Discover Alberta - reasons to visit

Alberta is home to 43 First Nations in three treaty areas—their cultures are distinct and diverse. Explore 10,000 years of First Nations life at ancient sites and museums around Alberta. Paddle the same waterways of original Métis fur trappers. Discover ancient petroglyphs and rock art, learn to make hand drums or sleep in a teepee next to North America’s best-preserved buffalo jump.

Agriculture and tourism are two of Alberta’s top industries so agri-tourism opportunities are plentiful and varied. Try a country holiday on a working farm, visit a rural fair, a farmers' market, pick your own produce or buy direct from the grower. Spend some time on the traditional and then discover what local producers are doing to meet new market demands for regional cuisine. The sky's the limit.

Searching for an authentic western experience? You don’t have to settle for a Hollywood movie - in Alberta you’ll find the real thing. From high country ranch vacations to rodeos and fairs, museums, historic sites, western jamborees and even a cowboy poetry festival, make time to experience it all.

Rocky Mountains
Canada’s Rocky Mountains occupy the most western edge of Alberta. The Rockies can be enjoyed year round and are home to 3 National Parks: Jasper, Banff and Waterton Lakes.

National Parks
Canada’s national parks have been established to protect and preserve large tracts of wilderness and diverse wildlife habitats. Alberta's national parks offer spectacular scenery, countless outdoor activities, natural history interpretive guiding and an unparalleled opportunity to reconnect with nature. Alberta is home to five National Parks: Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Elk Island National Park, and Wood Buffalo National Park.

Alberta hosts many major festivals and events throughout the year. Come discover why Edmonton is called Canada’s “Festival City” and what makes the Calgary Stampede the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”

In the southeastern quadrant of Alberta is a swath of lunar-like landscape known as the Canadian Badlands. This ancient seabed is home to some of the world's richest deposits of prehistoric fossils and dinosaur finds. Take a fascinating journey millions of years back in time.

Outdoor Adventures
Alberta has some of the most diverse terrain found anywhere in Canada. This variety lends is self to excellent habitats to all kinds of wildlife and ways to enjoy the natural surroundings. Fishing, hunting, horseback riding, climbing, kayaking, bird watching and golfing are some of the most popular activities in Alberta.

Spas and Relaxation
Whether you’re looking for a Canadian Rockies resort spa or simply an hour or two of pampering at a city day spa, Alberta spoils you for choice. Experience the bliss of a natural hot spring (the original spa), a European-style facial or a restorative reflexology treatment. Your options are endless.

Skiing and Winter Fun
Alberta is home to the Canadian Rockies. In winter the mountains are alive with activities including skiing and snowboarding. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are increasingly popular along with dog sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing and igloo building!

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