Alberta does mountains and lakes like Europe does castles and cathedrals—and any vacation to this beautiful Canadian province is guaranteed to be food for the nature lover’s soul. A smorgasbord of national parks, ancient glaciers, vast prairies, and incredible wildlife awaits, and that’s just the start. You’ll also find historical landmarks, world-class museums, and even fossil-strewn badlands. You can channel your inner cowboy and drive the Cowboy Trail or visit Indigenous culture sites like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta. Our Travel Experts will help you create a stylish, unforgettable getaway with personalized recommendations and insider tips. Start planning today!
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Located in the heart of the western prairies, Alberta’s capital city is as quietly confident as it is cool. Edmonton is often referred to as the Renaissance city, and it’s a hub for culture, arts, outstanding cuisine, and outdoor adventure. There’s no shortage of activities in this vibrant metropolis, whether you’re wandering through a living history museum, shopping at the biggest mall in North America, or exploring the glorious river valley that winds through the heart of downtown.
Nestled in the heart of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake offers perhaps one of the most iconic and alluring views in Banff National Park. Though half the size of its more famous neighbour Lake Louise, this glacier-fed lake has become world-famous for its striking turquoise blue waters. The sunlight through the day reflecting off the glacier-ground rock particles gives the waters their vivid hue.
No Alberta tour is complete without a trip to the Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Rockies boast no less than five national parks, including Banff, Jasper, and Waterton Lakes National Parks in Alberta. The snow-clad peaks of the Alberta Rockies are home to some of the region’s most iconic landscapes, from the icy blue waters of Peyto Lake and Lake Louise to the towering summits of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle. Whether you’re hiking, driving by car, or riding the famous Rocky Mountaineer train, This area is also considered one of the best places in the world to spot wildlife like elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and bears.
While the majestic Rocky Mountains tend to be the big draw in Alberta, it would be a mistake to forgo the Canadian Badlands that stretch out to the east. And that means heading to Drumheller Valley for dramatic landscapes, sandstone hoodoos, scenic drives, and above all—dinosaurs. More than 70 million years ago, Alberta was once a tropical place full of lakes and lush foliage, where dinosaurs ruled the land. Also known as Dinosaur Valley, Drumheller boasts some of the most fossil-rich lands in the world.
Ready to hit the road? Named by National Geographic as the “Drive of a Lifetime”, the Icefields Parkway is an incredible stretch of road that connects Jasper National Park to Banff National Park. Also known as Highway 93, this 143-mile stretch of road is one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet. As you wind your way through soaring rocky mountain peaks and ancient glaciers, there are plenty of pit stops, scenic vistas, and cool attractions that are as awe-inspiring as the drive itself! Less
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