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.

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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Calgary Airport: 23.8km
Downtown Airdrie: 1km

Best Western Airdrie Best Western Airdrie
121 Edmonton Trail SE
Airdrie
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Our motel is located in Brooks. We provide daily breakfast, and Free WiFi access. We offer an indoor pool that features a waterslide and a hot tub. All of our rooms include a refrigerator, a microwave, coffee maker, and a work desk, and air conditioning. We provide a fitness centre, and laundry services. Vending machines are on site to offer you snacks and drinks.

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Downtown Brooks: 1.2km

Canalta Brooks Canalta Brooks
115 15 Ave W
Brooks
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Our Brooks bed and breakfast is located 8 km from Brooks city centre and is less than a 1 hour drive from Dinosaur Provincial Park. An American breakfast and free Wi-Fi are offered. Every country style room at this Alberta bed and breakfast has a TV as well as heating and air conditioning. We are completely non-smoking and offers meeting and banquet facilities.

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Downtown Brooks: 1.2km

Prairie Schooner Inn Prairie Schooner Inn
Highway 873 North
Brooks
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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

Make the most of your Canadian getaway by booking with our Airport North hotel in Calgary, near Calgary International. Free WiFi, Free airport shuttle, Free weekday newspaper and fitness centre. Start your morning with our free hot breakfast. Enjoy our business center with copy and fax services, exercise room, fitness centre and indoor pool.

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Calgary Airport: 6.8km
Downtown Calgary: 17.4km

This Calgary hotel is within a 12-minute drive of downtown and the Calgary Zoo. The hotel has an airport shuttle, free parking and provides free Wi-Fi in public areas. Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Center rooms include morning newspapers and a coffee maker. The Coast Plaza offers a 24-hour front desk and an indoor pool.

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Calgary Airport: 14km
Downtown Calgary: 8km

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

Located across from Canada Olympic Park, this Calgary hotel offers on-site dining options and modern guestrooms featuring free wireless internet access. Guests at the Sandman Hotel and Suites Calgary West can start the day with a cup of coffee from in-room coffeemakers or take advantage of the on-site 24-hour restaurant. The hotel also features an on-site lounge serving cocktails and snacks.

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Calgary Airport: 19.3km
Downtown Calgary: 13.7km

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

Our Calgary Airport Hotel amenities include free airport shuttle, free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, business center, and guest laundry. Our complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar is served every morning featuring the world's best tasting cinnamon roll. Watch for our indoor pool, water slide, hot tub and fitness center opening Spring 2008!

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Calgary Airport: 5.7km
Downtown Calgary: 10.7km

Our Calgary hotel is 10 km from the Spruce Meadows and 13 km from downtown Calgary. Start your day with our complimentary deluxe breakfast bar. Help yourself to fresh fruit, hot sausage, crispy bacon and warm cinnamon rolls that are sure to leave you smiling. All guest rooms are also equipped with complimentary high speed Internet access. Families will love our newly renovated pool and waterslide.

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Calgary Airport: 27.2km
Downtown Calgary: 13.4km

Our hotel is located near Calgary City Centre. The hotel is furnished with a contemporary style. We offer free wireless highspeed Internet, and coffee. All rooms have a flat screen TV, mini-bar, and an iron and ironing board. Some of our rooms offer kitchen facilities, sofa sleeper, and a balcony. We provide a non-smoking environment. There is also deluxe complimentary breakfast available.

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Calgary Airport: 12.8km
Downtown Calgary: 2.8km

Hotel Elan Hotel Elan
1122 16 Ave SW
Calgary
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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

We are ideally located within walking distance of the Casino Lethbridge. This Lethbridge, Alberta hotel is minutes from the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Community College, the Galt Museum & Archives, Waterton Lakes National Park and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

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Airport: 11.5km
Downtown Lethbridge: 3.7km

At our Medicine Hat hotel you can expect friendly guest services available 24 hours and 90 spacious and cozy room selections which each offer great in-room amenities. Exceptional value, comfort, and a great location make our hotel perfect destination for families, business travelers, or for that special getaway. We are conveniently located at the intersection of Highways No. 1 and No. 3.

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Downtown Medicine Hat: 4.4km

Our Medicine Hat hotel is located near the Mall. We provide Free Wi-Fi. Every morning we serve our guests a delicious continental breakfast. The rooms come with a microwave, refrigerator, TV, air-conditioning, and a desk. Guests can enjoy our fitness centre. We also have fax and photocopying services on-site for guests convenience. A cash machine is also on-site.

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Downtown Medicine Hat: 5.5km

A welcome awaits you at the wheat land hotel in Strathmore. Our rooms are clean and comfortable. Free Wi-Fi Internet access makes it easy to stay connected, and free parking and on-site guest laundry add convenience. All of our rooms are pet friendly, large, have private bathrooms, queen-size beds, full cable TV, a small fridge, a microwave, and individual heat & air conditioning.

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Downtown Strathmore: 1.1km

Wheatland Hotel Wheatland Hotel
960 Westridge Road
Strathmore
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Our Raymond bed and breakfast offers BBQ facilities. In our rooms a flat-screen cable TV is provided. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast is also offered. Each of our brightly furnished room includes a hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries. A spa bath and a seating area are offered in select rooms. Laundry facilities are available as well as a common lounge featuring a flat-screen TV.

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