What To Do And See In Alberta
Alberta is a beautiful part of Canada with incredible scenery and for tourists to this area there is a myriad of attractions from natural landscapes to modern cities.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is situated west of Calgary and is one of the most popular attractions in Canada. Not only does the park have breath-taking mountains, ski resorts, lakes and the town of Banff, but also plenty of wildlife including grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou and elk. In summer this area is great for hiking but many people enjoy exploring from their car as well. Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful parts of the Park and is found just north of Banff and is a quick trip from Calgary where travellers can spend the day. There are excellent views and many opportunities for walks around this area. Travellers can rent canoes and enjoy the lake in this way. The lake freezes over in winter and is a popular area for skiing, or for just sitting next to and enjoying the wagering that the betting sites Australia have to offer, while soaking up the view. The village of Lake Louise is close to the lake and has a few shops, restaurant and coffee shops.
The Icefield Centre is a must see attraction along the Icefields Parkway. The parkway itself is a stunning drive and runs from Lake Louise to Jasper. This is a beautiful stretch where travellers can see mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. There are also hiking trails along the way surrounded by glaciers and lakes. The Centre has exhibits on the Columbia Icefields. There are bus tours to the glacier and a relatively new attraction is the Glacier Skywalk where travellers can view the valley below from an observation platform. There is also a shuttle service between the Centre and Skywalk.
Waterton Glacier Park
Situated in the Rocky Mountains is Waterton Glacier International Peace Park and is on the border of Alberta and Montana in the US. The Canadian side has the Waterton Lakes National Park and on the US side is the Glacier National Park. Waterton is smaller but has beautiful scenery and has excellent accommodation in the Prince of Wales Hotel. This is another great hiking area with alpine trails.
Calgary is a modern lively city and has its roots in the Wild West. These cowboy roots can be seen during the Calgary Stampede held each year and is held over ten days. Enthusiasts from North America stream to Calgary for this event, which offers country music, outdoor activities, and most popular are the rodeo attractions.
For museum enthusiasts the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is found in Drumheller, also known as the “Town of the Dinosaurs”. Legend has it this area was inhabited by many species of dinosaurs and there have been fossil discoveries around Drumheller. The museum offers an in depth look into this area and its history.
West Edmonton Mall is not only for retail but also has a water park, ice rink, mini golf, aquarium, cinemas, restaurants and live shows. The mall is a popular tourist attraction for families to escape from the cold for a while and enjoy indoor activities.
Calgary Tower is one of the main tourist attractions. Travellers can enjoy 360 degree views from the highest observation deck in the world. When the weather is good this look out offers incredible views. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a revolving restaurant is found 155 meters up and provides excellent dining and views.