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Travel Destinations in Alberta
Calgary

What used to be a wide expanse of farming and ranching country is now the modern cosmopolitan city of Calgary, Alberta. Residents of Calgary enjoy the best of both worlds: the foothills and Rocky Mountains on one side, open prairies on the other, and a vibrant city life to balance it all off. Stay in a Calgary, Alberta hotel or Bed and Breakfast, and be right at the center of all the activity.

Get on your cowboy boots and explore the surrounding area of Western-style communities such as Bragg Creek, Cochrane and Okotoks, with activities such as fishing, horseback riding, ranching, and farming. These communities share their lifestyle and history with visitors through museums such as the interactive Western Heritage Center in Cochrane where the history of ranching in the region is displayed, and visitors observe calf-roping, branding and sheep shearing. The immensely popular Calgary Stampede is the event of the year, where 173 acres are filled with visitors enjoying shows, chuck wagon racing, games, rodeo activities, shopping, and a midway. Patrons dress in western garb and eat pancake breakfasts in the street before heading off for some good ole' country fun.

If you're not a cowboy at heart, you will still be impressed with the exciting urban life that Calgary boasts. What used to be a ranching and meat-packing based economy is now a corporate headquarters for the many oil and telecommunications companies that are based in Calgary. This boom in the economy has made Calgary one of Canada's fastest growing cities; in fact, Calgary has been Canada's fastest growing economic region for seven of the last 10 years. Go shopping at Eau Claire Market, check out the Calgary Zoo (Canada's second largest), or the famous Calaway Park (Canada's largest outdoor amusement park). Calgary has its own symphony orchestra and opera company. Book Calgary Alberta accommodations and see what the buzz is about.

Edmonton

The capital of Alberta, Edmonton, is known as the "Gateway to the North" since it is a transportation hub and gateway to regions such as the Yukon and Northwest Territories. It began as an oil town, and is now Canada's oil capital, with 2200 oil wells within a 40 km (25 mi) radius. This prosperous resource isn't the only thing drawing people to Edmonton, however. With more green space per capita than any other Canadian city, Edmonton is one of the prettiest prairie cities around.

Stay in an Edmonton, Alberta accommodation, and enjoy all Edmonton has to offer. Known as the festival city, Edmonton is always buzzing with activity, with at least one festival occurring each month, including Canada's largest Fringe Festival. Perhaps the most popular attraction in Edmonton is the West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world with 7 major attractions. Edmonton has several professional sports teams, and is home to The University of Alberta, established in 1908 after Edmonton was declared the capital city. The decision to make Edmonton the capital caused uproar amongst Calgarians, and the friendly competition is still evident on a variety of levels today. Stay in Edmonton and cast your vote for the greatest city in Alberta.

Lacombe

If you are a birdwatcher, flock to the Ellis Bird Farm where you can stroll through a collection of gardens and observe a variety of bird species.

Rocky Mountain House

Delve into the rich history of the fur trade at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park where marked trails take you through four original fur trading posts.

Whitecourt

Whitecourt is built at the fork of four rivers, so water sports such as fishing and boating are always popular here.

Grande Prairie

If you're a cowboy at heart, you will be right at home in Grande Prairie. Trail riding, calf roping, agricultural shows, farmers markets, and northern outdoor adventure activities will keep you entertained year-round.

Peace River

Go fishing in the wilderness of the Peace River district. This relatively remote area offers visitors a taste of the real, raw outdoors.

Fort McMurray

Known as Alberta's "Northern Light", Fort McMurray is the perfect spot to admire the stunning Northern Lights. A true community town, Fort McMurray is close to fishing, hiking, canoeing and camping, while still providing all the amenities of a modern city.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

An oasis in the "desert" of Southern Alberta, this parkland straddles the Saskatchewan and Alberta borders, and offers outdoor activities for everyone.

Drumheller and Dinosaur Provincial Park

Everyone is dwarfed to childlike stature at this mind-boggling attraction, hosting one of the most extensive collections of fossil beds in the world.

Fort MacLeod

Ever wondered just how the Indian tribes steered the buffalo over the jump to their death? Find out at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a world heritage site as designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Waterton Lakes National Park

Prepare to see the most picturesque views around in this special location where the open prairies meet looming distant mountains. A hidden gem only beginning to be truly discovered.

Kananaskis and Canmore

Get ready to play in this premier recreation paradise, where bird watching, photography and every possible outdoor recreation activity is offered. At the end of the day, relax in one of several day spas in Canmore.

Banff National Park

World-renowned Banff National Park offers a small-town experience in the midst of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Spend the day skiing at one of three world-class ski resorts, camp out for the night, explore nearby caves and springs, cross-country ski spectacular trails, and relax in natural hot springs to unwind. The rumors are true: Banff is spectacular.

Lake Louise

Stand in awe at the sight of the green-blue waters of Lake Louise, in front of the towering Victoria Glacier. Ski at this internationally renowned destination, or cross-country ski, hike, horseback ride or bike Lake Louise's world-class trails. White water rafting on four nearby rivers is also popular with the thrill-seeking tourist.

The Columbia Icefield

The largest ice field south of Alaska, the Columbia Icefield will astonish you. Walk around on glacial ice at Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, and taste pure glacial waters.

Jasper National Park

Visitors to Jasper enjoy wildlife and nature untouched, unspoiled. Viewpoints overlooking falls, hot springs, lakes, ranching communities, and unparalleled wildlife experiences await you here in Jasper National Park.
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