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: