Taking Alberta Holidays offers a ‘little bit a country’ and ‘a little bit of City’, enough to keep you and your family entertained for weeks!
Are you and your family considering a vacation to Canada and looking at the Province of Alberta as an option but not sure what there is to see and do?
Well, Alberta is where I was born and worked for a few years after high school. Take it from me there are plenty of attractions in Alberta to keep you happy. There are simply way too many to list here, but I will offer some of my favorite attractions when visiting Alberta.
First, have a look at this beautiful new high definition video on Alberta tourism. Without a doubt, the most spectacular video I have viewed in many years on travel.
As you can see by this remarkable video, Alberta is a year round playground filled with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.
A Few Facts About Alberta Canada
Alberta is located in the western part of Canada, with the Province situated next door to British Columbia on the west and the Prairie Province of Saskatchewan to the east. It is the fourth largest in Canada so there is plenty of open space and areas for you and your family to discover. It is spread out over 256,000 square miles with a population nearing 4 million.
The climate is dry with beautiful warm temperatures in the summer and dry cold winters. The famous Rocky Mountains are in the western portion of the Province situated less than 2 hours west of the popular and well known City of Calgary.
A vast Province filled with mountain regions, flat lands and beautiful farm country throughout. For more detailed information on Alberta, [click here].
Plenty to See and Do In the Province of Alberta
“Stunning Lake Louise in Banff Alberta!”
1 – Jasper & Banff Alberta
Let’s have look at a few of the more popular tourist attractions in this Province and 2 of the largest Cities in the Province as well and what you can enjoy on your Alberta holiday.
Perhaps the most popular region in the Province and most visited by tourists is Jasper and Banff Alberta. These two towns are located in the heart of Alberta’s National Park and the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
The four hour journey north and south of Jasper and Banff are perhaps the most beautiful scenery you will ever experience most anywhere else in the world. It is no wonder why thousands of tourists visit this region year after year!
Camping is seasonal and for obvious reasons as the winters can be harsh and extremely cold in the Alberta Mountains!
Enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports and activities both in winter and summer months.
World re-known snow skiing in Banff and other popular locations are to be found in the winter.
Enjoy a new and safe off road paved bike trail taking you on a picturesque scenic journey from Banff to Canmore Alberta.
Go horse- back riding, hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking or whatever your heart desires within the National Park. One of my favorite destinations when traveling in the Park is visiting the wonderful and natural ‘Hot Springs Pools’.
Here are a few ‘tourism websites‘ for you to check out for this region of Alberta.
- Travel Alberta
- Banff Lake Louise National Park
- Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
- Jasper Travel
- Parks Canada (Miette Hot springs)
The World Famous Calgary Stampede
“Rodeo Entertainment at the Stampede!”
2 – Calgary, Alberta
Perhaps the most well-known and less than a 2 hour drive from Banff is the largest City in the Province known as Calgary. This is a sprawling metropolis and the gateway to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. A perfect place to begin or end your family holidays in Alberta.
The City is famous for the annual ‘Calgary Stampede’. Each year for 10 days the City comes alive! Enjoy world class rodeo competition, parades, midways, fireworks, pancake breakfasts, attractions and entertainment galore for the whole family to enjoy.
“Calgary Alberta Skyline”
For more information on Calgary, visit:
Enjoy the Molson Indy in Edmonton
Update: Cancelled for the 2013 season
3 - Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and is located in Central Alberta just 2 hours North of Calgary. Edmonton is where I was born, a lovely City with numerous attractions for you and your family to discover.
“City of Edmonton Alberta”
Perhaps the most popular Alberta tourist attraction in Edmonton is the ‘West Edmonton Mall’.
Built entirely indoors, this is not just a shopping Mall. It houses one of the largest indoor wave pools and water park to be found most anywhere, an indoor roller coaster, movie theaters and so much more. You can spend days on end at this spectacular shopping Mall and still not have seen everything.
Check out the West Edmonton Mall [Here].
This is an amazing facility that should not to be missed and an excellent addition to add to your Family Holidays in Canada. There are plenty of attraction and entertainment throughout the weekend for the whole family to enjoy.
As well, Edmonton hosts its annual fair each summer known as ‘Klondike Days’.
The Drumheller Dinosaur Museum – A Major Family Attraction
4 – Tyrrell Museum
“The Dinosaur Capital of the World”
Only a 90-minute drive from Calgary, Alberta is the town of Drumheller and the beautiful Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum. This is by far one of the best attractions in Alberta and a ‘must see’ for all those visiting. This museum houses some of the biggest selections of actual dinosaur skeletons found anywhere in the world!
5– The Canadian Badlands
“Beautiful Hoodoos in the Badlands of Alberta”
Also known for this area surrounding the town of Drumheller is the ‘Canadian Badlands’ where you will discover some of the best scenery in Canada. Some other great Alberta tourist attractions in the area include:
- The Badlands Historical Museum
- Tour an Old Coal Mine
- The World’s Largest Dinosaur exhibit
- Museums Galore
- Art Galleries
- Outdoor Summer Theatres
- Horseshoe Canyon
There is so much in this area alone to keep you and your family entertained for days!
I have included 2 very handy websites for you on Drumheller Alberta and the Tyrell Museum.
These are just a few of the major attractions that I recommend seeing when looking at things to do in Alberta for your family vacation.
This Province is full of surprises and has something to offer most everyone year round. So if you enjoy summer family camping holidays or any other form of travel, be sure to include Alberta in your visit to Canada.
” Visit Alberta’s Museum’s”
A favorite among many tourists visiting Canada is to arrive and enjoy Holidays in British Columbia combined with their Alberta holiday for the other way around. This is a favorite among many travelers and a great opportunity for you and your family to enjoy both amazing Provinces at the same time.
For those looking for something extra special, there are some fantastic Canadian Train Travel vacations departing from either Province as well.
So start planning your Alberta Holidays today for a wonderful family vacation!
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Did You Know …
” The Trans-Canada Highway is the longest highway in the world, running between Victoria, British Columbia and St. John’s, Newfoundland, with a length of 7,821 km / 4,860 miles.”