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Happy places: Albertans share their favourite spots with Alberta@Noon

Everyone has a happy place. Whether it's paddling along the splendour of the North Saskatchewan River, hiking in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, or taking in the view a seemingly endless field of canola, we all have our favourite places in the province.

From Kananaskis Country to our own backyards, there's no shortage of splendour in the province

The Milky Way rising over Forgetmenot Pond in Kananaskis Country. (Mayito Cardenas Heier)

Everyone has a happy place.

Whether it's paddling along the splendour of the North Saskatchewan River, hiking in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, or taking in the view of a seemingly endless field of canola, we all have our favourite places in the province.

Megan Andruik sent us this photo of her happy place in Calling Lake, a small hamlet in northern Alberta. (Megan Andruik)

Alberta@Noon invited listeners to call in with their happy places, and they didn't disappoint. 

Kananaskis Country is a happy place for many Albertans. (CBC)

Ryan Michaels called from Calgary with a happy place that makes many smile — Kananaskis country.

That was followed by Kay Connolly, who said she likes to "get a lawn chair and sit in the backyard and watch birds and trees. Best thing in the world."

Mike Scott from Edmonton suggested Valley of Five Lakes outside Jasper, which he describes as a moderate hike.

Mike Scott snapped this scenic shot at Valley of Five Lakes. (Mike Scott Photography)

Lorna Gresham doesn't have to go far from home to find her happy place, it's her own backyard, boasting 13.5 acres of lush green space near Goldenrod, west of Airdrie.

For Patrick Dwyer, it's biking along Legacy Trail.

Legacy Trail was built in honour of Banff National Park’s 125th Anniversary. (Patrick Dwyer)

"My happy place is my mom's kitchen, where this view of Cascade greeted me each morning until I left home," said Vasile Glatiotis, who was born and raised in Banff. "This photo reminds me of my mountain home when I can't be there in person."

Cascade Mountain is a spectacular peak that can been seen from downtown Banff. (Vasile Glatiotis)
 

Peter Starr called from his home in Innisfree, west of Edmonton to say the rapids of Slave River is the place that makes him smile.

A few people also emailed us with photos of their favourite spots.

Alison Stephan's happy place is skiing at Sunshine Village in the winter, and hiking there in the summer. 

'Love those mountains,' wrote Alison Stephan, referring to the Sunshine Village. (Alison Stephan)

Tom Mercik finds his happy place driving along Hwy 507 toward Castle Mountain.

'Always feel the city tension dissipating coming over the rise on Hwy 507 heading towards Beaver Mines and Castle Mountain,' says Tom Mercik. (Tom Mercik)

And Kendalle Skorek enjoys the tranquil setting of Three Mile Bend, in Red Deer. 

Three Mile Bend is 55 hectares of natural area located on the North Bank Trail adjacent to the Red Deer River. (Kendalle Skorek/CBC)


With files from Alberta@Noon