) are still open and its now May!!! I was in Waterton last summer (what a beautiful area, the foothills around the town of Pincher Creek are absolutely stunning) for kayaking, hiking and camping, and I could literally paddle out to one edge of the lake, reach out to touch a glacier off a mountain! However, if you're interested in mountain hiking I would recommend the British Columbia interior (Okanagan Valley), as it gets warm enough to dry the area out a bit in the summer (people actually grow amazing fruit there; Okanagan peaches are particularly famous in Canada).I hope you and your husband come back to visit and get the opportunity to explore some new regions! It really is breathtaking in the summer, and even in the winter!Jamie,Feel free to send me an email anytime to "pick my brain." I too am quite interested in historical perspectives, in fact I've written a couple of undergraduate papers on various perspective related historical themes, and I think it would be very interesting to learn how others view Canada's place in the Commonwealth, particularly in the Colonial Era. I have an inkling that the Canadian history I've learned over the years has been much more nationalistic and patriotic (we tend to overstate our role and importance) than the perspectives offered in British history. Also the British connections to Canada were integral to the characteristics of both English Canada, and French Canada, and the settlement of the west (my specialty- for instance the iconic Canadian Mounties, with their scarlet tunics and black horses, they were actually modeled after the Irish constabulary!). I'm begging you to ask me about Canada's role in World War One, but particularly World War Two, because it has been so understated by the British and Americans historians, but was absolutely integral in keeping Britain calm and carrying on! So send me an email, and we'll chat! I realize it won't be for some time, but I'll still be listening to the podcast if you're still making them! Cheers!

  • #17114

    anonymous
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    I read your response to me and your post to Jamie.  I would be quite interested in the Canadian perspective on British history.  Growing up in America has certainly given me a bent to history that I think is skewed.  Americans can be very self-focused.  I am aware of Canada, but know very little about it.  I don't recall being taught much if anything about Canada while in school (high school or college).  There is so much to learn.  One source for me of a bit of Canadian history was watching the first or second season of “Upstairs, Downstairs.”  The main female character goes off to visit her relatives in Canada (and winds up dying on the Titanic).  The discussion of why her relatives went to Canada was interesting.  I like to learn the origins and underpinnings of our modern world through history.  I hope that when Jamie gets to more modern British history he can expand the discussion to include Canada.Laura

  • #17115

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Oooo!  I'll definitely take you up on that!  Though, it will be a couple years until we get there.  ;)

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