The Bomber Museum in Nanton, south of Calgary, is one of the only places to have a functional Merlin engine in an authentic Lancaster bomber. It's a piece of War history, and several times a summer, they run the engines to keep them in shape - and it's an awesome sound to hear!!!
Museum info: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca
Here's a basic DSN agenda:
-9:00-9:15 Meet at Somerset/Bridlewood C-Train - be sure to account for a 10-20 minute delay between Chinook/Heritage this weekend!
I'll be wearing a white Stetson and a Meetup pin on my chest; we will meet at the metal seats at the SOUTH end (that's the FRONT of the train as you arrive) of the Somerset/Bridlewood train platform between 9:00-9:15. The WEST parking lot and the bus building is beside these seats.
-9:15 Leave Somerset C-Train
-10:00-10:15 Arrive at Museum
SPECIFIC ACTIVITY TIMES:
*10:30 Rear Gun Turret Demonstration
*11:00 Lancaster Bomber Engine Run-Up
*12:00 Fleet Fawn Bi-Plane Engine Run-Up
*12:30 "The Great Escape" 70th anniversary lecture (the actual event was in March 1944)
-Museum wandering through this time
There are a lot of neat & interesting stores, shoppes, boutiques, etc. in Nanton (including one of the best candy stores in the country, serving all your old childhood favourites!!) - so we may decide to break up for lunch & browse (anyone with specific interests in seeing a place, please post a comment below for others to consider also!);
as long as return carpooling is workable!!
As well, there's the Saskatoon Berry Farm on Hwy #2 south of Calgary for those that want to stop & pick some on the way back (http://www.saskatoonfarm.com/)
It is NOT a big museum - 9-10 planes, & a few vehicles - but the big, bad Bomber is the driving tourist attraction.
Since the cost is minimal (by donation), it's a nice Saturday out of the City...
Nanton is about 50 minutes' drive south from Somerset C-Train Station.
-DSN Fee $1 to me
-Bomber Museum Fee - by donation (suggested $3-$5)
-If you're carpooling as a passenger, something (~$5-10?) for gas to the driver, would probably be appreciated.
Google Map/Directions from Somerset C-Train to the Museum - are here (Driving Directions).