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5 Secrets of Waterton Alberta
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History is literally buried deep in the ground in this region; the land is brimming with stories to tell visitors who will listen! The 'badlands' as they are called, are home to dinosaur bones and eggs, mines, canyons, and hills. The region's rich Aboriginal culture is shared through several museums and attractions such as the famous Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Picturesque spots such as the Cypress Hills and Waterton Lakes parks are a haven for the camera-happy visitor - one visit to Southern Alberta and you will never be the same. Here are some hotspots to check out:

Crownest Pass

Get swept away in the colourful stories of coal mining, rum running, and rockslides in this mining town.

This town has a story to tell. As a mining town it witnessed several disasters throughout its history including a deadly rockslide and a fatal mining accident. These incidents among others provide many colourful stories. Check out the Bellevue Mine tour, where visitors don a hard-hat and miner's lamp and descend underground into an old coal mine.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

An oasis in the 'desert' of Southern Alberta, this parkland straddles the Saskatchewan and Alberta borders, and offers outdoor activities for everyone.

With cooler temperatures and more rain than the rest of the grassland region, this park supports an astounding array of flora and fauna such as pines, aspen, wetlands, moose, deer and squirrels. It is the highest point between Banff and Labrador, and visitors can spend the day golfing, cycling, playing tennis, hiking, playing at a variety of water sports, horseback riding, skating, or skiing.

Drumheller and Dinosaur Provincial Park

Everyone is dwarfed to childlike stature at this mind-boggling attraction, hosting one of the most extensive collections of fossil beds in the world.

The area surrounding Drumheller is the largest area of badlands in Canada, and Drumheller grew from a miner's town to one of the most visited sites in the province! This exciting spot is not only for science buffs - it is wildly interesting for people of all ages and interests because of its amazing collection of dinosaur bones and eggs. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology hosts life-size models, full skeletons, fossils, hands-on exhibits, films, and an indoor science garden that illustrates millions of years of geological and biological progressions. Fill your water bottle, and check out the nearby Horseshoe Canyon, Canada's own Grand Canyon, where 70 million years of history is carved into the land. A drive around the East Coulee and Hoodoo Trail reveals sandstone columns capped by a hard rock (the 'Hoodoos'), as well as the mining town of East Coulee, where all the above-ground buildings have been preserved as they were when the mine was closed in the early 1980s. Book accommodations in the Drumheller area and embrace your inner child as you explore this dinosaur home closely.

Fort Macleod

Ever wondered just how the Indian tribes steered the buffalo over the jump to their death? Find out at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a world heritage site as designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Fort Macleod celebrates the hunting techniques used by natives for 6,000 years. Natives used to steer massive herds of buffalo towards the jump in order to kill them for food and supplies. Tour guides are members of the Blackfoot Nation, and guide visitors through the interactive center, which is built into the cliff and has seven levels of displays.

Lethbridge

The thriving center of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge is abundant in agricultural resources.

Lethbridge is Alberta's third largest city, with several urban parks as well as the stunning complex of the University of Lethbridge, designed by Arthur Erickson, a renowned Canadian architect. Whoop-up Days in August celebrate the city in a traditional way, with a popular rodeo.

Medicine Hat

Discover more about First Nations history in the world's tallest teepee.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Prepare to see the most picturesque views around in this special location where the open prairies meet looming distant mountains. A hidden gem only beginning to be truly discovered.

On the edge of the Rockies, but still in the Alberta prairies lies the stunning Waterton Lakes National Park. With breathtaking views that are post-card worthy, visitors will not be disappointed. Stay in a Waterton Lakes National Park area accommodation and relax, or take part in the hiking, golfing, fishing, boating, cycling and skiing offered. Keep the camera ready to catch squirrels, marmots, deer, bears, bison, and thousands of waterfowl on film.

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Econo Lodge Taber
Econo Lodge Taber
5203 46th Avenue Highway 3
Taber
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Our Taber hotel offers free Wi-Fi available throughout the motel and cable TV in every room. A microwave and fridge are standard in every room. Each room has an en suite bathroom and individual climate control. Fax and photocopying services are available at the motel. A daily continental breakfast is offered.
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Downtown Taber:  2km
Heritage Inn - Taber
Heritage Inn - Taber
4830 46 Ave HWY #3 (PO Box 100)
Taber
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The Heritage Inn in Taber resides in beautiful, sunny, southern Alberta. It offers the business and leisure traveler a wide variety of amenities and professional services. With your convenience and comfort in mind, we have 74 rooms that include: 2 standard suites, 2 kitchenette suites, 1 executive suite with Jacuzzi, 3 handicap accessible rooms, and nonsmoking rooms.
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Downtown Taber:  0.7km
Taber Motel
Taber Motel
5402 - 46 Ave
Taber
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The Taber Motel is located just off Highway 3 and offers free Wi-Fi in every room and a 24-hour front desk. A microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker are in the traditional-style guest rooms. There is cable TV along with a seating area. Rooms with a kitchenette are available. This pet-friendly motel offers guest laundry facilities as well as free local calls and free parking.
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Downtown Taber:  1.7km
Super 8 Airdrie
Super 8 Airdrie
815 East Lake Blvd
Airdrie
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We are conveniently located 10 km from the Calgary International Airport off Highway 2. Our Airdrie motel is located near restaurants, shopping, and area attractions. All rooms offer free wireless high speed internet, iron and boards, fridges, and hair dryers. We provide free pool passes to the Aquatic Centre directly across the street. In the morning we offer a Super Start breakfast.
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Downtown Airdrie:  4.7km
Ramada Airdrie Hotel and Suites
Ramada Airdrie Hotel and Suites
191 East Lake Cresent NE
Airdrie
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Visit our Airdrie hotel located 18 km north of Calgary International Airport on Highway 2. Our Airdrie hotel offers in-room amenities like free Wi-Fi Internet access, work desks and microwaves. Book a suite with a kitchenette or Jacuzzi for additional comfort. Slide down the waterslide into our indoor pool, soak in the hot tub or get a workout in the fitness center.
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Downtown Airdrie:  4km
Comfort Inn & Suites Airdrie
Comfort Inn & Suites Airdrie
133 Sierra Springs Dr. SE
Airdrie
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This Airdrie hotel is located off of Highway 2, 15 minutes from Calgary International Airport. Full of hot breakfast is free including eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and hot waffles. All of our guest rooms have dedicated fiber optic Internet access, wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, spacious work desks, voice mail, hair dryers and flat-screen TVs.
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Downtown Airdrie:  3.9km
Best Western Airdrie
Best Western Airdrie
121 Edmonton Trail SE
Airdrie
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This well-maintained Airdrie hotel provides a spa, exercise facility and business center, as well as free high-speed Internet access to all guests. An onsite restaurant and lounge provide guests with family-style dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Hotel guests receive all the comforts of home with the right in room amenities including a complimentary newspaper delivered daily.
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Downtown Airdrie:  1km
Calgary Airport:  23.8km
Motel 6 Airdrie
Motel 6 Airdrie
133 Gateway Drive NE
Airdrie
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Our Airdrie motel is 23 km from Calgary International Airport. Free WiFi is in each guest room. A 32" flat-screen features in all air-conditioned guest rooms. A mini refrigerator is also provided. Private bathrooms offer free toiletries. Guests can enjoy a workout in the fitness centre or relax in the hot tub. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. A business centre is provided for convenience.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airdrie-Calgary North
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airdrie-Calgary North
64 East Lake Ave NE
Airdrie
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Our Airdrie hotel provides a free hot breakfast bar, an indoor heated pool with water slide and hot tub. Each room is equipped with a triple-sheeted bed, 37 inch flat screen HD TV, microwave, fridge and large workspace with free high-speed Internet access. 100% non-smoking. Need to bring your furry friend along? Our pet-friendly Airdrie hotel welcomes the entire family!
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Downtown Airdrie:  4.2km
Calgary Airport:  25.9km
Balzac Campground RV Park and Storage
Balzac Campground RV Park and Storage
262 195 Balzac Blvd.
Balzac
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Located in Balzac, we are less than 30 minutes from downtown Calgary, 7 minutes from the City of Airdrie and 130 kms (approx. 82 miles) from Banff. Whispering Spruce Campground provides serviced sites, water power sites and non-serviced overflow sites. We also offer RV storage. We also have on site laundry room, washroom facilities and a mini store. We also sell fire wood.
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Downtown Calgary:  27.8km
Calgary Airport:  20.6km
Plains Motel
Plains Motel
1004 Second Street West
Brooks
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Our Brooks Alberta motel offers clean quiet rooms with comfortable beds at a reasonable price. We are recipients of the 2013 Housekeeping Award of Excellence and are a favourite place for budget travellers. All rooms are equipped with free wifi, full cable TV with free movie channels, mini fridge and microwave. Kitchenettes are available. We also have an indoor pool, sauna and business center.
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Downtown Brooks:  0.7km
Westways Guest House
Westways Guest House
216 25th Avenue S.W.
Calgary
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Experience our 1912 Arts & Craft style home with its English ambiance. Relax, be comfortable & be you, say Jonathon & Graham Stay and share our experiences of Calgary, enjoy our hospitality, hearty breakfasts and sleep well on our deluxe beds with their pillow top deep mattresses. Enjoy our amenities, including a computer with free internet, private ensuite bathrooms, jetted tubs & gas fireplaces.
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Downtown Calgary:  2.8km
Calgary Airport:  15.8km
Along River Ridge B&B
Along River Ridge B&B
1919 - 52 St. N.W.
Calgary
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Our Calgary B&B is a restful all-seasons retreat, a romantic hideaway and a quiet and quaint get-away. Relax and discover a cozy, comfortable and memorable B&B at our Canada Select 4 Star Bed & Breakfast. Rest and renew in the tranquil backyard; enjoy our 'garden of delights' and 50-foot river deck along the Bow River. Indulge in a marvelous breakfast and numerous pampering and personal touches.
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Downtown Calgary:  9km
Calgary Airport:  16.8km
Calaway RV Park & Campground
Calaway RV Park & Campground
245033 Range Road 33
Calgary
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Surrounded by a beautiful setting, Calaway Park Campground is located just 10 minutes west of Calgary & within walking distance to the Park, Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park. We have 104 sites, including: full service pull through & back-in, power only & non-service. Take advantage of our laundry, washrooms, showers, shuttle to Stampede & discounted tickets to Calaway Park.
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Downtown Calgary:  23.9km
Calgary Airport:  29km
Bluebird Motel
Bluebird Motel
5505-1 Street West. Hwy #2
Claresholm
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Our Claresholm motel is only a half hour from the majestic Rocky Mountains. We have 23 meticulously clean and quiet units each with its own unique charm. We are renowned for our Heritage Theme Rooms. Antique furnishings and memorabilia combine with modern amenities to provide our guests with rooms rich in our western heritage and local history. 1-800-661-4891 or bbird@telusplanet.net.
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Downtown Fort Macleod:  42.7km
Dinosaur Trail RV Resort
Dinosaur Trail RV Resort
P.O. Box 1300
Drumheller
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Serving visitors to the Drumheller Valley for over 25 years. We are located in a quiet rural setting on the banks of the Red Deer River, in the heart of Alberta's Badlands. See all the sites of our unique and beautiful valley, all of which are only a short drive from the resort. We have 250 full service, partial service and tenting sites. 15, 30 and 50 amp sites available.
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Downtown Drumheller:  11.6km
Bridgeview Campground
Bridgeview Campground
1501 - 2 Avenue West
Lethbridge
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Bridgeview Campground is situated in a picturesque river valley on the western outskirts of Lethbridge. The Old Man River runs beside the campground, providing a scenic waterway for boaters, anglers and sightseers. Open year-round. 148 campsites with full hook-ups. 9 partial hook-ups. 6 dry campsites. Max amps 50. Max RV length 45 ft. Pool, playground, laundromat, country store and more.
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Downtown Lethbridge:  0.9km
Airport:  10.7km
Gas City Campground
Gas City Campground
402 11 Avenue SW
Medicine Hat
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Our Medicine Hat campground is at the Trans Canada Highway and 7th Street SW. It is a 97 site full service campground operated by the Parks & Recreation Department. We offer full service, power and water, power only and non-serviced sites. WiFi access, hiking and biking trails nearby, playground, picnic tables, fire pits, firewood for sale, laundry facilities, free hot showers, and a dump station.
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Downtown Medicine Hat:  5km
Changing Seasons Bed & Breakfast
Changing Seasons Bed & Breakfast
1801 26th Avenue, Box 1307
Nanton
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Our Nanton Bed & Breakfast is a peaceful year-round getaway. We are an easy drive from Banff, Kananaskis country, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Waterton and Dinosaur Provincial Park. Our purpose built B&B has comfortable season themed guest rooms. Hot or cold breakfast with freshly baked breads - Wheelchair accessible - washrooms on the ground floor - Free Wi-Fi - Private ensuite bathrooms.
Days Inn and Suites Strathmore
Days Inn and Suites Strathmore
400 Ranch Market
Strathmore
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Our Strathmore hotel is located conveniently off the Trans Canada Highway. Strathmore's newest accommodation offers free hot breakfast, business services, high speed internet, fitness facilities, and a pool (with a hot tub and water slide). For leisure or business, we are confident our facility and service will exceed expectations. We are 30 mins from Calgary and under an hour from Drumheller.
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Downtown Strathmore:  0.8km
Bear Mountain Motel
Bear Mountain Motel
208 Mount View Road, Box 182
Waterton
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We offer simple, clean, affordable motel accommodation within Waterton Lakes National Park. We offer single rooms to 3 room kitchenettes in a classic 1960s style motel. The wood and masonry architecture and drive up parking is a favourite with the nostalgic traveler. There is easy access from the motel to the marina, restaurants, shops, beach paths and scenic attractions.
Crandell Mountain Lodge
Crandell Mountain Lodge
102 Mountview Road
Waterton
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Our cozy country lodge in Waterton is ideal for travellers seeking a quaint experience. Rooms have fireplaces, country decor, and lots of character. Relax on our peaceful patio that is perfect for savouring the incredible mountain views and fresh air. We have the feeling of a country bed and breakfast and the comfort of a lodge, relax and explore. Open year round.
Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
101 Clematis Avenue
Waterton
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Our all service facility on 4 acres of land is situated in the center of the mountain village of Waterton Park. 11 separate buildings featuring chalet style guest rooms and suites with spectacular mountain and valley views. Our guest rooms showcase a variety of art created by local artists and unique wood carved fixtures. Many of the chalets have fireplaces, jetted tubs, and kitchenettes
Aspen Village
Aspen Village
111 Windflower Avenue
Waterton
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Located in the heart of the Waterton townsite, we provide the widest variety of sparkling clean accommodations in the Park. Our spacious rooms range from deluxe suites to cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces. We offer spectacular mountain views, whirlpool, playground, in-room coffee, BBQ & picnic area and other amenities. As well, we are only steps away from all the amenities of the village.
Northland Lodge
Northland Lodge
408 Evergreen Avenue
Waterton
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Wonderful, historic lodge in Waterton built by Louis Hill in 1928. Sheets hung in the sun and ironed with hint of Lavender. Located in town right by the waterfalls. Hot Muffin Breakfast. Free WiFi. All rooms uniquely decorated.

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