It won’t be false to say that Alberta has been the most underrated place to visit when it comes to traveling in Canada. Most of the individuals who come to Canada, often aim to explore the nightlife in Toronto or head to the clear water beaches of British Columbia. Alberta has been least visited the place by foreign tourists, probably due to lack of knowledge about what it has to offer.
Alberta got its name from Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Lake Louise and Mount Alberta have also been named after the princess.
Let us take a look at some of the best places you can explore on your visit to Alberta.
1. Lake Louise
This photo of Lake Louise is more than just a window wallpaper. Somewhere down in the Canadian Rockies, a vast turquoise lake streams from the thousand years old glacier that still sits intact. The Fairmont Hotel that houses guests to the lake is mesmerizing and books guests months ahead of time. In any case, don't give this a chance to stop you from going by—there are campsites where you can enjoy the serenity in utmost peace. Alberta North Transport can help you plan your trip in budget and travel in comfort to the destination.
2. Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs is a five-star hotel is located at the foot of Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta. The hotel is close to natural hot-springs which are known for their medicinal qualities in treating skin related issues. The hotel operates all around the year and has 770 rooms to accommodate visitors. Depending on your budget, you can choose between a small 184sq ft room or an extravagant 1000sq ft presidential suite. Alberta North Transport can arrange for your travel to the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and is knowing for its passage to the majestic Canadian Rockies, but there is more history to it. Calgary was a former headqaurter base for the Royal Canadian Mounties. Calgary had played a vital role in economy of Canada. It was actively involved in the trade after formation of trans-canadian railway.
The Calgary Stampede is most popular events that takes places for two weeks in july every year. During the day, you can enjoy chuck-wagon races, rodeos, and more. At night the arena is filled with festival goers who witness top artists performing live on stage.
Calgary also has a Clock Tower which was built in the central zone in order to bring back glory to this trading hub. Built to be the tallest structure in the world at the time, it was designed to be an observation deck for tourists to see and enjoy the view of the nearby Rocky Mountains. The tower received its torch light during winter olympics in 1988, these days a flame burns at the top. Alberta North Transport can help you get the most out of your trip to calgary, our professional drivers and dedicated managers even help you to create specific itinerary.
Drumheller is located about an hour away from Calgary city, situated in the Alberta Badlands. Erosion from glaciers over thousands of years has caused the formation of these local grand canyons. There is more to these formations Over the years, scients have discovered dinosaur remains in this region. A lot of archaeologists believe that they are yet to discover more dinosaur bones hidden in this region. So hop in our bus and let's have some adventure.
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, and houses a significant portion of the territory's best exhibition halls, colleges and culture centers. In spite of the fact that it's second to Calgary in terms of population, Edmonton takes up a territory bigger than the city of Chicago. This makes Edmonton one of the least poplated city North America. So you anticipate getting around to visit the sights you might need to think about hiring a car. In my very own experience you have to be a good driver in order to drive here.
Because Edmonton is so spread out, they have several large parks and recreation areas. One of the biggest known sites for fun and a number one destination spot for tourists is the West Edmonton Mall. When the mall was built in 1981 (and until 2004), it was the largest mall in the world! After larger malls were built in the Middle East, West Ed. still retains the title of largest in North America and fifth in the world. Edmonton is also home to Alberta North Transport and our operational base.
6. Lethbridge Japanese Gardens
Lethbridge might seem like the last place to have a Japanese Garden, however, it does and the gardens attract tourists from every corner of the world. During WWII a lot of captured Japanese soldiers were brought to Lethbridge to be kept at some prison camps. When the war ended, most of them decided to stay in the area. They built the Japanese Gardens in order to feel closer to home.
The garden is not open year round, so make sure to plan your trip to Lethbridge during the garden's open seasons.
7. Dinosaur Provincial Park
Alberta is also home to the majestic Dinosaur Provincial Park which is a UNESCO heritage site. IT is regarded as heaven for geeky scientists, as it gloats one of the biggest dinosaur finds on the planet. Being miles away from civilization you can feel isolated and unwind yourself in peace. Local residents love to visit the park for fun and outdoor activities..
8. Jasper Provincial Park
Next in the line is Jasper Provincial Park which is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. You can get to the Park whether by train, bus hire, or your own car. The park is situated deep in the Canadian Rockies. It consists of picturesque landscapes and other fun activities to do while there. Apart from this you can also hire a special bus and take a tour of mighty glaciers at icefield.
9. Writing-on-Stone National Park
Near the Alberta/Montana border and just 44 km east of the small town of Milk River is the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Canada recently nominated the park to UNESCO for World Heritage status.
This park boasts having over 50 petroglyphs (stone-carved images) created by the Blackfoot Native Americans, which date as far back as 7000 B.C. Some of the petroglyphs have been damaged, so it is hard to discern many of the images.
10. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Near Fort Macleod is an obscure museum called Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn more about or explore Native American culture.
The museum is built into the side of a cliff that was used by the plains' Indians for thousands of years as a buffalo trap. Large herds of buffalo would be lured and stampeded to jump over the side of the cliff every season. The meat was so plentiful for the tribes that they were able to support large communities year-round.
After seeing the exhibits, you will leave with a newfound or renewed respect for the first North Americans.