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11 Unique Places To Soak Up Nature In Alberta

With sights so breathtaking, you'll feel some type of way. Just remember to breathe the next time you pack it up and head to Alberta.

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1. Jasper National Park

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Stay in oTENTik tents for a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, this type of accommodation is the perfect way for families, friends, and couples of all ages to discover the joys of camping without all the muss and fuss.

2. Milk River near Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

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Go camping on the dreamlike, prairie landscape along Milk River. The adventurous traveler can canoe into a designated campsite like the one at Poverty Rock (pictured) if they pack out what they pack in, or drive into car-accessible campsites at Writing-on-Stone provincial park. The truly unique hoodoos (tent-like rock formations) are certainly something to be appreciated.

3. Sundre

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For the adventurous souls, camp in canvas-wall tents complete with a wood floor and private deck. Cozy up for the evening next to your very own wood-burning stove. Firewood is supplied by The Lodge at Panther River.

5. Mossleigh

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For the perfect blend of rustic indulgence look no further than Aspen Crossing. A short drive southeast of Calgary is a delightful train-themed campground and recreation area. Staying in a beautifully appointed cabin is one thing, but when it happens to be a fully refurbished caboose car, you’re in for a truly unique luxury.

6. Kananaskis Country

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Just west of Calgary rests the Delta Lodge at the foothill of the Canadian Rockies. With the mountains and rivers as your backyard, the options for outdoor activities are endless. Skiing at Nakiska, golfing, hiking, and horseback riding are all available for you here. At the end of a long day, pamper yourself at the Summit Spa!

7. Banff National Park

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Located in Banff National Park is the best backcountry lodge with no power or water but incredible culinary! The historic and gorgeous log cabins of Skoki Lodge are open year-round for hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. Exploring the nearby mountains, lakes, and valleys will surely take your breath away and rejuvenate your soul.

8. Lake Louise

Fall asleep to a crackling fireplace after relaxing in your personal whirlpool tub at Baker Creek Mountain Resort or spend your time in paradise at Paradise Lodge. With the jaw-dropping beauty of the Canadian Rockies surrounding you, you may even feel inspired to sleep outside with the deer.

9. Waterton Lakes National Park

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Wake up lakeside when you stay at the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel, just north of Montana's Glacier National Park. With all the extreme extravagance and luxury this place has to offer, you'll surely wake up feeling like royalty.

11. Canmore

In the heart of Kananaskis Country is local favorite, Mount Engadine Lodge — an inviting, intimate retreat. If there’s no room at the inn, see if you can book the yurt for high-style comfort camping where pets are welcome. Put your feet up on the porch and watch for wildlife wandering through the aptly named Moose Meadows.

Alberta has a place for everyone. No matter where you go, just remember to breathe.

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