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Alberta Travel & Holidays Guide

Capital City: Edmonton

Alberta is bordered by British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east and is known for its oil and natural gas fields and cattle farming. Approximately 70% of the national herd is located here. The abundance of natural resources make Alberta the wealthiest of the Canadian provinces.

The two largest cities are Calgary, a cattle and oil town in the south and home of the famed Calgary Stampede, and Edmonton which is in the center of the province. Both cities are modern, progressive and offer amenities and facilities on a par with any other cities of similar size.

Extending from the snow capped grandeur of the Rockies to the rolling prairie in the east and the remote wilderness of the northern forests, this surprisingly diverse province has a lot to offer visitors.

Just like BC, its neighboring province to the west, Alberta is the location of world renowned ski fields such as Banff and several stunning National Parks.  

 

The Rocky Mountains of western and southern Alberta provide the most popular destinations for visitors to Alberta. This is a region of exceptional national parks, ski fields, hiking trails, lakes and rivers. While the snow covered mountain slopes are the focus of attention in winter, the lakes and rivers provide for water sports and fishing in the summer.

Things To See & Do

Head west on the highway out of Calgary, climb the imposing Rockies and drive through Banff, Jasper and the Glacier National Park for some spectacular sights. The Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper is a definite "must see" with its magnificent lakes and rivers.

Edmonton is known as "Canada's Festival City" due the high number of festivals of every kind that take place in the city and surrounding areas. The West Edmonton Mall is one of Alberta's larger attractions, housing over 800 retail outlets and the largest indoor entertainment centre in the world. The center is an experience even for non-shoppers. The city also boasts a huge, beautiful urban parkland system and is the site of Canada's only Indy motor car race..

Calgary is the home of the famous Calgary Stampede, a big prize money rodeo and cowboy themed festival that takes place every July. Visitors to Calgary should also visit the Calgary Zoo and see the views from the top of the Calgary Tower. A favourite with visitors who enjoy natural science is Drumheller, home of the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, where the desert like terrain offers up countless prehistoric fossil discoveries.

Anglers will want to head north into trophy fish country, deep in the boreal forests of north eastern Alberta. This is the location of Winefred Lake, well known for its huge walleye and northern pike. Angling is a very popular pastime all over Alberta with is abundance of lakes and rivers.

Highlights

Here is just a small selection of some of Alberta's most popular natural attractions.

  • Banff National Park - one of the most famous national parks, and home to the popular ski-resort town of Banff. There is nearby Lake Louise and world class skiing, mountain hiking, and camping opportunities.

  • Jasper National Park - a beautiful mountain and ski-resort town without the hustle and bustle of Banff

  • Kananaskis Country - a natural recreation area south of Calgary at the foot of the Rockies in southern Alberta 

  • Lake Louise - the most photographed lake in Canada. Famous for its blue waters and imposing chateau and located just to the north of Banff. The village is a major ski resort in the winter

  • Waterton Lakes National Park - a true natural gem located in the Rockies in Alberta's southwest.

  • Prairies to Peaks - this is rugged Rocky Mountain back country and the rural small towns that are the heart of Alberta

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