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.

Our pet-friendly Taber hotel has plenty of free parking for your car, truck, RV, or bus. Other amenities include a laundry service, cable TV, cribs, and rollaway beds. After a relaxing night of sleep, enjoy a free SuperStart continental breakfast before heading out. Accessible and non-smoking rooms are available.

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Downtown Taber: 1.5km

Super 8 Motel - Taber Super 8 Motel - Taber
5700 46th Avenue
Taber
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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
Calgary
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Our Calgary Bed and Breakfast offers lodging in a newly built Victorian styled home set amongst the peacefulness and charm of one of Calgary's oldest neighbourhoods. The warm and welcoming colours are a breath of fresh air, located on minutes from Calgary's downtown core. Guest rooms occupy the upper floors and feature en-suite & private bathrooms, hair dryers and toiletries, cable TV and more.

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Calgary Airport: 11km
Downtown Calgary: 4.2km

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

Set in the Southwest Calgary district. Free WiFi and free private parking. Rooms have a TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk. Free airport shuttle, weekday newspaper and fitness centre. Start your morning with our free hot breakfast. Our business center has copy and fax services, exercise room, fitness centre and indoor pool.

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Calgary Airport: 14.2km
Downtown Calgary: 8.2km

Our downtown Calgary hotel has a rooftop heated pool and sauna, in-room spa services and is 1 km from the Calgary Tower. A 32-inch flat-screen cable TV is offered in every room. The bathrooms contain deluxe amenities with bathrobes. There is a state-of-the-art gym is on-site. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you connected.

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Calgary Airport: 10.6km
Downtown Calgary: 0.55km

The Westin Calgary The Westin Calgary
320 4th Avenue SW
Calgary
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Discover this hotel located near Calgary International Airport and just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Designed with you in mind, our spacious guest room suites, featuring full kitchenettes are ideal for extended stay travelers. Energize in a smarter space, and enjoy our clean design, natural light, and fast & free WiFi.

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Calgary Airport: 8.1km
Downtown Calgary: 8.4km

Element Calgary Airport Element Calgary Airport
2855 Sunridge Way NE
Calgary
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Our downtown Caglary hotel is close to the trendy 17th Avenue district with numerous shops, restaurants and the Saddledome. Rent one of our guestrooms and for a spacious suite every time! Our rates include complimentary high-speed Internet access, business centre access, fitness centre access and parking. Start your day off right! Join us for our complimentary hot buffet breakfast!

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Calgary Airport: 15.9km
Downtown Calgary: 1.9km

We are conveniently located within walking distance of the Chinook Centre, Calgary's premiere shopping and entertainment destination. This Calgary, Canada hotel is also minutes from the Calgary Stampede Park, the Pengrowth Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames and former home of the 1988 Olympics, the famous Calgary Tower and Heritage Park.

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Calgary Airport: 22.4km
Downtown Calgary: 8.1km

Econo Lodge Calgary South Econo Lodge Calgary South
7505 Macleod Tr. South
Calgary
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Our Calgary hotel has many amenities including free Easy Starts breakfast and free local calls. Use the on-site exercise room and free wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel. All spacious guest rooms are air conditioned and come with microwave, refrigerators, flat screen TV, coffee makers and hair dryers. Some rooms have spacious desks and kitchenettes. Laundry facilities.

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Calgary Airport: 11.9km
Downtown Calgary: 6.1km

Econo Lodge Motel Village Econo Lodge Motel Village
2440-16th Avenue N.W.
Calgary
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Our Calgary hotel is just off of 16th Ave and Banff Trail NW and is steps away from the Banff Trail C-Train. Relax in an elegant room that feature modern decor and amenities including free wifi internet, mini kitchenette, executive work space with ergonomic chair. Enjoy 42" Flat Screen TV with HD channels. Start your day with our complimentary Express Start Breakfast buffet and 24 hour coffee/tea.

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Calgary Airport: 10.4km
Downtown Calgary: 6.5km

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
Calgary
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Our south Calgary hotel has state-of-the-art fitness facility boasting cardiovascular equipment, free weights and more. Swim in the indoor swimming pool and have fun going down the 40-metre waterslide. Pet friendly: we allow small- to medium-sized cats and dogs to stay with you. Guests have access to our Club Floor Lounge, featuring evening appetizers, locally craft brewed draught beer and more.

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Calgary Airport: 23.8km
Downtown Calgary: 10km

Delta Calgary South Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE
Calgary
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This Calgary hotel is ideally placed within minutes of Calgary International Airport and features many exceptional amenities and facilities, including a 24-hour fitness center and free airport shuttle service. A number of popular area sites, including downtown Calgary, the Calgary Zoo and historic Fort Calgary can all be found close to the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport.

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Calgary Airport: 5km
Downtown Calgary: 11.3km

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 beautiful Cochrane bed and breakfast provides free Wi-Fi and daily hot breakfast. There is an outdoor fire pit and 2 guest terraces available. Guests can tour the garden or relax in the shared lounge. There is free parking available on-site for guests to use, as well as luggage storage. A work desk is provided in the guest rooms, and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer.

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Calgary Airport: 41.9km
Downtown Calgary: 41.2km
Downtown Cochrane: 5.7km

We are located in Drumheller Alberta and offer numerous spa services and treatments from luxury to healing. We provide old charm accommodation with the amenities of a full service spa. Built before 1921 our country inn has been refashioned into one of Alberta's finest. We are proud to be designated as the only three diamond property in the area by the Canadian and American Automobile Associations.

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Downtown Drumheller: 0.7km

Heartwood Inn & Spa Heartwood Inn & Spa
320 North Railway, Avenue E
Drumheller

Our Lethbridge hotel offers free wireless high-speed Internet, free continental breakfast, free local calls, free weekday newspaper and is pe-friendly (extra charge applies). There is an on-site exercise room and an indoor heated pool and hot tub next door. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, coffee makers and cable television. A guest laundry facility is available.

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Airport: 8.3km
Downtown Lethbridge: 2.4km

Econo Lodge and Suites Lethbridge Econo Lodge and Suites Lethbridge
1124 Mayer Magrath Dr. South
Lethbridge
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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.

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