Alberta has a pretty strong reputation for itself—especially with the oil market in the turmoil it’s in. However, contrary to popular belief, Alberta has a lot more going for it than oil and fossil fuels. It also has some of the most beautiful destinations in Canada. Here are the top five spots you need to check out to see all of Alberta’s natural beauty in its fullest.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park is one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Alberta. Located 130kms west of Calgary, the area features impressive mountain scenery, major ski resorts, gorgeous lakes, glaciers, trails, and abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, caribou, and elk.
Beautiful turquoise waters that reflect a surrounding mountain scape and the Victoria Glacier make Lake Louise one of the most stunning sights of the Banff National Park. With fabulous views, shoreline walkways, and canoe rentals, as well as proximity to a wintertime ski resort, Lake Louise promises an exquisite Alberta experience.
Moraine Lake sits in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Turquoise waters surrounded by 3,000 meter high snow-capped peaks and containing the Wenkchemna Glacier, the setting was formerly featured on the reverse side of Canada’s twenty dollar bill. Trails walk you through stunning views, where you can hear the faint rumbling of falling glaciers and landslides in the distance.
Turn from turquoise waters to step through a time portal that could easily be taking you back to prehistoric Alberta. Drumheller, located 140kms northeast of Calgary, calls itself the Town of the Dinosaurs. Wander through the badlands, featuring interesting hiking trails, hoodoos, and unique rock formations, or take a driving tour through the Dinosaur Trail, where 755 million years ago various species of dinosaurs inhabited the region, leaving behind them a plethora of fossils. Be sure to check out the Royal Tyrrell Museum for its Paleontological displays and see Alberta in a whole new light.