10 Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Places In Alberta To Add To Your Bucket List That Aren't Banff
There’s SO much more to Alberta than just oil and the prairies!
You've heard of Banff, but there are countless amazing places in Alberta. Whether you want to watch waves break on a sandy beach, hunt out the northern lights, walk on the edge of an ancient glacier, or climb a hoodoo or two, pack your bags because Alberta's the place you want to be.
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Check out these 10 stunning vistas, from north to south and mountain to prairie:
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This is North America’s most-visited glacier for a reason. It's also the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Get a ride up the glacier on a
tour bus, and walk on the ice!
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This provincial park is named after a lake, and the lake is (shockingly)
very cold. Come enjoy the sandy beach and a private campsite nestled in the forest. If you have ice in your veins, go for a swim! With more than 200 bird species, Cold Lake is also the perfect place for bird-watchers to visit.
Grande Prairie Canola Fields
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“The rolling hills completely covered with yellow flowers are breathtaking.” —My mom. She recommends late July to see the fields in their gorgeous full bloom!
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Just look at that view from the Bear’s Hump! Home to
legendary hiking and the charming hamlet of Waterton, this national park in Southern Alberta is sure to impress. Grab a coffee and a vegetarian treat at the highly recommended Windflower Ave. Corner Coffee!
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Enjoy a luxury mountain stay at
Jasper Park Lodge, or find plenty of campgrounds with similarly stellar views. This spectacular national park is a jewel of the Rockies, but it doesn’t have quite the swarms of tourists commonly found in Banff.
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Located in Jasper National Park is Maligne Lake. This lake is actually the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, so rent a canoe, and take a paddle across this wonder. Or if you tend to rock the boat, book a
lake cruise instead!
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This is another great option for a classic Canadian canoe cruise. Edmonton’s river valley is North America’s largest urban park. It's actually 22 times the size of Central Park in New York! Paddle down the North Saskatchewan River, or use the 160 kilometres of trails and several pedestrian bridges to traverse through the park.
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Wood Buffalo straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories border, and (fun fact!) it's larger than the entire country of Switzerland. It's actually Canada's largest national park, spanning 44,741 square kilometres. This national park is home to the largest dark-sky preserve in the world, so be sure to visit
Aurora Watch, and check if the northern lights will be out!
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This area includes mountains, lakes, forests, foothills, and multiple incredible
provincial parks. Less than an hour's drive from Calgary, you’ll be hiking the peaks and valleys in no time.
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Hunt for dinosaur bones and climb hoodoos in one of Canada’s most unique landscapes (just watch out for rattlesnakes and black widows). The
Royal Tyrrell Museum is a must-see for any dinosaur enthusiast!
Now you have 10 good reasons to visit Alberta. Have a special place you think belongs on this list? Drop it for us in the comments!
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