What are some of the best things to see in Alberta. What is there to do in Alberta, Canada? List of tourist attractions in Alberta, Canada? Is Alberta a good place to visit? What are the Rocky Mountains like? What is there to see or do in Calgary, Alberta? What is there to see or do in Edmonton, Alberta? What are some good tourist attractions in Southern Alberta.
Alberta is a large province in Western Canada. It is considered a prairie province but is actually very diverse, with desert in the south, mountains to the west, lakes and vast forests to the north, and prairie centrally and to the east. Alberta is home to over 3.7 million people, is more than four times the size of the state of California, and is a great place for tourists.
The capital city of Edmonton is a popular gateway for air travel to the province. Edmonton is centrally located and offers many tourist attractions, including West Edmonton Mall, a shopping and entertainment mall that requires at least a day to visit. Edmonton also has a zoo, Fort Edmonton, and natural history museum among other tourist attractions, and festivals.
©by author at the Village at Pigeon Lake, a small tourist area located 1 hour SW of Edmonton.
About a three hour drive south of Edmonton is the city of Calgary. It is actually larger than Edmonton, and has many tourist attractions and events, including the Calgary Stampede. Other attractions include the Calgary zoo, Heritage Park, and the Calgary tower. The Rocky Mountains are visible from Calgary.
The Rocky Mountains
There are many tourist attractions in the Rocky Mountains, from Waterton Park in the south, to Banff National Park, and Jasper further north. These parks all offer many hiking trails for all levels of experience, natural beauty, wildlife, and many photo opportunities, as well as shopping. Roads are generally good except in winter when travel for inexperienced winter drivers is not advised, although there is a lot of skiing in the area for those who are confident drivers in winter conditions.
©by author - Lake Louise
Southern Alberta is technically considered a desert due to the lack of rainfall. Rattlesnakes, bull snakes, pronghorn antelope, and black widow spiders call this area home, although you are unlikely to encounter any. There are many places to visit in southern Alberta as well as just admiring the diverse landscape. Some places of interest include Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Writing on Stone Park, Red Rock Coulee and the Swan Hills. Southern Alberta also is home to Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat, the last of which is home to the world's largest tepee.
Southern Alberta is also home to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Drumheller and the badlands. Fans of dinosaurs and paleontology will love the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
To the north of Edmonton is mostly bush, and lakes, this is oil country, there are cities and towns but few tourists venture north from Edmonton unless headed to the Yukon or for hunting and fishing.
Some of the Other Alberta Attractions
Other things to see and do in Alberta include:
World's Largest Easter Egg in Vegreville, to the east of Edmonton.
Vulcan in southern Alberta – for Star Trek fans.
Alberta Prairie Railway excursions – from Stettler.
A popular route for tourists is from Edmonton to Drumheller, to Calgary, to Banff, to Jasper, and back to Edmonton, or visa versa. This can be done in as few as 4 days, but a week is better. Drumheller is an option and could be easily removed from this route as it is not directly between Edmonton and Calgary.
Interesting Fact: Alberta is one of the few places of the world that is “rat free”.