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.

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
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Our motel is located in Brooks. We offer our guests Free WiFi access and daily breakfast. All of our guest rooms come with a refrigerator, coffee maker,microwave, cable TV,air conditioning, and a balcony. An en suite bathroom includes free toiletries. BBQ facilities, and laundry services are available. Our facilities also include vending machines for you to enjoy snacks and beverages.

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Downtown Brooks: 0.3km

Our Brooks hotel is located off the Trans-Canada Highway and is full-service hotel with comfortable guest rooms, convenient amenities and on-site restaurant, lounge and bar. Our friendly staff will make sure you feel rested and refreshed before you pass through our doors to continue your journey.

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Downtown Brooks: 1.1km

Conveniently connected to the Calgary Telus Convention Centre by skywalk, this luxurious hotel offers contemporary facilities and lavish accommodations nearby to many attractions. There is a state-of-the-art health club a large, indoor pool and whirlpool. Since June 1, 1914, The Palliser has been the city's premier address, the cornerstone of Calgary's hospitality industry and a landmark building.

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Calgary Airport: 14.2km
Downtown Calgary: 1.1km

Fairmont Palliser Fairmont Palliser
133 9th Ave SW
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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 executive Calgary suites offer all the amenities that travelers have come to expect from first class Calgary hotel accommodations. We care for our guests in thoughtful, personal ways to create a comfortable environment where you can feel at home - enjoy our extended stay accommodations for either a few nights or a few months.

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Calgary Airport: 11.2km
Downtown Calgary: 1.5km

Regency Suites Hotel Regency Suites Hotel
610 4th Avenue SW
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Located in the vibrant downtown area of the East Village. As the only extended stay in the area, this hotel has rooftop terrace, heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center. You’ll enjoy free internet access, a full-sized kitchen and a 47-inch HDTV. Take advantage of our complimentary grocery shopping service to cook your own breakfast or stop by for our free, full hot breakfast.

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Calgary Airport: 10.3km
Downtown Calgary: 1km

Our hotel is near Pengrowth Saddledome, and the Inglewood neighbourhood. We provide simple rooms with heating, and free Wi-Fi. Each room also comes with cable TV, a seating area, a private bathroom with free toiletries and air-conditioning. We also provide our guests free private parking. Our hotel also includes a shared lounge and a games room for our guests to enjoy, and a luggage storage.

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Calgary Airport: 12.3km
Downtown Calgary: 3.4km

The Shamrock Hotel The Shamrock Hotel
2101 11 Street Southeast
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Set in the corporate district of Calgary near attractions, this Calgary hotel offers enjoyable facilities, relaxing services, and on-site dining options and features an indoor pool with a water slide. After working out in the fitness center, guests can relax with an in-room massage, facial or pedicure. The Glenmore's Carving Board Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Distances to…
Calgary Airport: 21.3km
Downtown Calgary: 11km

Our downtown Calgary hotel has spacious rooms and suites with premium conveniences, including the Hyatt Grand Bed and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy our award-winning Thomsons Restaurant, serving regional Canadian cuisine. Enjoy a swim in the indoor lap pool overlooking downtown, stay energized in the 24-hour fitness center, or pamper your body and soul at our Stillwater Spa.

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Calgary Airport: 11.9km
Downtown Calgary: 0.35km

Hyatt Regency Calgary Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE
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Our downtown Calgary hotel is easy walking distance to local attractions, city businesses and the thriving entertainment and shopping venues nearby. Our 201 room Calgary hotel has full convention and catering facilities. All guest accommodations have windows that open, coffeemakers, dataport, wireless Internet and more. 80% of inventory is non smoking.

Distances to…
Calgary Airport: 15.2km
Downtown Calgary: 8.9km

Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary
708 8th 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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This Claresholm motel features rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TVs. Motel 6 Claresholm offers laundry facilities and is less than one mile from Claresholm Agriplex. Guest rooms provide desks and telephones. Rooms with refrigerators are available. The motel is 16 miles from Willow Creek Provincial Park.

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Downtown Fort Macleod: 44km

At this Cochrane hotel we offer a free continental breakfast each morning. Our free parking lets you get in and out with ease. Relax in our pool and hot tub, or make a splash with our waterslide. If you want to stay active on the road, hit our gym. Our non-smoking rooms come equipped with free WiFi, a refrigerator, and microwave. Accessible rooms are available.

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Calgary Airport: 40.1km
Downtown Calgary: 39.4km
Downtown Cochrane: 3.3km

Ramada Cochrane Ramada Cochrane
10 Westside Dr
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The next time you hunt for dinosaurs, stay with us at our hotel at the heart of the magnificent Drumheller Badlands. Whether it is business or pleasure, our friendly hospitality awaits you.

Distances to…
Downtown Drumheller: 83.4km

In our spacious Lethbridge hotel you'll enjoy comfort bedding, toiletries, expanded cable and free high-speed wireless & ethernet Internet. Every morning there is a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. We are walking distance to the Enmax Centre. Free parking for all our guests.

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Airport: 4.6km
Downtown Lethbridge: 4.8km

Premier Inn & Suites Lethbridge Premier Inn & Suites Lethbridge
2225 Mayor Magrath Drive South
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Our Medicine Hat hotel has guest rooms with a mini-fridge and microwave, a granite work desk with ergonomic chair, a Keurig K-pod coffee maker, and a 42” TV. Our delicious complimentary HomeEssentials breakfast is a perfect way to get your day. Enjoy free wireless and wired high-speed Internet access throughout.

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Downtown Medicine Hat: 6.9km

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 hotel is located in Okotoks. Free parking is available for guests. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all the guest rooms. We also have an on-site restaurant and bar. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV and coffee making facilities. A cash machine is located on-site for guests convenience. Air-conditioning is also featured at our hotel. The Crystal Ridge Golf Club is 10 minutes away.

Distances to…
Calgary Airport: 51.3km
Downtown Okotoks: 0.75km

Royal Duke Hotel Royal Duke Hotel
2 Elizabeth Street
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Our Pincher Creek motel has free WiFi and a barbecue, is pet-friendly and has .free private parking on site. Each room includes a private bathroom. A flat-screen TV is available. Close to attractions and restaurants.

Distances to…
Downtown Pincher Creek: 0.16km

Foothills Motel Foothills Motel
1049 Waterton Avenue
Pincher Creek
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Our Vulcan Alberta motel has five different room types, depending on the number of beds, room sizes, and availability of kitchenettes. All of our rooms are equipped with Individual A/C, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a desk/work space.

Wheatland Motel Wheatland Motel
115 - 2 Street SE
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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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