When you think of culture and music in Alberta, obviously the town of Hinton leaps to mind. Located about an hour east of Jasper, this small town hosts the Wild Mountain Music Festival (WMMF) each July. If the crush of humanity detracts from your enjoyment of the music at the Edmonton and Calgary festivals, then this event is for you. A farmer turns over a huge tract of land to the organizers, and they put together a very relaxed, uncrowded and somewhat eclectic musical weekend. I make it an annual trip– it’s a great addition to a summer journey through the Rockies.