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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
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 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.
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.
Canalta Brooks
Canalta Brooks
115 15 Ave W
Brooks
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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
Heritage Inn & Suites - Brooks
Heritage Inn & Suites - Brooks
1239 2nd Street W
Brooks
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The 61-room Heritage Inn and Suites in Brooks, features Junior Suites, The Director's Suite, and Executive Suite. The guestrooms all with mini-fridges, microwaves, wet vanities, irons & ironing boards and hair dryers. There is also high speed Internet access, voicemail, upscale continental breakfast, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness area, meeting rooms and coin-operated laundry.
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Downtown Brooks:  1.2km
Insite Suites Bridgeland
Insite Suites Bridgeland
721 4th Street Northeast
Calgary
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Our suite is located near the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. During your stay we provide High-speed wireless Internet, a high definition flat-screen TV, and unlimited long distance calling across North America. Our suite includes a washing machine and tumble dryer, full kitchen facilities, a sofa, and a beautiful balcony with the view of the city. There is also a fitness centre located on site.
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Calgary Airport:  8.7km
Downtown Calgary:  2.4km
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
123 Freeport Boulevard N.E.
Calgary
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Our Calgary hotel is two km from Calgary International Airport. Our sophisticated Euro-modern Calgary hotel provides the ultimate in comfort for business travelers, while leisure travelers heading off on vacation can enjoy the convenience of parking near Calgary Airport if they spend a night with us either at the start or end of their trip!
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Calgary Airport:  10.5km
Downtown Calgary:  17.7km
Super 8 Motel - Calgary Shawnessy Area
Super 8 Motel - Calgary Shawnessy Area
60 Shawville Road
Calgary
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At our Calgary hotel we offer 85 guest rooms on four floors, which are conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Calgary and 35 minutes from the airport. For all your shopping needs, we have over 60 stores to choose from. We are 2 blocks away from the C-train station, which takes you directly all over the city. Don't forget; kids under 17 stay for free in their parents' room.
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Calgary Airport:  31.9km
Downtown Calgary:  17.3km
North Calgary Thriftlodge
North Calgary Thriftlodge
2304 16th Avenue NW
Calgary
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Our north of central Calgary hotel serves a beautiful continental breakfast everyday. We have Free Wi-Fi access and cable TV. Every room is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and a tea and coffee-making facilities. Our hotel includes guest laundry facilities, and a business centre. In addition we also have a wonderful outdoor pool for our guests.
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Calgary Airport:  10.7km
Downtown Calgary:  6km
Westmount River Inn
Westmount River Inn
1840 Westmount Blvd Northwest
Calgary
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Our beautiful Calgary inn is located near the city centre, overlooking Bow River. We have free Wi-Fi in the rooms and a flat-screen TV is offered. Select rooms come with a fridge. An en suite bathroom is provided, including a small seating area and a work desk. We have BBQ facilities, and guests who wish to explore can borrow bicycles. We provide a non-smoking environment for our guests to enjoy.
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Calgary Airport:  12km
Downtown Calgary:  3.4km
Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre
Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre
2720 Glenmore Trail SE
Calgary
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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.
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Calgary Airport:  21.3km
Downtown Calgary:  11km
Red Carpet Inn & Suites
Red Carpet Inn & Suites
4635 16 Ave NW
Calgary
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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
Applause Hotel Calgary Airport by CLIQUE
Applause Hotel Calgary Airport by CLIQUE
20 Aero Crescent NE
Calgary
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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
Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
2120 - 16th Avenue N.E.
Calgary
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Our centrally located Calgary hotel has easy access to the Calgary Airport and city centre with breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies. Relax in our indoor heated pool and whirlpool or work out at our exercise room with modern equipment. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable, coffee maker, desk, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board.
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Calgary Airport:  8.7km
Downtown Calgary:  6.2km
Hotel Blackfoot
Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary
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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
Comfort Inn & Suites Motel Village
Comfort Inn & Suites Motel Village
2369 Banff Trail, N.W.
Calgary
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Our Calgary hotel is near the University of Calgary with The Calgary International Airport 15 minutes away. There is free high-speed Internet access in all rooms. Relax in the indoor heated pool and hot tub. The kids will love the hotel's indoor water slide. Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options. Laundry facilities are located on the property for added convenience.
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Calgary Airport:  12.7km
Downtown Calgary:  6.4km
Bluebird Motel
Bluebird Motel
5505-1 Street West. Hwy #2
Claresholm
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Our Claresholm motel is only a half hour from the majestic Rocky Mountains. We have 23 meticulously clean and quiet units each with its own unique charm. We are renowned for our Heritage Theme Rooms. Antique furnishings and memorabilia combine with modern amenities to provide our guests with rooms rich in our western heritage and local history. 1-800-661-4891 or bbird@telusplanet.net.
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Downtown Fort Macleod:  42.7km
Heritage Inn - High River
Heritage Inn - High River
1104 11 Avenue (PO Box 5160)
High River
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The Heritage Inn in High River is a centrally located, full service hotel. Located in southern Alberta, a twenty minute drive north to Calgary. Designed for the vacation and business traveler, we boast a long list of amenities. Soak up some scenery while you're with us! We have 73 guest rooms with 3 suites, 2 executive suites with jetted tubs, 3 handicap accessible rooms, and nonsmoking rooms.
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Calgary Airport:  73.7km
Downtown High River:  2.6km
Hampton Inn & Suites - Medicine Hat
Hampton Inn & Suites - Medicine Hat
2510 Box Springs Blvd NW
Medicine Hat
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Located off the TransCanada Highway, this Medicine Hat hotel is the closest hotel to the Canalta Centre. You’ll love the amenities-from the free WiFi to the heated indoor pool and waterslide. Free, hot breakfast or grab a Breakfast Bag. Maintain your healthy routine in our fitness center with a range of equipment. Each room provides a large work desk with ergonomic chair or a convenient lap desk.
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Downtown Medicine Hat:  6.3km
Wheatland Hotel
Wheatland Hotel
960 Westridge Road
Strathmore
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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
Best Western Plus Chestermere Hotel
Best Western Plus Chestermere Hotel
200 Marina Drive
Chestermere
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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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