The perks of being an Albertan
A reminder from an outsider of why we call this place home
By: Roxanne Blackwell
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 02:58 pm
My name’s Roxanne and I’m the newbie here at the Western Wheel. I’m a born and raised Saskatchewanian, and I’m still in the process of converting into a full-blown Albertan. Since I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that there are certainly some advantages to living a little further west, so I’m here to give you a reminder of why so many of us call this place home.
First of all, no provincial sales tax! Yes, in other parts of the country we pay a bit more for nearly everything. I know many of us from the flatland who will pack up the car and spend $250 on gas just to save $50 on that new flat screen TV and then haul it back home. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Another perk: NHL hockey. Two mediocre teams are still better than no teams… right?
Lastly, you can’t complain about the view. Yes, Saskatchewan is flat, so maybe that’s why I’m awe-struck every day during my commute when the sun is shining down on the Rocky Mountains.
The fact that a world-famous playground sits right in our backyard is a privilege, but I’ve found that Albertans sometimes take it for granted. Back home, I learned to snowboard on a hill called “Mount Blackstrap” and I use the term “mountain” very loosely.
As local rumour has it, the man-made hill (which has since been shut down for safety issues) was nothing more than a big pile of garbage with some grass on top. The hill only took a few quick minutes to get to the bottom before you’d have to do the chairlift ride back up in the blowing -40 C Saskatchewan winter. Lets just say that as I made my way down Lake Louise Mountain a few weeks ago, I was in heaven.
Other skiers and boarders were flying by me in t-shirts, lathering up the sunscreen on their faces. Heck, you can even stop half way down to grab a beer and a burger!
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Saskatchewan and it will always be my home (go Riders), but there are some pretty fantastic perks of being an Albertan.