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Alberta has great contrasts. The Canadian Rockies, renowned for ski resorts, wildlife and winter activities are juxtaposed against the desert Badlands with prehistoric geology and dinosaur fossils. Excitement abounds in this wild place: spotting grizzly bears or wolves, digging for dinosaur bones and walking amid stone giants of the Hoodoo Rocks.
Edmonton and Calgary are the gateways to Alberta. Explore the province’s history at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Learn about gemstone geology, local dinosaur fossils and the ancient cultures of Alberta’s aboriginal people. Whatever time of year you’re visiting, the “City of Festivals” offers celebrations of the seasons, music, film and food.
Alberta’s most well-known festival, however, is in Calgary. The ten-day-long Calgary Stampede celebrates the rustic skills of rodeo riding and chuck wagon racing and has been held annually since the 1890s. Get a view over the city while relaxing in the lush green of Prince’s Island Park in the Bow River before sampling fantastic local beef or Alberta cheeses with Rocky Mountain wines.
Drive to the Badlands to see desert landscapes dotted with eerie mushroom-shaped sandstone structures called Hoodoos. In the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, dig for dinosaurs and learn about the fossils found here. Immerse yourself in early settler life at the Pioneer Village and Museum in Hanna. Keen Star Trek fans can have their picture taken in a Trekkie uniform in Vulcan, in a scaled-down Enterprise ship at the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station.
Alberta’s main winter attractions are its powdery slopes, mountain scenery and ski resorts with buzzing nightlife. Lake Louise, Banff and Sunshine are the best-known slopes, but there are plenty more throughout the province to experience. Try your hand at dog-sledding or take a sleigh ride. In warmer months, hike peaks covered in alpine wildflowers in Banff National Park or take a wildlife tour to see and photograph wild grizzly bears, huge elks, wolves, bighorn sheep, cougar and lynx.
The Fox Hotel and Suites is 4 blocks from downtown Banff, 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Bow River, and 5 km (3 mi) from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
Situated in Canmore, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. Cross Zee Ranch and Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Deerfoot Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino and McMahon Stadium. Cross Iron Mills Mall and University of Calgary are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from SpacePort and within 9 mi (15 km) of Deerfoot Mall and Centre Street Church. Fox Hollow Golf Course and Aero Space Museum of Calgary are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Downtown Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Alberta, Shaw Conference Centre, and Citadel Theatre. Winspear Centre is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Victoria Glacier and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau are also within 10 minutes.
A series of heated walkways links 60 other buildings to this 35-story hotel, which lies 2 blocks from Chinatown and the Eau Claire Market and 3 blocks from the Bow Valley Trail.
The lodge is in the center of Banff, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Guests can walk to the town's shops and restaurants, or to the picturesque Bow Falls, in less than 20 minutes. One handy pass is available for skiing all 3 top resorts in the area – Banff, Lake Louise, and Sunshine.