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5 Secrets of Waterton Alberta
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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.

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Balzac Campground RV Park and Storage
Balzac Campground RV Park and Storage
262 195 Balzac Blvd.
Balzac
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Located in Balzac, we are less than 30 minutes from downtown Calgary, 7 minutes from the City of Airdrie and 130 kms (approx. 82 miles) from Banff. Whispering Spruce Campground provides serviced sites, water power sites and non-serviced overflow sites. We also offer RV storage. We also have on site laundry room, washroom facilities and a mini store. We also sell fire wood.
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Calgary Airport:  20.6km
Downtown Calgary:  27.8km
Calaway RV Park & Campground
Calaway RV Park & Campground
245033 Range Road 33
Calgary
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Surrounded by a beautiful setting, Calaway Park Campground is located just 10 minutes west of Calgary & within walking distance to the Park, Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park. We have 104 sites, including: full service pull through & back-in, power only & non-service. Take advantage of our laundry, washrooms, showers, shuttle to Stampede & discounted tickets to Calaway Park.
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Calgary Airport:  29km
Downtown Calgary:  23.9km
Gas City Campground
Gas City Campground
402 11 Avenue SW
Medicine Hat
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Our Medicine Hat campground is at the Trans Canada Highway and 7th Street SW. It is a 97 site full service campground operated by the Parks & Recreation Department. We offer full service, power and water, power only and non-serviced sites. WiFi access, hiking and biking trails nearby, playground, picnic tables, fire pits, firewood for sale, laundry facilities, free hot showers, and a dump station.
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Downtown Medicine Hat:  5km
Crandell Mountain Lodge
Crandell Mountain Lodge
102 Mountview Road
Waterton
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Our cozy country lodge in Waterton is ideal for travellers seeking a quaint experience. Rooms have fireplaces, country decor, and lots of character. Relax on our peaceful patio that is perfect for savouring the incredible mountain views and fresh air. We have the feeling of a country bed and breakfast and the comfort of a lodge, relax and explore. Open year round.
Northland Lodge
Northland Lodge
408 Evergreen Avenue
Waterton
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Wonderful, historic lodge in Waterton built by Louis Hill in 1928. Sheets hung in the sun and ironed with hint of Lavender. Located in town right by the waterfalls. Hot Muffin Breakfast. Free WiFi. All rooms uniquely decorated.
Fort Heritage and Frontier RV Park
Fort Heritage and Frontier RV Park
AB Hwy 5 2800 28B
Waterton
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Our newly developing Waterton campground just 15 mins east of Waterton Lakes National Park. We offer 16 powered sites, 10 non serviced sites by the lake and many more tenting sites - some by the lake or nestled in our Caraganas. Our gravel padded sites have new grass growing, power, picnic table and an amazing view of the Rockies. We are on a farm near Mountain View off of the main highway.
Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
101 Clematis Avenue
Waterton
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Our all service facility on 4 acres of land is situated in the center of the mountain village of Waterton Park. 11 separate buildings featuring chalet style guest rooms and suites with spectacular mountain and valley views. Our guest rooms showcase a variety of art created by local artists and unique wood carved fixtures. Many of the chalets have fireplaces, jetted tubs, and kitchenettes
Aspen Village
Aspen Village
111 Windflower Avenue
Waterton
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Located in the heart of the Waterton townsite, we provide the widest variety of sparkling clean accommodations in the Park. Our spacious rooms range from deluxe suites to cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces. We offer spectacular mountain views, whirlpool, playground, in-room coffee, BBQ & picnic area and other amenities. As well, we are only steps away from all the amenities of the village.
Waterton River Suites
Waterton River Suites
P.O. Box 451
Waterton
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Your Waterton 1-bedroom guest suite sits on 10.3 acres of land with a million acres of views, boasts access to 1,400 ft of riverfront, and is host to an abundance of birds and wildlife. A short drive away from Waterton Park, our guests enjoy private accommodations, and front-door access to one of the most culturally-rich regions of Southwestern Alberta.
Bear Mountain Motel
Bear Mountain Motel
208 Mount View Road, Box 182
Waterton
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Located on the main route in the Waterton townsite, our motel offers a friendly, clean, and affordable place to stay while visiting Waterton Lakes National Park. Following a classic 1960s motel style, we have single rooms, family rooms, kitchenettes and full kitchen suites. This nostalgic motel is ideal for rejuvenating peace and quiet while sitting on over-sized wood chairs after an exciting day.
Super 8 Airdrie
Super 8 Airdrie
815 East Lake Blvd
Airdrie
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We are conveniently located 10 km from the Calgary International Airport off Highway 2. Our Airdrie motel is located near restaurants, shopping, and area attractions. All rooms offer free wireless high speed internet, iron and boards, fridges, and hair dryers. We provide free pool passes to the Aquatic Centre directly across the street. In the morning we offer a Super Start breakfast.
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Calgary Airport:  23.4km
Downtown Airdrie:  4.7km
R&R Inn Bassano
R&R Inn Bassano
621 12th Street
Bassano
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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.
Highwood Motel
Highwood Motel
11373 - 20 Avenue
Blairmore
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Our Blairmore motel has family atmosphere and beautiful rooms to provide the perfect setting for your Crowsnest Pass (Blairmore) vacation. All guaranteed by AAA and Mobil Travel Guide quality ratings! We offer affordable rates, refrigerator, microwave, HBO, and WiFi. We guarantee you a perfect vacation at a very reasonable cost.
Cozy Nest Bed and Breakfast
Cozy Nest Bed and Breakfast
6908 Silverview Dr. NW
Calgary
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This Calgary bed and breakfast is a 15-minute drive from the University of Calgary. This cozy inn offers panoramic views of Bow River Valley and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Each of the 2 rooms at Cozy Nest is individually decorated and includes a clock radio. The 2 rooms share a bathroom. Full breakfast every morning. Kitchen facilities are available plus a common room with cable TV and a dining area.
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Calgary Airport:  17.8km
Downtown Calgary:  15.5km
Best Western Airport Inn Calgary
Best Western Airport Inn Calgary
1947 - 18th Avenue N.E.
Calgary
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Our Calgary accommodation is only 10 minutes from the Airport and only 7 minutes from the heart of downtown Calgary, making us a great choice for a Calgary airport hotel. Shopping and other attractions can also be easily accessed from our location. We also offer an indoor swimming pool, exercise facilities, and an on-site restaurant!
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Calgary Airport:  8.8km
Downtown Calgary:  6.1km
Regency Suites Hotel
Regency Suites Hotel
610 4th Avenue SW
Calgary
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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
Executive Suites by Roseman Keynote Tower II
Executive Suites by Roseman Keynote Tower II
225 11 Avenue SE
Calgary
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Our beautiful suite is located in Downtown Calgary. We offer free Wi-Fi, and free parking on-site. There is a fitness centre, Restaurant, and bar for our guests to enjoy. Our suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. We also provide a washer and tumble dryer. The suite has floor to ceiling windows for guests to enjoy the view.
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Calgary Airport:  12.4km
Downtown Calgary:  1km
Opal by O Hotel Suites
Opal by O Hotel Suites
1903 5A Street Southwest
Calgary
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Our suite is located in Calgary City Centre. This suite's d├ęcor is contemporary with an inviting atmosphere. Our accommodation provides free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV with Cable. Our apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a 24-hour email reception that is available to our guests. We also offer weekly house-cleaning services.
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Calgary Airport:  13.5km
Downtown Calgary:  1.9km
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lethbridge
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lethbridge
120 Stafford Dr S
Lethbridge
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Our Lethbridge hotel is in the heart of downtown, close to many attractions. We are pet-friendly and can take advantage of our many amenities, including an indoor pool and waterslide, a breakfast bar and a 24-hour airport shuttle service. Our fitness centre features two treadmills, Eliptical, Bowflex, and scale. Wireless Internet in Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Suites and common areas.
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Airport:  12km
Downtown Lethbridge:  1.4km
Holiday Inn Lethbridge
Holiday Inn Lethbridge
2375 Mayor Magrath Drive South
Lethbridge
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Our Lethbridge hotel is in the heart of downtown, close to many attractions. We are pet-friendly and can take advantage of our many amenities, including an indoor pool and waterslide, a breakfast bar and a 24-hour airport shuttle service. Our fitness centre features two treadmills, Eliptical, Bowflex, and scale. Wireless Internet in Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Suites and common areas.
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Airport:  4.7km
Downtown Lethbridge:  4.9km
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Lethbridge
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Lethbridge
4073 2 Avenue South
Lethbridge
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This Lethbridge hotel is a one-minute walk from Casino Lethbridge and features a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym. Guest rooms provide free Wi-fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable, and in-room movies. They are also equipped with desks, hairdryers and ironing facilities. Guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms and can make free local calls.
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Airport:  8.9km
Downtown Lethbridge:  3.7km
Lakeview Inn & Suites - Okotoks
Lakeview Inn & Suites - Okotoks
22 Southridge Drive
Okotoks
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We are located in Okotoks Alberta in the Rocky Mountain foothills only minutes from Calgary. Enjoy hiking, skiing, shopping, golf, Spruce Meadows and Calgary Stampede. Relax in our uniquely designed open beam timber building complimented with a country atmosphere and our complimentary continental breakfast. We have cold-weather hook ups, currency exchange, fitness center and laundry services.
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Calgary Airport:  53.9km
Okotoks Country Inn
Okotoks Country Inn
59 Riversode Gate (Box 741)
Okotoks
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This Okotoks motel offers a continental breakfast every morning. Free Wi-Fi access and cable TV are provided in every room at the motel. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave and furnished with a work desk. The reception desk offers free newspapers and coffee, as well as fax and copy services.
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Calgary Airport:  51.1km
Downtown Okotoks:  0.9km
Waterton Glacier Suites
Waterton Glacier Suites
107 Windflower Avenue
Waterton
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We are located 45 miles north of the U.S. border and 260 km south of Calgary. Centrally located in the Waterton townsite: steps away from shopping promenades, tennis courts, boat cruises, bicycle rentals, stables, and golfing. Hiking is readily available on park trails, and fishing opportunities abound in the Waterton area's many lakes and streams. Open year-round.
Coaldale Inn
Coaldale Inn
913-19 A Avenue
Coaldale
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Our Coaldale Inn has 17 remodeled one bedroom units with a variety of options, including deluxe upgraded rooms. Our standard one bedroom includes two queen-sized beds. Our deluxe rooms range from one queen to two queens or a king-sized bed. Franco's Restaurant is a family restaurant with all of your classic favorites mixed with some new and fun dishes.

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