That's Life - February 22, 2017

I don’t know about you but I openly applauded the sentencing of convicted triple murderer Douglas Garland to life in prison with no parole for 75 years. I must admit I did wake up in a cold sweat when I realized Douglas Garland was my Uncle Doug Shearlaw’s first and second names. What are the odds?
A funny thing happened during our Family Day weekend get-away. My wife and I decided, weeks ago, that we would like to spend a few days in the mountains. A quick look at those hotel booking websites indicated “no vacancy” in Canmore and Banff. Needless to say we were a little let down. I probably would have shrugged and settled for a weekend of pacing and thumb twiddling, as a matter of fact I think I did shrug and added, “whatever”.
But not my wife. She was determined we were going to the mountains. It didn’t matter how many calls she had to make, we were going.
And you bet, one call later we were booked into a beautiful condo, where we had stayed before. They weren’t surprised at the website error. “That sort of thing happens all the time,” said the clerk.
It was a glorious few days with one exception. We got up Saturday morning and decided that a day trip to Banff, was in order. You know, there’s free admission to all National Parks during Canada’s 150th birthday. We followed the endless line of vehicles through the booth bypass gate. I admit I felt pretty cocky about that. We drove into the townsite, as usual and proceeded to our usual parking lot.
To make a long story short, we drove for an hour and found no place to park. And, oh yes, there were “vacancy” signs on every hotel on Banff Avenue.
In my entire tourist career I have never left the Banff townsite without stopping and doing the traditional walkabout. Let’s face it, this summer Banff National Park, the townsite, it’s campsites and more are going to be overrun. Just flash the word “free”, that’s the way to draw a crowd.
I’d like to remind every gamer out there that Tri-Coastal Games has launched their new game “Dystoria” on Steam. The game was developed by Tri-Coastal partners Craig Grierson and Daryl Wilson, of Three Hills. We wish these fellows the best of luck and urge everyone to support their efforts.
Don’t miss the chance of taking in “Barefoot in the Park” at the Three Hills Arts Academy March 2-5, with 7 pm showtimes, March 2-4 and 2 pm showtimes March 4 and 5. See the ad in this issue for more details.
In closing I just want to remind everyone to think twice before you go out on the ice. Do yourself and your family a favor and stay off of river edges, lakes and ponds.
On an average year all ice fishing huts should be removed from ice surfaces by mid March. This, like last year, is no average year. I have seen boats in the lake as early as April 9. I’ve even seen a water skier proving a point on that very day. Be water wise all year long.
That’s Life.