The annual tradition of spring break is almost here. Kids get a breather from books and tests. Adults have the perfect excuse for taking some time off. Only a few hours drive from Lethbridge are two very different places for spring break vacations. You might even consider stopping at Eldorado RV and maybe make that road-trip in your new home-on-wheels.
Banff National Parks Hot Springs
Less than a four-hour drive from Lethbridge, Banff National Park skirts the British Columbia border. Traditional winter sports, such as skiing and snowshoeing are in abundance. What makes Banff unique is the natural hot springs that has soothed the muscles of tired souls for over a century. At times the spring envelops the bathers in clouds rivalling those clustering about the surrounding mountains. The Banff Upper Hot Springs, discovered back in 1884 and now on the Canadian Register of Historic Places, is a combination spa and bathhouse that is open year-round and available for day use.
RV camping is available at the Tunnel Mountain Village II campground, roughly six kilometres away. The year-round facility offers 222 sites with electrical-only hook-ups. Showers, flush toilets and a dump station are available. Each site has its own fire pit. Some sites will accommodate a motorhome up to 50 feet in length. Reservations are accepted through the park service or you can take your chances on finding a spot. It is the only year-round campground in Banff National Park and spaces do tend to fill up.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Drive six hours east of Lethbridge via the Trans Canada Highway and you come face to face with Mac the Moose. This 32-foot tall antlered wonder is a car-stopper. Adults and kids do a double-take, making sure to get a picture to back up the stories they’ll tell at home. Mac is just one of the surprises in this prairie town that appears to spring out of nowhere.
Al Capone found Moose Jaw a safe haven, and a convenient place to do business. The famous gangster used tunnels under the city streets to smuggle booze into the United States during Prohibition. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw Tour takes you into those very tunnels. Actors in period 1920s dress act out the parts of bootleggers and flapper girls. Audience participation is encouraged as you are enticed to “make a deal” in the subterranean booze storage room.
Moose Jaw is also known for its murals. Brochures are available at the Tourism Visitor Centre for self guided walking tours that lead you to each of the 45 pieces. It might be a bit chilly this time of year, but the town has plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to visit along the way.
The Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex, right off the Trans Canada near Mac the Moose, offers RV spaces, an indoor water park, mini-golf course, restaurant, laundry and sundry store. Full and partially serviced sites are offered. Pull-thru sites easily accommodate the Class A rigs.