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The two RV Gypsies
took a Segway tour from
River Valley Adventure Company
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
'403.972.7345

June 5, 2016

This was the 15th time that the two RV Gypsies have taken a Segway tour, but it was their first Segway tour in Canada, and it won't be their last.

Storage for River Vally Adventures' Segways Karen Duquette ready for Segway training

David, the tour guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and kept the tour very interesting, plus allowed the two RV Gypsies a bit of free-wheeling time. The two RV Gypsies highly recommend this tour, and hereby give a big thank you to David for sharing his knowledge of the area.

Below: Karen Duquette made a shirt with the names of all the places that the two RV Gypsies have taken a Segway tour. The list will continue to grow as the two RV Gypsies travel.

Karen Duquette's Segway shirt Karen Duquette and David, the tour guide
Karen Duquette on Segway in Calgary the two RV Gypsies on their Segways in Calgary
view across the Bow River Karen Duquette going under the bridge

Below: After the flood in 2013, residents all pulled together to give a helping hand to those in need. Much of the art in Calgary now reflects a helping hand theme.

art work under the bridge art work under the bridge
Karen Duquette and a big hand art on a building

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation proudly celebrated the initial phase of RiverWalk
on November 5, 2010 and thanked all community members and friends for their efforts.

art on a building a thank you mural

The RiverWalk is more than just a recreational pathway, it offers walkers and cyclists from neighboring communities a safe and efficient daily commute to downtown, all without adding more cars to city roads.?Much of it is safely divided into pedestrian lanes and bicycle lanes. RiverWalk actually connects to walkways all the way to Vancouver.

Calgary RiverWalk Calgary RiverWalk

Below: The George C. King Bridge (formerly known as St. Patrick’s Bridge) was built with steel arches and a concrete deck to create a link to the East Village development and access to St. Patrick’s Island (Prince's Island Park). When the Bridge opened in October 2014, it became a symbol of the new connection between East Village and downtown Calgary and the community of Bridgeland north of the Bow River.

The intention was to make the George C. King Bridge a destination in itself to observe the Bow River beneath and contemplate the city scape. It is a three-span 182-metre long bridge.

The design includes lighting integrated in the balustrade to illuminate the deck without using visually disruptive light poles. The main lighting design concept was for the bridge to transition from day to night and night to day. During day light, the arches are the most fascinating aspect of the bridge. As sun goes down and the bridge lights go on, the gently lit deck of the bridge magnifies the flat and slender (suspended) structure while the arches take a step back and gradually disappear. Additional lighting integrated in the deck illuminates the land and water below the deck after dark, creating a soft bed of light influenced by seasonal changes to the landscape. Unfortunately, the two RV Gypsies were not able to be on the bridge in the evening to experience this.

George C. King Bridge plaque David and Karen on Segways and the George C. King Bridge
the two RV Gypsies on the George C. King Bridge

A Spectacular artistic design provides lighting for the island.

lighting on Prince's Island Park lighting on Prince's Island Park

The amazing lights also provided a safe environment for an Osprey Nest.

Osprey nest lighting on Prince's Island Park

Prince's Island Park an urban park in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is developed on an island on the Bow River, immediately north of downtown Calgary with 31 acres of recreation.

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Prince's Island was named after Peter Anthony Prince, a lumberman from Quebec who came to Calgary in 1886 and founded the Eau Claire Lumber Mill. The Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company dug a channel (now the lagoon) to get logs from Kananaskis closer to the Calgary sawmill, resulting in an island.

In 1889 Prince formed the Calgary Water Power Company to supply electric streetlights to the town. Despite its name, the company used steam generators powered by sawdust until 1893 when Prince built Calgary's first hydro-electric plant near the east end of the lagoon. After his death in 1925 the mill was still operational until 1944. The land was purchased by The City from the remaining Prince family in 1947 for development of park land.

It was named after Peter Anthony Prince, the founder of the Eau Claire Lumber Mill. The park was built on land donated in 1947 to the city by the Prince family. It is often incorrectly referred to as "Princess Island Park". The park is open from 5 a.m. until 11p.m. every regular day.

The island has a surface of 20 hectares and is linked by three bridges to Eau Claire and downtown Calgary and a north bridge to Memorial Drive and the community of Crescent Heights. It is part of the pathway and hiking trail system lining both sides of the Bow River. The southern arm of the river has been landscaped, while the eastern end of the island re-creates a wetland environment. Canada geese and mallard ducks are common birds found in the park.

Prince's Island Park Karen and David
great wood work lighting on Prince's Island Park
Mountie and garden
Mountie on Horseback statue
Mountie on Horseback plaque
The two RV Gypsies in front of a buffalo statue  buffalo statue

Mosaic tile artwork.

mosiac tile and Karen Duquette mosiac tile artwork
mosiac tile artwork mosiac tile artwork
mosiac tile artwork and a commuter train
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