Alberta is famous for its spectacular
and diverse scenery ranging from the Columbian
icefields and jagged mountain peaks of the Canadian
Rockies to the desolate terrain of the Canadian Badlands.
There are amazing national parks,
rolling green meadows,
vast tracts of wilderness, boreal forests,
of lakes and rivers. Photos
can not do justice to these landscapes - they need
to be seen to be believed.
Alberta is considered one of Canada’s
three "Prairie Provinces" and covers 661 185 sq km
(255 303 sq mi), making it similar in size to Texas,
three times the size
of Great Britain
If you enjoy the outdoors then Alberta
is an ideal destination with more than 280 golf courses,
6 major Canadian Rockies ski resorts and at least 66
regional ski hills, 5 national parks and 600 lakes,
245 rivers and 315 creeks and ponds for fishing.
Alberta is known for its spectacular
lakes, raging rivers, wilderness and abundant wildlife.
Alberta North is popular with fisherman, horse riders,
and hikers. Try canoeing or kayaking one of its many
rivers, snow mobiling or dogsleding in winter, or travel
with an experienced guide and discover the many hidden
and migratory bird populations.
Central Alberta wit its with lush rolling
agricultural land, history
and culture is Alberta's heartland. Enjoy Central Alberta's
diverse landscapes with lakes, expanses of
foothills. Read More.
Edmonton & Area
Alberta’s capital city and lies in the geographic
Edmonton is loved by travellers and the locals for its
historic streetscapes, vast array of cultural events,
museums, art galleries and scenery. The
well known folk music and theatrical festivals
attract visitors from around the world. Read
This region of rugged mountain peaks is famous for
Banff and Jasper National Park. The scenery is unsurpassed
with majestic glacial blue lakes, snow capped peaks,
and lush green meadows with alpine flowers. This region
offers tourists some of the best hiking, skiing and
that Canada has to offer. Read
Calgary & Area
Calgary is internationally known for its famous Calgary
Stampede which is held every July. The spirit of
the old west truly lives on in Calgary. But there
is so many facets to Calgary, this bustling
city also offers visitors an array of museums, theatres,
art galleries, fine restaurants and shops. Read
Southern Alberta has three UNESCO
World Heritage Sites, providing the opportunity to
step back in time and explore
the Cretaceous period, search for dinosaurs and ancient
First Nations campsites. There are many outdoor activities
available in Southern alberta including hiking, canoeing,
kayaking and horseback riding. Read
There is so much on offer in Alberta during
the winter including downhill skiing, snowboarding,
dog sledding, ice fishing, ice
climbing, sleigh rides and skating.
Cross Country Touring & Snowshoeing
There are countless nordic trails and terrific
scenery to view on a snowshoe adventure. The winters
Alberta are similar to Scandinavia so it is ideal
for cross country touring.
Downhill Snow Boarding & Skiing
The Canadian Rockies is a snow sports enthusiasts paradise, with Lake Louise,
Sunshine, Norquay, Marmot, Castle Mountain and Nakiska just some of the ski
resorts on offer. These resorts are known for their fabulous snow quality offering
runs from beginner to double black diamonds for the serious snow rider. Cruise
the perfectly groomed corduroy or get in to the deep champagne powder.
The great snow conditions and long lasting winter
provide the ideal place for Snowmobiling. Guided
adventures are available with numerous trails to
Alberta is a haven for native and migratory birds. Alberta is well known for
being the home to the nesting grounds of the endangered whooping cranes in the
north, and protected burrowing owls in central Alberta, it is also the summer
home of the rare trumpeter swans. For birdwatchers a visit to Alberta is must
With more than 600 lakes, 245 rivers and 315 creeks and ponds there is something
for all anglers from novice to expert.
There are more than 280 courses in Alberta. Six of the signature courses are
on Canada’s Top 10 list of golf courses. Some of the scenery surrounding
the golf courses is so amazing that you will have trouble keeping your eye
on the ball.
Alberta has numerous places to hike including 5 magnificent
national parks which are home to unspoiled wilderness
plant and animal life. The scenery is
breathtaking and hiking gives you time to take it all in.
Alberta is the ideal destination to experience the
real western cowboy. In Alberta you can experience
horseback riding on a high country ranch vacation
learn how to handle a horse or
rope a steer, or take part in a multi-day cattle drive,
or enjoy some spectacular scenery whilst on
a leisurely trail ride.
bikers of all ability levels will find something to
suit them in Alberta. There are thousands of trails
many are located within the provincial and national
parks, and cyclists will also find wide-shouldered
five national parks offer visitors spectacular scenery.
Banff and Jasper national parks are located in the
Canadian Rockies region, Waterton Lakes National Park
is at the southwestern
tip of Alberta, Elk Island National Park is centrally
located near Edmonton and Wood Buffalo
National Park can be found in the north
Banff National Park
Spectacular Banff with its towering jagged mountain
peaks, alpine meadows,
glacial lakes and rivers is one of the world’s
most popular destinations. Established in 1885 Banff
is Canada's first national park. Famous for its hot
springs which bubble up from a mountain cave
above the present day townsite of Banff, it
provides central access to five famous
and six golf courses. Countless species of wildlife
call Banff home.
Elk Island National Park
Elk Island protects fragile aspen parkland, one
of Canada's most endangered habitats. There are
numerous opportunities to see wildlife including
herds of plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer
and elk. Bird watching enthusiasts also enjoy Elk
Island with 250 species already catalogued.
Jasper National Park
Jasper is located in the north of the Canadian
Rockies. Famous for the Columbia Ice Field, where
melt waters flow from the apex of the Continental
different oceans. Jasper is home to some of the
rarest Canadian wildlife including grizzly bears,
wolves and caribou. In Jasper you will find some
of the most spectacular scenery in Canada.
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes is often referred
to as “where the mountains meet the prairies.” Situated
in southern Alberta along the Canada/U.S. border,
it is one of the
narrowest areas of the Rocky
Mountains. This park offers visitors an amazing
diversity of plant and animal species, and covers
Wood Buffalo National Park
Wood Buffalo national park crosses the border between
Alberta and the Northwest
Territories. It is Canada's largest park and is bigger
than Switzerland. It was established in 1922 to
protect the free-roaming herds
of bison as well as the
nesting grounds of the endangered whooping crane.
In 1983 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage
Alberta is famous for its spectacular
and diverse environment ranging from the Columbian
the Canadian Rockies to the desolate terrain of the
Badlands and Alberta has 5 of Canada's
14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Badlands stretch from Red Deer in central
Alberta to the Montana border. It is believed that
the name came from early French settlers who
called the area "Mauvais Terre" (Bad
Land) because it was so inhospitable.
is very popular with archaeologists and paleontologists
due to the large number of fossils found buried.
The largest dinosaur find in the world was in the Badlands.
The hoodoos which are mushroom shaped
pillars of eroded sedimentary rock are considered
some of the most
unusual geological formations found anywhere in the
The famous Rocky Mountains are unquestionably
Alberta’s most famous natural attraction. The
Canadian Rockies are part of the northern
chain of mountains that run the entire length of
South America. Here you will find spectacular scenery
and 3 national parks Banff,
Jasper and Waterton Lakes.
If you travel along Icefields
Parkway you will find massive glaciers on
its western side.
The most famous icefield is the Columbia Icefield.
This is the largest mass of non-polar ice in North
America. The icefield measures 325 sq km (125 sq
mi) and feeds eight
Due to ALberta's diverse environment
the climate varies across the province. The average
Summer Temperature Ranges (June to
15° C to 23° C (60° F to 73° F)
Winter Temperature Ranges (November to February)
-8° C to -25° C (18° F to -13° F)
Alberta is easily accessed from most major cities around
the world via either one of its two international
airports. Calgary airport is located about 18kms
northeast of downtown whilst Edmonton International
airport is approximately 29km south of the city centre.
With such majestic scenery along the road side, travelling
by bus is a great option - just sit back relax and
take it all in. There are numerous bus services available
to all points of Alberta, with the main routes
through Alberta along the scenic TransCanada
(Hwy 1) between
Banff and Calgary; Highway 2, between Lethbridge,
Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton, and the northern
Yellowhead Highway from Edmonton
to Jasper National
The road system in Alberta makes driving a very
popular way to get around.
All the major car rental companies have agencies
in Alberta with outlets at both the Calgary and
as well as at numerous downtown locations.
Train offers travellers a wonderful experience.
It is an ideal way of seeing the majestic scenery
and has services for all budgets all the way
up to the ultra-luxurious Royal Canadian
Pacific (considered one
of the world’s Top 10 rail trips).
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