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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motel 6 Airdrie
Motel 6 Airdrie
133 Gateway Drive NE
Airdrie
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Our Airdrie motel is 23 km from Calgary International Airport. Free WiFi is in each guest room. A 32" flat-screen features in all air-conditioned guest rooms. A mini refrigerator is also provided. Private bathrooms offer free toiletries. Guests can enjoy a workout in the fitness centre or relax in the hot tub. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. A business centre is provided for convenience.
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Calgary Airport:  25.9km
Downtown Airdrie:  1.6km
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.
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
Days Inn Calgary Airport
Days Inn Calgary Airport
2799 Sunridge Way NE
Calgary
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Our pet friendly Calgary hotel is just minutes from Calgary International Airport. Enjoy free airport shuttle service, free WiFi, and a free Daybreak continental breakfast. Each of our rooms comes with a microwave and refrigerator. Enjoy our indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Take advantage of our guest laundry facilities and outdoor plug-ins for your vehicle.
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Calgary Airport:  7.6km
Downtown Calgary:  8.5km
Executive Suites by Roseman - Alura
Executive Suites by Roseman - Alura
1320 1 Street SE
Calgary
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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
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Drumheller
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Drumheller
392 Centre Street & Railway
Drumheller
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This Drumheller hotel features a free continental breakfast each morning. Free Wi-Fi is available. The hotel offers rooms with cable TV, a microwave and a refrigerator. A coffee maker and a work desk are included. Free parking space is available and is large enough for trucks and buses. Fitness room, meeting rooms and saunas will be available in summer of 2012.
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Downtown Drumheller:  2.7km
Lethbridge Lodge Hotel
Lethbridge Lodge Hotel
320 Scenic Drive
Lethbridge
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Enjoy our New Orleans-style indoor Tropical Courtyard surrounded by a large indoor garden with tropical palm trees. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy a soak in the hot tub, take a refreshing dip in the pool or sip an exotic tropical drink in our courtyard lounge. We have 190 cozy guestrooms and suites, three on-site dining and entertainment choices, ample parking, banquet and meeting space.
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Airport:  12.3km
Downtown Lethbridge:  2.1km
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lethbridge
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lethbridge
4081 2 Ave S
Lethbridge
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Airport:  8.9km
Downtown Lethbridge:  3.7km
Ramada Limited - Medicine Hat
Ramada Limited - Medicine Hat
773 - 8 Street
Medicine Hat
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This Medicine Hat hotel is within a 6-minute drive of the Medicine Hat Airport. The hotel offers an indoor pool, sauna and rooms with 27-inch flat-screen TV. Rooms include a refrigerator and a coffee maker. The rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Guests can work out in the gym or work in the meeting room. The hotel also has a jacuzzi.
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Downtown Medicine Hat:  4.2km
Bear Country Inn and Suites
Bear Country Inn and Suites
525 Main St
Mountain View
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A clean, quiet, affordable, little Inn in Mountain View. Located at the historic Barn Store - a Gift, Grocery, Fuel, Food, & Ice Cream stop on Highway 5. Regular Rooms with 2 queen beds, Full Kitchen. All Rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Open year round - Off season rates, Satellite HDTV & WIFI and Free Continental Breakfast. Scenic Views - Decks/Patios - Barbecue Grills - Picnic Areas.
Rocky Ridge Country Resort
Rocky Ridge Country Resort
523 2 Street North
Mountain View
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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.
Howard Johnson Strathmore
Howard Johnson Strathmore
960 Westridge Road
Strathmore
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Our Strathmore hotel features a restaurant, and is located alongside the Trans-Canada Highway in Strathmore. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Our air-conditioned rooms here will provide you with a cable TV. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and a coffee machine. Featuring a shower, our private bathrooms also come with a bath and a hairdryer.
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Downtown Strathmore:  1.1km
Sproule Heritage Place
Sproule Heritage Place
242030 Range Road 235
Strathmore
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Our Strathmore bed and breakfast is refurbished to its original charm, our historic B&B is located 13 km from Strathmore city centre. All our rooms showcase period furnishings. A homemade breakfast is served daily. Overlooking the garden, each of our rooms includes free Wi-Fi. They also feature original hard wood floors. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast in the dining room.
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Downtown Strathmore:  15.6km
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.
Wheatland Motel
Wheatland Motel
115 - 2 Street SE
Vulcan
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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.

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