The town of Banff is inside Banff National Park. It’s weird because there’s been fairly intense development around the Banff townsite since the early 90s and there’s a contradiction between preserving natural spaces and catering to the latte and snacks needs of tourists. The result of the simultaneous development and wildlife preservation is the fact you can have encounters with wildlife in Banff. If wildlife viewing is part of what you want to do in Banff, I recommend this article from the Globe and Mail. Globe Banff Wildlife Big cats in the wild are really tough to casually encounter — […]
Slap on the sunscreen: there are more hours of sunshine each year in Calgary than any other city in Canada! Spend a day hiking the Cowboy Trail through Alberta’s high ranching country, where visitors can horseback ride, hike, attend a rodeo, festival or even a pow-wow. For a family outing, check out Butterfield Acres where the petting zoo, goat milking and picnic area will keep little ones entertained. The Calgary Science Center is an award-winning multi-media theatre that offers interactive learning for all ages. Dine at one of many restaurants, take in a movie, shop at unique boutiques, and enjoy […]
The Bow River in Banff National Park flows as far as Hudson’s Bay! Banff got its name from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of the two original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Learn hands-on hiking and camping skills from the Mahikan Trails company of guides near Canmore, Alberta. There are nearly 2500 campsites in Banff. The Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest reversible tramway tour in the Canadian Rockies. Lake Louise has won several ski awards for its skiing conditions. Skiers return year after year for spectacular skiing at Lake Louise. The Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park offers fabulous […]
Cold Lake is one of Alberta’s newest municipalities, near Cold Lake Provincial Park. Cold Lake is home to a large Canadian Forces base, as well as their most advanced jet fighters. The world’s largest slow-pitch tournament is held each year in Edson, Alberta. Rollerblade, hike, cross-country ski, horseback ride, canoe or jog in beautiful Waskasoo Park, near Red Deer Alberta.
In 1795, the Hudson’s Bay Company founded Fort Edmonton, a location where traders bartered with Cree and Blackfoot Indians for furs. Spend a day at the Provincial Museum of Alberta which overlooks the North Saskatchewan River. Consisting of four galleries, visitors are able to see beneath the prairie surface, see the inside of a mountain stream, and examine the deep layers of frost beneath the winter snow. Visitors will have to set aside an entire day to really take in the monstrous West Edmonton Mall. Open 24 hours a day, this is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the […]
Fort Chipewyan, on the western shore of Lake Athabasca, is Alberta’s oldest settled community. Book a campsite, and check out the Magnificent River Rats Festival, a major Canada Day celebration in Athabasca, where major music headliners perform annually to huge crowds. Fifty percent of Fort McMurray‘s population volunteers, more than double the national average. Fort Vermillion was first established during the fur trade in 1788 and was later moved to another location by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Wood Buffalo National Park, located at the very top of Northern Alberta, is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in […]
Check out the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston and enjoy your very own carriage ride! Brooks Alberta is a athlete’s sportsman’s paradise with ample opportunity for hunting and fishing. Visit nearby Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Alberta’s largest manmade lake, where water sports and fishing are among the most popular activities. Climb into the mouth of the world’s largest dinosaur (25 m/ 80 ft tall) in Drumheller for a unique view of the Drumheller valley! Medicine Hat Alberta was named because of a battle between the Cree and Blackfoot Indians on the Alberta River. The Crees’ Medicine Man lost his headdress […]