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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.
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Nestled in the mountains 750 feet above the town of Banff, The Rimrock Resort Hotel is across from the Upper Hot Springs and within walking distance of the Banff gondola.
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).
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.
This opulent 1888 Scottish baronial-style resort towers over 2 scenic river valleys, 0.5 km (0.25 mi) from downtown Banff and within 10 km (6 mi) of Mount Norquay and Lake Minnewanka.
Situated in the Village of Lake Louise, this inn is within 4 km (less than 3 mi) from Lake Louise, skiing, hiking, and Samson Mall.
Located in Southeast Edmonton, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Monster Mini Golf and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Snow Valley Ski Club. Alley Kat Brewery and Southgate Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sunridge Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Casino Calgary. Calgary Tower and Scotiabank Saddledome are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in West Edmonton, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Oasis Centre and 1.9 mi (3 km) from West Edmonton Mall. Palace Casino and Mayfield Dinner Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).