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Things to Do in Alberta: April 2019

By Sandra Sperounes

As the snow continues to melt, it’s time to break out the bikes, bunnies and big Viking ships. Here are some of the April “hoppenings” around Alberta:

Get crackin’ on your detective skills! There’s no shortage of Easter egg hunts across the province over the next two weeks. You’ll find some at the Medicine Hat Public Library (April 12), Red Deer’s Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (April 17), Fort McMurray’s Aim High Park (April 19 to 21), Calgary’s Marlborough Mall (April 20), Grande Prairie’s Crosslink County Sportsplex (April 21) and Edmonton Valley Zoo (April 22), just to name a few.

What does the Easter Bunny do when it gets tired? It hops on a train—the Battle River Railway, to be eggs-act! All aboard the Bunny Express on April 13 for a round-trip ride from Forestburg to Galahad — complete with Easter egg hunt and photos.

Dust bunnies are another April staple, as we all start on our spring cleaning rituals. Got a bunch of old papers, receipts, bank statements, or photos to discard? Don’t just toss them in the garbage. Protect yourself from identity theft by heading to one of AMA’s member-only shredding events around Alberta—including Red Deer (April 14), Calgary Northeast (April 14), St. Albert (April 27) and Sherwood Park (April 28).

While the world watches as Daenerys and her dragons do battle on the last season of Game of Thrones, Alberta has its own war on its hands: Vikings are about to invade Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. Thor’s hammer, three Viking warships, coins and jewellery will be on display in the RAM’s first international exhibit, Vikings: Beyond the Legend, from April 18 to October 20.

Thirty-five years ago, Corey Hart slipped on his Sunglasses at Night and became a global pop star. Those sunglasses—the very Wayfarers from the video—are now on display at Calgary’s National Music Centre as part of an exhibit dedicated to the Montreal musician until October. Hart, by the way, is heading out on his first arena tour since the ‘80s—with stops in Calgary (Scotiabank Saddledome, June 20) and Edmonton (Rogers Place, June 21). He was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Enjoy the effervescence of Canmore Uncorked, a food and drink extravaganza from April 24 to May 5. Sample special menus at more than 25 restaurants, pubs and cafes. Savour a seven-course meal at a Long Table Dinner set for 160 people. Pedal your way through Canmore on a four-restaurant, 20-kilometre bike/dining tour of the mountain town. (Bus tours are also available.) Or sample whiskey, spirits, craft beer, cider and wine at Uncorked’s various beverage festivals.

Looking to buy or sell a bike? Head over to the annual Alberta Bike Swap in Lethbridge (April 27), Calgary (May 4) and Edmonton (May 11). AMA members save $5 off the racking fee.

April in Alberta wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the big Easter Egg, located in Vegreville’s Pysanka Park. It’s the start (and finish) for the Food Bank 5K Fun Run on April 28. Sign up and support the Vegreville Food Bank.