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MORE Insane Questions Tourists Ask When They Come To Alberta

Posted: 06/02/2014 3:28 pm

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Last year I shared a post of some of the crazy questions I fielded from tourists while working one summer in Lake Louise.

Questions like: "When do you drain the lake and paint the bottom?" and, "At what elevation does and elk become a moose?"

Questions that take a moment to recover from. You think to yourself, "Where are these people getting their information, and who would lead them astray like this?"

I wanted to see if HuffPost Alberta readers had experienced similar questions, so I posed the question on our Facebook page, and, boy, did they share some doozies.

Like I said in my last post, I'm not one to judge. I'm sure I've asked some pretty silly questions in my travels to foreign countries. Locals have probably answered politely but had a good chuckle behind my back.

These gave me a good laugh and I hope you get a kick out of them, too.

Check out some of the funniest questions posed to HuffPost Alberta readers in the slideshow below.

Have you heard any crazy questions from tourists? Share them with me in the comments.

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  • A conversation with a couple from Seattle: Them: Oh we just love Canada. We love how you speak Canadian. Me: Um thanks? It's funny how some Americans think Canada is a state. Them: Hahaha that's so dumb. Everybody knows that Canada is a province. Sigh. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Susannah Tragically Hippy</a>

  • "Which one is the Rocky Mountain?" — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Dy No-Gucci</a>

  • Looking at Big Horn Sheep in Banff. This couple with their southern drawl insisted they were moose. I told them they were sheep. They looked at me funny and walked away saying, "Those are moose ... She doesn't have a clue what she's talking about." I just shook my head and laughed. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Tally Nelson</a>

  • Was asked if sled dog was a viable food source; if you were ever snowed in for extended periods of time. (We were at Disneyland and a Texan asked us this.) — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Mark W. Sorensen</a>

  • "Rats climb trees here?" It was a squirrel. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Jessica Ann</a>

  • "Where is your igloo?" It was the middle of the summer, over 30 degrees. I told them it was in my freezer. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Jessica Ann</a>

  • In Banff: "Where do they put all the animals at night?" Referring to the herds of elk that roam the townsite. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Joshua Baker</a>

  • "Isn't it a shame the mountains block the view?" — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Sandy Brown</a>

  • "Does the moon come up here?" Seriously. From an American airline pilot. Seriously. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Nancy Bateman</a>

  • In Drumheller, from an Asian group on a tour bus: "We saw the museum, but where are the live dinosaurs?" — <a href="Tracy Peters" target="_blank">Tracy Peters</a>

  • I had a lady offer $10 US for a loonie and a toonie. I just gave 'em to her. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Brent Cooter Cahoon</a>

  • While working in Lake Louise someone asked me what was the white stuff on the mountains. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Andrew Smith </a>

  • "How do you paint the mountains so that the snow looks so real?" —From a traveller from the UK — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Mia Kruger</a>

  • In Banff last summer, my relatives wanted to know if the RCMP that was standing on the main street was a real Mountie! — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Jackie Alan Mileham </a>

  • A middle aged man from Texas was shopping for "summer clothes" in July. He was totally unprepared for the heat here. He only packed his skiing clothes. "It is hot here in July!" — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Charlene Ten Have</a>

  • Not a question but a comment once from a guest on a flight: "Aren't the archaeologists lucky that the dinosaurs knew to die in Drumheller before the ice age hit, so they could all get dug up and examined later on." Seriously. — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostAlberta/posts/879581902067230" target="_blank">Kimberlee Purdy-Darling</a>

  • Up Next: More funny questions from tourists who visit Alberta

  • Q: How do you get the water so blue?

  • Q: What time of the year do they drain the lake and paint the bottom?

  • Q: At what elevation does an elk become a moose?

  • Q: How much does that mountain weigh?

  • Q: Which one is the Rocky Mountain?

  • Q: Where do you put the animals at night?

  • Q: How do the elk know they're supposed to cross at the "Elk Crossing" signs? (Which is totally reminiscent of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDLc9rkcXdY" target="_blank">this bit of silliness heard a while ago</a>.) <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Are the bears with collars tame? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: I saw an animal on the way to Banff today - could you tell me what it was? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Did I miss the turnoff for Canada? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Where does Alberta end and Canada begin? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: How far is Banff from Canada? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Do they search you at the B.C. border? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Is that two kilometers by foot or by car? <a href="http://www.2bone.com/humr/h3/3_90.shtml" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Can we drive our car onto a glacier anywhere? <a href="http://www.redtag.ca/travel-articles/articles/213/1/Banff-National-Park-In-Alberta--Funny-questions-Asked.html" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Do we need snow tires or chains to drive to Lake Louise in July? <a href="http://www.redtag.ca/travel-articles/articles/213/1/Banff-National-Park-In-Alberta--Funny-questions-Asked.html" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Where are the igloos and the Eskimos? <a href="http://www.redtag.ca/travel-articles/articles/213/1/Banff-National-Park-In-Alberta--Funny-questions-Asked.html" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: Can you see polar bears at the Columbia Icefield? <a href="http://www.redtag.ca/travel-articles/articles/213/1/Banff-National-Park-In-Alberta--Funny-questions-Asked.html" target="_blank">Source</a>

  • Q: What's the best trail to take a bike on to see a cougar? <a href="http://www.redtag.ca/travel-articles/articles/213/1/Banff-National-Park-In-Alberta--Funny-questions-Asked.html" target="_blank">Source</a>


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