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.


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.

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.

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Calgary Airport: 25.9km
Downtown Airdrie: 1.6km

Motel 6 Airdrie Motel 6 Airdrie
133 Gateway Drive NE
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Our Inn is located in Blairmore. All of our guest rooms come with free WiFi access, and a flat screen cable TV. A refrigerator, and coffee maker are provided in each room, along with a private bathroom that includes a hairdryer. Selected rooms come with a kitchen. A seating area and desk are offered. We have vending machines available. We also offer fax and photocopying services.

Our Calgary hotel is near the University of Calgary with The Calgary International Airport 15 minutes away. There is free high-speed Internet access in all rooms. Relax in the indoor heated pool and hot tub. The kids will love the hotel's indoor water slide. Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options. Laundry facilities are located on the property for added convenience.

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Calgary Airport: 12.7km
Downtown Calgary: 6.4km

We are in the heart of downtown Calgary. Our all-suite, four-diamond hotel is surrounded by Calgary's most exciting shopping and recreation areas. Visit neighbouring attractions, including the Eau Claire Market and Prince's Island Park - an extensive parkland which plays host to a multitude of Calgary festivals.

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Calgary Airport: 14.6km
Downtown Calgary: 0.8km

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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Calgary Airport: 16.8km
Downtown Calgary: 9km

Next to Calgary International Airport and a short drive from downtown, this Calgary hotel offers free, 24-hour airport shuttle service and free on-site parking. The hotel features an indoor pool and on-site fitness center. After getting some work done in the business center, guests can enjoy a meal in the on-site Moxie's Classic Grill, which also provides room service.

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Calgary Airport: 5.8km
Downtown Calgary: 9.9km

Our Calgary hotel offers some of the finest furnished downtown suites for long and short-term rental. Each of its executive suites are thoughtfully designed, and appeal to those looking to enjoy upscale accommodations at below standard hotel rates. We also offer free high-speed wireless internet, HD television, complimentary in-suite coffees and teas, and a well-equipped fitness room.

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Calgary Airport: 13.1km
Downtown Calgary: 2.1km

This Calgary South hotel boasts 201 tastefully decorated and functional rooms and suites, multi-purpose meeting and banquet room, a business centre, indoor swimming pool & whirlpool, and a fitness facility. Denny's 24 Hour Restaurant and Moxie's Classic Grill (opens mid-Feb 2011) anchor this beautiful property.

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Calgary Airport: 20.2km
Downtown Calgary: 13.8km

Calgary's newest, most modern hotel benefits from a fantastic location and amenities. While staying at our hotel, guests will enjoy our on-site restaurant, lounge, pool, waterslide, fitness centre and 6000 sq feet of conference space. Premier tourist attractions close by and stay connected with our best in class High Speed internet.

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Calgary Airport: 19.3km
Downtown Calgary: 9.4km

This Calgary hotel is one block of the University of Calgary. The completely non-smoking hotel offers an indoor pool with waterslide, free Wi-Fi and a hot daily breakfast. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Calgary University NW features a 25-inch cable TV and a coffee maker in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with a work desk and ironing facilities.

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Calgary Airport: 11.7km
Downtown Calgary: 17.1km

Hampton Inn and Suites Hampton Inn and Suites
2231 Banff Trail NW
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Our beautiful suite is located in Calgary City Centre. Our apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony that offers a beautiful view of the city, Free Wi-Fi, an open concept living area, a flat-Screen TV, and an iPod docking station. Laundry facilities and a dining area are also provided. There is a fitness centre available. We provide a non-smoking environment.

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Calgary Airport: 12.1km
Downtown Calgary: 1.9km

FastLane Suites in Tarjan Pointe FastLane Suites in Tarjan Pointe
1111 6th Avenue Southwest
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This Calgary hotel is located on top of a hill, 3 miles from Mckenzie Meadows Golf Club. This 4-star hotel boasts an indoor water slide, spa services and a casino. Deerfoot Inn and Casino features 5 restaurants and bars as well as room service. There are 2 jacuzzis, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. Guests can use the business center and gym or get body and facial treatments.

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Calgary Airport: 26.7km
Downtown Calgary: 20.4km

Deerfoot Inn and Casino Deerfoot Inn and Casino
11500 35 Street SE
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Our Calgary hotel is 10 minutes from the Calgary International Airport and downtown Calgary. Guests of this Calgary hotel will enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and giant waterslide. Be sure to take advantage of the exercise room and relaxing steam room. All rooms and suites have large desks, well-lit work areas, hair dryers, coffee and tea makers, and cable television.

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Calgary Airport: 8.6km
Downtown Calgary: 8.8km

We are conveniently located north of downtown Calgary, near the Calgary international airport. Positioned close to Cross Iron Mills Mall and the new Stonegate developement, with easy access to Stony Trail, Deerfoot Trail and 16th Avenue (Transcanada Highway 1). Within walking distance of Sunridge Mall and Barlow Trail Restaurants and entertainment facilities.

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Calgary Airport: 10.2km
Downtown Calgary: 8.3km

Our beautiful Calgary suite is near the Calgary Zoo. Our suite comes with Free Wi-Fi, and free on-site parking for guests. This suite comes with a balcony and patio for guests to enjoy the view. We provide a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and coffee maker, a living area with a flat-screen TV, dining area, and a private bathroom. There is also a fitness centre available to use.

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Calgary Airport: 11.9km
Downtown Calgary: 3.8km

Our suite is near the Calgary Tower, and the Core Shopping Centre. We provide Free Wi-Fi. We also have a fully equipped kitchen, a living room that features a flat-screen cable TV and large windows that give a beautiful view of the city. A private balcony is included. Our suite also offers a dining area and a work desk. We provide a non-smoking environment for our guests.

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Calgary Airport: 12.5km
Downtown Calgary: 1.6km

Vetro by O Hotel Suites Vetro by O Hotel Suites
210 15th Avenue Southeast
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Our downtown Calgary hotel offers top-quality amenities, from the complimentary hot breakfast bar, fitness centre and currency exchange service to each room's free high-speed Internet access and balcony overlooking downtown Calgary. Our hotel's rooms feature triple-sheeted beds, a workspace, a 42-inch flat screen TV, a fridge and a microwave.

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Calgary Airport: 15.7km
Downtown Calgary: 1.5km

This contemporary downtown Calgary hotel overlooks the Bow River and is a 10 min walk to Telus World of Science. It has an award-winning restaurant and rooms with 42-inch plasma TVs. The rooms at Kensington Riverside Inn are individually decorated with high ceilings, French doors and either traditional or modern furnishings. Each has large bathrooms, a seating area and personal wine cabinet.

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Calgary Airport: 16.5km
Downtown Calgary: 2.5km

Kensington Riverside Inn Kensington Riverside Inn
1126 Memorial Drive N.W.
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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

Bluebird Motel Bluebird Motel
5505-1 Street West. Hwy #2

Our cozy Drumheller bed & breakfast has free Wi-Fi access. We offer a beautiful garden view; each guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. A fridge is also included for additional convenience. We offer either private or a shared bathroom. A delicious breakfast is served every morning. A garden with a pond and a furnished patio is available.

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Downtown Drumheller: 2km

Located within walking of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, this Lethbridge hotel features Dono's Sushi Restaurant and Cudo's Lounge. Rooms have 32-inch flat-screen cable TVs. Guests can enjoy a daily continental breakfast and play billiards at Cudo's Lounge. There is a business center and meeting facilities. Rooms provide free Wi-Fi. They also include refrigerators and coffee makers.

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Airport: 6.9km
Downtown Lethbridge: 3.3km

Travelodge Lethbridge Travelodge Lethbridge
1009 Mayor Magrath Drive S.
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Our country style lodge is located in Mountain View. We provide Free Wi-Fi. We have an outdoor hot tub for guests to enjoy. All rooms and cottages come with a sitting area. Toiletries are provided in all rooms, as well as access to a private or shared bathroom. A delicious breakfast is available. There are Barbecue facilities available. Guests can enjoy an evening bone fire as well.

Our Strathmore hotel is located off Trans-Canada Highway 1, and offers an indoor pool and a water slide, rooms with free Wi-Fi and serves a daily continental breakfast. A cable TV, a microwave and a refrigerator are offered in all our rooms. They also include a desk and tea and coffee-making facilities. You can enjoy a workout in the on-site fitness center.

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Downtown Strathmore: 0.7km

Our Strathmore hotel features a restaurant, and is located alongside the Trans-Canada Highway in Strathmore. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Our air-conditioned rooms here will provide you with a cable TV. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and a coffee machine. Featuring a shower, our private bathrooms also come with a bath and a hairdryer.

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Downtown Strathmore: 1.1km

Our DeWinton bed and breakfast near the D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club. Free Wi-Fi is provided. A fireplace is offered in each room along with a desk. Rooms offer a garden or city view. We offer daily hot breakfast. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available all day. There is a fitness room, spa treatments, and horseback riding available for guests to enjoy.

The Stone Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast The Stone Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast
20179 De Winton Riding Club Rd
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