Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Alberta - Did you know Alberta has ferries?!

Over the last few months I've been featuring posts on Alberta, the province where I set most of my stories. If you want to check out earlier posts, click here.

Today, I'm talking about ferries.

Now, if you are the least bit familiar with Alberta, you'll think you misread today's topic.  Ferries?  Alberta is landlocked, how can it have ferries?  Even as a native Albertan, the idea of ferries seems odd. 

Alberta actually has seven ferries, which run from spring to fall, and I've been on one, The Bleriot Ferry.  This ferry crosses the Red Deer River, which is about 105 metres (345 feet) at this location.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip across the river.  It felt leisurely... seemingly emphasizing the fact that we were on holiday when we used it. 
The Bleriot Ferry (Lorraine's Photo)

View from the ferry. (Lorraine's Photo)
In some ways I wish I had to use a ferry like this every day... just to know for those few minutes everything is going to slow and all you have to do is just enjoy the ride.
When was the last time you took a ferry?


Anonymous said...

It's awful to say but, I'm not sure I've ever been on a ferry (at least that I can remember). I love the idea of them...they seem quaint, most tucked into small coastal towns. A river ferry sounds nice too and a nicer way of transport than a a traffic-packed bridge. Lovely photos and I'm learning a lot about Alberta! :)

patonlorraine said...

I've been on a few ferries, and love them. It is like taking a mini-cruise!

Thanks for stopping by, Mae! :)