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.

We offer free breakfast, WiFi, and heated indoor pool. Start your day by making rounds at our breakfast buffet, which includes hot and healthy options. Each of our comfortable guest rooms features a flat-screen HDTV with cable, mini-refrigerator, microwave, ironing facilities, work space, and air-conditioning or heating capabilities. Pet-friendly rooms are available, and parking is free of charge.

Days Inn & Suites Airdrie Days Inn & Suites Airdrie
911 Highland Park Cove
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Our inn is located in Bassano. We offer single or double rooms with kitchenettes and executive suites. Each of our properties also includes a presidential suite. Our rooms include air conditioning, wired & wireless access to high speed internet. Our facility includes a fitness and laundry service during your stay. Also enjoy our complimentary breakfast to start your day.

R&R Inn Bassano R&R Inn Bassano
621 12th Street
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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
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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

This Calgary Airport hotel delivers an exceptional experience with a modern and elegant design. Enhanced amenities await you in our beautifully appointed guestrooms. With our convenient location, less than five minutes by airport shuttle from Calgary International Airport, this is the ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers.

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Calgary Airport: 3.5km
Downtown Calgary: 15.8km

This Calgary hotel features an indoor pool with hot tub, on-site dining and guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. A flat-screen cable TV and coffee-making facilities are provided in all rooms. A work desk is included in the rooms. Casual dining is available at The Bistro which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. A fitness centre is on site. The hotel is 20 minutes from the Calgary international airport.

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Calgary Airport: 5.6km
Downtown Calgary: 9.8km

Courtyard by Marriott Calgary Airport Courtyard by Marriott Calgary Airport
2500 48th Avenue North East
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Our downtown Calgary hotel is at the intersection of the city's business and cultural districts. Calgary. Our guests have convenient access to all venues through the Calgary skywalk system and public transportation. Enjoy our Elements Bistro offering extensive dynamic menu options all day or visit with friends or colleagues in the Elements Bar & Lobby Lounge.

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Calgary Airport: 13.6km
Downtown Calgary: 0.9km

Delta Bow Valley Delta Bow Valley
209-4th Avenue SE
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Our vibrant, contemporary Calgary hotel is minutes from downtown. Inspired by the truly dazzling views we offer of both the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west and Calgary's ever-growing skyline. Our nearly 200 guest rooms and suites have all been completely redesigned, capturing the colour and spirit of our unique landscape, and appointed with thoughtful and unexpected comforts.

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Calgary Airport: 20.2km
Downtown Calgary: 8.9km

Hotel Blackfoot Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
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Our beautiful Calgary bed and breakfast offers guests Free Wi-Fi in their rooms. We also include private bathrooms that include free toiletries. Extras include a desk, bed linen, and ironing facilities. We provide a shared lounge and evening yoga classes are offered on select days. There is a beautiful garden for you to view. We provide free parking on-site as well.

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Calgary Airport: 14.3km
Downtown Calgary: 11.3km

Blackmore's Bed and Breakfast Blackmore's Bed and Breakfast
5024 Vanstone Crescent N.W.
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At our Calgary suites hotel, we offer all the comforts. Try our family suite with a fridge, microwave, dining table, plates, cutlery, and a separate room with bunk beds for the kids. Our Jacuzzi Suite is perfect for relaxing with that special loved one in your life. All guest rooms come with air conditioner and heater, IPOD alarm clocks, 32" Flat Screen TV and complimentary satellite movies.

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Calgary Airport: 26.5km
Downtown Calgary: 20.2km

Centered in the heart of downtown Calgary, steps from the cultural, recreational and business areas of the city, this all-suites Calgary hotel features first-class amenities, unrivaled services and spacious accommodations. Relax with a massage from the spa, plan the day with help from the knowledgeable concierge services or watch a movie on in-room flat-screen TVs.

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Calgary Airport: 10.5km
Downtown Calgary: 0.8km

Conveniently located off Highway 1, our non-smoking Calgary hotel has free parking, free continental breakfast with a free newspaper. Swim in our sparkling pool and unwind in our hot tub. Our pet-friendly hotel features free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult. There are several restaurants within walking distance.

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Calgary Airport: 12.1km
Downtown Calgary: 6.5km

Ramada Limited Calgary Ramada Limited Calgary
2363 Banff Trail NW
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This Calgary Airport North Hotel is an extended stay hotel located adjacent to the Calgary Airport. Close to several attractions, shops & restaurants. Our hotel's spacious suites feature fully equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi, business center and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

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Calgary Airport: 6.7km
Downtown Calgary: 17.9km

Our beautiful Calgary suite offers free Wi-Fi and a completely furnished apartment including a TV, air-conditioning and a balcony to enjoy the view. There is a full kitchen, with a dishwasher and microwave. There is also a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy an on-site fitness centre. We also offer laundry facilities, and free on-site parking for guests to use.

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Calgary Airport: 12.7km
Downtown Calgary: 1.3km

Our Claresholm hotel has comfortable rooms, spacious suites and offers amenities like a coffee maker, refrigerator and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Book a Jacuzzi suite and relax the night away. Non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel. Free parking for your truck, bus or RV with outdoor outlets. Fuel up for your next adventure with free continental breakfast before heading out.

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Downtown Fort Macleod: 42.4km

Our Drumheller hotel is close to downtown and blocks from popular attractions like the World's Largest Dinosaur. Start with free SuperStart continental breakfast. Free high-speed Internet. Our hotel features guest laundry facilities, truck / bus parking and handicapped-accessible rooms. Workout in our gym and enjoy our hot tub and pool with waterslide.

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Downtown Drumheller: 3.5km

Our Hanna Alberta motor inn provides a clean comfortable environment for the traveler both business and pleasure. 77 Renovated rooms. Restaurant. Lounge. Tavern. Meeting Room. Liquor Store.

We are conveniently located near the ENMAX Centre event hall, Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Lethbridge County Airport. This Lethbridge hotel is just minutes from the University of Lethbridge.

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Airport: 6.8km
Downtown Lethbridge: 4km

Comfort Inn Lethbridge Comfort Inn Lethbridge
3226 Fairway Plaza Rd. South
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Our Lethbridge hotel features a microwave and a refrigerator each of our guest rooms. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast is provided. A cable TV is offered in our rooms. Coffee-making facilities and a desk are provided. You can enjoy a daily breakfast including cereal, fruit and juices. A 24-hour reception is offered. Our business centre is provided for added convenience.

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Airport: 6.2km
Downtown Lethbridge: 3.3km

Howard Johnson Express Inn Howard Johnson Express Inn
1026 Mayer Magrath Drive
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Our Medicine Hat motel was built in the 1960s and completely updated for the 21st Century! Renovated Rooms, new Beds, Free WiFi, Free Breakfast, Pet Friendly, Full-Service Housekeeping, Weekly/monthly rates, Bus/Truck Parking, Laundry Facilities, Smoking Rooms, barbecue facilities.

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Downtown Medicine Hat: 4.6km

Satellite Motel Satellite Motel
1705 Bomford Crescent
Medicine Hat
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Our Medicine Hat hotel is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway 1, across from the Medicine Hat Mall. Relax in an indoor pool, water slide and whirlpool. Start your day our free Express Start breakfast bar. You'll also have complimentary access to our fitness centre and business centre. We hope you bring the entire family - including the family pet - and stay in one of our comfortable rooms.

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Downtown Medicine Hat: 5.9km

This Pincher Creek motel is 1 km from the Pincher Creek Golf Club. It offers with a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The guest rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and a direct dial telephone. A coffee maker is provided. This family-friendly motel allows pets. Vending machines and free parking are available on site.

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Downtown Pincher Creek: 0.2km

West Castle Motel West Castle Motel
1042 Waterton Avenue
Pincher Creek
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Our Strathmore hotel is located off the Trans Canada Highway 1 offers 100% non-smoking accommodations with full cable TV, free wireless Internet access and a mouth-watering complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Take a refreshing dip in the indoor heated swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, or work out in the fitness center. For convenience, we provide space for large truck parking.

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Downtown Strathmore: 0.2km

Our hotel is located in Strathmore just 30 minutes' drive from Calgary city centre. Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen cable TV are featured in our rooms. Daily continental breakfast is included. Our rooms offer a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a bath or shower, our private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free telephone calls within North America are provided.

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Downtown Strathmore: 0.5km

Our Chestermere hotel is near Calgary invites guests to try our free, hot breakfasts, take a dip in our heated, indoor pool and relax in our hot tub. Free high-speed internet is available throughout the hotel, and we have a welcoming, pet-friendly policy. Take advantage of our free parking, fitness center, 24-hour front desk assistance and guest laundry during your stay.

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