At a glace
Backed by the soaring snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta boasts some pretty dramatic scenery. From expansive emerald green lakes and sprawling National Parks, to sheer rock walls and vast icefields, intrepid travellers are definitely in for a treat. Even Alberta’s vibrant towns are surrounded by stunning landscapes, meaning you never feel all that far from nature, even in the midst of city life. Dubbed the Festival City, Edmonton is a great place to check out a whole host of lively night spots and live music venues, whilst over in Calgary you’ll find outdoor rodeos and line-dancing cowboys that look like they’ve stepped straight off the set of a western.
Where to go
Wind your way through the mountains, stopping off at Banff National Park for a swim in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, or head off to Lake Louise for a cocktail or two overlooking sparkling waters. Over in Jasper, set off across the Athabasca Glacier or fly up into the mountains on a heli-hiking tour. For those in search of some city buzz, we’d recommend grabbing your cowboy hat and joining the party at the Calgary Stampede – the world’s largest outdoor rodeo (July). For a touch of culture take a trip to Edmonton during the International Jazz Festival (June-July) or Fringe Theatre Festival (Aug).
Why we love it
Alberta is all about the great outdoors. Whether that means lacing up those walking boots and unleashing your inner explorer, or staying closer to home comforts and indulging in an outdoor rodeo or open-air concert. No matter how active you’re feeling, you can’t help but be bowled over by the region’s beautiful landscapes. Our advice is to get out and see as much of it as possible, from canoeing calm alpine waters, to settling into the scenery at a lakeside lodge, hot chocolate in hand.