Alberta Tourism Information

Why visit alberta.

Alberta , the largest of Canada’s three  prairie provinces , contains a large portion of the Rocky Mountains and most tourism to the province centers around visiting the beautiful parks that surround them. The province’s two main cities, Calgary and Edmonton , are Canada’s largest outside the Toronto-Montreal-Vancouver axis, though they’re much less popular as tourist destinations. The larger city, Calgary, is generally acknowledged to contain more to see and do, though Edmonton contains a few famous attractions, as well.


Most Albertans live in either Calgary or Edmonton and the cities are about three hours apart, with Calgary in the south and Edmonton in the north. The Rocky Mountain region is on the province’s far west, along the border with British Columbia . Everywhere else is largely rural, home to small farm towns and oil fields.

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Lake Louise in Banff National Park. kavram/Shutterstock

The rocky mountain parks.

The most iconic tourist destination in Alberta — and possibly the entire country — is the beautiful Banff National Park and its emerald-green Lake Louise . Containing over 6,000 square kilometers of unspoiled Rocky Mountain scenery, Canada’s most popular outdoor resort is home to virtually every activity you could imagine, with over 1,000 km of hiking trails, a dozen campgrounds, numerous ski hills, a 27-hole golf course , three hot springs, and a wild river (the Kicking Horse ) that’s ideal for white water rafting . There are no shortages of shops, hotels, and restaurants in the village of Banff Town , which is usually packed with tourists.

Three hours north of Banff is Jasper National Park , which is broadly similar to Banff in terms of natural beauty, but is harder to get to, has fewer activities and is thus slightly less popular. Some prefer its more laid-back vibe. Even more laid-back are the smaller-still mountain communities of Canmore Kananaskis , which is near Banff, and Waterton Lakes National Park which is in Alberta’s most south-west corner. All of the Rocky Mountain parks are a couple hours from the two big cities. Banff, Canmore, and Waterton are closer to Calgary while Jasper is closer to Edmonton.

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Calgary's Peace Bridge, over the Bow River that divides the city. Its eccentric design, though controversial at first, has now become an icon of the city.

Calgary Tourism

The largest city in Alberta.

Calgary is split in half by the Bow River , which has a pleasant coastline for walking and in the summer is popular for “floating” — what locals call riding in inner tubes. The river is crossed by multiple bridges, with the recently-completed Peace Bridge the most architecturally interesting.

The 160 meter tall  Calgary Tower is the city’s most famous landmark, and like most buildings of its sort, it contains a rotating restaurant and observation deck at the top. It’s no longer the tallest building in Calgary, however — that honor goes to the uniquely curved Bow Building , recognizable from afar with its criss-cross design. Equally iconic is the sloping roof of the Scotiabank Saddledome , home of the city’s NHL team, as well as other sports events and concerts.

Within walking distance of downtown is the massive Calgary Zoo which encompasses over 159 hectares and houses a vast assortment of Canadian and foreign animals, as well as exhibits on Alberta’s dinosaur-filled past.

Calgary postcards often feature pictures of the Ski Jump Towers , a relic of the 1988 Olympics found on the edge of the city limits. The surrounding  Olympic Park  is now run by a company named WinSport that offers a variety of public activities, including a Zipline and bobsled.

  • Official Website, Tourism Calgary
  • The Top 10 Things to Do in Calgary, TripAdviso r

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" Wonderland ," a sculpture by famed Spanish artist Jaume Plensaat (b. 1955) at the base of downtown Calgary's Bow Building.

Museums and Galleries

The Glenbow Museum is Alberta’s largest museum, featuring an extensive history of the province from aboriginal times to the present, as well as contemporary artwork and traveling exhibits from around the world.

Spanning over 127 acres, Heritage Park Historical Village is a vast village of antique buildings containing re-creations of Canadian life from the Victorian era to the 1950s, complete with costumed actors.

Shopping and Restaurants

8th Ave SE, better known as Stephen Ave (Calgary streets often have two names) is the primary shopping district. Closed to car traffic in the summer and weekends, it contains a vast array of shops, restaurants, and vendors, many of which are housed in iconic Victorian-era sandstone buildings. An enormous shopping mall known as the CORE runs parallel to a portion of 8th, and contains most major retail chains, as well as a large indoor park, the Devonian Gardens , on the top floor.

Many blocks away, 17th Ave SW, also known as the Red Mile , is the other trendy shopping area, but is better known for its bars and restaurants. A 15 minute drive from the downtown core is the city’s largest mall, the Chinook Centre , which has everything the CORE doesn’t.

The Red Mile is Calgary’s iconic drinking and party zone, named after the color of Calgary’s hockey team, the Flames, which appears in considerable abundance on game nights. The Mile is home to many of the city’s oldest and most iconic bars and lounges.

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Chuckwagon races at the 2016 Stampede. Bill Marsh/Calgary Stampede

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A T-Rex skeleton display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.

The Calgary Stampede is Canada’s biggest party, and takes over much of the city for 10 days every July. Though the 100-year-old festival is officially supposed to revolve around watching traditional cowboy sports like bronco riding and steer wrestling, the modern-day Stampede has grown to offer something for everyone, including live concerts, carnival rides, shopping, and plenty of hot, greasy food.

Spectator Spots

Calgary has an NHL team, the Calgary Flames who play in the Scotiabank Saddledome  and a CFL team, the Calgary Stampeders , who play in the  McMahon Stadium .

Outside Calgary

An hour and a half from Calgary, the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller houses a vast collection of exhibits on life in prehistoric Canada, including an array of dinosaur skeletons uncovered from the Alberta badlands. The bizarre landscape of the  badlands themselves, which surround the museum, are fun to explore as well.

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The skyline of Edmonton on the base of the Saskatchewan River .

Edmonton Tourism

Alberta’s second-biggest city and provincial capital.

Edmonton is split in half by the North Saskatchewan River and ample parklands surround the coasts. The downtown area is located on the north side.

The city’s most iconic building is the enormous sandstone structure that houses the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and four glass pyramids on the south side of the river that house the Muttart Conservatory , a massive indoor garden and museum. An equally grand glass pyramid can be found on the roof of the distinctive City Hall building. Surrounding city hall is Sir Winston Churchill Square , a large public plaza.

The gigantic Hotel Macdonald is Edmonton’s fanciest hotel, and the city’s most prominent example of Victorian-era architecture. Outside of downtown, the neighborhood of Old Strathcona contains most other historic buildings of note.

  • Official Website, Tourism Edmonton
  • The Top 10 Things to Do in Edmonton, TripAdvisor

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The World Waterpark at the West Edmonton Mall. Jeff Whyte/Shutterstock

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Edmonton City Hall and the Friendship Tower clock.

Most of Edmonton’s shops and restaurants are concentrated around the long Jasper Ave. (also known as 101st Ave) which runs through the downtown core, and the Old Strathcona neighborhood, centered around Whyte Ave (also known as 82nd Ave), which has a more bohemian character.

More than anything else, however, shopping in Edmonton is synonymous with the enormous West Edmonton Mall , which was at one time the largest mall in the world. Though the 1980s-era building is hardly state-of-the-art by today’s standards, its size remains awe-inspiring. It contains over 800 shops and countless other gimmicky attractions, including a roller coaster, a waterpark, a petting zoo, mini-golf, and a re-created 16th Spanish galleon. It’s about a half-hour drive from downtown.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a wild-looking building containing the province’s largest collection of historic and contemporary art from both Canadian and international artists, with constantly changing exhibits.

Fort Edmonton Park  is an outdoor “living history” museum offering recreated streets and buildings from Edmonton’s past. It’s popular with schoolchildren on field trips.

Spectator sports

Edmonton has an NHL team, the Edmonton Oilers , who play in Rogers Place . Edmonton’s CFL team, the Edmonton Eskimos , play at  the Brick Field  in  Commonwealth Stadium .

Edmonton is unexpectedly home to the world’s third-largest fringe festival , run by a local outfit called  Fringe Theatre Adventures . Held in August, Edmonton Fringe is an 11-day celebration of independent plays, story slams, comedy, magic, busking, and all other forms of public performance. A global assortment of talent stage shows all over town. Ticket prices are quite cheap.

Fan of more conventional performances can check out a play at the  Citadel Theater , or a concert by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful Winspear Centre .

Outside Edmonton

As Edmonton is not exactly a major tourist destination unto itself, the surrounding area offers limited appeal for visitors. Parks and campgrounds are the main attractions, primarily Jasper National Park (see above), and to a lesser extent  Elk Island National Park , which, though beautiful, has the dubious distinction of being Alberta’s only national park not recognized as a World Heritage Site by the U.N.

Alberta Tourism Resources

  • Alberta Tourism Official Website
  • Alberta, Lonely Planet
  • Alberta Travel Guide, Fodor's
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June 1, 2020 By Matthew G. Bailey 172 Comments

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Banff to Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

Updated: March 20th, 2022

From boreal forests to vast prairies and high mountain peaks, Alberta is an incredible province to explore. Born and raised in Alberta, I certainly feel that I know Alberta better than most. I’ve been to each major city and almost every small town in the province, giving me great insight into the province that I call home.

Although Alberta is one of only two provinces that are landlocked, Alberta is about as diverse as it gets. From looking at Dinosaur skeletons in the badlands and hiking some of the tallest mountain peaks in the country to splashing around in North America’s largest indoor waterpark and driving one of the world’s most scenic highways, Alberta is an incredible place to explore.

Whether you’re planning to explore the cities, the mountains, or everything in-between, we’ve got you covered in this comprehensive travel guide to the wonderful province of Alberta.

Calgary skyline in the winter

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Things To Do in Calgary

Located right on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is such a beautiful city. This is my home city and it’s always great to explore, whether as a local or as a tourist.

Heritage Park Historical Village 

Since opening its doors back in 1964, Heritage Park Historical Village has grown into one of Calgary’s premier tourist attractions and one of North America’s largest and most successful living history museums. There’s an active amusement park, a steam train, a sternwheeler, old-fashioned candy shops, heritage buildings, and a really cool museum featuring classic cars and gasoline pumps. It is the Park’s mission to preserve the history of the early West and to educate and entertain guests of all ages for many generations to come.

Tip: While visiting the National Music Centre, walk a couple of blocks west to see the Calgary Public Library, which was ranked by TIMES as their “100 Greatest Places of 2019”. You won’t need much time but it’s worth seeing and it’s worth stepping inside.

Heritage Park Steam Train, Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Zoo

Home to the second-largest zoo in Canada, not to mention one of the most respected worldwide, the Calgary Zoo is a great place to visit for adults and kids alike. From Canada’s wild animals to penguins, gorillas, crocodiles, tigers, and more, all animal lovers will enjoy a day at this very central zoo.

Studio Bell National Music Center

Opened in 2016, the National Music Centre’s Studio Bell has become one of Calgary’s most beautiful buildings and is an incredible place to visit for anyone interested in music, as well as learning about the incredible talent that has come out of Canada. You’ll find over 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts, as well as the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collections.

Glenbow Museum

As a key cultural cornerstone in Calgary for 50 years, Glenbow has surprised and engaged generations of Albertans and visitors to the province with remarkable connections between art, culture and the world around us. We learned all about Alberta’s history, the Calgary Stampede, some of the people who have shaped the province, and enjoyed one of the largest art collections in the country.

The Calgary Tower 

Experience the city from 525 feet in the air. Calgary’s most iconic building is a great place to get a view of the city and the surrounding area. In fact, on a clear day, you can even see the Rocky Mountains. There’s also a glass floor for a birds-eye view of the streets below.

Prince’s Island Park and Peace Bridge

If you’re looking for some scenic nature in the heart of downtown Calgary, make your way to Prince’s Island Park. In the summer, there’s a variety of festivals that take place here including the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Expo Latino. There’s also a fine dining restaurant called the River Cafe. Aside from that though, it’s just a pretty park where locals go to hang out, play frisbee, go for a jog, and admire the Canadian geese and ducks that also call this place home.

While visiting Prince’s Island Park, don’t forget to visit one of the most iconic sights in Calgary. Peace Bridge is a beautiful red pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Bow River between Memorial Drive and Eau Claire Park. Walk across, bike across, or just sit back and take a photo. This is an Instagram hot spot.

Go Zip-lining

If you’re like me and you love speed, then zip-lining at WinSport should be high on your list. Starting from the top of an Olympic ski jump facility, it has become North America’s fastest zipline with speeds of up to 120 km/hr while enjoying beautiful views of the city.

Calgary skyline with the saddledome at night

The Calgary Stampede

If you happen to be in Calgary in July, you’ll want to experience the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. This century-old outdoor rodeo has become one of the biggest festivals in the world with world-class concerts, a mid-way, all the food truck food you could possibly want, educational programs, and of course – the biggest rodeo on Earth. This is when the city comes to life with lots of partying and lots of action.

Spruce Meadows

Speaking of rodeos, horse lovers will want to head out to Spruce Meadows, which is located on the southern outskirts of the city. This multi-sport facility is home to world-class equestrian show-jumping events where even celebrities have been spotted, such as the one and only Alec Baldwin.

Float Down the Bow

As a local, one of my favourite activities to do is to go floating down the Bow River. It’s a big river and it’s fairly calm, offering beautiful views of the city and a fairly relaxing 2-3 hour float. In the hot summer months, you’ll see anywhere from dozens to hundreds of people going down the river in kayaks, inflatable tubes, paddleboards, and more.

Dine at the Best Restaurants in Calgary

Another great thing about Calgary is that there’s no shortage of mouth-watering places to eat. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, quick bites, ethnic food, or something Canadian, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the best Calgary restaurants .

Drink Good Beer

If beer is your thing, you’re going to love Calgary. There are roughly 60 breweries in Calgary , many of which are located in popular places such as Inglewood, 17th Avenue, downtown, and more. It doesn’t matter if you’re into dark stouts, sours, IPAs, or blondes, there’s something for everyone here.

Looking for more info? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Calgary .

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Things to Do In Banff National Park

Banff National Park is an absolute must-visit for anyone travelling to Alberta. With so much incredible scenery in Canada, there’s a reason why Banff National Park is the most visited park in the country. Just over an hour’s drive from Calgary, we never tire of visiting this beautiful slice of Western Canada.

Explore the Town of Banff

Although Banff National Park is famous for its natural landscapes, the town of Banff is also famous for its spectacular look and setting. Surrounded by mountains, this is quite possibly one of the most picturesque towns in the world. It’s also home to many hotels and delicious restaurants, as well as plenty of shopping, museums, hiking trails, and more.

Banff Gondola

For those wanting the experience of standing on top of the world, the Banff Gondola is a great thing to do. You can either take the gondola both ways or you can hike up or down. From the top, you’ll see incredible views of the surrounding area, the mountains, the valleys, and the town of Banff. Both summer and winter are equally stunning and it takes only 8-minutes to reach the top of Sulphur Mountain by gondola. In addition, there’s also an interpretive centre and fine dining.

Visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs

With all the outdoor activities, it sure helps to have natural hot springs nearby to soothe your tired muscles. In fact, did you know that it was the hot springs that helped create Banff National Park? The Banff Upper Hot Springs is located up near the Banff Gondola and the Rimrock Resort Hotel and features a pool-like setting with lockers, rentals, and more. There’s not much for views directly from the pools but the hot waters are incredible to soak in.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Did you know that this was the beginning of Canada’s national park system? That’s right! This is where it all started. Thanks to these hot springs, which date back thousands of years and were used by the Indigenous for important meetings and ceremonies, Banff National Park (Canada’s first) was created. While you can’t go to these particular hot springs anymore, you can learn a lot about the area and take a peek at the very rare Banff Springs snail .

Visit the Banff Castle

Like something out of a fairy tale, the Banff castle sits surrounded by some of the world’s most stunning scenery. While this was never actually a castle, it was one of the luxury railroad hotels that are now owned by Fairmont. Whether you simply drive up to the hotel to see it, go inside for a little tour or to eat at one of the restaurants, or actually stay a night, you’ll be happy you did. It’s not often that a hotel becomes an attraction in and of itself.

Lake Minnewanka Banff Lake Cruise 

If you’re interested in a scenic lake cruise with some history of the area, consider the Lake Minnewanka cruise, which offers a 1-hour panoramic interpretive cruise around the lake. Situated on the largest lake in Banff, you’ll see the stunning scenery as well as learn about the underwater village, which is now a popular diving site.

Diving Lake Minnewanka

Speaking of diving, Lake Minnewanka is a popular scuba diving destination. This is because there’s an old “town” at the bottom of the lake, flooded out “back in the day”. So, if you want to see an underwater town, this is the place to do it. In addition, you can also go winter diving here. We haven’t been crazy enough to do this yet, but if you have your dry-suit certification and want to go diving through the ice, this is the place to do it!

Climb a Mountain at Mount Norquay

For those looking for thrills in the mountains, while being as safe as possible, you’ll want to check out the Via Ferrata at Mount Norquay. A Via Ferrata is where iron and steel is drilled into the mountain, allowing you to safely clip yourself into and skirt the edges of the mountains, getting the thrills of “mountain climbing” without the high risk.

Alberta Ski Resorts in Banff

With so many mountains, it should come as no surprise that Banff offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. Between Mount Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise, the opportunity to Ski Banff is a GREAT reason to visit in the winter months. You can take an introductory course to skiing here, or rent some skis and hit the slopes.

Even if you’re here in the summer, these resorts offer the opportunity to take the gondola up the mountains for some once-in-a-lifetime hiking opportunities.

Johnston Canyon

If you’re looking for a beautiful and free hike, hiking Johnston Canyon is a great way to see this impressive canyon and an array of waterfalls up close. There’s even a cave you can walk into. This hike is quite easy (although slippery in the winter) and is beautiful in all seasons. Our favourite season is winter but the most comfortable time to go is in the summer.

Lake Louise

This is easily one of Canada’s most popular lakes, not only for the scenery but also for the luxury hotel right next to it. There are also numerous hikes nearby, another stunning lake called Moraine Lake, and the option of paddling a canoe! Whether you come to simply admire the lake, go paddling, go hiking, or enjoy a beer at the neighbouring Fairmont, a visit to Lake Louise is a MUST.

Moraine Lake

Located close to Lake Louise, this is our favourite lake in the entire national park. The only problem is that it’s so popular and so tight for parking space that it often fills up before sunrise. To help with this issue, there’s now a shuttle bus that visits here from the village of Lake Louise. Either way, if you can make it here, your jaws will drop. It’s simply magical.

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Banff .

Hiking Johnston Canyon, Banff, Alberta.

Things to Do in Kananaskis

Located just outside Banff National Park and just 20-minutes away from the town of Banff, Canmore is somewhat like a “local” version of Banff. The activities are similar and some people stay here rather than in Banff. However, there are things to do in Canmore as well, not to mention the surrounding areas.

Very few “outdoor activities” can be done year-round with almost the same temperatures, but caving in Grotto Mountain is one of them. We did a tour inside Rat’s nest cave and yes, we saw the cute little rat that called the cave home. We did the full adventure, allowing us to squeeze ourselves through tight crevices and feel the true thrill of caving. However, there are lighter tours as well for those who might be more claustrophobic.

Spray Lakes Provincial Park

As of now, Spray Lakes remains our favourite camping spot in the province. It’s a 30-minute drive from Canmore up into the mountains and is an extremely scenic place to go camping in Alberta . However, it can’t be booked in advance so it’s a bit of a game of luck to find a spot. Weekends are often full, so make sure you come early or come during the week.

Go Hiking in the Kananaskis

With towering mountains and beautiful pine forests, there’s really no better place to strap on the boots and go for a hike. From easy to difficult, there are all sorts of stunning hikes in Kananaskis Country. Many are day trips but some are multi-day adventures as well. Regardless of the one you choose, you’ll fall in love with the scenery and will always want to return.

Go Camping in the Mountains

While there are loads of incredible opportunities for camping in Alberta , few compare to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Imagine waking up and opening your tent to sparkling turquoise waters surrounded by tall mountain peaks! Whether you roll up in a tent or an RV, there are plenty of opportunities for camping in one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada.

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Canmore .

Jasper National Park from the Jasper Sky Tram

Things To Do In Jasper National Park

Jasper is another stunning national park, equally impressive to Banff National Park but much more isolated. It’s also at the top of the Icefields Parkway, which is known as one of the most scenic drives on Earth. We love Jasper and the array of delicious restaurants, accommodations, and wildlife.

Jasper Sky Tram

In 1960, Albertan adventurer William McGregor climbed to the summit of Whistlers Mountain, Jasper. Inspired by the incredible views, McGregor dreamed of sharing his experience with the rest of the world. Since opening the Sky Tram, over 6 million visitors have ridden to the top and experienced the same breathtaking Rocky Mountain views that first inspired McGregor over half a century ago. Jump aboard the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and be prepared to view Jasper National Park from the top of Whistlers Mountain.

Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park

Athabasca Glacier Adventure 

Where else can you ride a million-dollar all-terrain Ice Explorer on to a glacier? In fact, you can then get out and walk on it yourself! It’s a quick thrill but for many people, the opportunity to stand on top of a glacier is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Jasper Skywalk

Located right next to the Athabasca Glacier and often bought as a package, the Jasper Skywalk allows you to walk out onto a glass-floored platform overlooking the 918-foot (280m) drop to the stunning Sunwapta Valley. For some, it’s quite the thrill and for others, it’s simply a chance to get beautiful views and that much-desired Instagram shot.

Maligne Lake Cruise 

If you’re looking for a beautiful lake cruise in Jasper National Park, this is it! You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour across the crystal waters of Maligne Lake before arriving at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed spots in the area. Afterward, go hiking in Maligne Canyon!

Gaze at the Stars

As one of the 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada, not to mention the darkest of them all, Jasper is an incredible place to gaze up at the cosmos. You can learn about the celestial bodies and planets at the Planetarium Dome Theatre and through powerful telescopes. In fact, if you can make it here in October, you don’t want to miss the annual Dark Sky Festival!

Go Golfing in the Mountains

If you’re looking for one of the top golf courses in the country, if not the world, make your way to The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, whose golf course has been listed as one of the best, many, many times. This 18-hole course offers dramatic bunkers and holes that line up with the many spectacular views.

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Jasper !

What to do in Edmonton

Things To Do In Edmonton

Canada’s most Northern major city is full of things to do. Most notably, the city is home to North America’s largest mall, one of the world’s largest indoor waterparks, and one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks. There’s tons of culture in Edmonton as well, which makes for tons of festivals, especially in the summer!

West Edmonton Mall 

Once known as the world’s largest mall, this epic indoor wonderland is home to enough attractions to keep you busy for a whole weekend! My favourite place is the waterpark but it’s also home to an indoor amusement park, which houses the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster! There are also more than 800 stores, a cinema, a mini-golf course, and so much more. West Edmonton Mall also holds a number of records, including North America’s largest indoor waterpark, North America’s largest indoor amusement park, and Canada’s largest parking lot.

Telus World of Science

This broad-based non-profit science centre is the perfect place for those wanting to mix education with fun. We had such a blast learning about the human body as well as learning all about Pixar through their new temporary exhibit focusing on the world’s most famous animation studio.

Explore the River Valley

Edmonton might be known for having North America’s largest mall, but it’s also home to Canada’s largest urban park. With more than 160 kilometres of maintained trails, as well as attractions such as the Fort Edmonton Zoo, Gold Bar Park, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, a golf course, skiing opportunities, skating, and more. There’s even wildlife, including hares, deer, skunks, and porcupines.

Muttart Conservatory

Home to one of Edmonton’s most iconic images, the Muttart Conservatory is more than just beautiful glass pyramid structures. It’s also home to a climate-regulated biome with three different zones, such as the tropical climate of Burma and Fiji and the temperate pavilion with its American redwoods and Australian eucalyptus, all with a mission of education and conservation. This premier horticultural facility features over 700 species of plants and has sweeping views of Edmonton’s skyline.

Visit a Brewery

For those who love great beer, you’re in luck. Edmonton has many incredible breweries to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a fruity sour, a thick stout, or just something to drink during the hot summer months, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the best Edmonton breweries .

Alberta Legislature Building

Whether you’re interested in history or just coming to look at the impressive design, the Alberta Legislature Building is well worth the visit. Built back n 1913, this attractive building is the active home of Alberta’s government and offers free tours of the building almost every day. Tours cover topics related to the levels of government, Alberta’s political history, and the art and architecture of the building.

Restaurants in Edmonton

Another great thing about Edmonton is that there’s no shortage of incredible restaurants. Whether you’re looking for something quick, a place to go with friends, a place to take a date, or anything in-between, we’ve got you covered in our guide to the best restaurants in Edmonton .

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Edmonton .

Horsethief Canyon, Drumheller Alberta

Things to Do in Drumheller

Known as the Dinosaur capital of the world, Drumheller is home to the world-famous Royal Tyrrell Museum and a variety of amazing badland scenery.

Royal Tyrrell Museum 

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the Museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life. Outside the museum, you’ll find a 1.4km interpretive trail that makes its way through the badlands. For anyone interested in dinosaurs, this is the best place to go in all of Canada, if not the world.

Horseshoe Canyon

Located just 17 km (10.5 mi) west of Drumheller, Horseshoe Canyon is like a miniature replica of the Grand Canyon and a jaw-dropping sight to behold. The reddish-pink ribboned canyon walls change their colour with the sun, revealing the many layers of rock that have been here since the Dinosaurs called it home more than 70 million years ago. Whether you just admire the view or take a hike down into the canyon, this is not a place you want to miss.

Horsethief Canyon

Banff is to the mountains what Horsethief Canyon is to the badlands. It’s really beautiful. Similar to Horseshoe Canyon, but far from the same, this area is not only scenic but also steeped in history. In fact, the reason why it’s called Horsethief canyon is that it used to be a wild-west type of place where bandits would literally steal horses. Basically, they’d steal them from big ranches in the area and re-brand them as their own. Located just 16 km (10 mi) northwest of Drumheller on the east bank of the Red Deer River, just You can either stop at the car park and just admire the views from the edge or you can go for a variety of hikes in and around the coulees.

Drumheller Hoodoos, Alberta.

Walk the Hoodoos

Although hoodoos can be found in many areas in the region, the easiest place to see them is at Hoodoo Trail, just 10 kilometres east of Drumheller. They are super cool to see up close, but just not too close as they’re very fragile and protected.

Party with Ghosts

If you’re looking for a super interesting detour near the Hoodoo Trail, check out Wayne Ghost Town. Located just 6-kilometres away, you’ll cross over 11 one-lane bridges over the Rosebud River before finding yourself in an almost-deserted old town that was once a thriving coal-mining town. It’s also home to the infamous Last Chance Saloon, a bar that’s been featured in many articles and books for being haunted.

Go Camping with Dinosaurs

There are not many places in the world where you can go camping safely with dinosaurs. Thanks to this area being the dinosaur capital of the world, camping in Drumheller is as close as you can get, as new dinosaur fossils are found here all the time. In fact, if you drive a couple of hours east to Dinosaur Provincial Park, there are even active digs that you can witness! Either way, the views and attractions offered here in the Alberta Badlands are fit for any Alberta bucket list.

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Drumheller .

Things to Do in Lethbridge

If you’re continuing down to the far south, you might end up in Alberta’s third-biggest city! If so, there are lots of things to do in Lethbridge and it’s a great base for exploring other areas of Southern Alberta, including Crowsnest Pass, Castle Provincial Park, and so much more.

Galt Museum

Whether you’re looking to learn about the history of Lethbridge or simply get some of the best views the city has to offer, make your way to the Galt Museum. This museum is the largest in Southern Alberta, containing over 17,000 artifacts and more than 1 million archival documents and photographs. It’s also home to a variety of walking trails and two beautiful gardens containing over 40 species of native plants, including wildflowers, grasses, and woody plants.

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Fort Whoop-Up

Not only is it smack dab in the middle of the beautiful coulee’s, but it’s also a great place to learn about the local history. Fort Whoop-Up is a replica of an original fur trading fort built back in the late 1800s. It was originally called Fort Hamilton and served as a centre for a variety of trading activities, the most infamous one being the illegal whiskey trade.

Hiking the Coulees

The coulees are the most striking feature of Lethbridge. They’re beautiful to admire from any angle and they’re a great place to go for a hike or a bike ride. You can hike down into them from places like the Galt Museum or drive down and park at places like Indian Battle Park or the Helen Schuller Centre. From there, you’ll find many paths that meander along the coulees, the train bridge, and Old Man River.

Lethbridge Viaduct

Another striking feature of the Lethbridge landscape is the High-Level Bridge. Constructed between 1907 – 1909, this massive steel trestle that sits above the Old Man River is still the largest of its type in the world. Whether you admire it from afar or hike under it, it’s a beautiful thing to see and an icon of the city.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Located right next to Henderson Lake Park, which is a great place to go for a walk, you’ll find the stunning Nikko Yuko Japanese Garden. Designed by a garden Arctiect from Osaka as well as being constructed by artisans from Kyoto, this garden was built to symbolize the friendship between Canada and Japan. It’s an incredibly beautiful place to just meander through, but you can also partake in tea ceremonies, Sumo Sumo Sundays, or even yoga.

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump Alberta

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

Another one of our favourite places in Alberta is  Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump , which is located around 70 kilometres west of Lethbridge and can easily be combined with Fort Macleod (see below). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a museum and interpretive centre featuring the Blackfoot indigenous culture and a place that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. The museum is truly excellent, the people are very friendly, and the surrounding area is beautiful for a stroll.

Fort Macleod

Just 30-minutes away on the drive between Lethbridge and Calgary is Fort Macleod, which is home to  The Fort Museum and the RCMP Musical Ride . If you’re interested in learning about the history of the area and the RCMP, this is a great place to go. During the summer months, it’s also home to a replica of the RCMP Musical Ride, a popular ceremony featuring horses.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Just 100 kilometres southeast of Lethbridge is yet another gorgeous natural area and UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s perfect for hiking, camping, and learning about indigenous culture. In fact, you can see ancient carvings and rock paintings that date back to 1050 BCE! While camping can be hard to nab as it’s often booked well in advance, it can be visited as a day trip as well.

Looking for more things to do? Don’t forget to check out our ULTIMATE GUIDE to the best things to do in Lethbridge . 

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Things to Do in Southwest Alberta

Castle provincial park.

Castle Provincial Park is Alberta’s newest provincial park and is a gorgeous place to go hiking, biking, boating, fishing, camping, and more. In fact, there’s also a popular Ski Resort in the winter months.

Frank Slide

Canada’s deadliest landslide is a spectacular sight to witness. Not only is it utterly mind-boggling to see the amount of rock that slid down Turtle Mountain that fateful night back in 1903 but they have a truly incredible interpretive centre where you can learn all about it. Those in good fitness can also hike to the top of Turtle Mountain whereas anyone can walk around the paved trails in the area and see what the aftermath of a landslide looks like.

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Crowsnest Pass

This beautiful mountain area, which includes Frank Slide , is composed of 5 small mining communities and lots of stunning scenery. While the mines have since closed down, one of them – the Bellevue Mine Tour – is open for tours. If you’re into small towns, this is a great place to explore. It’s hard to believe that just a few decades ago, all of these towns were staunch rivals. Now, they’re even connected by a 23-km Community Trail, which is a great way to walk or bike between all the communities, taking time to talk with the locals and try out various coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurants. Don’t miss the famous Burmis Tree, which has stood in the area for 450 years.

The Remington Carriage Museum

Located in Cardston, Alberta is the Remington Carriage Museum , which is home to more than 270 carriages and is the largest of its kind in the world. Upon entering the museum, you’ll be transported back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, getting a glimpse of carriages that carried pioneers as well as the rich and famous.

Remington Carriage Museum

Getting to Alberta

If you’re a visitor looking for different ways of getting to Alberta, here’s some practical advice on how to get here.

Getting to Alberta by Car

If you’re planning to drive to Alberta, it’s sandwiched in-between British Columbia, the Northwest Territories , Saskatchewan, and Montana. Most people arrive driving in from BC through the Rocky Mountains, from Saskatchewan , or up from Montana. Although it’s a large province, it’s fairly under-populated and easy to drive around. If driving from the US, please note that you will have to go through customs.

The Trans-Canada Highway, which goes coast to coast, cuts right through Calgary, Alberta heading west from Regina or east from Banff.

Getting to Alberta by Plane

Alberta is home to two international airports, both of which are some of the biggest airports in the country. These two airports are the Calgary International Airport (YYC) and the Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Once you arrive, you can easily rent a car, take a taxi, hop on public transportation, or perhaps, jump on a tour. There are smaller regional airports in Alberta as well, but most people, especially those visiting from outside the province or country will arrive to one of the two airports mentioned above.

For convenience, Edmonton is best for those exploring the North or perhaps heading to Jasper National Park whereas Calgary is more convenient for Banff National Park, Drumheller , and Southern Alberta. However, both airports are less than three hours apart by drive time.

Getting Around Alberta

Alberta is a large province and is best explored by private vehicles. There are some tours, especially for popular areas such as Banff, and there are some buses, but those are very limited in destinations. Without a doubt, if your goal is to explore various parts of the province, the best way is to rent a car.

Fun Fact: Alberta is home to Canada’s largest urban park, Canada’s first national park, Canada’s largest parking lot, North America’s largest mall, North America’s largest indoor amusement park, North America’s largest indoor amusement park, and one of the largest oil reserves in the world. 

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Best Time to Visit Alberta

One of the great things about Alberta is that it’s a year-round destination for the most part. Alberta is very weather extreme. Summer days in July and August can reach up to 35 degrees Celcius whereas, in the winter, days can be the exact opposite, easily reaching -35 degrees Celcius. Edmonton has days where it’s the coldest city on Earth. However, thanks to the Canadian Rockies, Alberta is a world-class destination for skiing and snowboarding, not to mention incredible snow-covered vistas. Still, there are times we like better than others, so here are our recommendations.

Our peak travel time is from mid-June to mid-September. This is when the weather is at its warmest temperatures, all the trees and flowers are looking their best, and all the famous activities and attractions are open for business. However, this is also the time when hotels can be at full capacity, roads are busiest, and everything is more expensive.

For those wanting to go skiing and snowboarding, or perhaps snowmobiling, ice fishing, or snowshoeing, the best time to come would be from January to March. These are the coldest months but also the best time for lots of snow. Despite the world-class skiing, this is actually a much quieter time than the summer, and accommodations are much cheaper and much more available, except on holidays and such.

The spring months, from April to mid-June can also be a nice time to visit but be prepared for rain. The weather is very hit-or-miss and we’ve seen spring days reach up to +25 degrees. Tourism is lower during this time, and some of the trees and flowers still look “dead”, but it’s relatively mild for the weather.

Last but not least is the fall. This is a great time to visit as well, especially in the earlier months of late September and October. Generally, the weather is still quite warm and the changing fall colours are beautiful to see. Tourists are lesser in numbers than in the peak summer months but most things are still open. We prefer the fall over the spring. The only exception here would be if you want to go white water rafting. In that case, spring is generally the better time to do so.

Icefields Parkway Banff to Jasper

Road to 150 – Alberta Road Trip

Back in 2017, we produced one of the largest independent media campaigns the country has ever seen. The Road to 150 was a 150-day road trip across Canada to produce a 12-part video series and mini-documentary about what makes Canada special. Alberta was our last leg of the trip, mostly because it’s home, and became one of the most beautiful tourism videos of the whole campaign. We had 14-days to explore the province and came up with a perfect itinerary that can easily be shortened if you’re not capturing video all day long.

Coming from British Columbia , we started our trip off in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most scenic areas. Here we visited the beautiful towns of Banff and Canmore, hiked through Johnston Canyon, paddled a canoe on Lake Louise, rode a gondola to the top of a mountain and drove the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper National Park. We also stood on a glacier, took a variety of boat rides, saw a bunch of wildlife, and admired the colours of the fall season. We then drove to Edmonton to experience North America’s largest mall, visited Drumheller to learn about dinosaurs, and ended our trip in Calgary, where we rode a steam train, learned about Canadian music icons, and admired the views from the Calgary Tower.

We highly recommend watching the video above and then heading over to our Canadian Youtube Channel to see more videos about Alberta and about the country as well.

(Check out this article about 89 Cool, Fun, and Interesting Alberta Facts !)

Where to Stay in Alberta

When it comes to choices of accommodation in Alberta, there really is something for everyone. From the luxury of the Fairmont Banff Springs to the charm of a local bed & breakfast, there’s something for any budget and any taste. There are also a lot of excellent cabins in Alberta that you can rent, including cabins in the mountains, in the badlands, or lakeside on one of Alberta’s many lakes. We’ve written a variety of articles about accommodation, including where to stay in Calgary , where to stay in Banff , the best Jasper accommodations , and some of the best campsites in Alberta .

What to Do in Alberta

As you can see, there are loads of things to do in Alberta. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top places to visit in Canada. From badlands and dinosaurs to waterfalls and mountains, Alberta is wonderful from north to south. We hope this article helps you plan your trip and if you’d like even more inspiration, make sure to subscribe to Must Do Canada and follow us on YouTube where we post a new video every two weeks!


Best things to do in Alberta

About Matthew G. Bailey

Matthew G. Bailey is the founder and editor-in-chief of Must Do Canada. Growing up in Alberta to a mother from Quebec and a father from Newfoundland, Matt spent his childhood playing hockey under the Northern Lights and hanging out in the forest before moving to Calgary and travelling to more than 250 cities spanning 42 countries and 6 continents. He loves travel, learning new things, playing sports, writing, making videos, photography, and scuba diving. You can also find him at .

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January 7, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Thank you so much guys for your videos, advice and guidance. My 8 year old son and I are looking forward to our first trip to Alberta, September 2018. Very excited. Looking forward to the honor of meeting you guys some time in the not too distant future. Wishing you guys the very best for 2018 and beyond.

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January 9, 2018 at 2:55 am

Thank you so much, Nigel! Meeting up would be great!

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April 1, 2021 at 10:09 pm

Hey, just found out about you guys a few days ago. I’ll be doing a deep dive into your site/YouTube aswe look to plan trips to Yukon/Tuk and Saskatchewan.

Home is Calgary for us too.

April 2, 2021 at 9:03 am

awesome! Yeah, we’re hoping travel opens up by summer. Sask still seems closed but not sure about the north

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April 11, 2021 at 7:35 am

What a great list of things to explore in Alberta this summer. I am going to have my kids each choose an “adventure” for us to go on this summer.

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May 17, 2021 at 12:11 am

Make sure you add Waterton Lakes National Park to your list!

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May 25, 2021 at 6:41 pm

We love Waterton…. we try to get there as often as we can but haven’t been there since early summer 2018. We need to get back there. It holds a huge piece of my heart. Even after the Kenow fire, Waterton stands proud and her beauty and spirit remains.

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April 4, 2022 at 11:01 pm

Even the next spring after the fire things were already recovering – it’s a new Waterton – because of the change in climate, there’s a difference in the trees and flowers that are repopulating. Weekend just before Victoria Day weekend is a great time to go – it’s generally nice enough weather and you beat even the small crowds that Waterton gets.

April 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm

Good tips! You live there?

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May 5, 2022 at 9:10 am

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June 3, 2022 at 5:08 pm

We live in a beautiful country!

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April 1, 2021 at 11:42 am

Born and bred Albertan and sadly I haven’t made a big enough dent on this list!

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April 1, 2021 at 11:54 am

Thank you so much guys for the great ideas!

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April 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Will be using this website to help my family figure out how to see the country during COVID.

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May 19, 2022 at 8:26 pm

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April 1, 2021 at 5:18 pm

I love Alberta. So much to do and explore. With this website you’ll always find a new adventure. Love it

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April 2, 2021 at 8:48 am

This is awesome. Thanks so much!

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April 3, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Drumheller is definitely a must visit. Especially with kids. Atlas Coal Mine isn’t mentioned, but is worth a visit if you have the time.

April 4, 2021 at 11:04 am

Oh, we’ll add that. I think it’s in our Drumheller article

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April 3, 2021 at 1:26 pm

So many various things to do in winter and summer in Alberta.

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April 3, 2021 at 9:48 pm

I have lived from the tip of Vancouver Island (Holberg) to the coast of Labrador (Goose Bay) courtesy of the military – both as a child and as a wife. And though I have visited places that others could only imagine . . . I have NEVER spent any time in our National Parks. Now that we’re retired, we live close to Waterton Lakes and would love the chance to hike, bike and explore this Canadian masterpiece. To stay in our province and get to experience nature at its finest would be amazing. Maybe . . . just maybe.

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April 5, 2021 at 6:29 pm

Looks like another summer with limited travel possibilities so this might help to stay in AB.

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April 5, 2021 at 11:48 pm

Great list! There’s a few that I’ll definitely need to cross off this year!

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April 6, 2021 at 9:48 am

We have such a beautiful country. A lot of people have no idea. Thanks for showing what it has to offer!

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April 6, 2021 at 11:21 pm

Cant wait to start exploring my province even more!

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April 7, 2021 at 10:28 am

Awesome post!

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April 8, 2021 at 7:38 am

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April 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

Kananaskis is my all time favorite place to explore! So beautiful

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April 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

So many great places to visit within my own province…thanks for sharing.

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April 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Hello! We love Alberta!!! You can also visit my city, here in Alberta: Airdrie!!! You will find beautiful parks, man-made lakes and a beautiful recreation centre! Cheers, Claudia 🙂

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April 9, 2021 at 11:10 am

Amazing! Can’t wait for another summer of Adventure here in Alberta 😍

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April 10, 2021 at 9:42 am

Icefield Parkway is on my Bucket List to do with my parents.

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April 10, 2021 at 11:44 am

Lots of great staycation ideas 🤎

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April 10, 2021 at 8:15 pm

The past year has been a great opportunity to see all of the hidden gems in Alberta. I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful province.

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April 14, 2021 at 11:50 am

I live in alberta and it is beautiful!! <3

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April 15, 2021 at 11:30 am

Thank you for this! I’m sure I’ll be referring back to this list now the weather is nice!

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April 18, 2021 at 8:05 am

Thanks for all the great tips!

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April 21, 2021 at 11:23 am

Awesome stuff way to keep giving great tips

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April 23, 2021 at 4:53 pm

This is great! Thanks for the all the tips!

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April 21, 2021 at 1:23 pm

There really are so many amazing places to visit in Alberta. Some I’ve heard of and some I haven’t. So it will be fun to explore over the years.

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April 25, 2021 at 1:43 pm

So many great ideas here!

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April 26, 2021 at 8:18 pm

Omg I didn’t realize how many amazing thing I can do in Alberta and I have lived her my whole life

April 26, 2021 at 8:53 pm

haha us too. We’ve seen a lot and still not everything

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May 24, 2022 at 2:02 pm

Beautiful parks here

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April 28, 2021 at 9:27 am

Looking forward to a great summer

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May 9, 2021 at 8:01 am

So many great ideas, I am a native Albertan and haven’t done all of these yet!

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May 9, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Yes, Alberta is great! For those who’d like to explore more you could mention and include links to such places as Fort Chippewan, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Red Deer, Medicine Hat etc., etc., etc. Yes, I’m commenting to get more chances to win the National Parks pass.

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May 10, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Excited to visit some of these places during the summer! Thanks!!

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May 10, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Love to see what we can do in our home province

May 10, 2021 at 2:23 pm

Alberta is great!

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May 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

Wow, really cool, can’t wait to check it out

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May 12, 2021 at 9:50 am

I have been to Alberta many times and though Banff is beautiful, I feel that Canmore is a hidden gem and just a little nicer.

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May 12, 2021 at 10:10 am

This summer we plan on exploring a lot of Alberta and Saskatachewan. We are looking forward to hiking in Jasper, Waterton, Nordegg, and the Kananaskis. We are also visited Waskesiu in SK. Lets hope for great weather this year!

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May 12, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Be sure to go hiking in the Badlands, visit the Tyrell Museum, and Stop in at the Donut Mill in Gasoline Alley on Highway 2! ❤️

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May 12, 2021 at 4:08 pm

Great list!

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May 30, 2021 at 1:12 am

Awesome list!

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May 26, 2022 at 12:54 pm

I’ve lived in Alberta for 20 years and have lived in most of these features cities, and yet haven’t even been to half of these places! Such a great reminder that there’s so much to do and so much to see ☺️

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May 13, 2021 at 7:31 am

Johnson Canyon and Morraine Lake are amazing!

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May 13, 2021 at 2:10 pm

I can’t wait to explore more of the beautiful province of Alberta

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May 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Great list of attractions for Alberta! Can’t wait to see some of them!

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May 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm

I’d love to try the Road to 150!

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May 14, 2021 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for all the tips

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May 14, 2021 at 5:02 pm

I’ve stayed in Alberta the last 10 years and have only done a few things on your list. I’m excited to see what I’m missing!

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May 14, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for the get ideas for places to see in Alberta. Looking forward to discovering some new places. Also looking forward to checking out other lists for other provinces.

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May 14, 2021 at 6:47 pm

Great resource.

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May 14, 2021 at 11:47 pm

So many new opportunities to visit

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May 15, 2021 at 3:36 pm

Ive done most of these already but thanks for some extra ideas for fun this summer!

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May 16, 2021 at 6:27 pm

The mountain views in Jasper National Park

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May 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Love this! I was born and raised in Alberta, but I always love learning more about places I may not have visited yet <3

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May 26, 2021 at 8:38 am

I am in my 60’s and needed to get in shape, so last summer I started hiking more regularly. As long as I get the reward of a beautiful view I don’t mind the hard work. Last summer while on a hike with my athlete daughter, the last part of the hike got so hard, I didn’t think I’d be able to finish. My daughter coaxed me the rest of the way up!!!!! 💪

May 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

haha it’s awesome to have someone who can encourage us eh! Sometimes thats all it takes

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May 30, 2021 at 1:22 pm

I love a good road trip. Some of my favourite places are Grand Prairie, Jasper (Athabasca Falls, the valley of the five lakes, and the Jasper sky tram are just a few), Calgary, Elbow falls, downsouth: Lundbreck Falls, Frank Slide, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, Waterton,

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May 30, 2021 at 5:29 pm

Great ideas!!

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May 30, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Lots of wonderful places to visit in Alberta

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June 9, 2021 at 11:58 am

My home! Thank you for this!

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June 9, 2021 at 3:41 pm

So many things to do in Alberta. Love my province beauty.

June 9, 2021 at 6:09 pm

Thank you for showing so many places.

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June 10, 2021 at 6:30 am

So much fun to explore our own backyard! Added some new things for the summer bucket list!

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June 10, 2021 at 11:55 am

Hey guys!! My daughter, granddaughter and I live in Hinton, Alberta and we try to explore new places near us about once a month or whenever we can afford to. We absolutely LOVE Alberta and Canada 🇨🇦❤

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June 11, 2021 at 12:44 am

The dome dining experience at Fairmont Banff was expensive but such an amazing experience! Spectacular views from a private dome with a mimosa bar all to ourselves for brunch.

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June 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm

Looks amazing. Great suggestions to visit.

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June 22, 2021 at 8:14 am

Great article. Thanks for some great ideas!

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June 24, 2021 at 9:27 pm

Information is interesting and informative

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June 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm

Great ideas!!!

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August 21, 2021 at 6:27 am

So many great places to visit that we haven’t yet!! Thanks for this list for Alberta!! Adventures are out there!!

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February 9, 2022 at 1:54 pm

Great blog!

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February 9, 2022 at 2:29 pm

I absolutely love living in Alberta and doing all the great things in my backyard

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February 10, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Travelling through Southwestern Alberta along Cowboy Trail amongst the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains is an amazingly beautiful journey. So much to see and do absolutely love it!

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February 13, 2022 at 6:38 am

Thanks for all the great info!

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February 14, 2022 at 12:28 pm

Alberta truly is the best!

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February 16, 2022 at 9:50 am

I love ❤️ Alberta! We moved here from Ontario 6 years ago and we just love it, from the small town locals, the riverboat cruise in Edmonton, several getaways to Jasper and Banff area as well as adventure day trips to towns with “big things”. Our next adventure is next week where we’ll (moi, my husband, one of our daughters and the oldest of our granddaughters coming from Ontario) be staying at Dead Man’s Flats for a few days. The girls definitely want to visit Johnston Canyon and go skating on lake Louise.

February 16, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Johnston Canyon is super beautiful in the winter! Bring ice cleats if you can. Even the simple little ones help as it can be slippery.

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February 16, 2022 at 10:05 am

I find this site extremely helpful when it to finding out about new adventures and also with figuring out what to do in a city.

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February 16, 2022 at 9:09 pm

32 years in Alberta, Canada, and counting… and yet still so many things to do. Thank you for travel ideas. Going to Abraham Lake soon, soooo exciting

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February 19, 2022 at 7:50 am

Thanks for the info! A good reminder that there are great things to check out close to home.

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February 19, 2022 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for all the great tips! Last trip through 3 years ago, hubby planned a very tight itinerary and the line ups and wait times were long, so we didn’t see many of the top attractions. Our next trip west is being planned by myself, with much more time to explore.

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February 20, 2022 at 6:10 am

This was such an amazing post, I’m taking my boyfriend to Alberta for his birthday in October and now we have a whole list of things to do.

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February 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Such a beautiful province!

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February 21, 2022 at 12:37 pm

The hot springs are on my bucket list

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March 10, 2022 at 11:13 am

A great list with some things I didn’t know about!

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March 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Alberta is a beautiful diverse province. I love travelling here.

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March 10, 2022 at 5:19 pm

We are going to Canmore in a few weeks and I can’t wait!!!

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March 11, 2022 at 7:29 am

Can’t wait to visit Alberta again

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March 12, 2022 at 9:25 am

So many things to do in Alberta.

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March 12, 2022 at 9:53 am

Looking forward to visiting Alberta again.

March 13, 2022 at 6:08 pm

Good description of a beautiful province! I didn’t know Winsport had a zip line, looks fun!

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March 14, 2022 at 2:37 pm

I am from Alberta and still have so many places to explore yet.

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March 16, 2022 at 7:44 am

Don’t forget all the top rated restaurants. Edmonton is foodie heaven!

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March 18, 2022 at 7:23 pm

Thanks for the great suggestions within my own backyard!

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March 20, 2022 at 12:51 am

Thank you for the great suggestions

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March 22, 2022 at 10:51 am

It’s mind boggling how many places you two have gone. You’ve seen more than many see in a lifetime. More than many put together see in their lifetimes!

March 22, 2022 at 11:42 am

Thanks, Robin. It is pretty crazy when we stop to think about it

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May 4, 2022 at 9:47 pm

Time to make a list!

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May 5, 2022 at 6:16 am

We have done a 4000km tour with a Campervan accross Alberta parks, just fantastic.

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May 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

So cool! ! Thank you for all your advises 😁

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May 6, 2022 at 8:09 am

Waterton is our favourite place to go in the summer. Heritage Park is also an awesome place to visit for a day! We are planning on visiting the charmed playhouse guest houses this summer as well.

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May 7, 2022 at 7:41 pm

So helpful. Looking to try some of these this summer.

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May 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Horseshoe and Horsethief Canyon are great hidden gems and wonderful alternatives to the lakes and mountains. Thank you!

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May 16, 2022 at 7:21 pm

I used a ton of your suggestions for a stellar summer in 2021. Can’t wait to plan 2022 with you!

May 17, 2022 at 8:14 pm

That’s awesome! Where did you go?

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May 17, 2022 at 12:55 am

My home away from home is Alberta. So much to do. Thank you for featuring this article.

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May 18, 2022 at 8:57 am

Wow I would love to come visit Alberta. !! Never been to a rodeo and The Calgary stampede would be so much fun. Also would love the Calgary Zoo. So many things to do and I also have a friend who I could visit while visiting. Keeping my fingers crossed to come one day soon!!

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May 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I definitely need to do more of these on the list!

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May 20, 2022 at 7:59 am

Thanks for the info!

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May 20, 2022 at 8:19 am

Alberta is always worth a visit. So many beautiful sights to see… thank you for sharing those spots with us…

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May 20, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Hoping to go to banff beginning of July, unless gas goes to and above $2.00 a litre. Just wish I knew where to find this arched wooded foot bridge with the bluest water I’ve ever seen. Have seen picture people have taken there but couldn’t find this place 5 years ago

May 20, 2022 at 2:52 pm

hmm is it right in the town of BanfF?

May 21, 2022 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for the great ideas! Can’t wait to float down The Bow this Summer!

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May 23, 2022 at 9:44 pm

You need to add Abraham Lake, just outside of Nordegg. It is sooo beautiful in the summer and such blue water!! And in the winter, it actually freezes clear!!! So whenever you go…I TS very cool to see! Thank you for all the suggested places!

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May 24, 2022 at 5:14 am

Great ideas! Can’t wait to try these this summer

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May 24, 2022 at 2:12 pm

Definitely need to visit the mountains around Banff and surrounding areas! Great article here!

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May 25, 2022 at 11:04 am

Good reminder of things that are right in our backyard for us locals 🙂

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May 26, 2022 at 2:19 pm

It’s great to have an amazing list of places to explore

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May 26, 2022 at 7:19 pm

Took my Manitoba friend and her daughter to Banff the other day while she was visiting and we had an amazing time!

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May 27, 2022 at 11:34 am

Love Alberta, thanks for the ideas

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May 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

Great Staycation

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May 27, 2022 at 11:40 pm

I definitely agree with what others have said regarding Waterton. The park is beautiful with new growth following the fire. And so close for those living anywhere in southern Alberta. Well worth the short drive there

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May 29, 2022 at 1:38 pm

Alberta is amazing I moved here 14 years ago from Ontario and haven’t thought about moving back!!

May 29, 2022 at 9:19 pm

Great list! Thank you

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May 30, 2022 at 9:48 am

Looking forward to visiting some soon!

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May 30, 2022 at 10:38 am

Thank you for posting these! Definitely help us with our long drive!😊

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June 1, 2022 at 9:52 pm

Thank you for posting these. Lots of great places to see in Alberta.

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June 2, 2022 at 5:55 am

Thank you for summer travel ideas.

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June 3, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Excited to try some of these this summer

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June 3, 2022 at 11:11 pm

Nice to see all the things we can do in our own backyard!

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June 5, 2022 at 7:57 am

That’s for the list!!

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June 5, 2022 at 2:11 pm

So much to do in Alberta!

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June 5, 2022 at 5:28 pm

Love Alberta and all it has to offer

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June 6, 2022 at 9:51 am

Great list, there lots to do north of Edmonton and Jasper as well!

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June 7, 2022 at 7:35 am

Great content. I am Alberta born and raised and still have lots of local exploring to do. Thanks for the amazing tips.

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June 7, 2022 at 9:00 am

Wow so much to do’

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June 7, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Great list! Lived here for over 50 years and you’ve created a wonderful list of the top hits. Hope maybe you’ll follow up with some ‘hidden gems.’ 😉

June 8, 2022 at 10:47 am

We will! Any you recommend?

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June 8, 2022 at 9:34 am

I love living in Alberta! We just did a weekend trip south, Rowley, Torrington and Drumheller, absolutely beautiful!

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June 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

Does anyone know if the kananaskiss pass and the parks Canada pass will be amalgamated at some point?

June 8, 2022 at 10:46 am

Unlikely as one is provincial and one is federal.

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June 9, 2022 at 7:59 am

Thank you for a comprehensive list!! Will check off some places this summer. But Waterton lakes national park is also a mustvisit destination of Alberta.

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June 9, 2022 at 11:09 am

Excellent information! Huge thanks!

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June 10, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Loved this!

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June 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

Love this! Thanks for the great ideas!

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June 12, 2022 at 8:00 am

Great list!!!

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June 12, 2022 at 5:16 pm

So many great tips here!!! We’re definitely making use of this to plan our trip to Edmonton. Thank you!!!!

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August 24, 2022 at 8:07 am

I Have lived here all my life, and this is a great reminder of why Alberta rocks!!!

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August 24, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Very comprehensive! Thanks for the info!

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August 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

Love the photos of the beautiful parks and cities in Alberta!

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August 26, 2022 at 9:03 am

Thank you for this. i am going to Alberta for the first time Sept 3 – Now I am going to book another trip next year to do more of these

September 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

We had a great road trip to Alberta this summer. We did a number of the ideas you suggested. Thanks for this!

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September 5, 2022 at 7:59 pm

We are very fortunate to have so many things to do in Alberta. Great list.

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September 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

I’ve lived in Alberta my whole life and there are still so many things I haven’t done yet.

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September 13, 2022 at 12:16 pm

Great article yes we have so many great things to do and see in AB.

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The Canadian Rocky Mountains are stunning at any time of the year, but there’s something magical about visiting in the winter, when the mountains are covered in a blanket of glistening snow. The entire region becomes a true winter wonderland, surrounded with snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and dense snowy landscapes. It’s the perfect setting for an array of winter activities. This tour includes 2-nights in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the town of Banff. You will visit many spectacular sites on the journey to the Rocky Mountains, enjoy an authentic Indigenous experience, and have ample free time to try an exciting winter activity.

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Alberta does lakes and mountains like Rome does cathedrals and chapels, but without the penance. For proof head west to Jasper and Banff, two of the world’s oldest national parks; despite their wild and rugged terrain, they remain untrammeled and easily accessible. They're majestic, breathtaking, awesome. No one should leave without first laying eyes on Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield, nor before traveling east to the fossil-encrusted badlands around Drumheller, south to the Crypt Lake trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, and north to spot bison in the vast, empty northern parklands.


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After a full day of exploring Jasper you deserve a restful place to recharge. Whether you yearn to lay your head at a luxurious lakeside refuge, a cozy heritage cabin in Jasper , or one of our beautiful downtown Jasper hotels, there’s a Jasper accommodation to suit you.

Bucket list Experiences

Explore a variety of activities for adventurers of all levels.

Fireside Chat

Come have a fire side chat, listen to drumming and singing and learn the legends through the eyes of the Cree

Warrior Women

Scenic Float Trip "The Original"

Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; there's always a chance of seeing wildlife while you sit back and soak in the spectacular scenery.


Family Private Canoe Adventure

The guided Pyramid Lake Canoe Adventure is an excellent way to start or finish your day in Jasper National Park.

Canoeing on Pyramid Lake

Sulphur Skyline Day Hike

The Sulfur Skyline is a hiking trail that allows for most hikers to reach a peak!

Skyline Hike

Maligne Valley Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour With Hike

This journey takes us through forty five kilometers of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Canadian Rockies

Bighorn sheep

This thrilling 3.5 hour round trip is Jasper's only class III+ whitewater trip with the shortest commute.


3 Hour Motorcycle Tour

Take a three hour motorcycle tour to one of two chosen destinations: Maligne Lake or Miette Hot Springs.

Jasper Motorcycle Tours

Maligne Lake Premium Cruise

The 2 hour premium cruise treats you to an extended version of the Classic Cruise with additional time on the lake and at Spirit Island.

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Mountain Galleries

One of the largest commercial galleries in Western Canada supporting and promoting Canadian Artists.

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Bald Hills Day Hike

The Bald Hills, in the Maligne Valley, offers an excellent experience on a mountain accessible to even beginners.

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Located in the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains, Marmot Basin ski resort inspires lasting memories, not to mention stunning photos.

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Skating on Lake Mildred

We have a groomed skating rink on Lake Mildred offering round-the-lake oval and hockey rink for pick-up games.

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Tread Lightly Glacier Hike

Walk through snow and ice while your experienced guide navigates crevasses so that you may explore the glacier and ice caves safely.

Athabasca Glacier Tour

The Complete Columbia Icefields Tour

Our most extensive helicopter tour includes amazing sights you can only see by helicopter.

Rockies Heli

Mobile Massage Therapy and Yoga

Jasper Wellness can bring YOGA to you, wherever, whenever.

Jasper Wellness

Explore the best views of Jasper with Canada's highest and longest, guided aerial tramway.

Jasper Skytram - Jeff Bartlett

Peak-Nic, a hike and a mountain top feast

Peak-Nic is a 4 KM hike to a stunning peak followed by a hands on backcountry cooking lesson and a mountain top feat with panoramic views.

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Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Experience the amazing views and crystal clear waters of Lac Beauvert by stand up paddle board.

Stand up Paddleboard - Fairmont Boathouse

Maligne Valley Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour With Cruise

This journey takes us through forty five kilometers of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.

Grizzly bear

Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour - SunDog Tours

This is one of Jasper’s most popular and impressive winter adventures.

Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Morro Canyon

This is a great family outing that offers incredible vistas and an amazing experience very few people have the opportunity to see.

Rocky Mountain Canyoning - group

The Canyon Run Whitewater Raft Trip

Starting at the base of the Athabasca Falls, we raft fifteen kilometers down the majestic Athabasca Valley on class ll+ rapids.


Snowshoe Tour

Adventure on foot by snowshoeing your way through some of Jasper National Parks magical winter landscapes!

Snowshoeing Jasper

Evening Wildlife Search

Jasper National Park is well known for its abundant wildlife and the evening is an ideal time for viewing.

Mountain Goats

Morning Wildlife Search

Wildlife sightings are most frequent in the early morning and during the evening. So, get out early to make the most of your day!

Bulk Elk

Historic Gallery

Jasper's history from 10,000 years ago to present day.

Spirit Island - archive

Jasper Rock Climbing

Experience rock climbing with ACMG guides and instructors, trained by the highest guiding standard in Canada. No experience necessary.


Jasper Highlights Walking Tour

This is not only a walking tour but a learning experience. Without driving too far we experience some of the best views of Jasper.

Old Fort Point Hike - Credit: Parks Canada/ Ryan Bray

Planetarium Dome Theatre

A world-exclusive interactive experience, designed for and only available in Jasper.

Jasper Planetarium

Fairmont 18-Hole Golf Course Jasper Park Lodge

Each round of golf at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course takes you on an exquisite journey through a stunning mountain backdrop.

Golf Course - Travel Alberta / Roth and Ramberg

The Mighty Fraser - Class 3+

Jasper’s big water! In the shadow of Mount Robson, the Fraser River serves up turbulent rapids bound to soak every rafter!

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Guided Mountain Bike Tour (Half-day)

Join us on an authentic Canadian adventure and view the Rockies by mountain bike.


Athabasca River (Athabasca Falls)

This run (approximately 12km) contains numerous Class 2 white water rapids.


Athabasca Falls Canyon Run - Class 2+

Perfect for families of all ages! From the base of Athabasca Falls, plunge through numerous rapids surrounded by high canyon walls.

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Kayak Rental

Experience the amazing views and crystal clear waters of Lac Beauvert by kayak.

Kayaking - Parks Canada/ Ben Morin

Jasper Train Tour-McBride Station

Slightly longer than the Dunster Station tour, offered on different days and in the reverse direction!

Train - Sundog

Tonquin Valley Multi-Day Hike

The Tonquin Valley Trail is a loop trail, filled with spectacular views that have no match and never repeat.

Hiking Tonquin: Credit: Parks Canada / Caroline Roy

Downtown Foodie Tour

Walk in historical downtown Jasper while discovering four local restaurants and enjoy four plates paired with an alcoholic beverage.


Night Photography Tour

This 2 hour night photography tour provides the best opportunities for creativity in Jasper's Dark Sky Preserve.

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Maligne Canyon Icewalk - Jasper Hikes and Tours

Explore the depths of this iconic Jasper landmark with the locals!

Maligne Canyon Icewalk


Get your ticket to adventure. The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is waiting.

Your Parks Pass can be used in all Mountain National Parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton, Elk Island, Mount Revelstoke, and Glacier).

Winter Activities

Jasper in the wintertime offers endless adventures for all levels.

Snow & Ice

Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Ski & Snowboard

Ski & Snowboard

Winter Experiences

Guided fat bike tour (1 hour).

This is an introduction to some of Jaspers best Fat Biking scenery and trails.

Fat Bike Tours Jasper

Group Ice Climbing

Join us for an unforgettable experience of climbing a frozen waterfall.

Ice Climbing - Rockaboo Adventures

Planetarium and Telescope Combo

Enjoy a full evening of cosmic exploration in the world's second largest dark sky preserve.


Summer Activities

Summertime offers endless adventures for all levels.

Hiking, Walking & Biking

Rafting, Canoeing & Watersports

Rafting, Canoeing & Watersports

Summer Experiences

Jasper is your base of adventure this summer.

Jasper Train Tour-Dunster Station

This amazing Train Journey and Sightseeing Tour starts from the Jasper Train Station and culminates in Dunster, British Columbia.


Maligne Valley Hiker's Shuttle

A shuttle catered to those embarking on a multi-day backcountry hike along the Skyline Trail.

Skyline Trail - Credit: Ryan Bray

Maligne Canyon Half Day Hike

A Wonder of Jasper that puts a smile on everyone’s face and restores the nature lover’s soul.

Maligne Canyon - falls

Live Theater Show

From Jasper With Love is a tasteful, energetic theater cocktail that will leave you fulfilled, with some extra love for Jasper in your heart

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A 2 hour fun trip, great family run suitable for all ages. Also a great opportunity for wildlife viewing.


Discover Jasper and its Wildlife

Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper!

Elk - Sundog Tours

Maligne Valley Sightseeing Tour

This tour is an amazing guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley.

The 6 Glacier Helicopter Tour

Get ready for the most packed and incredible 20 minutes of your life!

Rockies Heli

Bike Rental

Ride the many trails surrounding the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge by bike!

Mountain Biking Credit: ParksCanada-MountainBikerLegs-RyanBray

Maligne Lake Classic Cruise

Declared the "Best Boat Cruise in Canada” by 8 million Reader’s Digest subscribers, the Maligne Lake Cruise is an experience like no other.

Maligne Lake Boat Cruise

March 8, 2024 in Events

15 women in Jasper who inspire us

Jasper has always been a place for trailblazers. In the early 20th century, explorer Mary Schäffer became the first European to visit Maligne Lake, and used her skills as a naturalist, illustrator, photographer, and writer to document the region. Today, women continue to leave their mark and bring life to the national park.

Road - Celina Frisson

June 25, 2024 in Do , Spring , Summer

Getting to Jasper: Road Trip Tips

Whether you’re driving in from Edmonton, Calgary or somewhere further afield, make the most of your road trip with these tips.

Hiking in the Sun

April 24, 2024 in Do , Spring

7 memorable ways to spend Mother’s Day In Jasper

Whether a weekend in Jasper is an annual Mother’s Day tradition or whether you're looking to raise the bar this year, here are some great ways to show your mom how much you appreciate her.

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April 15, 2024 in Do , Eat , Events , Spring

Best food & drink events at Jasper's Taste of Spring

Spring always brings a dietary extravaganza. Embark on a gastronomic journey with Taste of Spring , Jasper’s new culinary programming.

Taste of Spring Food and Drink

April 12, 2024 in Do , Eat , Events , Spring

Jasper Unveils New Culinary and Cultural Programming: Taste of Spring

New arts, culture and culinary experiences coming to the Rockies from May 3-12

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16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alberta

Written by Lana Law and Michael Law Updated Sep 16, 2022 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Alberta is home to some of Canada's most impressive scenery and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is where the prairies meet the mountains, and spectacular snowcapped peaks dominate the skyline.

The glaciers and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks are the main attractions in summer, drawing millions of tourists each year to the province. These parks are also home to some of Alberta's top ski resorts , offering some of the best skiing in Canada . To the east, the plains and badlands hold important historical and cultural attractions.

The main cities in Alberta are Calgary and Edmonton . Calgary is a modern city with a wealth of things to do. It's most famous for the annual Calgary Stampede. Farther north, the provincial capital of Edmonton is home to West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping center in Canada, along with numerous other cultural attractions.

A visit to Alberta should definitely be on your western Canada itinerary . For a better understanding of the province and ideas for things to do here, see our guide to the top tourist attractions in Alberta.

1. Banff National Park

2. lake louise, 3. icefields parkway and the columbia icefield, 4. moraine lake, 5. waterton lakes national park (waterton-glacier international peace park), 6. jasper national park, 7. lake louise ski resort, 8. sunshine village ski resort, 9. calgary stampede, 10. drumheller and the royal tyrrell museum of paleontology, 11. kananaskis country, 12. west edmonton mall, 13. calgary tower, 14. canmore, 15. wood buffalo national park, 16. head-smashed-in buffalo jump, map of tourist attractions in alberta.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is the most visited tourist attraction in Alberta and arguably the most impressive national park in Canada. Just 130 kilometers west of Calgary , the area encompasses spectacular mountain scenery, major ski resorts, beautiful lakes, and the tourist town of Banff.

Wildlife is abundant here, with grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, caribou, and elk, many of which are frequently sighted along the main highway through the park.

Hiking is one of the main summer activities in Banff , and there are many frontcountry and backcountry trails to choose from. Many people explore the park from the comfort of their car, stopping at the numerous roadside lookouts that offer impressive views over the mountains, lakes, and glaciers.

One of the top attractions in the town of Banff is the Sulphur Mountain Gondola . Take a ride to the top and enjoy the spectacular views out in all directions, made even better by recent renovations and improvements to the building at the top.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Banff National Park is a large area to explore, and it definitely makes sense to either stay a few nights in a hotel or set up camp in one of the excellent campgrounds in the park. If you prefer something a bit more refined than a nylon tent and a patch of dirt in the trees, consider checking in at the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Dating from 1888, this iconic Banff hotel has been hosting discerning customers for generations.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Banff National Park

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, the jewel of Banff National Park , is famous for its beautiful turquoise colored water that reflects the surrounding mountains and Victoria Glacier. Located just a short drive north of the town of Banff, the lake is an easy day trip from Calgary.

From the grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a fabulous view across the lake. A walkway runs along the shoreline allowing visitors a lovely place for a leisurely stroll to absorb the atmosphere. Canoe rentals are also available for those who want to paddle out on the lake.

From the lakeside path, there are excellent hiking trails leading either up the mountain or beyond the lake towards the glacier. One of the most popular hiking trails is the hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House .

In winter, the lake is frozen, and trails are covered deep in snow. Many people come to Lake Louise during this time of year to enjoy the nearby Lake Louise Ski Resort , one of Canada's most popular ski destinations.

Lake Louise Village , just a short distance from the lake, has some tourist-related retail shops, small restaurants, and coffee shops. However, there is not much here beyond the main plaza. Nearby, is a large campground in a lovely natural setting.

During the busy summer months, from May to October, parking is extremely limited. You can take a Roam Transit shuttle from the town of Banff to Lake Louise, or book a Parks Canada Shuttle from the park and ride outside of Lake Louise. These now must be booked in advance, walk-up seat sales are not available. There are several ways to get from Banff to Lake Louise .

Icefields Parkway and the Columbia Icefield

The Icefields Parkway runs from Lake Louise to Jasper and is one of the most beautiful drives in Canada. This 230-kilometer stretch of highway leads past lakes, mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls, with stopping points for visitors to get out and experience the landscape. Numerous hiking trails along the way , most of which are day hikes, lead to scenic lookouts over surrounding glaciers or lakes.

One of the main attractions along the Icefields Parkway is the Icefields Centre . This large visitor's center features excellent displays on the Columbia Icefields and looks out over the Athabasca Glacier . From the road, it is difficult to comprehend the layout and size of the icefields, but models and photos at the center offer a unique perspective.

Across from the center, it's possible to walk up to the toe of the glacier. Alternatively, tours in specially outfitted buses are available, which drive visitors out onto the glacier. One of the newest attractions is the Glacier Skywalk , a huge observation platform standing 280 meters above the valley below, with a glass floor and glass railings. A shuttle service runs from the Icefields Center to the Glacier Skywalk.

You can also do a full-day Columbia Icefield Tour from Banff , which includes the Glacier Skywalk, a trip out onto the glacier in an all-terrain vehicle, and the scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway.

To fully explore this area, you'll likely need a few days, and most people stay in nearby Lake Louise. Alternatively, and substantially cheaper, is camping. Along the Icefields Parkway are a number of wonderful campgrounds, some with incredible views and excellent hikes nearby.

Moraine Lake

Beyond Lake Louise , at the end of a scenic 13-kilometer-long twisty mountain road, is Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks . Like Lake Louise, this is another scenic setting with similar turquoise water and snow-capped peaks. It was for many years the location of the image on the reverse side of the old Canadian twenty dollar bill and is one of the most popular places to photograph in Canada .

Moraine Lake is surrounded by ten peaks, each more than 3,000 meters high, containing the Wenkchemna Glacier. There is a great view across the lake from an overlook reached by hiking up a short path known as the Rockpile Trail , located near the parking lot. In the spring, the thunder of falling glaciers or landslides can be heard in the distance.

From Moraine Lake, there is a day hike to Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass , one of the best hikes in Banff National Park. It is a somewhat exhausting day hike, but the reward is the stunning view back towards the lake and down into Paradise Valley. This hike is often snow covered in the upper region even into July. The area is particularly beautiful in autumn when the larches are changing color. The hike to the Sentinel Pass (elevation 2,611 meters) involves climbing a total of six kilometers and ascending 520 meters.

Like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is an extremely popular area, and parking will likely be unavailable if you arrive in your own vehicle between spring and fall. The Parks Canada Shuttle from the Park and Ride outside Lake Louise is the best option for visiting the lake.

Waterton Lakes National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park)

The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in the Rocky Mountains straddles the border between Alberta and the U.S. state of Montana. On the Canadian side of the border is Waterton Lakes National Park, while on the American side is Glacier National Park .

Waterton Lakes is the smaller of the two parks but features some fantastic scenery with mountains and Waterton Lake . Overlooking the lake, from a fabulous position on the north shore is the Prince of Wales Hotel , a National Historic Site of Canada. Nearby, is the town site with tourist amenities. Many people come to the park to hike on the alpine trails, camp, or take a sightseeing tour.

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Jasper National Park

Much like Banff, the name Jasper is associated with both the national park and the town of Jasper , which lies at the heart of this stunning park. Jasper is the biggest national park in Canada, covering an area of 10,878 square kilometers. It is an area of lakes, waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, and forests, but has a slightly different appearance than the parks and natural areas farther south.

Both the park and the town of Jasper are less visited than Banff and have a more remote feel, particularly in winter when many facilities in the area are closed. Unlike Banff, the town of Jasper sees very few tourists outside of the peak summer season giving it a much more seasonal character.

Some of the key highlights in Jasper National Park are Maligne Lake , which is frequently pictured in advertisements for the Canadian Rockies, Mount Edith Cavell with the stunning Angel Glacier , and Maligne Canyon . Hiking trails and scenic lookouts can be found throughout the park. In winter, locals enjoy the Marmot Basin Ski Resort .

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Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the best ski resorts in Canada and is known around the world as a stop on the World Cup of skiing. Home to 164 named runs, plus a few through the trees that only locals know about, this ski hill has something for everyone.

Lake Louise Ski Resort is a popular family ski vacation destination for its well-regarded ski school, varied terrain, and good facilities. The resort is only a couple of hours from Calgary International Airport, making it easy to get to from destinations near and far.

Skiers take note: the resort has made significant investments in infrastructure over the past two years that include a new lift opening up the West Bowl area and a new quad chair at the base area to alleviate the morning crush.

Summer at Lake Louise Ski Resort

In the summer, the ski resort operates its gondola. In mere minutes, it will whisk you to the top of the mountain where you'll enjoy spectacular views out to the surrounding mountains and across the valley to Lake Louise. If you are lucky, you may spot a grizzly bear on the way up; they enjoy grazing in the open grassy areas where the ski runs are in the winter.

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Skiing at Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine Village, located just outside the town of Banff , is one of Alberta's most popular ski resorts, but it is also a beautiful area for hiking and walking in summer. In winter, the mountain, which offers a good mix of intermediate and advanced runs, attracts skiers from all over the world. It's one of the best ski resorts in Canada and one of the best ski resorts in Alberta .

Sunshine Village Ski Resort

In summer, following the snowmelt, the area is open to hikers. Take the gondola from the base of the mountain to the Village terminal to explore Sunshine Meadows . From here, trails of varying lengths lead into the mountains. Hike on your own or join a guided hike.

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Swinging carnival ride at the Calgary Stampede

Calgary takes particular pride in its cowboy roots. This becomes most apparent during the city's biggest event, the annual Calgary Stampede. This is a ten-day event held in early July, drawing rodeo participants and over 1 million fans from across North America. Calgary becomes the center of attention for all Wild West fans, with rodeo attractions, cultural exhibits, country music, and a range of other outdoor spectacles.

In addition to what goes on at the Stampede Grounds, local establishments around Calgary also participate in the festivities by offering free "Stampede breakfasts" throughout the week. Stores decorate their windows, cowboy hats and boots become the primary fashion, and temporary petting zoos and midway rides pop up in parking lots.

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Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit in Calgary

Drumheller landscape

Located approximately 140 kilometers northeast of Calgary is the small town of Drumheller, which proudly calls itself the "Town of the Dinosaurs." Around 75 million years ago, various species of dinosaurs inhabited this region, and many fossils have been discovered in and around Drumheller. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology displays some of the finds and offers an in-depth look at the history of the area.

The landscape around Drumheller consists mainly of badlands . Interesting hiking trails lead past hoodoos and through unique rock formations. The " Dinosaur Trail " is a driving tour that leads through some of the area's main attractions.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Drumheller

Kananaskis Country

About 80 kilometers west of Calgary is a beautiful area known as Kananaskis Country. This is a favorite spot for hikers in the summer with trails that lead to peaks, meadows, and lakes. Kananaskis Village has resort facilities and a popular golf course.

Kananaskis Country has an amazing collection of wonderful campsites . You'll generally find them set among pine trees and near crystal-clear lakes or rivers. They are popular in the high season, so be sure to book well in advance.

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is one of the main highlights of Kananaskis, particularly for those who want to spend some time immersed in nature. The park forms the very heart of the Kananaskis region where elk, bighorn sheep, mountain-goats, grizzly bears, and black bears roam free.

The park covers 508 square kilometers, which makes it the largest provincial park in Alberta. In summer, locals and visitors are attracted here by the superb mountain scenery, traversed by various trails and dotted with alpine lakes.

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A ride at West Edmonton Mall

The West Edmonton Mall is more than just shops. Contained within this huge complex is the World Waterpark , the Ice Palace ice rink, mini golf, an aquarium with live shows, a bowling alley, a mirror maze, indoor electric go-kart racing, and movie theaters. Of course shopping is important, too. The mall has all kinds of stores for everything you could imagine.

The mall is a destination within Alberta, particularly in winter, where families can come to escape the cold and enjoy some indoor fun and shopping.

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Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Edmonton

Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is one of the prime tourist attractions in Calgary. Standing tall on the city skyline, the tower offers the highest 360-degree observation deck in the world. On clear days, there are outstanding views to the mountains, and on any day, the glass floor offers a direct view down over the city. Depending on the event or celebration, the Calgary Tower will light its massive torch mounted on the very top.

The Sky 360 is a revolving restaurant located at an elevation of 155 meters, and directly above this is Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

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Downtown Canmore

Just outside the entrance to Banff National Park, Canmore is a lively small town with restaurants, shops, and services. This growing community attracts people who are interested in enjoying a mountain lifestyle. In the surrounding area are hiking and mountain biking trails, and Alberta's best ski resorts are just a short drive away. Calgarians use the town as an escape, and many have second homes or condos here. Some people prefer to camp in one of the fine campgrounds nearby.

For visitors, one of the key attractions are the Canmore Cave Tours . These tours last about 4.5 hours and take you to Rats Nest Cave, known for being one of the longest in Canada.

If you are interested in hiking trails, the hike to Grassi Lakes is one of the most popular and it's relatively easy. The trail was closed and significantly upgraded in summer 2022, the new improvements are expected to make this already amazing hike even better.

You can also base yourself in Canmore and explore the hiking trails in nearby Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country.

Wood bison in Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest park in Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its remote location on the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, the park sees fewer visitors but holds a number of treasures.

Wood Buffalo extends across the Athabasca-Peace River Delta , one of the largest inland deltas in the world, but the main attraction here is the wildlife, including the park's wood bison . The park was established in 1922 to protect the last herds of these beautiful animals, often called wood buffalo, which now thrive here. Moose, black bear, caribou, and beaver also call the park home, and whooping cranes breed here.

While most people visit in the summer, the park is open all year, and you can find an assortment of winter activities. Wood Buffalo National Park is a dark-sky preserve , making it a good place to see the northern lights in winter.

  • Read More: Exploring Wood Buffalo National Park

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

On the edge of the prairies, a rise in the landscape terminates at the edge of a cliff. For thousands of years, indigenous peoples in the area used this natural feature to drive herds of buffalo over the edge.

The 11-meter fall would break their legs and injure them enough for the Blackfoot hunters to move in and kill them. The bodies were then processed and used for food and other purposes. Buffalo jumps were also used in other areas of the plains but this site is the largest, oldest, and best preserved in North America .

The area is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Center offers detailed information on the site and the Plains Buffalo culture.

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The 62 Best Things to do in Alberta, Canada – The Ultimate Guide

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: February 8, 2024

Whether you visit Alberta in winter or summer its beauty shines through. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting Alberta on several occasions in all seasons and trust me, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied year-round. In fact, a lot of the province comes to life in the dead of winter. We have rounded up the best things to do in Alberta, Canada from our half-dozen trips to our favourite province in Western Canada.

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Top Things to do in Alberta, Canada

We have broken down this Alberta travel guide into different areas so you can plan your trip in an easily organized manner. This guide shares the very best things to do in Alberta that we have done over the past 10 years of traveling to all corners of the province.

1. Banff National Park

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Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and its most beautiful. This year-round destination has countless outdoor activities from hiking trails into the backcountry, ski resorts, glacier lakes, and a great food scene. The Banff Springs Hotel was opened in 1888 to attract tourists to the area and has continued to draw visitors from around the world making Banff Alberta’s most visited tourist attraction. Read more: Things to do in Banff

2. Canoe Lake Louise

Best Things to do in Banff alberta

Lake Louise is the most famous of all tourist attractions in Alberta and the first place most people stop when visiting Banff. Victoria Glacier and the surrounding mountains are reflected in the still turquoise waters making it truly one of the most beautiful places in Alberta . The legendary Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sits on its shores, and one could spend hours just taking in the views. A bucket list item for anyone visiting Lake Louise is to rent a canoe and experience a true Canadian tradition . When visiting Alberta in the summer months, this is a great way to take in the fantastic scenery away from the crowds. Read more: Canoe Lake Louise and Banff National Park, Alberta

3. Pond Hockey on Lake Louise

What to do in Winter in Canada Pond Hockey

There is absolutely nothing more Canadian than playing pond hockey on a frozen lake. When the temperature drops, Canadians seek outdoor activities like pond hockey and if you visit Alberta in winter, you better skate on the world’s most beautiful skating rink! Imagine dropping a puck surrounded by Canada’s most impressive scenery. Located directly in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the rink attracts visitors from around the world whether they can skate or not! You can rent hockey gear from the hotel or from  Wilson Mountain Sports .

4. Moraine Lake

Best Hikes in Banff National Park

Located just a short distance from Lake Louise within the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is considered one of the most beautiful places in Alberta. With hiking trails leading to views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, it is not to be missed. Plus, a fun fact, Moraine Lake is the famous lake that was on our 20 dollar bill! Moraine Lake can be very busy in the summer months, so get there early to avoid the crowds. For more hiking trails in Banff and information on Moraine Lake Read: 12 Best Hikes in Banff National Park

5. Lake Agnes

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The Lake Agnes Teahouse has been serving tea since 1905. The teahouse was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a place where hikers could stop and rest. In 1905 it started serving tea and hasn’t stopped since. This popular hike starts out on a paved path before getting into the rugged forest. The Lake Agnes Teahouse hike is a 4.5-mile hike is considered a moderate hike and you can get to it from Chateau Lake Louise which is a mile outside of Lake Louise village. The trailhead is right off the parking lot of Chateau Lake Louise. 

6. Backcountry Lodges

Stay in a backcountry lodge things to do in Banff Alberta

There are several backcountry lodges in Alberta that make for an amazing active adventure that ends with a luxurious stay in a remote lodge surrounded by snow-capped peaks. We visited  Sundance Lodge  when exploring Banff and fell in love with the beauty of the area.

In the winter you can head out to lodges by cross country skiing or snowshoeing. In the summer you can hike or go by horse. Whichever season you visit Alberta in, a backcountry lodge is an experience you’ll never forget. Read more: Where to Stay in Banff

7. Explore Cave n’ Basin

Things to do in Banff Cave and Basin

Discovered by railway workers back in 1883, Cave n Basin is where Canada’s National Park System began. To attract visitors to Banff, Canada opened the first National Park and visitors flocked to swim and relax in the hot springs. Soon after the Banff Springs Hotel opened and the rest is history. Today it is a national historic site and there is no swimming in the pool to protect the endangered snails that inhabit the pool. Read: Best Canada National Parks – That We’ve Seen

8. The Banff Hot Springs

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The Banff Upper Hot Springs is world-famous for its natural springs and outstanding view! The upper hot springs are named so because at one time the springs were located lower down the mountain at Cave n’ Basin and the historic pool. Today the springs have moved up the mountain to the Upper Banff Springs. You may also like: Discover Banff Canada – 24 Photos Inspire Wanderlust

9. The Banff Gondola

Riding the Banff Gondola in Alberta

The Banff Gondola gives you incredible views of the snowcapped peaks and the village of Banff. If you don’t have the chance to ski or snowboard at Lake Louise or Sunshine Resort, this is a perfect way to get up into the mountains. The gondola takes you up Sulphur Mountain and you can either take the hiking trails back down or ride the gondola back. Sulphur mountain got its name from two sulfurous springs at the base of the mountain. It is this spring that made Banff famous. There’s a museum, and restaurant at the top and there are hiking trails to get outside.

10. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Things to do in Banff Alberta Fairmont Hotels

The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is one of the most historic hotels in Canada. Even if you are not staying there, make sure to stop in for high tea. You can go inside to see this luxury resort so have a look around, grab a coffee, or book dinner at the hotel if you are not going to splurge on a room. If you want to splurge on a room, we highly recommend it. See rates and availability on TripAdvisor / Booking

11. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park

Lake Minnewanka is a popular spot in Banff for hiking, night photography, and for taking a scenic cruise. We took a Lake Minnewanka Cruise and it was a fun way to learn about the history of Banff and see views from a different point of view. The guides are fantastic and you learn all about the monster that drew visitors to this lake in the early 1900s.

12. Banff Town

The picturesque town of Banff

The town of Banff is located right in the heart of Banff National Park. This tourist town is an amazing place to make a base when exploring Banff with many of the top tourist attractions within walking distance of downtown Banff. There are micro brewpubs, distilleries, plenty of eateries, and countless hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals. Boutiques line the streets and it’s a great place to sit back and relax after a day exploring the Rocky Mountains. Read more at: Where to Stay in Banff in 2022 – 17 Best Banff Hotels

13. Johnston Canyon

Things to do in Winter in Canada Canyoning Alberta

Johnston Canyon is open in winter and summer and is beautiful no matter what time of year you go. In fact, we think it truly comes to life in the winter! Enjoy the hiking trails through the canyon for gorgeous views of the high canyon walls with waterfalls plunging down. In the winter the waterfalls freeze creating a winter wonderland.

Discover Banff Tours  offers guided scenic winter walks and let me tell you, this is one of the most stunning walks we’ve ever taken. The steel catwalk runs 2.5 miles through a picture-perfect limestone canyon.

14. the Icefields Parkway

Driving the Icefields Parkway in Banff

The Icefields Parkway is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world and with good reason! Surrounded by the Rockies, this drive connects Banff and Jasper National Parks with lookouts at every turn! It is a short drive that can be done in a day, but there are so many things to see and do, it requires a few passes to see it all. These are a few of the must-stop places along the highway. For a full itinerary of the Icefields Parkway read: Driving the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper Alberta

15. Reflections of Bow Lake

Visit Bow Lake in Banff National Park

Our favourite lookout along the Parkway is Bow Lake with the most extraordinary reflections you’ll ever see. Located at Num Ti Jah Lodge, this is one of the first stops on the Icefields Parkway when driving from Banff National Park. You can go for a hike around the lake to take in different views.

There are plenty of other stops along the main highway to Jasper with hiking trails to lookouts and other lakes such as Peyto Lake, The Saskatchewan River Crossing, Sunwapta Falls, and The Weeping Wall. Peyto Lake is the most popular stop on this drive as people hike up to Bow Summit for views of the surrounding area.

16. Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield

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The Columbia Icefield is North America’s largest sheet of ice and on it, you can discover the Athabasca Glacier located directly on the highway. Take a tour to see this massive glacier in all its glory. You can even drive on a glacier vehicle to go out and witness the giant crevasses up close! There’s a great visitor’s center where you can grab a bite to eat and see the glacier from the viewing platform as well.

17. The Glacier Skywalk

Visit the Glacier Skywalk in Banff

The Glacier Skywalk is one of Alberta’s newest attractions and it is definitely the most eye-catching. Walk along a glass floor that drops  280 m (918-foot) over the Sunwapta Valley if you dare. You can catch the bus from the Columbia Icefield visitor center and then spend an hour or so admiring the view and daring to walk along the glass floor.

18. Jasper National Park

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When you come to the end of the Icefields Parkway drive, you arrive at the incredible Jasper National Park. Famous for its dark sky festival and dark sky preserve plus gorgeous rocky mountain views, this is a place to spend a few days. There is an abundance of outdoor activities including amazing hiking trails, backcountry lodges, the Marmot Basin Ski Resort , and beautiful mountain lakes. The town of Jasper is a pleasant small town located within Jasper National Park with plenty of eateries and coffee shops The Rocky Mountaineer train ride also leaves from here. Read: 14 Best Hikes in Jasper National Park – Alberta Canada

19. Hike Maligne Canyon

things to do in alberta maligne canyon jasper

Maligne Canyon is my top recommendation for things to do in Jasper National Park. It is a stunning hike through a canyon dropping 50 meters (154 feet). With waterfalls and bridges, hiking trails, and scenic views, this is not to be missed! Read more: Amazing Things to do in Jasper, Alberta

20. Maligne Lake

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Just a little farther along the road is Malign Lake. It is the longest lake in the Canadian Rockies. Take a boat cruise to Spirit Island and witness this beautiful view surrounded by emerald water of the glacier lake. Or go for a walk along the hiking trails lining the lake.

21. Pyramid Lake

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Maligne Lake is the top lake for visitors to see in Jasper, but our favourite was certainly Pyramid Lake. With beautiful reflections of a pyramid-shaped mountain twinkling in the still waters, it’s easy to understand how it got its name. Go in the morning at sunrise to see for yourself.

22. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge  is an attraction unto itself. The rustic setting of luxurious and chic log cabins is set on the shores of Lac Beauvert. There are canoes, hiking trails, and wildlife on the premises. You’ll see elk, moose, and whitetail deer scurrying about in the woods. The Queen of England has graced these grounds. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!

23. Northern Lights at Lake Annette

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Alberta has many places to see dark skies, night stars, and the Aurora Borealis. Jasper is known for its dark sky preserve. It has unrivaled clear skies, and when staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, we went to Lake Annette to photograph the night sky. That was when we were treated to the beautiful auroras ( northern lights ) dancing in the sky.

24. Side Car Motorcycle Tour

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Our favourite excursion in Jasper is hands down the sidecar motorcycle tour. This is the coolest way to explore the roads of Jasper National Park. Hop in a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and take off to the high viewpoints of the Rocky Mountains from downtown Jasper. It’s one of the coolest and most unique things to do in Alberta that is for sure.

When driving to Jasper from Edmonton, keep an eye out for animals along the main highway. We saw bighorn sheep, bears and mountain goats on our way. This drive offered some of the best wildlife viewing in Alberta.

25. Canmore

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Canmore is located just outside Banff National Park and has turned into a destination unto itself. It can be used as a base to explore Banff National Park and Kananaskis but now Canmore has turned into a tourist town that has a lot of the attractions in Alberta in its own right. There are plenty of hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and gorgeous viewpoints. There are so many things to do in Canmore you will need to split your time between here and Banff.

26. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

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The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a rescue center for wolfdogs to rehabilitate abandoned and neglected wolf dogs. Wolfdogs are part wolf and part dog and often end up being too much for dog owners who don’t realize what is involved in owning a wild animal.

The sanctuary rehabilitates the dogs and finds them new homes. Visitors can sit with the wolfdogs and watch them interact and behave in their natural habitat. The wolfdog sanctuary is a magical experience visit their website for more details. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

27. Rock Climbing

Things to do in Mont Tremblant summer Rock Climbing

Alberta is home to some of the best rock climbing and mountaineering experiences on earth. When in Canmore, be sure to get out on a wall for some great sport climbing routes. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore offers guided ice climbing and rock climbing excursions with professional Rock Climbers.

28. Ice Climbing

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If you are looking for an adventure that gives you the ultimate adventure travel bragging rights, ice climbing in Alberta is a must. Canmore is the ice-climbing mecca of the world drawing top athletes to its routes each year to train and explore.

We’ve done both Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing in Canmore and they are both a thrill of a lifetime. Read more about ice climbing at  Ice Climbing Adventure in Canmore

29. Skijoring

Things to do in Winter in Canada Skijoring

What on earth is skijoring you ask? It’s a mix between cross country skiing and dog sledding. Skijoring was invented in Norway, but Alberta has embraced it. We met Russell Donald of Mad Dog and Englishman Sled Dog Expeditions at Spray Lake outside of Canmore.

Skijoring was a thrill of a lifetime as two sled dogs pull you across the lake at breakneck speeds. Looking for more things to do in Alberta that involve dogs? See the Best Place to go Dogsledding in Banff

30. Scenic Flight over the Canadian Rockies

views from heliclpter tour in canmore

Located just an hour from Calgary and a short drive from Canmore or Banff, Rockies Heli is one of the premier helicopter tour companies in Alberta. Our helicopter tour took over Banff National Park to witness the famous peaks like Mt. Assiniboine, The Three Sisters, and Mount Lougheed.

This adventure offers the added bonus of landing on a peak just outside the park to go snowshoeing where nobody else dares to go. When landing a helicopter on the top of a mountain, you can be sure you won’t see crowds of people during your hike! Book your Alberta Helicopter tour with Rockies Heli located in two locations for your convenience

31. Snowshoeing

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Canmore became popular as the population grew in Banff National Park. It’s now a town filled with outdoor lovers and very healthy people. You can do a lot of activities directly from town and we went snowshoeing from Canmore. It wasn’t long before we were surrounded by mountains and treated to spectacular views of the Three Sisters. If you are new to snowshoeing, hire a guide to take you out to the backcountry safely.

32. Southern Alberta

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The south of Alberta will surprise and delight you. It is completely different from the more popular Banff and Jasper National Parks, but no less breathtaking or exciting. A road trip through this part of Alberta should be put at the top of every Alberta bucket list.

33. Bar U Ranch

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The Bar U Ranch is a National Historic Site and a very cool place to learn about Alberta’s Cowboy Heritage. This was once the largest ranch in North America spanning 160,000 acres and had 30,000 heads of cattle. The Sundance Kid worked on the Bar U Ranch and the Prince of Wales loved the setting so much, he bought a ranch right next door! Have a cowboy coffee, try your hand at the lassoo and learn everything about Ranch Life.

  • Cool Fact: Deb lived on the Bar U Ranch when she was born. Her dad was the head ranch hand!
  • Read about it here: Back to my Roots at the Bar U Ranch in Alberta Canada

34. Waterton Lakes National Park

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It may not be as famous as the national parks of Banff and Jasper, but Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the most extraordinary. This park is unique in the fact that it shares a border with Glacier National Park in the United States. Together, the two parks create the only UNESCO World Heritage Site, International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve rolled all in one. It is here that you can see herds of buffalo roaming and head out on one of the extraordinary hikes into the foothills of the mountains. Book a night at the Prince of Wales Hotel located within the park for a truly royal experience.

35. Red Rock Canyon

waterton lakes national park

Make sure to visit Red Rock Canyon, the grand canyon of Alberta. There are some great hikes here and if you pair it with Waterton, you can easily spend a few days here. Read more: Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

36. High Mountain Trail Ride

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No trip to Alberta would be complete without riding a horse. This is horse country and in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you can take one of the best trail rides you’ll ever have in your life. Sure, you’ve taken a trail ride in other places, but in Black Diamond Alberta, a high mountain trail ride takes you into the foothills. Hop on a sure-footed horse and bushwhack your way up a mountain trail pass to the backcountry of Alberta. If there is one time in your life to go horseback riding, this is it! Read about it here A High Mountain Trail Ride, Black Diamond Alberta

37. Crowsnest Pass

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Crows Nest pass is a mountain pass along the continental divide where Alberta meets British Columbia . It is an interesting drive along this route with some cool sites to see! Read more: Things to do in Pincher Creek, Alberta

38. Frank Slide

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When stopping at the home of one of Canada’s most deadly natural disasters, you really see the power of Mother Nature. In 1903 the town of Frank was buried under 110 tons of rocks that broke off from Turtle Mountain. Looking out from the interpretive center shows just how far the rock slide traveled and how the town never stood a chance. 90 people lost their lives that fateful day. You can walk along paved trails to see the devastation up close.

39. Photograph the Burmis Tree

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One of the most unique things to see in Alberta is the lone Burmis Tree standing at the entrance to Crowsnest Pass. This tree is a symbol of endurance for the people of the region. At years old, it is hanging on by a thread. Or I should say wire. The tree died years ago, but residents loved it so much, they saved it by wiring it together with stainless steel brackets to stabilize the roots. See it before it is too late!

40. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

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Although it isn’t the most exciting thing to see in Alberta, it is a very historic place to visit. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an interesting stop. 6000 years of history of Plains Buffalo culture happened on this site where prehistoric plains people lured herds of buffalo to the edge of a cliff where they met their fate.

41. Writing on Stone Provincial Park

Writing on Stone Provincial Park is sacred to the First Nations of Alberta as it is a nature preserve containing many First Nations carvings. Located in the Milk River Valley, these carvings show evidence of life dating back 9000 years. It is a beautiful park with hoodoos and towering cliffs. There is a recreation of an RCMP outpost in the park commemorating the mounted police who patrolled the border in the late 1800s to prevent whisky smuggling

42. Canadian Badlands

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Often overshadowed by Banff and Jasper when planning things to do in Alberta, the Alberta Badlands are one of the most beautiful places to visit in the province. There are so many attractions in Alberta and these are the best in the badlands!

43. Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing one of the largest dinosaur excavations sites on the planet. Around 75 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled this land. You can take a guided hiking tour to an excavation site to see dinosaur fossils. Be sure to stay in the park in one of the glamorous camping tents. It’s an amazing experience. Read about it here: Dinosaur Provincial Park – Glamping Tour in the Alberta Badlands

44. Drumheller Valley

things to do in drumheller alberta

One of the best drives in the province is the Dinosaur Trail from Dorothy to Drumheller. Drumheller is a small town located just 90 minutes from Calgary and there is so much to do there. Spend a day or two in town to explore all of the sights of the Drumheller Valley like Horsethief Canyon, the Atlas Coal Mine, and the last chance saloon. This is where you’ll really feel like you’ve stepped into the wild west.

45. Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley

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One of the most amazing sites in Alberta is the Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley. There are hoodoos throughout the badlands, but these are the most distinct and perfect hoodoos you’ll ever see in your life. Located directly on the side of the road, these fragile formations are formed over hundreds of years through erosion. This tiny cluster is a wonderful display of the beauty of Mother Nature. Read more about The Hoodoos of Drumheller

46. Royal Tyrrell Museum

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One of the best museums we’ve ever been to is the Royal Tyrrell Museum. We’ve seen a lot of dinosaur bone recreations in museums around the world, but this one has the real deal on display! Here you’ll see one of the best-preserved authentic T-Rex skulls in the world among the large dinosaur collection on display in Dinosaur Hall. And there are archeologists working in a lab on sight. Read more: Things to do in Drumheller, Alberta

47. Calgary, Alberta

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Calgary is the biggest city in Alberta and there are a ton of things to do downtown Calgary. It warrants its own article which we have right here: 21 Best Things to do in Calgary, Alberta . This Western Canada city has plenty of outdoor activities, urban adventures, an excellent food scene and it hosts the annual Calgary Stampede. This is a city that you must visit when exploring Alberta.

48. Bobsleigh – Canada’s Olympic Park

Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta

Who thought they’d ever get the chance to hop in a bobsleigh and barrel down the pipe with an Olympic athlete at steering the sled?  Bobsledders from around the world train at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park and to make some money on the side, they take tourists down their home track! Feel the G-force push you down as you reach speeds of 125km per hour while banking the icy turns as you plunge down the World Cup track. See our experience at Whipping Through the Olympic Village in Calgary

49. World’s Fastest Zipline

At the park you’ll also be able to ride the world’s fastest zipline. This zipline is so fast you need to pull a parachute out when you land! Taking off from the top of the big Olympic ski jump, this zip line is a thrilling experience! I can only imagine the courage ski jumpers have flying off this ramp. A Zipline was enough for me! We also took the luge down to the parking lot once we finished our extreme sports. There’s mountain biking at the park, a museum and hiking trails, so make a day out of it! Read more: Canada Olympic Park – Fun in Calgary Alberta

50. Calgary Tower

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Like all world cities, Calgary has its own tower that makes for a superb lookout over the city. Make sure to go up and enjoy its view from the top floor. With beautiful views of the city, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Alberta, let alone Calgary. Book this bus tour to see the best of Calgary. This sightseeing tour includes stops at Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada Olympic Park, The Stampede Grounds, downtown Calgary, the Calgary Tower and more!

51. Calgary Peace Bridge

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The Calgary Peace Bridge spans the Bow River from Downtown to communities across the river. It’s become a popular path for cycling and an iconic symbol of the city.

52. Calgary Stampede

If you are in the city in June, check out the greatest outdoor show on earth. Calgary hosts the annual Calgary Stampede – the world’s largest rodeo has been running since 1912 and is the biggest ticket in town. Besides all the rodeo activities like bull riding and chuckwagon races, there are midway rides, food stands and performances at the grandstand show. Read more: 21 Best Things to do in Calgary, Alberta

53. Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Memorial Village Calgary

Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary provides a glimpse into Alberta’s past. The buildings cover four key periods in Calgary’s history from a 1860s fur-trading fort to the 20th century. There’s an old steam engine that you can hop on for a ride around the village to explore a series of historic buildings from the pioneer era with ample costumed interpreters to help you travel back in. Other activities include a paddlewheel tour on the scenic Glenmore Reservoir and a visit to Gasoline Alley Museum.

54. Edmonton

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Edmonton is often overlooked when visiting Alberta, but it is worth adding to the list. With the world’s largest indoor amusement park, plenty of outdoor activities including Canada’s largest urban park and cultural activities, you’ll find something for everyone. Plus there is a festival in Edmonton for nearly every week of the year. Read more: The Best Things to do in Edmonton, Alberta

55. West Edmonton Mall

things to do in alberta west edmonton mall

It is North America’s largest mall and probably what first put Edmonton on the map. The West Edmonton Mall is way more than a mall, it’s the lifeblood of Edmonton. If you like amusement parks, you’ll love this mall. With the world’s largest indoor amusement park, The World Waterpark, and an indoor skating rink, it is the original super mall! As Edmonton’s temperatures dip far below freezing in the Canadian winters, this mall is an oasis of warmth and fun.

56. Edmonton River Valley

The North Saskatchewan River Valley Park System covers 18,000 acres combining 20 different parks. It is Canada’s largest urban park. Anything outdoors that your heart desires is available in this green space. Hiking and cycling trails, a golf course, ravines and lakes and if you are into zoos, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is within the parks system. In the winter, there’s cross country skiing and even a downhill ski slope.

57. Fort Edmonton Park

things to do in alberta fort edmonton park

Time has stopped at Fort Edmonton Park where the streets are frozen in time depicting Edmonton’s early history. The 150 acre wooded parkland traces history from the Indigenous People’s experience to the 1920s. Costumed performers walk the replica of an 1885 street and you can tour an 1846 fort from the days of the Hudson Bay fur traders. If you want a look at bits and pieces of Alberta and Canadian historythe heritage park offers memorable experiences for everyone. This is also Canada’s largest living history museum.  Visit the fort for details.

58. Kananaskis

A great day trip from Calgary or Banff is a visit to Kananaskis Country. Its views rival Banff National Park. You can stay overnight at the luxurious Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and use the spa, hike its trails and enjoy the luxury accommodation. It was one of our favourite places in Alberta.

59. Nordik Spa

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The spa is a year-round outdoor Scandinavian Spa with hot pools, saunas, and cold plunge pools. It’s the perfect place to soothe travel-weary muscles.

60. Ski Alberta

Top Ski Resorts in Canada Lake Louise

There is no going to Alberta in winter without going skiing or snowboarding. Banff National Park houses three different ski resorts alone! We love Sunshine Village because it has the  Sunshine Mountain Lodge  located right at the side of the hill offering the only ski in ski out adventures in Banff. It also has Banff’s largest hotel hot tub where after a day on the boards, you can soothe your aching muscles in the tub. Read more at 15 Top Ski Resorts in Canada For Winter Fun

Lake Louise is Alberta’s premier ski hill with 4200 skiable areas in one of the largest ski destinations in North America and one of Canada’s top ski destinations. There are trails for all levels of Skiing and Snowboarding. Lake Louise is on the World Cup Circuit with a Terrain Park and a Snowcross Course. It was also home to the Calgary Olympics, and you can be sure to carve actual Olympic runs! It’s Epic.

Norquay is the closest ski hill to Banff and is great for a day trip or for families. If you want to try something different, head over to do some snow tubing. It’s the ultimate couch potato thrill ride. You ride the magic carpet to the top, let them put you on the tube, and push you down the hill. All you have to do is hoot and holler all the way down!

61. Wood Buffalo National Park

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If you are looking for out of the ordinary things to do in Alberta, Canada make your way up to the far north to visit Wood Buffalo National Park. It is the largest national park in Canada and it is a national historic site. Established in 1922, Wood Buffalo National Park was designed to protect one of the last surviving herds of Bison.

62. the Rocky Mountaineer

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We took the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary, but you can hop aboard in either Banff Town of Jasper. The one-way luxury train journey takes you through the Rockies and it is a rip-roaring good time with fine dining and outstanding views of some of the top attractions in Alberta. Note, you’ll be eating and drinking a lot so get ready!

Alberta has five national parks that include, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, and Elk Island.

The top attractions in Alberta are Banff and Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, the Icefields Parkway, Waterton Lakes National Park, Drumheller and its hoodoos, The West Edmonton Mall and Wood Buffalo National Park.

Exploring Alberta is one of the greatest places to visit in Canada. With five national parks, world-class cities, the Rockies, glacier lakes and extraordinary beauty, Alberta is a destination that is second to none. These are our favourite things to do in Alberta, but we know we have not yet scratched the surface. What did we miss and what should we do next? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

Plan Your Trip to Alberta with These Resources

  • Ice Climbing : Ice Climbing Adventure in Canmore
  • Lake Louise: Pond Hockey on Lake Louise- A Good Old Hockey Game
  • Winter Adventures: Banff Helicopter Tours and Snowshoe
  • Banff National Park : The Best Things to do in Banff, Alberta
  • Canmore: The Best Things To Do In Canmore, Alberta
  • Calgary: Canada Olympic Park – Fun In Calgary Alberta
  • Edmonton: The Best Things To Do In Edmonton, Alberta
  • Southern Alberta: Things To Do In Drumheller, Alberta
  • Jasper National Park: Amazing Things To Do In Jasper, Alberta

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Well at least you mentioned Edmonton. My goodness, the second largest Fringe Theater in the world, world class casinos, Elk Island is far easier to see Buffalo and about 45 minutes from Edmonton. The Ukrainian Village just 15 minutes from Elk Island Park Gates. Wood Buffalo and Elk Island are both dark preserves as well. My goodness Wood Buffalo is bigger than the Country of Switzerland! There are 5 golf courses in our river valley, boat cruising from Devon to Ft. Saskatchewan. Edmonton gets overlooked because for some strange reason people take the simple way out and don’t see what this amazing City has to offer. The Capital City has way more to offer than West Edmonton Mall. Do your homework!!

Perhaps you should have clicked on the link to the article where we discuss all of these great things to do in Edmonton and more than you have actually included yourself. This article is meant to touch on the highlights of places. Please don’t accuse us of not doing our research until you have actually done yours.

Very beautiful and cool video guide! I really liked it, and it is also very useful – thank you very much.

Great guide! – Many thanks to the author for this super useful material. I will keep this guide bookmarked so as not to lose, and not to forget what to do in Alberta when traveling as a family.

Winter in Alberta is not something everyone can manage. But, this guide is a pretty fantastic guide, and if you are looking to stay in Alberta for winter, this guide will help you get through the season without any problem.

Calgary is a cool place but freezing brutal cold winters ! I remember when the Olympics were there so cool.! I agree with getting regular massages ?

Thanks for sharing nice content with us. Keep on sharing such article, I love it lot.

“A bunch of happiness and excitement”. This might be one of the best winter experience I’ve seen. Glad you’ve shared this. Anyhow, Looking forward to more of this.

I made it to Banff and Jasper this summer for the first time. Visiting in winter would be a lot of fun. I didn’t know you could play hockey on Lake Louise!

wow, beautiful winter guide at Alberta. Those videos were nice an I like the 1st video the most. Good Work Guys… Keep on TRAVELLING…

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10 Best Places to Visit in Alberta

By Carl Austin · Last updated on November 2, 2023

Alberta, a province in western Canada, has scenery to delight everyone, from vast prairies to gorgeous snow-capped mountains. Its largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, are cosmopolitan yet retain a frontier atmosphere.

The arts rule in Alberta, which cherishes its ethnic heritage; film and music festivals abound. Whether you’re into winter or summer outdoors recreation, Alberta is where it’s happening. And if you have budding paleontologists in your family, they’ll love seeing some of the world’s richest dinosaur fossil beds. An overview of the best places to visit in Alberta:

10. Lethbridge [SEE MAP]


Lethbridge, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, is heart of southern Alberta. The region’s largest city with 93,000 residents, Lethbridge was once known as Fort Whoop-Up because of illegal activities there.

It was named a Cultural Capital of Canada because of its ethnic heritage and promotion of arts across many cultures. It has three major museums, the contemporary Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, and Casa, a community arts center. The town is home to the Lethbridge Viaduct, the highest and longest steel trestle bridge in North America.

9. Drumheller [SEE MAP]


If you want to dig into the past, Drumheller is the place to go. It’s located 110 km (68 miles) northeast of Calgary in the Red Deer River Valley, which is also known as Dinosaur Valley. Just south of the town is the world’s largest dinosaur, a 26-meter (86-foot) high tyrannosaurus rex. Next to it is one of Canada’s largest water fountain.

Plus, you can learn more about dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Canada’s largest fossil collection. But Drumheller is more than dinosaurs. Next to the ski hill is where the Canadian Badlands Passion Play takes place every July.

8. Canmore [SEE MAP]


Canmore is a pleasant town between Calgary and Banff National Park. It is named for Malcolm III of Scotland, whose nickname was Canmore. The former coal mining town gained fame when it hosted the Nordic events for the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

Movie buffs may be interested to know Brokeback Mountain, Shanghai Noon, or Yhe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford are among the films shot in Canmore. If you’re on a budget, but still want to enjoy the delights of Banff and Lake Louise, Canmore accommodations are less expensive.

7. Waterton Lakes National Park [SEE MAP]

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park, founded in 1895, is named after the Victorian naturalist Watertown. It’s located in southwest Alberta, just across the border from the U.S. Glacier National Park. Indeed, the two parks share the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Like its American counterpart, Waterton Lakes showcases rugged mountains and wilderness terrain, with miles of scenic hiking trails. Its lakes are the deepest in the Canadian Rockies. The only services in the park are available at the Waterton Park town site, where you may see deer wandering the streets as if they owned the place.

6. Edmonton [SEE MAP]


Alberta’s capital, Edmonton , is the most northern city in North America with a population of more than one million people. At one time, the city was home to the largest mall in North America, the West Edmonton Mall, but another mall now claims that honor.

Edmonton is known for hosting festivals throughout the year; hence, its nickname: Canada’s festival city. Its biggest festival is K-Days; the K stands for Klondike. Its July street performers festival attracts artists from all over the world. Edmonton also hosts an international Fringe festival also as big as the one in Edinburgh, Scotland.

5. Dinosaur Provincial Park [SEE MAP]

Dinosaur Provincial Park

If dinosaurs are your passion, you’ll love visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park, where more than 40 species of dinosaurs have been discovered. It’s one of the richest dinosaur finds in the world; specimens unearthed here can be found in museums around the world.

Dinosaurs aside, you’ll also see plant fossils, plus the park is a good place to see wildlife, such as coyotes, deer and pronghorns. Curlews and Canada geese are among 165 bird species found here. Near the visitor center, you’ll find the cabin of John Ware, an African-American who was a notable rancher in the area.

4. Calgary [SEE MAP]


Situated at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Calgary is Alberta’s largest city with 1.4 million people. Named for a village on the Scottish Isle of Mull, Calgary played a role in the early Northwest fur trade.

Though it hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, it is perhaps better known for its annual Calgary Stampede, one of the top rodeos in North America that attracts more than a million people annually. The city has an impressive skyline, one punctuated by skyscrapers. When it comes to the arts, Calgary is home to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, a major performing arts center.

3. Elk Island National Park [SEE MAP]

Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park is more than just a sanctuary elk, which was its original purpose long before it became a park. Located just over 30 km (20 miles) from Edmonton it was established to save bison. The park is not Canada’s largest, though it is the largest fully enclosed national park.

Besides elk, moose and bison, you may also see deer, beaver coyotes and lynx. Wolves and black bears inhabit the park but usually aren’t seen by visitors. Winter and summer outdoors recreation abounds. Inside the park, you’ll also see the Ukrainian Pioneer Home, the first Canadian museum dedicated to Ukrainian immigrants.

2. Jasper National Park [SEE MAP]

Jasper National Park

If you’re seeking awesome glacial scenery, Jasper National Park is the best place to visit in Alberta. The park is home to Columbia Ice Fields, the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains and one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world.

You can ride a special vehicle onto the ice fields, drink from glacial waters and then take a glass-floored skywalk out over the glacier. As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is also home to a variety of wildlife, so you might see moose, caribou, deer, wolverines and grizzly bears, among other animals.

1. Banff National Park [SEE MAP]

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Alberta is filled with beautiful scenery, but it doesn’t get much better than Banff National Park. The gemstone of Canada’s oldest national park is the indisputably beautiful Lake Louise with its deep blue glacial waters. Not too far from Lake Louise is the equally pretty Moraine Lane, which has been featured on a Canadian $20 bill.

The park is a year-round tourist destination, drawing hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. The town of Banff, which hosts an annual winter carnival, is located within the park. About three million people pass through the park annually.

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This is a great list! I want to travel to Banff and Jasper National Parks next year and so I am definitely saving this for later as a reference.A more detailed review could help new travelers like me Thank you!

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19 Best Alberta Towns to visit

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When you travel across Alberta’s varied landscapes of mountains, prairies, barren badlands and vast coniferous forests, make sure to stop at the small Alberta towns along the way.

Meeting locals is the best part of road-tripping and a way to find out firsthand what the province of Alberta is all about. You most likely will spend time in the major cities, but it’s the small towns and the country people you meet that make travel so special.

My selection of best Alberta towns is not complete and towns will be added after my next upcoming Alberta road trip.

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Alberta is scattered with historic towns telling stories of times gone by, stories about the old Wild West, and the oil boom.

Alberta country folks are tough, down-to-earth and freedom-loving people shaped by small-town living , tough winters and harsh climates.

19 Unique Alberta Towns you should visit

1. calgary (cowtown).

Calgary Stampede and rodeo time Alberta Towns

Of course, Calgary is a city, but with its nickname “Cowtown” it has to be included in the Alberta Towns list. Calgary is best known as the home of the Calgary Stampede, which takes place over ten days every July. It inspires you to indulge in a boots- and cowboy hat image that is still a way of life in the region.

Calgary is an energetic place with an art scene, excellent restaurants and coffee shops, beautiful parks and some lively neighbourhoods to check out. You can easily spend a few days here and you won’t get bored.

Bucket List Calgary:

  • Visit Fort Calgary and trace Calgary’s history.
  • Spend time at the Heritage Park Historical Village and learn about the Wild West.
  • Check out some of the city’s top craft breweries.
  • Load up on some fresh food at one of Calgary’s Farmer’s Markets.
  • Have lunch at a rotating restaurant at the top of Calgary Tower.
  • Spend an evening in historic Inglewood, Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood and home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, pubs, live music and fine dining.
  • Don’t miss the famous Calgary Stampede in July.
  • Book a 3-hour tour through Calgary and gain an understanding of the city. Hear the interesting stories that helped shape Calgary into today’s city.

2. Longview

Fairview Alberta towns collection

There are plenty of reasons to visit Longview, located in the middle of cattle country. I ended up staying for a couple of nights and used it as a base to explore the surrounding Alberta towns. Longview is nestled in the foothills, near the Highwood River, along the Cowboy Trail. It’s known for the annual Longstock Music and Arts Festival and its rodeo various rodeo events.

The Twin Cities Hotel is a good place to spend an evening. If you’re lucky there will be live music and an axe-throwing competition while you’re there. This cowboy town of around 320 residents has lots to offer, as well as good country food and an excellent campground.

From Longview, you can start your adventure road trip to the west into Kananaskis country or south to the Bar U Historical Ranch and Chain Lakes.

Longview Bucketlist:

  • Stop in at the famous Longview Jerky Shop and pick up nutritious snacks for the road.
  • Spend an evening at the historic Twin Creek Hotel and Saloon.
  • Visit the Longstock Music and Arts Festival in August.

3. Lunbreck

Lundbreck, Alberta towns

Lundbreck owes its economic origins to both the ranching & coal mining industries and later became a commercial centre for area ranchers & coal mines. The Lundbreck Trading Co. was established as a general store in the early 1900s.

Park your car and stroll around the old prairie town. Two blocks east of the hotel on Breckenridge Avenue, the main street, you come across Lundbreck’s one-block town centre dominated by a couple of elderly two-storey buildings proudly proclaiming themselves to be “Oldest in the West”. After that, you’ve pretty much seen Lundbreck. It’s a peaceful place There is no local museum or anything else.

Still, I love places like Lunbreck and I’m glad I stopped.

From Lundbreck head out to Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation area to watch the rushing Crowsnest River plunge into a deep pool in the canyon below. Watch the powerful Lundbreck Falls from the observation platform and then walk down into the limestone gorge for a closer look.

Spend a night at the scenic campground at Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area offering unserviced, powered and walk-in tenting sites along the Crowsnest River.

Bucket List Lundbreck:

  • Park your car and stroll around the small community of Lundbreck,
  • Head out to Lundbreck Falls located just a few minutes down the road.
  • Camp at Lundbreck Falls Recreation site for a night.

4. Belleview – Crowsnest Pass

Belleview Crowsnest Pass Alberta

Crowsnest Pass, or “The Pass” as the locals call it, is a collective of five historic mining towns  — Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Blairmore, and Coleman that make up the Crowsnest municipality, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Probably the best known is the community of Frank for the Frank Slide disaster of 1903, Canada’s deadliest rockslide to date. Read more: Explore Southern Alberta

This Crowsnest mining town of Bellevue was built in 1905 on the flat land above the Bellevue mine. Bellevue is full of quaint miners’ homes from the last century. Key heritage buildings are identified on the self-guided Heritage Driving Tour and historical Walking Tour. The Bellevue Underground Mine Tour gives an ‘in-depth’ experience of historic coal mining in Crowsnest Pass.

From town, you get a great view of Frank Slide.

Just across the highway is Hillcrest, where another mining disaster happened in 1914. The death of 189 men made this the worst mining tragedy in Canadian history.

Bellevue Highlights:

  • Take the underground tour and learn about the disastrous explosion in 1910 that took the lives of 31 miners.
  • Visit Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site on your way east, where the former coal processing plant operated between 1907 and 1915.

5. Frank – Crowsnest Pass

The Frank slide, deadliest rock slide in history, Alberta Canada

The Frank Slide of 1903 was Canada’s deadliest rock slide in history. The tragedy, when Turtle Mountain collapsed onto the mining town of Frank, is displayed at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Many residents were killed when over 82 million tonnes of limestone came down the mountain, partially burying the town below. Many bodies were never recovered below the massive amount of rock.

The Interpretive Centre uses engaging storytelling techniques to set the scene to educate visitors about the region’s mining history. It also includes Crowsnest Pass.

Bucket List Frank:

  • Visit the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre to learn about this compelling story.
  • When visiting Frank, take a self-guided Historical Walking Tour.

6. Blairmore – Crowsnest Pass

Blairmore Alberta town

Blairmore’s heritage houses along Main Street remind of the town’s early days. Originally a Canadian Pacific Railway stop Blairmore served as an industry focal point for the region’s growing coal mining and lumber industries.

Blairmore was also home to an illegally operating alcohol import business which brought in alcohol from British Columbia during Alberta’s short-lived Prohibition phase.

Today, Blairmore is home to over 2,000 people and has various services, shops and coffee shops in town.

Bucket List Blairmore:

  • Enjoy the self-guided Historical Walking Tour
  • Many buildings are identified on the Heritage Driving Route map.

7. Coleman – Crowsnest Pass

Canadian wildlife crossing the road

2002, Coleman’s mine site, commercial area, and streets lined with miner’s cottages were designated a National Historic Site by Parks Canada. Its many historic buildings, some dating back to 1904, reflect the boom-and-bust nature of the coal industry. While walking down its historic streets, you can read the many interpretive signs and building plaques, see the ruins of its coal plant and coke ovens, and visit a regional museum. Many of these sites are identified on the Heritage Driving Tour map .

Bucket List Coleman:

  • Pick up the Coleman National Historic Site booklet at the Crowsnest Museum in Coleman.
  • Discover this historic community on a self-guided walking or driving tour.
  • The museum can also provide a guided tour of Coleman by advance arrangement

Bomber Command Museum, Nanton Alberta

Settled in the late 1800s, Nanton is the southern gateway to the foothills. With the surrounding prairies to the east and picturesque rolling foothills to the west, Nanton is an interesting little town where history is still alive.

Home to museums, famous rodeos, antiques and boutiques, great dining, and a sweet candy shop, Nanton’s interesting shops and artists make this destination a great place to visit. Stop here for a while to learn more about the authentic Alberta town.

The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is home to one of the only Lancaster bombers in the world with a working engine. At the museum enjoy virtual reality experiences, flight simulators to make you fly a Lancaster bomber plane, airplane tours, engine runs, and so much more.

Bucket List Nanton:

  • Walk along historic Main Street and check out antique and art stores.
  • Take a tour through the Bomber Command Museum.
  • Check out Nanton Nite Rodeo on a Friday night, one of Canada’s longest running night rodeos.
  • Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre 
  • While in Town stop by the Candy store, family owned and operated since 2004.

9. Fort Macleod

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This beautifully restored boomtown, located in Southern Alberta about an hour east of the Canadian Rockies is home to the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) museum and 100-year-old theatre, still in use. Take a guided tour of the historic main street, and learn about the rich history of the NWMP and First Nations.

In 1982 a government grant assisted Fort Macleod in restoring the original buildings of the 1910-1920s.  An amazing collection of architecture resulted, which is still on display today.  Many films have been shot using MacLeod Main Street as the background.  Walking tour maps explain the original uses of the buildings.

Fort Macleod Highlights:

  • Visit the Fort Museum and catch the famous Musical Ride.
  • Take a walking tour along Historic Main Street.
  • Stop at the Empress Theatre and look for Eddy, the resident ghost.

10. Black Diamond

Black Diamond, Alberta Towns

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Canadian Rockies just 30 minutes from Calgary is the quaint little town of Black Diamond. Black Diamonds takes its name from coal discovered in the area in the late 1800s. The original mine site is still visible to the west of the highway approaching the Black Diamond Bridge.

Ranchers settled in the area in the 1880s and ranching and farming remain the primary industry in Black Diamond.

The period from 1914 to 1947 was called the Boomtown Era in Black Diamond and Turner Valley as the oilfields formed the heart of Alberta’s growing oil industry. Many old buildings remain from this era and have partly been restored to preserve both their history and functionality.

Black Diamond is part of the Cowboy Trail along Highway 22.

Bucket List Black Diamond:

  • Check out the boomtown-style business fronts and welcoming banners while taking a Historic Walking Tour around town.
  • Visit the Bluerock Gallery and shop to experience high-quality fine art and craft.
  • Cool off during the heat of summer, and float down the Sheep River.
  • Stop in at Black Diamond Bar and Hotel if you are looking for a watering hole or good food.
  • Visit Black Diamon Elk Ranch for locally raised elk products.
  • Don’t miss live music and award-winning brews at Hard Knox Brewery.

11. Turner Valley

Turner Valley, Alberta Distillery

Turner Valley, known as the birthplace of Alberta’s petroleum industry, offers a variety of exciting adventures and outdoor activities, as well as specialty shopping, great dining and cultural events. During the second world World War, the Turner Valley oilfield produced more than 95 % of all the oil in Canada. A drive along Cowboy Trail through the Turner Valley oilfield still reveals hints of the oil booms in the past.

Turner Valley is known for some of the world’s top spirits and beer products. Brauerei Fahr continues to win awards for its innovative and premium products. Its patio is open for those willing to sample.

The town is a gateway to Kananaskis and is known to inspire artists from around the world to paint the rolling foothills, bubbling streams and majestic mountains.

Bucket List Turner Valley:

  • Check out the extensive hiking and biking trails. Download AllTrails app for hiking trails in Alberta.
  • Visit the Eau Claire Distillery.
  • Stop in at the microbrewery Brauerei Fahr patio on Kennedy Drive.
  • Book a horseback ride at a local outfitter.

12. Canmore

Canmore Alberta

The majestic peaks of the Three Sisters stand over the town of Canmore, an outdoor adventure hub only minutes from Banff National Park. A stroll down busy Main Street takes you past art galleries, unique stores and a fine dining scene. Canmore hosts many festivals throughout the year.

Download the Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Smartphone Audio Walking Tour to find all the attractions. Visit as many sights and attractions as you like and at your own pace.

Read more: Alberta Rocky Mountains

Bucket List Canmore:

  •  Stroll Down 8th Street busy Main Street takes you past art galleries, unique stores and a fine dining scene.
  • Walk the 3.9 km Policeman’s Creek Trail, one of the best walking trails in Canmore.
  • Ski or Bike at Nordic Center, Canada’s first class cross country and mountain biking center.
  • Hike to Grassi Lakes and get rewarded with fantastic views out over the lakes with Canmore off in the distance.
  • Step back in time and visit the North West Mounted Police Barracks.
  • Explore the Canmore museum
  • Go Underground at the Rat’s Nest Cave – this is cave exploring at its best. You’ll get a bit dirty, but by the end of the day, you may be hooked by the experience and craving for more.
  • Go to Get Your Guide for the best activity tours in Canmore Alberta .

13. Bragg Creek

Western Alberta town of Bragg Creek

Bragg Creek is a fantastic place to visit, located 45 km from downtown Calgary along the Cowboy Trail, with unique stores and a special vibe. The rich history of the early settlers who first called the area home in the 1880s is still on display all over town. Oel was discovered in the area around 1913 and later gas was found.

The area later became popular as a weekend and retirement destination. In 1933, North America’s first youth hostel was established in Bragg Creek, first as a simple tent but soon a permanent structure was built. Unfortunately, after the hostel burned down it was never rebuilt. If you’re looking for a wilderness hostel nearby, try HI Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel .

Just across the river from Bragg Creek Shopping Centre lies the trailhead of the Great Canadian Trail, which connects to a trail system that spans the entire country of Canada.

Read more: Explore Southern Alberta

Bucket list Bragg Creek:

  • Stop in at Bragg Creek Trading Post, constructed in 1927.
  • Check out the large collection of trails; and parks for biking and hiking.
  • Cool off at Elbow Falls located west of Bragg Creek, a small waterfall along the Elbow River and venture on a hike. Download Maps and trail information at AllTrails

14. Drumheller

Royal Tyrrell Museum Drumheller Alberta

The small town of Drumheller is set in mids the dramatic badlands and is part of the famous Dinosaur Trail. Its Jurassic heritage shows at every street corner with its stegosauruses on display.

The first stop is Drumheller’s Visitor Centre. You can’t miss it. It’s the base of the world’s largest dinosaur. Climb up inside the T-Rex for fantastic views of the surrounding badlands through its large jaws and shoot some superb pictures to your dino photo collection.

Bucket List Drumheller:

  • Spend time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of the world’s finest dinosaur museums, located nearby.
  • Climb up inside the T-Rex for a fantastic view.
  • Drive The Dinosaur Trail from Drumheller, a beautiful loop with great views.

Banff National Park and train

Banff is a resort town within Banff National Park with souvenir shops, nightclubs, fancy restaurants and luxurious château-style hotels. This is not exactly what nature lovers and outdoor seekers would be looking for.

At least this was my first impression when I first arrived in town. But, give it some time and you will quickly discover, that Banff is not an ordinary town. It is the service centre for the park that surrounds it. But you only have to wander five minutes in either direction and you will be in wild country where you will encounter Canada’s wildlife .

Scenery near Jasper

No list of Alberta small towns is complete without including the popular town of Jasper. Jasper is situated in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is the gateway to some of the most incredible outdoor attractions in Canada.

The world-famous town caters to all types of travellers. In summer venture on a hiking tour into the mountains up to pristine glacial lakes and watch Canadian wildlife in the wild. In winter, bring your skis or snowboard and head out to some of the best slopes Canada has to offer.

There is nothing quite like a stay in Jasper, but make sure you book in advance. Accommodation in town is limited and fills up pretty fast.

17. Historic Nordegg

Historic Nordegg, Alberta welcome sign

Nordegg is located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley at the foothills of the beautiful Canadian Rockies, along the David Thompson Highway about 3 hours from Jasper.

Nordegg began as a coal mining operation nearly 110 years ago. It’s now the Brazeau Collieries Mine National Heritage Site that offers guided tours of the industrial coal mine site during the summer months. Significant restoration has been completed at the Nordegg mine site to keep the historic building in place. It is Canada’s largest industrial heritage site and has been abandoned since the mid-1950s.

The plan is to develop Nordegg into Alberta’s next mountain resort community. Stop at the popular Miners Coffee Shop near Nordegg’s gas station. Have a look at the restored church and the restored original bank building. Read more: Canadian Rocky Mountains

Bucket List Historic Nordegg:

  • Don’t miss the amazing view from the impressive 220-metre Taunton Bridge west of Saunders.
  • Take a tour of the Brazeau Collieries Mine if available.
  • Check on the Rail Trail, a project in process.

William A. Switzer Provincial Park, view of the lake.

Hinton is known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains and is located just 15 minutes from the northern entrance to Jasper National Park. That makes it an excellent base for alpine adventures.

21 km northeast of Hinton is William A. Switzer Provincial Park a wilderness pure. A Visitor Information Centre is open during the summer months where you can pick up information about the park. Hike to the Athabasca Lookout for a stunning view over the mountains or rent a canoe and paddle the chain of five small lakes within the park.

Watch out for wildlife. The park is home to wolves, bears, cougars, moose, deer and elk. Read more: Alberta Rocky Mountains

Hinton Highlights:

  • Explore the Beaver Boardwalk, one of Canada’s longest freshwater boardwalks and watch beavers at work. Download the AllTrail app for maps and directions.
  • Spend time at the world-class facility at the Hinton Nordic Centre for some outdoor sports.
  • Visit William A. Switzer Provincial Park,, an undisturbed wildland where adventure awaits.

19. Grand Cache

Grand Central Station Alberta

Grande Cache was originally on the fur trade route of the early 1800s. Today, it’s on the tourist trail and has lots to offer. It’s a bit out of the way, situated on the famous Alberta Highway 40 approximately 145 kilometres northwest of Hinton and 435 kilometres west of Edmonton.

Staying in Grande Cache will give you access to many special places including the Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area, Grande Cache Lakes Beach, the Crack of Doom (a huge crack in a rock left over from the last ice age), and a great Historical Drive Tour.

Pick up a brochure and directions for a Historical Drive Tour you don’t want to miss. The tour starts at the Tourist Information Center and takes you along the nine stops on this historic and natural site route.

Grand Cache region offers outdoor fun and hiking with many great trails. It is also the jump-off point for Wilmore Wilderness Park . Download the AllTrail app for maps and directions.

Bucket List Grande Cache:

  • Stop at the Visitor Centre for a brochure and head on the Historical Drive Tour.
  • Visit the Grande Cache Lake recreation area just 5 km out of town for a picnic on the beach.
  • Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area, 12 km southwest of Grande Cache is another place for wilderness adventures and offers camping.
  • Venture out to Twin Falls, a 3 km round trip.
  • Head out to Crack of Coom, the unique split rock, a huge erratic leftover from the glacial period.
  • Hike to Muskeg Falls, a fairly short walk to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region.

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7 Essential Places to Visit in Alberta

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Abraham Lake may be lesser known than Lake Louise but it’s no less spectacular.

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With turquoise glacial waters set against soaring, snow-capped peaks, the iconic alpine scenes of Alberta ’s Banff National Park are arguably the poster child of Canada . And while the rugged Canadian Rockies live up to their reputation, they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Alberta’s striking landscapes. From the mushroom-shaped hoodoos of the fossil-laden Badlands to the ice bubbles trapped beneath the surface of Abraham Lake —there is no shortage of natural wonders to discover.

Four national parks and five UNESCO World Heritage sites offer year-round adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. But with a burgeoning Indigenous tourism industry and the two main cities– Calgary and Edmonton—becoming increasingly cosmopolitan, all while maintaining their western charm—Alberta is ripe for cultural exploration, too.

From the rowdy Calgary Stampede to the spiritual mountain lakes to the desolate northern parklands, where you can catch a rare glimpse of the world’s last remaining wild buffalo and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights —these are the places you won’t want to miss on your next trip to Alberta.

Visit in July for the Calgary Stampede.

Visit in July for the Calgary Stampede.

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While skiers and snowboarders still hit the slopes at the former 1988 Olympic venue Winsport , Canada’s fourth largest city is no longer just a gateway to Alberta’s alpine attractions. In the summer, you’ll find locals and visitors floating on tubes down the Bow River that splits the city in two. While in the winter, penguins waddle freely at the Calgary Zoo , home to nearly 1,000 animals spanning 119 species. Across the river in the popular East Village, music lovers appreciate the 2,000 rare instruments housed at Studio Bell. Around the corner, the Calgary Central Library attracts architecture enthusiasts and bookworms alike for its collection of over 400,000 books stacked amid soaring cedar arches and winding terraces inspired by Alberta’s foothills and Chinook winds.

Creativity also abounds in the East Village’s many kitchens, where chefs and mixologists rewrite “Cowtown’s” culinary reputation as the beef-loving city where the popular Caesar cocktail—a savory mix of vodka and Clamato juice served in a celery salt-rimmed glass–was born.

Locally grown vegetables take center stage at the beloved Coup and Japanese-style Nupo (don’t miss the omakase and hidden eight-seat restaurant in the back). Cheap beer and Caesars are swapped for sophisticated cocktails at Bengali-style curry house Calcutta Cricket Club and Cannibale , a speakeasy concealed behind a full-service barbershop.

Still, Calgary hasn’t forgotten its western roots. Every July, you can find Calgarians shading the hot prairie sun with their cowboy hats while waiting in line for “stampede breakfast.” The complimentary pancakes are doled out by businesses across the city in celebration of the annual Calgary Stampede , a world-class rodeo known as “the greatest outdoor show on earth.”

2. Drumheller

Seventy-five million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the lush, subtropical environment just northeast of Calgary. Today, it’s an arid tundra known as the Canadian Badlands, and home to the richest dinosaur fossil collection in the world. Housing over 130,000 fossils and a 67-million-year-old T-rex, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a must for dinosaur fans. As is a stop in the nearby former coal town of Drumheller , to climb inside the mouth of the world’s largest dinosaur. It may be the “Dinosaur Capital of the World,” but with its mystical hoodoo rock formations and dusty desolate canyons, you don’t have to be a science whiz to be wowed by the Badlands.

3. Banff National Park

Sore muscle relief is available on the lower slopes of Sulphur Mountain at the Banff Upper Hot Springs . For more impressive views, take the Banff Gondola up to the summit, where you’ll find an interpretative center, boardwalk, and locally sourced Canadian cuisine served 2,292 feet in the sky. The experience is offered year-round, but skiers and snowboarders will want to wait for winter to hit Banff’s pristine slopes. Adrenaline junkies can also find their fix climbing the Via Ferrata cliffs above Mount Norquay or traversing the frozen waterfalls of nearby Johnston Canyon .

Back at sea level, an hour-long cruise of Lake Minnewanka —also known as the “Lake of the Spirits”—offers Indigenous history and wildlife sightings on its placid shorelines. Stretching over 17 miles long, Minnewanka is the largest lake in Banff National Park, and more than a pretty picture—cold-water divers can explore Minnewanka Landing , a sunken resort town dating back to 1886. Spirit-chasers will want to head south afterward to visit the ghost town of Bankhead .

Where to stay at Banff National Park

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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With countless outdoor activities on offer—such as canoe rentals and forest bathing—the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise makes a convenient home base for exploring Canada’s first national park any time of year. History buffs will revel in Renaissance revival architecture dating back to 1890 while wellness-seekers take in the mountain air at an outdoor morning stretch session or pamper themselves at one of the spa’s 20 indulgent treatments.

4. Icefields Parkway

Arguably one of the most scenic drives in the world, the three-hour stretch between Banff and Jasper is a must to experience Alberta’s more rugged natural wonders. It’s worth braving the crowds midroute to marvel at the thick ice sheets and frozen rivers of the 10,000-year-old Athabasca Glacier —one of the six glaciers of the Columbia Icefield .

For a more capacious experience, head to the Glacier Skywalk at night to view the Icefield beneath a blanket of stars from the glass-floored balcony. Equally impressive are the methane ice bubbles that form on the surface of Alberta’s largest reservoir, Abraham Lake . Stops at Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls offer more opportunities to witness aquatic forces of nature.

5. Jasper National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is teeming with fossils, flora, and fauna to explore. In the summer, a half-day canoe journey or relaxed boat cruise takes you out to Spirit Island , one of Canada’s most photographed destinations due to its remote location and the distinct emerald color of the surrounding Maligne Lake, while the six suspension bridges that soar above Maligne Canyon are a hiker’s dream. Ice climbers will want to wait until the winter, when the 50-meter-deep canyon transforms into a winter fortress of frozen ice floes.

For a more laid-back adventure, the Jasper Skytram transports you 7,000 feet above sea level to the summit of the Whistlers in a mere eight minutes. Spectacular sky views are also had at the Jasper Planetarium, where you’ll find the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies, and astronomers explaining the stars and Northern Lights, from the 50-seat outdoor domed theater. A short drive south will land you at Jasper Brewing Company , the first brewery in a Canadian national park.

6. Edmonton

Home to the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America, Edmonton River Valley , Alberta’s capital city embodies the province’s main draw—nature. The North Saskatchewan River that cuts through the heart of the city makes for a peaceful urban kayak or canoe, while the Valley’s more than 20 parks offer 100 miles of trails for hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.

When the harsh winter proves too cold for outdoor pursuits, head indoors to West Edmonton Mall . Housing the world’s largest indoor amusement park, indoor lake, and indoor wave pool, plus a zoo, skating rink, and over 800 shops—North America’s largest mall is a destination in its own right.

Calgary’s rival city also has an artistic side. In the vibrant Arts District , you’ll find an eclectic mix of Indigenous and contemporary art at the Royal Alberta Museum and Art Gallery of Alberta . With over 60 annual festivals, most notably the summer Fringe Theatre Festival (the largest and oldest of its kind in North America), the aptly nicknamed “ Festival City ” is a delight for theater buffs. The city’s growing dining scene sees Alberta beef reimagined nose-to-tail style at Rge Rd and drinks infused with juniper foraged from the Alberta Badlands at Strathcona Spirits , the smallest distillery in North America.

Métis Crossing is expanding in 2022.

Métis Crossing is expanding in 2022.

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7. Elk Island National Park

Once numbering in the millions, Canadian bison—Alberta’s most emblematic animal—have dwindled to a wild population of less than a thousand. This “ island of conservation ,” located a 30-minute drive east of Edmonton, is the best place to encounter the remaining few, and the Northern Lights, at the light pollution–free Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve .

Despite its remote nature, the national park gets a glamping glow-up in the summer with luxury Geo Domes , complete with gas fireplaces and charcuterie delivery. The culturally savvy will want to head north to rest at the forthcoming Métis-designed boutique lodge at Métis Crossing , which also features Indigenous-led experiences—among them, wildlife tours and stargazing workshops—and hearty Canadian fare, like bannock, crafted by Indigenous chefs.

>> Next: Discover a Side of Indigenous Canada at Métis Crossing, Newly Expanding in 2022

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Alberta: Fun in the Sun

Known as “Canada’s Sunniest Province,” Alberta receives more days of sunshine per year than any other province in the country. With plenty of nice weather, visitors will have ample opportunity to experience the impressive mix of prairies, parkland, forests and mountain regions that this province offers. No matter what your taste is, there is something for you in Alberta.

Each winter travellers gather in Jasper and Banff to experience some of Canada’s most engaging festivals and witness some the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Ski, sled, and ice skate among the peaks and valleys of Canada’s open alpine range. After a day in the snow, retire to one of the many cozy winter retreats where you can curl up next to a warm fire or sit in an outdoor hot tub and let the northern lights put on a show for you.

In the spring and summer experience Alberta’s working ranches, farm families, and country towns that capture the essence of the old Western lifestyle. Join in the Calgary Stampede, and be part of an incredible world-famous exhibition that celebrates the Wild West with parades, carnivals, and a big-time rodeo.

If you prefer a more modern experience, head to the West Edmonton Mall – the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex. While in Edmonton get a taste of the local ethnic diversity by attending the Dreamspeakers Festival that features the art and culture of Alberta’s First Nations population. Later, sample a variety of delicious foods from around the world during Edmonton’s Heritage Festival.

From the Big Valley Jamboree, North America’s largest outdoor music festival, to the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in the world, Alberta remains one of Canada’s most intriguing provinces.

Alberta has five of Canada's 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four natural and one cultural. They are Dinosaur Provincial Park, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park , Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Wood Buffalo National Park, Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump - World Heritage Site.

Alberta is a wonderful vacation destination and every visitor will surely enjoy the attractions in Alberta.

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Cazzy Magennis

Alberta is one of the most remarkable provinces in Canada. It’s ripe with majestic mountains, dense forests, and stunningly turquoise lakes.

This part of the country is home to some of Canada's most famous destinations including Banff, Jasper, and Calgary so there's a lot on offer.

Whether you're looking to hike in the outdoors, look out for wildlife, or explore cities - this province has something for everyone! 

There are truly so many incredible places to visit in Alberta, and I’ve rounded up 20 of the best to help you plan your trip.  

Let’s jump right in, starting with…


How to get to Alberta

The two main ways to get to Alberta Canada are to fly, or drive.

How to get to Alberta

Getting to Alberta Canada by flying

Alberta has three international airports, including Calgary, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray. You can easily fly into these three airports from most major cities! 

To find the best deal on flights, I recommend using Skyscanner.

‍ They always have the lowest prices, and if your travel plans are flexible, you can use them to figure out the cheapest way to fly!

Getting to Alberta Canada by driving

If you’re already in another region of Canada, or in the United States, you can easily get to Alberta by driving!

It’ll take a bit longer than flying, but road tripping through Canada is a unique and fun experience in itself.

You can either hire a car or you can choose to hire a campervan in Canada .

There are some fantastic motorhome rentals in other parts of Canada like Vancouver and Ontario , which is handy if you're planning a cross-country trip.

Getting around Alberta, Canada

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Hiring a Campervan/Car:

If you have the chance, we 100% recommend driving in Alberta! We traveled all through Alberta in our converted campervan Helen, and it was an amazing experience. 

It’s also super easy to rent a campervan/motorhome in Alberta ! 

If you travel through Alberta in a campervan, you can camp out next to beautiful parks and lakes, and really embrace the nature of the region. 

There are also plenty of rental car options if you’d prefer to drive around and stay the night in hotels.

If you do decide to rent a campervan, I 100% recommend booking with Motorhome Republic ! 

They are the world’s largest campervan/motorhome price comparison website, where you can see all of the top rental firms side by side to easily select the best price for your travel dates! 

A few other reasons to book with Motorhome Republic:

  • Lowest prices : Motorhome Republic always shows you the lowest possible prices for your trip dates. They even do a price match !
  • Customer support: Motorhome Republic’s customer support team can handle any and all of your booking questions to make renting a campervan as seamless as possible. They also have 24/7 customer support !
  • Vehicle Guarantee: If your rental firm ever lets you down and can’t deliver your chosen vehicle, Motorhome Republic will step in and find you a comparable vehicle at no extra cost . 

Other options for getting around Alberta

  • Fly: Alberta is pretty big, and if you’re short on time and need to get from one area to another quickly, you can always fly between their three international airports. always has the cheapest prices for flights like this! 
  • Train: Another option to get around Alberta is by train. Alberta is serviced by VIA Rail , and has stops in both Edmonton and Jasper . Some train routes go straight through the Rockies - a very scenic and unmissable experience. 
  • Bus/Private Shuttle: If you don’t feel like driving or taking the train, another option for getting around in Alberta is to take private and shared shuttles from place to place. There are tons of shuttles running to/from popular places in Alberta , and you can find the best options on Viator !

Where to Stay in Alberta

Where to Stay in Alberta

Alberta is huge province and there are so many incredible places for you to visit! This in turn, means there are lots of places you could stay.

If I were to list all of them in this post, the article would go on forever...

However, some of the best places to base yourself include Banff town, Canmore, and Calgary! 

Although we believe hiring a campervan is the best (and cheapest) way to explore Alberta, it's not for everyone.

If you're looking for accommodation then you can find some great deals on Booking.Com , Airbnb , Vrbo , and Agoda . Between them all, you'll find a great range of luxury and budget-friendly properties.

If you do choose Banff, then you might find our guide on the best private hot tub hotels in Banff to be particularly enticing.

We've also got a guide on how to get cheap hotel rooms if you're interested.

20 best places to visit in Alberta

1. banff town.

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Banff is nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and is a gateway to incredible lakes, forests, and hiking trails! 

Due to its central location, it's one of the best places in Alberta to use as a base for exploring the surrounding area.

The town of Banff itself is a fun resort town, with a stunning mountain backdrop and lots of little shops, bars, and restaurants. 

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If you’re short on time, don’t want to drive, but still want to see all the highlights in the Banff area, consider taking a Banff National Park full one day tour ! You’ll get to see Sulphur Mountain , Bow Falls , and also check out the Johnston Canyon Walk .

Another great way to see Banff National Park is on a horseback riding tour that takes you alongside Bow River with your horse, as you look out at the beautiful mountains.

There are also plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting right outside of Banff- you can go out on your own, or you can book a minibus wildlife sightseeing tour where expert tour guides will show you the best places to spot wildlife.

2. Lake Louise

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Lake Louise is one of the most picturesque sights in all of the province, and is easily one of the best places to visit in Alberta! 

The lake has vibrant turquoise blue waters, and is surrounded by regal mountains and the Victoria Glacier. 

It’s only a short drive from Banff Town too!

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Aside from taking in the majestic views of the lake, there are plenty of hikes and places to hire canoes.

In the summertime, Lake Louise is extremely popular, and understandably so.

It’s quite enjoyable to paddle around the lake in the summer heat, and to hike around it. 

In winter, the lake transforms- it freezes, and many of the surrounding trails turn from hiking into cross-country skiing. 

If you're looking for beautiful places in Alberta then don't miss out on Lake Louise! 

3. Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake is another insanely gorgeous lake in Alberta. 

Like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake also has stunning turquoise wears and a backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. 

Moraine Lake does have its own unique perks though- it’s surrounded by ten incredible mountain peaks, and those mountains with the vibrant waters, creates some utterly jaw dropping views.

Located a little past Lake Louise, Moraine Lake has some incredible hiking trails too! Some of the most popular include Sentinel Pass and Larch Valley. 

Due to its popularity, parking is known to be a bit of a nightmare at Moraine Lake. The easiest way to get in and not deal with parking is to book a shuttle or a park and ride. 

4. Lake Minnewanka

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Lake Minnewanka is another magnificent lake located in Banff National Park.

The lake is massive, and surrounded by forest and mountains. 

If you’re looking to go on a boat tour in Banff, Lake Minnewanka is the only lake in Banff that allows motorized boats, so this is the place to do it! 

The area surrounding the lake is brimming with wildlife too; there is the potential for spotting tons of animals, including grizzly bears, elk, coyote, and even wolves!

Like the other lakes in the area, Lake Minnewanka is quite popular, and if you're visiting in the summer then your best bet for parking is to arrive in the early morning, or book a shuttle!

Either way, you don't want to miss out on this beautiful place! 

If you're looking to see this incredible spot (which you 100% should) then here's some more information about visiting Lake Minnewanka ...

5. The Bow Valley Parkway

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The Bow Valley Parkway is a scenic route that connects Banff to Lake Louise.

It’s approximately 50km long, and runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway. 

Driving the parkway is by far one of the best things to do in Alberta!

The windy road offers spectacular views of meadows, mountains, and forests. 

There are also a number of stops along the drive that make it well worth it. 

Some of the best stops along the Bow Valley Parkway include Castle Lookout, a lookout beneath Castle Mountain, as well as Johnston Canyon - an incredible canyon hike with a catwalk above the Bow River.

6. Jasper National Park

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Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and it’s DEFINITELY one of the best places to visit in Alberta! 

This national park is remarkable no matter what season you come to visit, and I'll explain why now! 

In the winter, you can experience cross country skiing and snowshoeing, lovely snow peaked mountains, and frozen lakes. 

In the spring, all of the meadows explode with blooming wildflowers. 

In the summer, you can hike, hang out on the lake, picnic, cycle, and more! 

If you’re hoping to see wildlife, you’re in the right place too- Jasper is teeming with wildlife, and you’re almost guaranteed to spot some elk while you’re there. 

To see the best of the park, including Maligne Lake, Medicine Valley, and Spirit Island, you can book an all-inclusive park tour on Viator!

For incredible views of the park, consider booking a ride on the Jasper SkyTram !

It’ll take you all the way up Whistler’s Mountain, and serve up some awesome views along the way.

7. Icefields Parkway

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The Icefields Parkway , also known as Highway 93, connects Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, and is known as one of the most scenic highways in the world. 

It takes about 3 hours to drive the whole parkway, but you should definitely give yourself more time than this to account for the stops you’ll surely want to take along the way! 

Some of the stops along the Icefield Parkway include the Columbia Icefield , Athabasca Glacier, and the Columbia Icefield Skywalk . 

One thing to keep in mind throughout this drive is that cell service is pretty spotty, so it’s a good idea to have a map on hand or download your maps offline! 

To enrich the drive, you may consider a smartphone audio driving tour . You can go at your own pace, and the tour will tell you all about the highlights and history of the drive.

8. Athabasca Glacier

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Athabasca Glacier lies in the Columbia Icefield of Western Canada, and is the most visited glacier in North America! 

The Columbia Icefield is the last surviving part of a massive ice mass from the Rocky Mountains, and the Athabasca Glacier is located in the midst of it. 

The glacier has been slowly receding over the last 100 years, but it’s still impressively large. 

When you’re there, information stands will show you pictures of just how large the glacier used to be! 

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It’s important to keep in mind that the glacier is just as dangerous as it is beautiful- for a fun and safe viewing, definitely stay behind the roped barrier. 

If you’re visiting from Banff, you can take a full-day ice explorer tour that includes transportation, lunch, tickets to the glacier skywalk, as well as an all-terrain ice tour! 

The Athabasca Glacier is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Alberta so isn't a place you want to miss.

9. Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Columbia Icefield Skywalk

The Columbia Icefield Skywalk , also known as the Jasper Skywalk, is a magnificent viewing platform located above Sunwapta Valley. 

The glass viewing platform rests 280m above the ground, and offers incredible views of mountains, glaciers, fossils, and waterfalls! 

The Columbia Icefield Skywalk also offers opportunities for wildlife viewing - mountain goats tend to frequent this area, and if you’re lucky, you may get to see them daringly traverse the mountainside! 

If you’re looking to score some awesome views of the Columbia Icefield , the skywalk is well worth it, and you can book your admission tickets right here.

10. Peyto Lake

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Peyto Lake is one of the brightest, most stunning lakes in Canada and is one of the best places to visit in Alberta! 

This glacier-fed lake is located north of Lake Louise, and is a must-see stop along the Icefields Parkway.

With its brilliant blue water, and dense surrounding forests Peyto Lake is truly a magical place. 

Some of the most popular things to do here include hiking, fishing, and camping! 

The lake is open year round, so you can either come for deep blue hues in the summer, or for snow capped trees and a frozen lake in the winter. 

Peyto Lake alberta

As Peyto Lake is one of the few lakes open year-round, this is also one of the best places to visit in Alberta in winter.

There are tons of hikes surrounding Peyto Lake, and hiking up to places like Observation Point or Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook is the way to score a fantastic view of the lake.

Here's some more information about visiting Peyto Lake ...

11. Maligne Canyon

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Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park, and a true natural wonder. 

At its deepest points, the canyon is a whopping 55 meters deep! 

One of the best things to do in Maligne Canyon is to hike, as the canyon offers hiking for all different abilities and hiking levels. 

The main hike here is called the Maligne Canyon Trail, which takes about 2-4 hours to traverse. 

If you’re looking for an easier and less strenuous hike, feel free to only hike a portion of the loop and then turn back! You’ll still get great views, but it’ll be much quicker and easier.

Due to the water that flows through the canyon in the summer, in the wintertime, there are some awesome ice sculptures that form here.

You can also keep your eyes out on the canyon walls for fossils, which there are plenty of!

12. Maligne Lake

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Maligne Lake is a spectacular lake located in the heart of the Rockies and Jasper National Park. 

With its crystal blue waters and mountainous backdrop, it’s by far one of the best places to visit in Alberta! 

Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Rockies with an impressive length of 22km, so as you can imagine there's a lot to see! 

Some of the best activities to do here include hiking, kayaking, and visiting Spirit Island in the middle of the lake. 

The hikes surrounding Maligne Lake are great for all levels, including short nature walks and multi-day adventures too!

13. Spirit Island

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Spirit Island is located in the middle of Maligne Lake, and it’s one of the most photographed sites in all of Canada!  

Despite its name, Spirit Island isn’t actually an Island- it’s connected to the shore during some parts of the year.

However, due to its geography it’s not accessible by land, only by boat. 

Because private boats aren’t allowed, the only way to get to the island (which is also a famous landmark!) is to book a boat tour , or to kayak there.

The island doesn’t have much to do on it per se , but it’s a pretty famous photo opportunity, and the boat trip is a really fun experience. 

Book a Spirit Island boat tour here!

14. Canmore


Canmore is a beautiful resort town and is one of the best places to visit in Alberta, Canada! 

Set amongst the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, Canmore has that classic, Western old-town look combined with a sense of adventure. 

It's also a great stepping stone to Banff National Park, and many other exciting natural landmarks. 

One of the highlights of Canmore is to walk along Main Street, which is littered with bars, souvenir shops, and restaurants. 

Other notable things worth checking out include Policeman’s Creek , Canmore Engine Bridge, and the Police Barracks Museum .

One of the best hikes near Canmore is the Grassi Lakes Hike Trail. It’s approximately 3.2 kilometers long, and a fun loop that showcases the brilliant blue water of the lake (in the summertime.)

If you're looking for more things to do in Canmore then I've included a link that you might find handy...

15. Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the best places to go in Alberta. It’s a beautiful park filled with lakes, meadows, and mountains. 

The valley of the park was formed over 10 thousand years ago when glaciers melted to carve it out. 

It's a great place for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, and enjoying the various beaches in the area.

One of the best parts about Waterton Lake National Park is that it doesn’t suffer from the same overtourism of many other parks in Canada. 

If you’re really looking to get off the beaten path, then this is one of the best Alberta destinations. 

Here's some more information on the best things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park ...

16. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon in Waterton National Park, Alberta

Red Rock Canyon is a stunning red canyon located in Waterton National Park. It’s popular for hiking, picnicking, and even simply for a scenic drive! 

The landscape here is unique in that it marks the dramatic change from the prairie, to the mountains. 

The Red Rock Canyon marks the end of the Red Rock Parkway , a scenic, 9 mile road. 

Driving along the parkway offers a great opportunity to spot wildlife like bears, sheep, moose, and more! 

Once you get to the end of the parkway, you’ll arrive at Red Rock Canyon. 

Red Rock Canyon has a solid trails system which offers plenty of hikes through waterfalls and creek beds. 

On hot summer days, the water levels are pretty low and the canyon is a fun place to hang out and cool off for the day.

17. Downtown Calgary

Downtown Calgary, Alberta

Downtown Calgary offers a fun change of pace from the national parks in Alberta. 

It’s a bustling, vibrant, and cultural area located in the heart of Calgary. 

One thing that Calgary is particularly well-known for is its art. A rich culture and history of art brings many galleries and exhibits, as well as theatre performances and indie music concerts! 

Aside from shopping and general exploring, some of the other fun things to do in Calgary include paying a visit to the Calgary Zoo, and the Calgary Tower.

The Calgary Tower offers sweeping, 360 degree views of the city - it’s an awesome experience, and you can buy admission tickets in advance.

The Calgary Zoo is another really fun place to visit in Alberta, and it's home to over 100 different species of animals! 

Although Downtown is one of the most popular areas, you'll find plenty of other fantastic places to visit in Calgary.

Many people choose to start their road trip of Alberta in this city too, and luckily there are lots of fantastic motorhome rentals here!

18. Dinosaur Provincial Park

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For a totally different change of scenery, visit Dinosaur Provincial Park .

This park is located in the Alberta Badlands, and is home to incredible rock formations and dinosaur fossils! 

In fact, Dinosaur Provincial Park is so rich in history that it’s been named a UNESCO Heritage Site. 

To date, 50 complete dinosaur skeletons have been discovered in the park. 

Dinosaur Provincial Park

If you’re fascinated by dinosaurs, you can book a tour to get up close to the fossils and learn even more about their discovery , and the specific species that existed here years and years ago.

There are also a TON of hiking opportunities in the park. Some notable trails include the Prairie Trail, a 15 minute walk that’s fairly easy, as well as the 0.9km Trail of the Fossil Hunters.

If this sounds like the place for you, then you should also head over to Drumheller and visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology ! 

19. Crowsnest Pass

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Crowsnest Pass is a stretch of Canadian Highway that connects 5 historical mining towns: Bellevue, Hillcrest, Blairmore, Coleman, and Frank.

Back in the early 1900’s, these towns were booming with coal.

The prosperity didn’t last though, and eventually the settlers in this area were forced to change paths, and many got into the energy and ranching sectors. 

There is a lot to do in Crowsnest Pass, especially for history lovers! Some of the highlights include checking out Canada’s deadliest landslide, and the Bellevue underground mine tour . 

The landslide occurred in Frank, when over half a mountainside simply slid away, decimating everything in its path.

The Bellevue underground mine tour is an interesting and accessible tour that explains the history of Canadian mines. 

20. Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Wolfdogs at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, Alberta

One of the most interesting places to visit in Alberta is the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary .

This sanctuary is dedicated to educate people on wolfdogs, as well as raise awareness for wolfdog conservation! 

There are three types of tours you can take at the sanctuary- the Sanctuary Walk, Intro Tour, and the Interactive Tour. 

During the Sanctuary Walk, you’ll take a self guided walk where you can see several packs of wolfdogs. 

During the Intro Tour, you’ll have a tour guide who can answer any of your questions about the wolfdogs, and you'll also get to go on the viewing platform which takes you closer to the dogs. 

The Interactive Tour is the most inclusive of the three, and includes all of the above plus a chance to interact close up with the dogs, including potentially feeding them a treat. 

One of the coolest things about visiting the sanctuary is that all proceeds go directly towards funding the Sanctuary’s rescue efforts.

If you're looking for fun places to visit in Alberta, then you NEED to visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary! 

Alberta Travel Tips & FAQ

When is a good time to visit alberta.

best time to visit alberta

The answer to this question really depends on your interests! 

If you’re itching to see the brilliant blue lakes in Alberta, then the best time for you to visit will be in the summer! Overall, the summer is a popular time to visit Alberta and you’ll get to experience incredible views, the blue lakes, and lots of fun hiking. 

If you’re enchanted by snow, you’re pretty much guaranteed frozen lakes and snow in the winter- and if you like snow sports such as ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, you're in for a treat.

How long should you spend in Alberta?

You could spend MONTHS in Alberta and still find there are tons more places you want to see and explore. We don’t all have months though, so I’d recommend spending at least 10 days in Alberta.

What is a good budget for Alberta?

This greatly depends on your travel style, but I would say to budget at least $85 per day to travel in Alberta if you’re planning on doing some sightseeing, as well as paying for a campervan rental. 

If you're planning on staying in any of the beautiful campsites that Alberta has to offer, especially in the Rockies region, then you really need to book in advance if you're traveling between June-September. They WILL fill up!

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And remember, you can't "freedom camp" in any of the national parks in Alberta, so if you don't have a campsite you will miss out.

Use this website to make your reservations.

Where to go after Alberta

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Alberta is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Canada but this country has so much more to offer...

After exploring this incredible province, you’re probably going to want to check out British Columbia next! 

British Columbia is packed with rugged coastline, beautiful forests, and tons of lakes, and there are lots of awesome places to visit. This includes the resort town of Whistler, the bustling city of Vancouver , and the scenic Yoho National Park.

If you're planning a road trip around Canada then here are some other guides that you may find useful:

  • The Best Things to do in Winnipeg
  • The Best Places to Visit in Ontario
  • The Best Things to do in Montreal

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