Travelling and Visiting in Canada: The Province of Alberta

Moraine Lake - Banff National Park of Canada  July, 2008
Moraine Lake - Banff National Park of Canada July, 2008

The Princess Province

Alberta, Canada is one of the three Prairie Provinces. It is landlocked and is bordered by British Columbia on the west, Northwest Territories on the north, Saskatchewan on the east and the United States on the south. The provincial capital is the city of Edmonton with its rival city to the south being Calgary.

Alberta is world renowned for oil, gas, dinosaurs, cowboys, technology, scientific advances, and national parks. There is plenty to do in Alberta, and the attractions range in a variety of tastes.


Province of Alberta

Courtesy of: Department of Natural Resources Canada
Courtesy of: Department of Natural Resources Canada

What To Do In The Great Outdoors

If you like outdoor adventures, there are dog sledding adventures that take place in northern Alberta. These adventures can be combined to include ice fishing and watching of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The Northern Lights can only be seen from a few places in the world, and Canada has one of the best spots. In addition, it was announced several months ago that this famous light show may be coming to an end as the global warming continues.

The Rockie Mountains are a spectacular mountain range that was created in the Cretaceous Period, which was approximately 100-65 million years ago, and is a complex geological formation involving igneous and metamorphic rock. The Rockie Mountains not only provide spectacular views of lakes in valleys, but also a variety of wildlife, beautiful hiking trails and camping areas, climbing, cycling, ATVing, hunting, fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, air and heli adventures, caving, horseback trail riding and a variety of water sports. During the winter and fall seasons, there is downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice cave climbing, ice fishing, ice skating, ice canyon climbing, sleigh rides, and tobogganing. Located in the Rockie Mountains are several national parks, including Banff National Park, and many beautiful lakes, including Lake Louise and Morraine Lake. Jasper National Park is adjacent to Banff, and has many beautiful and unique hiking trails.

Hoodoos of the Badlands, Drumheller  July, 2008
Hoodoos of the Badlands, Drumheller July, 2008

What To Do Indoors

The City of Edmonton has the largest shopping and entertainment mall in all of North America and it is the West Edmonton Mall. It consists of over 800 stores, over 100 eating establishments and nine world class parks and attractions. The parks and attractions consist of an amusement park, water park, marine park, ice palace, mini golf courses, bowling, billiards, arcade games and many other attractions. It also has a hotel in the mall, so accommodations are very convenient.

The City of Drumheller is the home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum exclusively dedicated to the science of palaeontology. This museum has the largest display of dinosaur artefacts in the world. It is an interactive museum and teaches the visitors many aspects of palaeontology. Children love this museum and cannot get enough of the dinosaurs! Near the Tyrrell Museum is Horseshoe Canyon. This is an awesome canyon – you can see the sediment formation over millions of years. You can ride a helicopter to get the aerial view – it is breath taking. Or, take a hike and walk down to the bottom of the canyon and back up. Also close to the Tyrrell Museum is the Badlands, where you can see the unique formation of hoodoos.

Another hidden gem is the the town of Rosebud which located southwest of Drumheller and northeast of Calgary. Rosebud is a unique town which attracts over 40,000 tourists per year. Why is everyone visiting Rosebud? Rosebud has become the performing arts center and boasts a fine arts program that begins in high school and provides further development in post secondary education through the Rosebud School of the Arts. When you are visiting, take a break from the driving and sightseeing to watch one of the live performances at the Roesbud Theatre or visit one of the many shops in town. There is much to see, watch and listen to in the town of Rosebud. (Thank you Mythbuster for recommending this gem!)

The City of Calgary is world famous for the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” -- the Calgary Stampede. It is an annual event that takes place every July for 10 days. The big event is the rodeo which attracts riders from around the world to compete in many different styles, including bareback, bull riding, junior steer riding, ladies barrel racing, novice saddle bronc, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie down roping, wild pony racing and chuck wagon races. In addition to the rodeo, there are competitions in agriculture (animal, food, crafts, arts, and plants), a nightly Grandstand Show, which includes an excellent display of fireworks and entertainers, a large midway and box office entertainers from around the world come to perform. This is a must see which will take more than one day to take it all in.

Alberta is a terrific destination to travel to and visit as the western hospitality greets you with smiles and warmth. So, get away and visit Alberta, Canada!

Copyright Beth100

© July 12, 2009

Lake Louise - Banff National Park of Canada  July, 2008
Lake Louise - Banff National Park of Canada July, 2008

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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

I used to live in Vancouver and have traveled throughout Alberta so this was a nice memory for me.

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Isenhower33 -- Yes, please come and visit!! Depending on your preference for weather, the time of year you travel and your destinations can be varied. My photos have not been touched, so what you see is the naked truth. In fact, the beauty of Canada is a photographer's dream! Come, come and visit! You may not want to leave for some time. :)

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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

I have yet to visit Canada but some of your pictures really make me want to see it :) I guess I'm going to have to come up your way sometime to see what it's all about :)

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Stevew13 -- Thank you for your kind compliments. The outdoors is an expansive playground for those who love activities under the sun (or in the rain or snow :D ) The mountains are phenomenal and the lakes are breathtaking. I promise that when you come and visit, you will come back for more and more. :) Thank you!

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

cclitgirl -- I was still in Calgary when the Olympics came. I even bought a brick that has my name on it in the Olympic Park on 8th Avenue. :) Come and visit!! :) Thank you for your lovely comments!

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Jools99 -- Awe, come back -- not just for a visit but a long term stay!! Thank you for your wonderful feedback, the votes and sharing. :) I'm very happy that you liked my photos too! :)

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Vinaya Ghimire -- Not only is a great place to visit, it is a wonderful place to live! Come and visit soon! Thank you Vinaya and I'm glad you like my photos. :)

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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

You write very well Beth and you have certainly sold Canada to me in this superb Hub. I have been to the states several time, living there for a while, but I am yet to get to see Canada. The great outdoors sounds incredibly appealing, so I best get saving! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your work.

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Rolly A. Chabot -- It is wonderfully peaceful to walk amongst the hoodoos as it is to camp under the stars in the Rocky Mountains. I love my playground -- from desert to mountains, from lakes to museums, from country to city -- all rolled into one marvelous place!

Thank you Rolly! xo

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

RealHousewife -- Watcha waiting for?!? :D Come on up!! :) There is so much to do and see here, you will be coming back for a second, or third (or more) follow up visits. There is always something new when you come. Thank you and hope to see you here soon!! :)

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

SHolland10 -- You will have to come for a visit!! The beauty is incredible when you are immersed in it and it is up close. It is breathtaking! :) Thank you!

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I remember when the winter Olympics were in Calgary - I was really young, but decided I would go to Calgary someday. :) Great pictures and great information about Alberta. My sister was born in Manitoba (my dad was in the military) and I've always wanted to go to Canada. I came along after my parents moved back to the States.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

The more I see of Canada, the more I want to return. Loved the photos; a very interesting, detailed hub.

Voted up n shared.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing interesting travel article. Your pictures are great.

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Beth... Great work here as always... all familiar places and all places I have spent time in and love. The Hoodoos are close and have taken many a long walk among them. Alberta has such a great deal to offer. No matter where you go you can find beauty anywhere in Canada or the US but I love living here...

Hugs from Alberta

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have never been to Canada but I can't wait to visit. The info here is great and the photos are magnificent!

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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I love the pictures, and your descriptions make me want to visit!! :-)

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

mts1098 -- Thank you mtsi! Come back often! :)

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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Great job here Beth...I look forward to reading more...thanks

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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Prairieprincess -- hey!! Same here -- my real HOME!!! :) I'm uprooted into Ontario - beautiful province but I miss the Rockies a ton!

Thanks for linking me; I'll link yours into mine. It's always GREAT to see a fellow Albertan! :)

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Hey Beth, you are writing about my home province! I am in Winnipeg but I know Alberta very well. I wanted to let you know that I have linked to your hub in my most recent hub on Rosebud, Alberta. It is on the bottom under "more about Canada." Have a great day!

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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Cheerfulnuts -- Canada is full of hidden gems! There are so many different ways of discovering them too. From road trips to biking, horseback riding to hiking, from flying to sailing -- There is so much to discover!! I hope you do come and visit! Moraine Lake is spectacular with the colors that are reflected from the glacier run offs and the sediment. See you here soon! :)

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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Seems like Canada has a lot of great places to see. I hope one day, I'll be able to visit there with my family. I would love to see Moraine Lake and the Hoodoos. Thanks for sharing this great hub! =D

- cheerfulnuts

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mythbuster -- Thank you for letting us know what is playing at the Rosebud Theatre!! Oh, it sounds delightful! Will you be going to watch this?

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Hey, here's what's going on at Rosebud Theatre 'til end 2010:

November 5 to December 23, 2010

"The Secret Garden"

"The beloved story of three children transformed by the miracle of emerging buds and flowers brings a Christmas garden to Rosebud."

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mythbuster -- I hadn't been to Rosebud before, but after checking it out with some friends out there, you are ROCKS!! Thanks for the recommending Rosebud and I'm happily adding it to the hub! :)

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Hey Beth100. Great hub... wondering if you've been to Rosebud Theatre out by Drum'? Might be a nice addition to put on the hub... the dinner theatre place ROCKS.

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Cagsil -- You're so generous with your compliments! Thank you! :)

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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Way to go on this excellent hub Beth! :) It was great to read about Canada, and learned something new too. Thank you for sharing. :)

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Red Elf -- This is my home province!! I love Alberta and I miss living there immensely. Thank you, Red Elf.

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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

This is a great hub, Beth - Well done! Love Alberta!

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Katee -- It is a beautiful province. Thanks for visiting!

Katee 6 years ago

This province is very beautiful. It was very nice to enjoy a visit through your hub.

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Maita -- It's much more beautiful in must come and visit!!! I'll be your personal tour guide!! :)

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

wow, awesome pictures and description, you can become a nice tourist guide Beth, I want to go there, lack the resources, one day, Happy New Year to you and yours, Maita

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Peggy W - You will not be disappointed when you visit! Fantastic destination! Thanks for visiting..even though its virtual! :)

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Have always wanted to visit Banff and Lake Louise. Someday... Great hub! Thanks!

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for visiting, James. It's a great city to visit and the surrounding areas are fantastic!

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

That photo of Lake Louise is incredible! I have friends in Calgary but have never been there. I enjoyed the journey. Thanks!

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

And so are you LRobbins! Thanks!

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LRobbins 7 years ago from Germany

Great info! You're a wonderful ambassador for Alberta!

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks RedElf!

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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Great info, Beth. Love the Hoodoos. Thanks for this. I shall be back for more ;)

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Ah, Cabin Girl, there are jokes a plenty coming your way...soon! Just having a bit of a serious streak... ;)

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you RooBee! Maybe we can turn a hub conference into a wild west meeting (yee haw!!). Thanks to your fiancé for the two thumbs up -- one Albertan to another! I am compiling the information for the dimming of the Aurora lights and will be happy to send them to you once I have completed this.

Countrywomen -- I am looking forward to seeing your photos and hub about your trip. Banff and Jasper are awe inspiring, and a wonderful place to go when in need of a retreat. Thank you for your visit and comments!

CabinGirl 7 years ago

Looks lovely but I miss the jokes, jeeez just when I was getting into them ; )

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Some really nice pictures. I would publish some photos about our trip to Banff/Jasper. Glad to meet a proud Canadian.

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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

Great hub, and what beautiful pictures. I'm sold! :) I handed your hub over to my fiancé who is from Alberta for accuracy-checking ;) and he gives you a solid two thumbs-up. Very nicely written, and you will definitely entice a lot of people to want to come up - be warned! haha

ps- Do you know much about the Aurora ending? I've tried to find articles online but so far I can only find blog posts & such that really don't have any good info!

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