When you’re ready for refreshments, Shirley’s Flowers serves up classic sodas, treats and unexpectedly good coffee. As Terri says while handling the dials and knobs on the full espresso bar, “We love our coffee here.”
(The shop is named after Terri’s mom, who owned the shop in the ‘70s. It has been open ever since, although it passed through some other hands before Terri eventually bought it back.)
While making a pit stop, check out the Kneehill Historical Museum, which features a vast collection where you can really get hands on with history. Unlike many museums, they encourage you to type on the typewriters, stir the butter churns, hand-spool the wool and scratch-test geological samples.
It’s also a little-known secret that Kneehill County is the only region in Canada that can trace its settled origins back to medieval times.
OK, that’s not technically true, but when you’re greeted (as “Lord” or “Lady”) at the gated village of Good Knights Medieval Encampment, the illusion will become real. Beyond the fortress walls, turreted tents with colourful pennants flying form a semi-circle around a lush meadow. A creek runs behind.
You can try your hand at archery, swordsmanship or leather working, before retiring within to your chambers, furnished with classic four-poster beds and ancient decor. (In true royal style, foregoing none of the luxuries, Good Knights has ingeniously tied in electricity, fireplaces and a “throne room” with running water for a full glamping experience.) Breakfast is served en plein air, and Saturday nights feature a medieval feast.