Alberta, Canada

Alberta is located in central west Canada, in between Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The landscape varies greatly from the mountainous Rockies region in the south east, to the dry arid Badlands in the southeast, or the fertile golden prairies between them. Calgary, the provinces largest city is situated amongst these natural wonders making it a fantastic base point on your trip to Alberta. 

Just 1 hour west of Calgary you can find yourself in Banff national park- one of the most impressive national parks in Canada. The National park is home to grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, caribou and elk which you can spot from your car as you drive along the national park’s highway. Easily accessible, many of the magnificent lookouts are just off the main road, making it a perfect day trip during the summer (June, July and August). From here you should take the opportunity to visit Lake Louise and stay at the Lake Lousie Chateu Hotel. This hotel is located at the base of the lake and looks like it has been pulled from a Disney movie. 

Northeast of Calgary the fertile prairie fields give way to a unique landscape that has been carved by the erosion of sedimentary depositions, a process that occurred over 47 million years. In the middle of this magnificent landscape you can find the worlds’ largest T-Rex in a town called Drumheller. Be brave and climb to the top for an aerial view of the Canadian badlands. The Model dinosaurs which line the streets of Drumheller make it a fantastic travel destination for children.

If landscapes aren’t your thing, visit Edmonton, Alberta’s capital. Feast your eyes on the amazing architecture of this city. Enjoy fine art at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Learn about Canadian politics at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Be amazed by the Muttart Conservatory’s glass pyramids and the wonders which grow inside.

Alberta, according to Environment Canada, has the more sunshine than any other province with an average of 312 days per year.  It is ranked number one in Canada for having the most comfortable weather, even in winter! 

Alberta is easy to get to with two international airports in Edmonton and Calgary. Car hire is available at both international airports. You can tour the province by train, bus, car, or bike. If you want to a really unique experience why not try horse sledding or dog sledding tours?

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