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Alberta - Unique Experiences and Wildlife

Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscape and experiences. Filled with unique activities, urban charms and cultural jewels. Dazzling peaks, ancient glaciers, turquoise lakes and Banff and Jasper national parks define Alberta’s iconic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Along the province’s southern rolling foothills, visitors can discover the rich culture of First Nations communities. To the east, the red-hued Canadian Badlands where dinosaur adventures abound. This province is more than just a place to visit; it is a place to truly experience.

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There are not many places in the world where one lift ticket gives you access to 3 resorts and over 8000 acres of terrain set against awe-inspiring mountain views. A tri-area ticket also gives you complimentary access to shuttle transportation between hotels and the 3 ski resorts. The ski season runs from November until mid-May, with over 30 feet of annual snowfall.

Take a 15 minute chairlift ride up Mount Norquay and experience Banff like never before. Spectacular views overlooking the Town of Banff and across two valleys await. The stunning jagged edges of Mt. Rundle will be a feature for all your photos. Relax over a snack or meal, craft brews or a glass of wine at the the Cliff House Bistro at the top of the chair.

Canadian Photo Adventures provides an opportunity for people to learn photography skills from professional, award-winning photographers. Explore some of the most magnificent scenery in the Canadian Rocky Mountains during your next adventure, and sit back and relax while you tour amazing landscapes from the comfort of their private charter. Daily breakfast and in-field lunch are provided for three- and six-day tours, along with hotel accommodations for some three-day and all six-day tours (three-day tours without accommodation are also available). Transportation during all workshops is included. Start creating memories that will last a lifetime – call an Anderson Vacations specialist for a quote and full list of tour options.

The high elevations of Banff and Lake Louise make it an early contender for winter's gift of fresh snow. These ideal conditions create a winter playground for cross-country skiing. Many roads, meadows, lakes and trails transform into a sparkling paradise, perfect for this exhilarating winter pursuit. Cross-country ski rentals are available in both Banff and Lake Louise.

Build a connection to this World Heritage site as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hot spring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead and Lake Minnewanka Dam, relics of Banff's industrial past. Tour some classic viewpoints of Banff including Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos lookout. Throughout you will learn about wildlife, their habitat and protection. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points on the many stops of the tour. Additional highlights include Surprise corner for views of the Banff Springs hotel, Bow Falls, and Tunnel Mountain Drive. Maple cookie snacks and water are provided.

Snuggled cosily under a blanket the cool, crisp air whooshes past you as a team of huskies pulls your dogsled on a picturesque journey through mountain valleys. Dogsledding in Banff National Park just might be the once-in-a-lifetime activity you are looking for. To add even more excitement, you can try mushing the sled for yourself and guide a team of dogs down the trail.

Listen to Blackfoot guides tell stories of the ancient buffalo hunting culture at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built right into the natural landscape, the award-winning interpretive centre houses five levels of exhibits and explains how the Plains People organized complex communal buffalo hunts for almost 6,000 years as they lived off the land for their survival. Feel the beat of the native drumming and get up close to take a picture of your favourite dancer at the First Nations drumming and dance demonstrations every Wednesday in July and August. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located 90 minutes south of Calgary on secondary Highway 785, near Fort Macleod. Open daily year round with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

Adventures by dog sled! Enjoy a two or four hour tour in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains in the winter season (December through April). Experienced guides and friendly Alaskan and Siberian huskies will take you through the serene backcountry and submerse you into nature! Learn to be a musher, harness the dogs and drive the team, or relax as a passenger. Come howl with Howling Dog Tours!

Available in both Banff and Lake Louise, Sleigh Rides are a great way to slow down and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Enjoy the scenic meadows in Banff or take in the breathtaking views along the shoreline at Lake Louise, complete with an authentic buffalo robe for extra warmth. Sleigh Rides are a must-do winter experience in Banff National Park.

Marmot Basin is the only ski area in Jasper National Park; an 11,000 square kilometre wilderness which is part of the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site. With breathtaking mountain vistas, 86 runs and 3,000 vertical feet of varied terrain on 1,675 acres, Marmot Basin offers visitors a mountain of great memories. As the northernmost Rocky Mountain ski area with the highest base elevation in Canada, it enjoys abundant dry, natural snow from mid-November to early May. Marmot Basin is one of the most diverse ski areas in North America for all abilities, from novice to expert, on four mountain faces. You will find everything from long, perfectly groomed trails to high alpine bowls and steep chutes filled with Rocky Mountain powder. An area that fulfils every skier and snowboarder’s dreams!

Alberta is a four-season destination, where cities and alpine towns welcome visitors like locals alike and encourage them to explore. Hike, canoe, discover river walkways in the cities, dine on summer patios and view incredible wildlife in the summer. Explore the province’s winter landscapes on skis or by dog sled and marvel at the glowing northern lights. 

Alberta journeys are measured by the moments that take your breath away. Savour those moments as you learn more about Alberta’s breathtaking landscapes in these awe-inspiring videos.

 



Top 10 Things to See and Do:

  1. Onboard a segway, explore Edmonton with River Valley Segway Tours. 
  2. Celebrate the festivities of the Calgary Stampede - Onto the next 100 years! 
  3. Bird’s eye view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains from a helicopter 
  4. The Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas from the Banff Gondola 
  5. Experience skiing three world-renowned hills in Banff National Park! 
  6. Glacier discovery with the Columbia Icefield and Glacier Skywalk 
  7. Enjoy a boat ride to Spirit Island in Jasper National Park 
  8. Trail ride in the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park 
  9. Discover sacred ground at Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump 
  10. Experience Alberta’s 75 million year old history in Drumheller

Travel Tips:

When planning a trip to Alberta, pack sunglasses, layers, and a camera and be prepared to enjoy every minute. Alberta is home to youthfully spirited adventurers and welcomes every visitor with genuine warmth and hospitality. The province’s inspiring and enriching experiences will create a lifetime of memories.

Weather/ Climate:

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius) Seasonal Comments
Spring  2°C to 15°C A fresh time in Alberta when excitement builds for summer experiences.
Summer 20°C to 25°C Warm long days of sunshine mean visitors can spend hours outside enjoying the province. 
Fall  -5°C to 15°C Alberta’s summer months have started to extend into the Fall. 
Winter -5°C to -15°C Enjoy Alberta’s bright sunshine and crisp days in January and February.

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