Visiting another place is high on probably all our must-do lists, but it is always a true kindness when the place comes to us.
Granted, it isn't easy for 255,500 square miles of anywhere to board a plane or train and make its way to Los Angeles. But distilling some of its best and most loved features down for easy travel is key. Alberta will be doing just that when it makes its wends its way south from the Canada on Saturday, March 9.
Alberta, of course, is much, much larger than our fair city, but some classic gems, those touchstones often associated with the province, will be out and around at LA Live's Nokia Plaza. It's a partnership between the entertainment complex and Travel Alberta.
Knowing what you know about Calgary, Edmonton, the many picturesque small towns, the prairie and the Rockies, what do you think will show up in our own downtown? Yep, a mechanical bull. For sure, some golfing. A rock wall, which totally summons mountainous Alberta in spirit. And an artificial lake and canoe, for some fly-fishing.
A cadre of Alberta- born and/or based musicians and performers will keep the afternoon prairie-riffic. (Please, don't tell us you haven't used the word "prairie-riffic" at least five times this week.)
The Explore Alberta day is free, and described as a community event, so you're sure to see plenty of DTLAers in the canoe and on the rock wall, in addition to a few Albertans who now make a home here in Los Angeles.
But we have plenty of Canada buffs around SoCal. We'd call it a small, in-the-city getaway to the Canadian Rockies. Everything gets highly Alberta-y at noon on March 9. Yeehaw, indeed.