Alberta Travel Guide
Alberta is a diversity of high mountains and glacially-fed blue lakes, golden wheat and bright yellow flowers of canola fields across the endlessly rolling countryside.
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Alberta is a breathtaking province to visit and is a vacation destination you won’t soon forget. Discover remote alpine lakes and glaciers, remote places that most people never see, not even the Albertans.
Alberta is the province in Canada where part of the old West still lives on. Release your inner cowboy and experience life on a working ranch. Help move a herd of cattle or just go on a leisurely trail ride. Have a meal cooked over the campfire, drink real cowboy coffee, toast marshmallows and enjoy some smores.
Visit the bronc-buckin’ Calgary Stampede, a Wild West exhibition, which is much more than a big-time rodeo. Calgary, the former cow town’s very roots are in ranching and meatpacking.
Thousands of folks gather to watch the rough rodeo and chuckwagon races of the 10 days Calgary Stampede happening each July.
Visit the Rocky Mountains to the west, with world-famous Banff and Jasper. Don’t miss the Canadian Badlands to the east and the dinosaurs at Drumheller, home of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Explore the boreal forest and lake lands of the north. Travel through the grasslands and rolling prairies of the south. Rejuvenate in the steaming waters of a natural hot spring.
Alberta’s First Nations Culture
The history of native cultures can be seen at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre near Fort Macleod and in the petroglyphs and pictographs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, near Milk River.
Traditions of Aboriginal people are remembered in Edmonton’s Provincial Museum of Alberta and many other smaller museums throughout the province.
- Alberta Canada is a nature lover’s paradise with it’s five National Parks.
- The Rocky Mountain parks are loaded with outdoor adventures. In summer, ride horses or hike endless trails.
- Go for a paddle on Alberta’s scenic lakes or rent a mountain bike and go explore.
- Whatever you do, watch out for wildlife.
- Venture north into a land of whitewater, backcountry lodges and trophy fishing.
- If the time is right, spend a day at the Calgary Stampede. The possibilities are endless!
Winter in Alberta
- In winter, many outfitters offer dog sledding, ice climbing, and heliskiing.
- Or try your luck with ice fishing. Enjoy the comfort of a heated shelter perched on the ice, and wait for a delicious lake trout, walleye, northern pike, perch or Arctic grayling to gobble your bait. What better adventure than that!
- Take part on a snowmobiling trip and speed through the excellent powder. Sled across frozen lakes and up mountains, through boreal forests and across wide-open plains.
Try something you have never done before, Alberta Canada is the place to do it!
Explore the moonscape of the Canadian Badlands near Drumheller and go for a dig for dinosaur bones. To visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a MUST!
Lake Louise is a major tourist destination in Alberta. It is part of Banff National Park and is on every traveller’s list.
Located nearby is the beautiful Moraine Lake. This spectacular lake is surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks and is less touristy than Lake Louise.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located at Fort Macleod, where the remains of marked trails, an aboriginal camp and vast quantities of buffalo skeletons can still be found. They are evidence of a custom practised by aboriginal people for nearly 6,000 years.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 2 1/2 hour drive south-east of Calgary. The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs. You can easily spend a whole day at the museum to educate yourself.
For more information about travelling in Alberta Canada visit travelalberta.com.
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