National Parks and Reserves in Alberta

About an hourís drive east of Calgary lies the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the history, culture and traditions of the Siksika Nation. Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park was established to protect and preserve the Siksika Nation Peoplesí language, culture and traditions, and has become a leader in environmental stewardship, achieving LEED certification. They have installed waterless urinals, a controlled low-voltage lighting system that includes ceiling sensors, timed faucets, and an energy controlled heating and ventilation system.

If the name of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump doesnít intrigue you to come and visit, then its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site certainly will. In 1981 Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump became a protected site, placing it among other world attractions such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands. The interior of the building is made up of five distinct levels depicting the ecology, mythology, lifestyle and technology of Blackfoot peoples, who have been using the vast plains for more than 5,500 years.

Alberta also has five national parks to visit, each creating a unique opportunity to spot some of Canadaís most renowned wildlife and travel through breathtaking mountainous terrain. Icy glaciers, verdant alpine meadows, natural mineral hot springs, vast forests, and even rolling prairie hills can be found in the over fifty thousand square kilometres of protected land. Visit and witness moose, elk, deer, black bears, bighorn sheep and even bison roam in their natural environments. There are many non-motorized activities to do in the national parks, including skiing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, windsurfing and low-trace camping.

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