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5 Must-See Locations In Alberta
That Aren’t Calgary Or Edmonton
Driving across the prairie, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it goes on forever. As you approach Drumheller, you descend into the lush oasis that is the Red Deer River Valley, and badlands begin to shoot up above your head. You’re truly in a unique place. Harness your inner paleontologist at The Royal Tyrell Museum, take a walk on Mars along the Hoodoos Trail, satisfy the history buffs at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, or let your cowpoke loose at the Last Chance Saloon in the community of Wayne.
Banff National Park needs no introduction. Not only is it one of the most breathtaking places in Alberta, but there’s also a virtually endless list of activities to do here. The nature enthusiasts will love the hiking and biking, beach babes can flock to Two Jack Lake or Johnson Lake (be sure to check out the rope swing!), and the town of Banff itself is eagerly awaiting all the shoppers, foodies, and artists.
Just driving to Jasper is worth the trip on its own. The Icefields Parkway has to be one of the most dazzling stretches of road in the world. Marvel at the Columbia Ice Fields, face your fears atop the Glacier Sky Walk, wander around the town of Jasper, and explore the countless lakes, rivers, and trails that encompass it.
Waterton Park’s red tin roofs are nestled among towering mountain tops and overlooked by the iconic Prince Of Wales Hotel. This is a place you come to leave the daily rush behind and completely unwind. Being in Waterton Park is a treat in itself, whether you’re cruising around town on a Surrey Bike or indulging in an ice cream cone, but you’ll also love the hiking and canoeing opportunities as well.
Cochrane has managed to keep its vibe alive with rustic architecture and embrace the western country culture. It’s surrounded by great parks for picnics and leisurely walks, as well as unique experiences like the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Early Dawn Farm.
Located in the sun belt of Canada, Medicine Hat is a great place to get out and enjoy summer days. Lake Newell is a great spot to escape the heat, or head to Elkwater Lake and explore the Cypress Hills. While you’re in Medicine Hat you should also make a point of seeing the Saamis Tepee, it’s the world’s tallest!