The Calgary Stampede: Western Values

The Calgary Stampede is an integral part of the history of tourism in Canada. It dates back to 1886 when the first Calgary Exhibition took place. At that time Calgary was a small town and home to 500 people. The exhibition was sponsored by the Calgary and District Agricultural Society and official land was purchased in 1888 from The Dominion of Canada. The original site was 94 acres and located in Southeast Calgary and was christened Victoria Park in 1889. A racetrack, cattle sheds were added as agricultural events became more popular. 

Events at The Calgary Stampede 

There are many events to take in during the ten-day Stampede. The Stampede Casino offers dining as well as games and there is a small theatre that hosts live entertainment, corporate events, and parties. The Stampede Agriculture exhibition features everything from the Annual Bull Sale and Horseshoe Competition to the Dairy Exhibition, farm tours, metal art and light horse presentations. The Stampede Agriculture events are integral in connecting urban and rural communities. 

The Grandstand Show is the highlight of the Stampede and sells out, so be sure and buy tickets early. There are value events for families, many free events and be sure and head downtown to start your day with a big breakfast at Rope Square! 
 

Calgary Stampede History 

The Calgary Stampede as a separate outdoor event featuring rodeo events was inaugurated in 1912. Back then it was called, “Frontier Days and Cowboy Championship Contest”. Guy Weadick, an American trick roper, gathered four investors with the intention of putting on a world class rodeo event. Indeed, the first Stampede was a roaring success with over 100,000 spectators and over $20,000 in prize money. In 1923 both events were combined. Guy moved to Calgary so that he could work on the Stampede year-round. 

In 1954, 15 additional acres were purchased from the city to make the site 114 acres. The grounds have added another racetrack, a larger exhibition hall, and a curling rink. With the 1988 Olympic Games coming to Calgary, the Saddledome and The Roundup Centre were added to the site. In the last decade more land has been added as well as a fifteen-year $550 million dollar package of projects to increase and expand the Stampede. 

Today, the Stampede is world famous and has over $1,000,000 of prize money and approximately 1.2 million spectators during its 10-day run every July.  The parade alone has 350,000 spectators and starts the Stampede every year. The Stampede is unique in that is a volunteer based, not for profit local organization dedicated to promoting western heritage and values. There are year-round facilities and events with all revenue invested back into the organization. 

The Yukon

Yukon Tourist Attractions 

The Yukon is Canada’s true north and is situated north of British Columbia, and West of the Northwest Territories. Try a Yukon Wilderness Adventure Package for an experience you’ll never forget. Charter a flight over Canada’s highest peak; Hike in the Kluane region full of lush valleys and icy mountains; Whitewater raft in the Tatshenshini River beside enthralling glaciers; Canoe around the Yukon River; Fish for northern pike and Arctic graylings in the pristine lakes; Witness the Yukon Quest, which is the toughest dog-sled race in the world; Visit the Yukon’s newest park Tombstone; or enter the Tage Cho Interpretive Center, which shows how life may have been hundreds of years ago. As you can see there are many fun places to visit in the Yukon. 

Yukon Mountains 

The Yukon Territory in Canada contains five magnificent mountain ranges including the Coast Mountain, the Mackenzie Mountains, Ogilvie Range, the Pelly Mountains, and the Saint Elias Mountains. The Saint Elias Mountain Range boasts the highest Canadian Mountain – Mount Logan! 

The Coast Mountains 

The Coast Mountains extend along the Pacific Coast, and the highest peak reaches to 13,260 feet. The Coast Mountain Range is predominantly composed of metamorphic rock, and includes a variety of glaciers, rivers (Fraser, Skeena, and Stikine), and deep canyons. The heavy rainforests of the range contribute to the Yukon’s lumber industry, and the mountains help to harbor one of Canada’s largest hydroelectric plants! 

The Mackenzie Mountain Range 

The Mackenzie Mountain Range exists in eastern Yukon in the southwest Mackenzie area, and extends to the British Columbia border. The highest peak is Mount Sir James McBrien at 9,049 feet. 

The Ogilvie Mountain Range 

The Ogilvie Mountain Range is situated in the eastern part of the Yukon and extends to the border of the North West Territories. 

The Pelly Mountains 

The Pelly Mountains are situated north of the Rocky Mountains in the southern part of the Yukon. The mountain range is near the British Columbia border and contains the Pelly River Valley. The highest mountain peak is 9,500 feet. 

The Saint Elias Mountains 

The Saint Elias Mountains are part of the Coast Ranges in the southwestern part of the Yukon Territory. The mountain range extends to southeastern Alaska, and rises an amazing 19,850 feet! Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan, is at the 19,850 feet mark. The Saint Elias Mountain Range also contains Kluane National Park. 

About Nunavut: The Pristine North

Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory. Home to approximately 29,000 residents it is located in the far north: everything north of 60 degrees north is Nunavut, including the Islands of Hudson Bay, James Bay and Ungava Bay that are part of the provinces of Manitoba Ontario or Quebec. Nunavut became a territory in 1992 after the Tunngavfik Federation and the Canadian Government came to an agreement regarding Inuit Land claims.   In 1999 Nunavut was officially separated from the Northwest Territories and became its own territory. 

Nunavut History 

Nunavut is unique in that its population still lives according to traditional routines and practices. In a land that has no wood for cooking, much of the food eaten is raw or smoked. Many live as their ancestors did. The first language taught in school is Inuktitut.  

Thirty percent of the population in Nunavut is involved in making traditional art and crafts. Prints, stone carving, print making and weaving, bone and – each community has its own style and art forms. Products made in Nunavut are the best in the world, unparalleled in their craftsmanship and ancient methodology. 

Nunavut Tourist Attractions and Wildlife 

Nunavut is pristine and is for wild life lovers. The area is largely untouched by humans, save for the Inuktitut who have been there for thousands of years. They have preserved the land and its wildlife, taking only what they need and not creating any garbage. The opportunity for viewing wild life in the natural habitat is unique- for nowhere else will you find northern wildlife that has not been hunted to extinction. They live in sanctuaries and are accessible by sea- kayaking tours or guided tours on foot or by snow mobile in winter. 

Some of the wildlife that live in Nunavut is: walrus, grizzly bears, and an immense variety of birds, polar bears, musk oxen, the beluga whale, caribou, narwhals and bowhead.  There are boats and guides for hire that will take you on a tour and treat you to a picnic lunch on an ice floe. There are 11 bird sanctuaries alone where you can see the snowy owl, sandhill cranes, gyrfalcons, jaegers, loons, to name just a few. 

Nunavut Regional Parks and Wildlife 

There are 24 regional parks in Nunavut. Over 2,000 people a year flock to see mountains, glaciers and polar bears musk ox, foxes, and fowl at home. These national parks are also the site of many archeological treasures that provide links to the distant past. Keep in mind these sanctuaries are very remote and not easily accessible and guides must always inform local RCMP before taking visitors on a tour. 

Nunavut Boat Tours and Nunavut Cruises 

There are cruises as well and they are luxurious.  See the fjords and whale watch from your deck.  Tour the High Arctic cruises or the South Baffin Islands. The high Arctic Cruises are actually on ice breakers. It is possible to go as far north to Ellesmere Island. Cape Baffin has a world-renowned community of artists that sell their work year-round. 

Planning your trip to Nunavut is a must. There are only a few airlines that fly there and know that everything is much more expensive there than in the rest of Canada. This is due to the fact of its remote location and supplies must be imported by air. 

Free hard copies of vacation planners are available from: info@nunavuttourism.com 

For general information go to: http://www.nunavuttourism.com 

About Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is chock full of breathtaking beauty, vibrant culture, and a conspicuous heritage. Explore the magnificent cliffs, scenic beaches and bays, and cozy villages. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada In Baddeck where you’ll find out about one of Canada’s most recognized scientists. Participate in the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, which features world-class theatre productions. Enjoy the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which features permanent collections by contemporary and historic Nova Scotians. Experience the Jost Vineyards in Malagash where you’ll be able to taste award winning wines brewed from a variety of local grapes 

Nova Scotia Tourism – Fishing Charters 

Enjoy a wildlife adventure at the Margaree Forks on Cape Breton Island by booking a guided fishing charter! Try Margaree Lodge Resort where you’ll enjoy fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Speckled Trout and Rainbow Trout while catching glimpses of moose and other wildlife. The Margaree Lodge Resort also offers a deep-sea fishing tour on a 30 foot, fully equipped charter, where you’ll fish for Mackerel, Cod, Hake, Pollack, Catfish, and Porbeagel Shark. Find great accommodations at the lodge, which features 30 double rooms and 2 large suites and a restaurant. Have a fishing charter experience full of great fish, service and memories!  
 

About Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s landscape ranges from high granite peaks and vast pastures, to over 17,000 kilometers of rugged coastline. Newfoundland and Labrador offer grand natural attractions including massive icebergs drifting along the coast, whales surfacing in one of the many bays, and moose grazing in the open marshes. Newfoundland’s mountains harbor Gros Morne National Park, and Terra Nova National Park. 
 
Newfoundland and Labrador offer a variety of cultural destinations, tourist attractions, tours, wilderness experiences, and festivals. If you’re a wildlife fanatic, visit the Woody Island Resort in Placentia Bay where you can whale watch, see dolphins, birdwatch, and enjoy friends and family around a beach bonfire! If you’re into theatre, check out the Bowring Park Amphitheatre in St. John’s, which features an open-air theatre with Children’s concerts, Shakespeare, folk concerts, magic shows and more!  

Participate in sailing programs at the Sea School of Newfoundland in Holyrood where sailing levels range from novice to advanced. For an unforgettable adventure, take part in Mullowney’s Puffin and Whale Tours where you’ll see humpback whales, seabirds, icebergs, a shipwreck site and additional wildlife. Take a double decker bus tour around St. John’s with the British Island Tours company and see the best sites in North America’s oldest city 

Exciting Fishing Trips in Newfoundland 

If you’re a fishing fanatic, be sure to check out the St. John’s fishing lodge – a world class 236-foot floating lodge! It one of Newfoundland’s top travel destinations for fisherman and corporate groups. The lodge features a nine-hole putting green on the back deck, a hot tub, a gym, a gift shop, private bathrooms and showers, a dining room, a bar, and a lounge with a panoramic view of the fishing area!  
 
Enjoy Newfoundland’s wildlife by booking a guided fishing charter! Try Gander River Outfitters Inc. in St. John’s where you’ll be equipped with a guide and an instructor. For accommodations, choose from a lodge or resort near the outpost. You can also book a charter with Canadian Adventure – White Feather Lodge in Springdale, which provides great service, and a fishing trip full of awesome memories! 

About New Brunswick

New Brunswick is located on Canada’s east coast along the Atlantic Ocean. The province is easily accessible from Ontario, Quebec, New England, and from American cities along the eastern seaboard. While visiting New Brunswick, try some great seafood dishes, go whale watching, go bird-watching in some world-renowned areas in the province, bask on a beach on one of the three coastlines, visit the Bay of Fundy or the Appalachian mountains! 
 
Enjoy New Brunswick’s natural beauty while taking a Fundy Coastal drive, a River Valley drive, an Acadian Coastal drive, or a Miramichi River drive! Don’t forget to visit cultural spots highlighted by Aborigianl, Acadian, Brayonne, Irish, and Scottish nationalities! Stop at New Brunswick’s capital city Fredericton and enjoy delightful entertainment, dining, and sightseeing. After an interesting day in Fredericton, enjoy a cozy five-star bed and breakfast at the Country Lane B & B Inn, or pamper yourself at the luxurious Red Rose Mansion built in 1904! 

Province of New Brunswick Charter Airplanes 

Charter an airplane with Atlantic Charters, which lifts off from the Bay of Fundy (Grand Manan Island) and travels as far north as Goose Bay, as far west as Toronto, and as far south as Boston. Atlantic Charters will provide for all personal travelling around the province of New Brunswick, and also provides air ambulance support. 

The St. Martins Caves, New Brunswick Tourist Attractions 

On the way to Fundy Trail, be sure to check out the sea caves of Mac’s Beach at St. Martins. Notice the red sandstone cliffs, marvel at the Bay of Fundy’s giant tides, wade in the tidal brooks, and explore the amazing caves.  

Tide Head, New Brunswick Fishing 

Experience a world class fishing tour with one of New Brunswick’s top fishing charters, Craswell Guide Services, where you’ll fish for Spring Salmon on the Restigouche River! Tour with a guide all over Lake Ontario, enjoy great service, and enjoy private or hotel accommodations. 
 

Quebec: La Belle Province

Quebec or la Belle Province as it is known is Canada’s largest province. Its Francophone population makes one feel like one is in Europe- there is nowhere like Quebec in North America! Its rolling farmlands, beautiful rivers and lakes, plus its fabulous cities and historic sites make it effortless for any visitor to enjoy. 

The first settlers in Quebec were the Inuits who emigrated from Asia thousands of years ago. Vikings and Basque whalers came 1000 years ago. The area was popular because of its abundant fishing, hunting and trapping opportunities. 

Quebec was founded by French settlers in the 1600’s. Quebec City, one of Canada’s oldest cities, was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. The name Quebec comes from the native word, “kebee” which refers to all the land disputes and confrontations that carried on between the French and the First Nations Peoples. The French were gradually sequestered in Quebec as the English conquered Canada, and this has only made the French culture in Quebec stronger. 

Quebec Parks and Outdoors 

If you like outdoor activities, Parc National de la Jacques Cartier is a must see. Located north of Quebec City, this one of a kind park offers mountains, lakes and rivers. You can hike, climb, canoe fish, the list is endless. Or go in winter and go back country skiing, or snow shoeing. 

Quebec City Historic Sites and Attractions 

Quebec City is over 400 hundred years old, and is the provincial capital as well as the home of many historic sites.  Artillery Park, the Plains of Abraham, and the Parliament buildings- it’s all in Quebec City. There are religious tours as well if you are interested in exploring the history of Catholicism in Quebec. The city has an extremely vibrant night life, with clubs, festivals and concerts year-round! Cirque de Soleil has shows in Quebec City in the summer and the Grand Theatre de Quebec is the place to go for opera or symphonic music. 

Quebec Day Trips to Montreal and Ottawa 

Montreal is located on the St. Lawrence River and is a two-hour drive from the nation’s capital, Ottawa. It is truly a unique city; a taste of Europe awaits the novice traveler who has not been there before! Montreal has it all: festivals, shopping, historic sites, an incredible nightlife- you just can’t do it all! The summer is the best time to go, because the Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs festivals are on. These are two world class events that are not to be missed. Old Montreal near the St. Lawrence River is what remains of the first buildings that were constructed when the city was founded. Walk around the cobbled streets and imagine what it was like to live hundreds of years ago. Dinner at 2am is no problem in Montreal as restaurants are still open! 

Tourist Destination Knowlton 

Knowlton is a charming village 100 km east of Montreal and is in the area known as the Eastern Townships. This hub of small villages is a popular tourist destination and has golf courses, a theatre,  a marina, a lavender farm, skiing, shopping and sleigh rides in the winter. 

Go to Quebec and take part in Canada’s rich culture and history. When it’s time to go, you’ll be saying, ”Salut!” rather than goodbye. 

http://www.quebecregion.com/en?a=vis 
http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Discover-montreal 
http://www.knowltonquebec.ca/indexE.php 

The most popular places to visit in the province of Quebec are Montreal and Quebec City. Quebec City is the capital of the province and features a charming French, old world feel. Enjoy the St. Lawrence River, and the impressive Hotel Chateau Frontenac. Explore the plains of Abraham where wars between the French and British were fought. Take a tour through the old part of the city on a horse drawn carriage, and discover hidden treasures in the boutiques, bakeries and shops. Experience the nearby ski hill, Val Saint – Come; Visit the Canyon Sainte-Anne, which was forged by an ancient glacier; Take a Sepaq fishing trip or guided sport hunting tour; and take part in the one of the world’s largest winter carnivals Le Carnival de Quebec. 

Facts about Manitoba

Manitoba is the central province of Canada. It is located between Saskatchewan and Ontario. Manitoba is large, over 649,947 square miles and it has over 110, 000 lakes. It is twice the size of the United Kingdom.  The population is 1.2 million and its capital city is Winnipeg. 

The word ‘Manitoba’ comes from the Cree word “manito-wapow” which means “the strait of the spirit”. The word ‘manitou’ means ‘spirit’ and the word is meant to echo the sound of the Creator or spirit banging a drum which is echoed in waves crashing ashore on Manitoba’s many lakes. 

First Nations Peoples of Manitoba 

The earliest First Nations peoples living in Manitoba can be dated as far back as 10 000 – 13 000 BC.  

The linguistic differentiations of Manitoba First Nations are:  Algonquian (Cree and Ojibway-Cree), Siouan (Dakota) and Athapaskan (Chipewyan or Dene) and Michif (Métis). 

In ancient times First Nations Peoples relied on the grasslands and the massive buffalo herds for food, clothing and tools. Tribes in the wooded areas ate berries, moose caribou and used the timber to make shelters. It is amazing they were able to live so well off the land using only what nature had available. They were completely self-sufficient. 

They are deeply connected to Mother Nature or The Great Creator and this is evident in their lifestyle and in the art that they make. 

 
For more information on Manitoba go to: 
http://www.gov.mb.ca/tourism/index.html 

History of Manitoba 

Historians can trace inhabitants in Manitoba as far back as the 13,000 BC. The first inhabitants were nomadic hunters that moved north from the area that is now Montana. The large grassland area provided ample hunting and trade developed rapidly as communities were settled- around 500 BC. Early trade items included copper, flint, fur timber, pipestone, and glass. 

The first Europeans came to Manitoba in 1612. By 1670 King Charles II granted a large part of the province as “the Governor &CO. of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson’s Bay”.  In 1811 the first agricultural center was established by Lord Selkirk. The founder of the province was Louis Riel who is also known as ‘the father of Manitoba”. He led the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870 and was head of the provisional government. Louis Riel decided the terms by which Manitoba would join the rest of Canada. Louis Riel remains a controversial figure: an execution during the rebellion led him to live in exile in Montana. When he returned to Saskatchewan to represent the Métis in the House of Commons he was arrested and eventually he was tried and executed for High Treason. Manitoba’s land was bought by the Canadian government from the Hudson’s Bay Company and Manitoba finally joined Canada in 1912. 

Manitoba is a business-oriented prairie province with and emerging high-technology industry. Manitoba is the most eastern of the three prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Its main natural resource is wheat, as it is an ideal province for farming. Enjoy the beaches and grass capped sand dunes of Manitoba, where you have over 100,000 lakes to choose from! There are many places to visit in Manitoba. Summers in this province are sunny and hot, whereas winters are bright but bitterly cold.  

Don’t miss out on festivals such as Folklorama, and Festival du Voyageur, which celebrates Manitoba’s French-Canadian history. If you love to golf, there are over 120 public and private golf courses to choose from including the Miniota Golf Course and Camp Site, the Sandhills Golf and Country Club, and the Restin Golf Course. Enjoy exhilarating adventure tours at Manitoba’s resorts including J.D’s Hunting and Fishing Lodge, or Jimmy Robinson’s Famous Sports Afield Duck Club. Relax at the end of the day in Manitoba’s capital city, Winnepeg, at the 5-star Fairmont Winnepeg, which is one of the top places to visit in Manitoba as well as stay. 

Go BIG: Go to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is smack dab in the middle of central Canada.  Despite its reputation for being mostly farming country, Saskatchewan has a wide range of attractions, places to go and things to do. Saskatchewan has an area of 566, 276 square kilometers and a population of just over one million. The major cities are Prince Albert, Regina (the capital), North Battleford, Moosejaw, Yorkton, and Swift Current. Saskatchewan got its name from the Cree word for its biggest river, the Saskatchewan River, which means ‘swift flowing river’. 

Saskatchewan History 

The province was first discovered by Europeans in 1690. Henry Kelsey travelled up the Saskatchewan River to trade furs with the First Nation peoples. There were many different tribes at that time including Algonquin, Athabaskan, Sioux, Cree, Atsina and Salteaux.  The first settlement was not established until almost one hundred years later, in 1774, when the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a trading post in the northeast called Cumberland House. In 1803 part of the land was given to the United States by France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and in 1818 it was given to the United Kingdom, but Saskatchewan did not join the Dominion of Canada officially until 1905. 

Saskatchewan or “the land of living skies” as it is called by locals, offers both rural and urban choices for tourists.  Saskatchewan has an astonishing 100, 000 lakes and rivers and that means there is an abundance of fishing and water sports! Swimming, boating, white water fishing, and rafting are just some of the things you can do. Little Manitou Lake offers unique briny waters that have therapeutic qualities. The combination of minerals gives the water a specific gravity that allows the human body to be buoyant, which helps those with joint problems find relief. Little Manitou Lake is one of three such lakes in the world. 

Saskatchewan is at the center of the three prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and is distinguished by the fact that it produces over 54% of the wheat grown in all of Canada. In addition, Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital city, is home to Canada’s only training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Saskatchewan also includes the sunshine capital of Canada – the city of Estevan! 

Saskatchewan Tourist Attractions 

Saskatchewan has casinos galore if you like to gamble! In Regina, there is the Casino Regina:  Historic Union Station that has been transformed into a full-service casino. The Dakota Dunes Casino just south of Saskatoon opened in 2007. In Central Saskatchewan there is the Painted Hand Casino (in Yorkton) and in the north be sure and check out Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert. 

If hunting is your game choose from one of the 200 outfitters who supply and accompany hunters for their excursions. Saskatchewan has a wide range of wild life and some of the best hunting you’ll find anywhere. 

Go big- Go to Saskatchewan! Any time of the year is a good time to go! http://www.sasktourism.com/ 

Things to Do in Saskatchewan 

Saskatchewan offers a variety of family attractions, romantic getaways, golf tours, adventure tours, and art exhibits and excursions. Enjoy Saskatchewan’s wilderness by trying a Fishing/Hunting package; Discover the heritage of Saskatchewan with a guided Heritage Regina Tour; Visit The Hepburn Museum of Wheat located within a refurbished Pool Elevator; Relax at the Pavelich Farm Bed and Breakfast; Check out the bird watcher’s paradise – Luck Lake Heritage Marsh; or enjoy good food, and small-town fun at the Meath Park Polka Festival 

Rosy Alberta

Its emblem is the wild rose: known for its rolling foothills, resorts, fishing and North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall, Alberta is the fastest growing of Canada’s Prairie Provinces.  Alberta has vast oil reserves, dinosaur fossils and some of the best skiing in the world. Take your pick of activity: winter, spring, summer or fall, indoors or out of doors. Alberta has it all. 

Jasper, Alberta Tourism Information 

Jasper, Alberta is home to the Athabasca River or ‘where weeds grow’, as the First Nations people call it. Flowing out of the Rocky Mountains near the Columbian Ice Shield, it is 7000 feet above sea level. It plunges downward as it winds its way through the Grand Rapids and flows into Lake Athabasca. Fort McMurray is the main urban center and its town. The area is also rich in oil and gold. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Fort McMurray was important trading center as well as a shipping route. The Athabasca River is one of the most pristine rives in North America and is very popular with both anglers and fishers. 

Jasper National Park is like being in the wild. This is one of the top places to visit in Alberta. Animals wander around freely and mountain sheep will come right up to your vehicle and try and steal your sandwiches! There is skiing galore as well as kayaking and multiple hiking trails.  

Banff, Alberta Tourism Information 

Banff is another world class resort town nearby and Canada’s first national park. Railway workers came across the natural hot springs in 1883 and decided to make to area a park for the public to enjoy. The park is an enormous 6641 kilometers in area and is one of the world’s premier destinations. Glaciers, rivers, forests, meadows as well as the Banff National Arts Centre are what Banff is famous for. Both Jasper and Banff are connected by the Icefields Parkway. 

Things to Do in Alberta 

Five of Canada’s fourteen UNESCO heritage sites are located in Alberta: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. 

West Edmonton Mall is located in the province’s capital city. If you’re in Edmonton, plan to spend at least one day there. There are hundreds of shops, an indoor amusement park, a water park, an indoor ice rink, and tons of free parking! West Edmonton has it all. Other tourist attractions in Edmonton include: The Fringe Festival, The Works Art and Design Festival, Fort Edmonton Park, The John Walter Museum, The Prince of Wales Museum and the Provincial Legislative Buildings. 

Calgary, a great tourist place to visit, is on the Bow River close to Banff and is known for its yearly Stampede. Other attractions include the Calgary Tower, The Pengrowth Saddledome, the Glenbow Museum, the Expo Latino Festival, Butterfield Acres Children’s Park, the Eau Claire Market, and the Arrata Opera Centre.  For more ideas on places to go in Alberta go to these sites: 
http://www.edmonton.ca/ 
http://www.visitcalgary.com/