Once you are there, you are certain to be impressed by Alberta’s grandeur and beauty, including its majestic mountains and rolling foothills. You will also want to see Canada’s world-famous Rocky Mountains and the popular resort towns of Jasper, Banff, Kananaskis, Canmore, Waterton, and Lake Louise, which attract many visitors every year.
Alberta Has Something for Everyone
If you are a “dinosaur hunter,” you should plan a visit to Drumheller, where the well-known Robert Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is located and the surrounding landscape has yielded an abundance of prehistoric discoveries and fossils. The museum features interactive exhibits that include a cretaceous garden and an interesting display of dinosaur skeletons. Located near Canada’s Badland trails, it provides a picnic area, a gift shop, and a cafeteria.
You can also explore the province’s rural heritage by visiting the farmlands of Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta, and Alberta’s Heartland. Calgary, which is close to the Rockies, is a leader in the gas and oil industry, and it is also a popular place to visit because of the warm welcome visitors receive when they get there.
The provincial capital is one of the country’s most northerly cities and located above the North Saskatchewan River. While the city has its share of urban renewal projects, restaurants, parks, and festivals, most visitors are particularly interested in shopping at the West Edmonton Mall, especially for its curiosity value. Located south of the river, a restored district known as “Old Strathcona” will also pique your interest because of its modest museums, its heritage buildings, and its diverse array of venues for eating and drinking. Edmonton has its own noteworthy Space and Science Centre as well, and you may want to consider visiting when planning your vacation itinerary.
This town is looked upon as the Canadian Rockies’ capital, and nearly 50,000 people may gather here during the high tourist season, especially those who favor backpacking, mega-coach tours and RVs. The town’s main street, Banff Avenue, is notable for its up-scale outdoor-clothing and sports-equipment shops.
Jasper National Park
Located in the Canadian Rockies, this vast, scenic park is noted for its Columbia Icefield glaciers, and numerous lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and hot springs. People also enjoy viewing the park’s varied wildlife, which includes caribou, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, grizzly bears, beavers, mountain lions, wolverines, and gray wolves. Among the park’s major attractions are the Tonquin Valley, Mount Edith Cavell, Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake and tours of the Athabasca Glacier on a bus-sized snowmobile. Numerous out-door related activities include fishing rafting, hiking, camping and kayaking.
The Annual Calgary Stampede
This event is a combination of rodeo, exhibition, and festival wrapped into one held every year
for 10 days in the early part of July, with about 1.2 million visitors in attendance. As the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, the Stampede features a world-renowned rodeo competition, agricultural competitions, concerts, stage shows, a midway, First Nations exhibits, chuck wagon races, several pancake breakfasts throughout the town, and many other attractions.
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