Alberta is one of the most breathtaking places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscape and experiences. Located in Western Canada, our province is bordered by the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and rolling prairies and badlands to the east. We share our northern border with the Northwest Territories and to the south, an international peace park with the state of Montana.
There’s a reason everybody’s heard of Banff. The mountain town's got a lot to love: historic charm, super beautiful natural surroundings, and all the amenities you could ask for. Hit the shops and restaurants on Banff Avenue and try gravy-smothered poutine while wearing your new favourite moose T-shirt. Then, after a day of ice-walking, skiing or sightseeing in the Rockies, visit a brewpub or distillery for a drink and a bison burger. You've earned it.
Kananaskis is a stunningly beautiful valley of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore is a stunningly charming mountain town. Together, they make for a stunningly awesome duo filled with adventure, explorations and amazing food, among other amazing things. Try an organic breakfast in Canmore and follow it up with a day of world-class cross-country skiing before dinner, then drinks and relaxation at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
Jasper wants to know: how’s it going? Can they get you anything? How was the trip here? This easy-going alpine town has locals that treat you like long-lost pals and always has something amazing and outdoorsy to do. Jasper’s got brewpubs, cafés and restaurants that serve up local game like bison, so you just know it’ll make the perfect basecamp for whatever you get up to in Jasper National Park. A for the ski bums, Marmot Basin ski resort is just a 30-minute drive from town. Easy access to some of the best skiing around.
If it weren’t such a cliché, we’d say Lake Louise is like a postcard you can step right into. OK, we'll say it anyway. In winter, the frozen lake is packed with Canadians ice skating in their natural habitat. The hamlet of Lake Louise has provisions for whatever your adventure. Go full-mountain by staying in a nearby historic lodge and eating local game meats and seasonal Alberta vegetables paired with Canadian wines.
Calgary’s got small-town heart and big-city diversions. Between street festivals, nightlife and all the things to do outside, the work-hard, play-hard approach is in this city’s veins. Take a winter stroll along the city’s 800 kilometres of paved pathways. The path winds past public art and through protected parks and riverside retail neighbourhoods. When you’re done, there are enough beer halls, cocktail bars, top-notch restaurants and casual dining options to keep you fed and watered without repeats for a long, long time. Do like the locals do: Make the city your home base for adventures in the Rockies and Badlands.
Edmonton is a young city that loves any excuse to go out on the town, even in a snowstorm Edmonton embraces winter. There are iced pathways to skate around and castles made of icicles. Join some locals in skijoring. That’s when people train their pet dogs to pull them around on skis. It's the next best thing to dog-sledding. And there's prime shopping, too. West Edmonton Mall is literally the size of a city and the Old Strathcona farmers market is famous for a reason.
Hollywood loves Southern Alberta. Why? It'll be obvious when you get here. Brace yourself for beautiful mountains, forests, prairies, canyons, Canadian Badlands and foothills. All in one place. Three of Alberta’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites are in Southern Alberta: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Visit any of them when you want to get deeper during your travels.
If bears could design their own backyards, they’d make them look like northern Alberta. Leave the human-designed towns and head into the vast boreal forest to learn what "outdoors" really means. If you’re in the area, make a stop at Wood Buffalo National Park, the earth is crawling with wild bison and the sky is teeming with the northern lights. For some winter fun, drive an ice road, snowmobile, ice fish, ski and skate. You’ll run out of time before you run out of new experiences.
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