10 Amazing things to see in Alberta

1. Lake Louise

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Credit: Stephen Liu

Lake Louise is an incredibly glassy lake that reflects the faces of the stunning snow and glacier covered mountains behind it. Beyond its spectacular views it is the home to world class downhill skiing and a town site filled with outdoor enthusiasts. While visiting the lake you can sit in the lounge at the Fairmont hotel and just enjoy the view, or if you’re more adventurous try hiking to one of two tea houses that are only accessible on foot. Either way you’ll be glad you came.

2. Drumheller

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Credit: Qfamily

Drumheller is located in a region of Alberta called the Badlands. This area has the most unique land, eroded in some places and prairie in others. Some of the eroded places even have Dinosaur bones just poking out. The sheer volume of Dinosaur bones in the Badlands has made it known worldwide. It boasts the impressive Royal Tyrell Museum where you are sure to find many Dinosaurs. If you’re in Drumheller there are so many other things to see, make sure you bring some comfortable shoes for your adventures.

3. Maligne Lake

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Credit: Edwin Poon

Maligne Lake is in Jasper National Park and is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. The lake is 22 km long with many pathways for all levels of walking or hiking. It’s made especially popular by the view of Spirit Island in the middle of the lake.

4. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Credit: Roland Tanglao

This UNESCO World Heritage site is located about a 17-minute drive west of Fort McLeod. Let your imagination take hold when you approach the cliffs where the aboriginal peoples would drive the Buffalo off the edge. They would later collect them in the camp at the bottom of the cliffs and harvest the meat and skins. This practice was in place for nearly 6000 years.

5. Calgary Stampede

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Credit: Ashley Bayles

One a year the city of Calgary puts on a World Class rodeo. Participants come from far and wide to compete in tests of skill with their horses, bulls, steers, wagons, and much more. They also have an incredible midway carnival that brings everyone out.

6. Red Rock Canyon – Waterton Lakes National Park

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Credit: Mathew

Red Rock Canyon is located in the Waterton Lakes National Park about a 25 minute drive from the town of Waterton. It’s said to be “Where the mountains meet the prairies” and the contrasting colors from the green of the prairies to the brightly colored rock. It’s a visual feast for your eyes. There a lots of excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and stunning views.

7. Icefields Parkway – Banff National Park & Jasper National Park

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Credit: Matt Kowalczyk

Highway 93 that connects Banff and Jasper goes though incredible mountain views where you will see glaciers, waterfalls, and jagged mountain peaks. The drive is filled with opportunities to stop and take pictures, so take your time.

8. Banff National Park

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Credit: InSapphoWeTrust

Beyond the mountain scenery you will find a town filled with adventure seekers. There are so many things to do in Banff and the town is a great place to start. From river rafting to mountain biking, hiking, or camping, this place will keep you busy.

9. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

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Credit: David K Lam

If you have ever been interested in ancient petroglyphs and pictographs Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is a must see. It contains the largest collection of rock art in North America. You will find carvings and paintings on sandstone walls that record the history of the Blackfoot and Shoshone dating back thousands of years.

10. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

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Credit: paige_eliz

The gardens are in Lethbridge next to Henderson Lake. Designed by Dr. Tadashi Kubo of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, you will feel like you’re in another country.

 

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