Alberta has been a tourist destination from the early days of the twentieth century, with attractions including outdoor locales for skiing, hiking and camping, shopping locales such as West Edmonton Mall, Calgary Stampede, outdoor festivals, professional athletic events, international sporting competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, as well as more eclectic attractions. There are also natural attractions like Elk Island National Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, and the Columbia Icefield. Alberta's Rocky Mountains include well known tourist destinations Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The two mountain parks are connected by the scenic Icefields Parkway. Five of Canada's fourteen UNESCO World heritage sites are located within the province: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.
It’s impossible not to feel a certain sense of homecoming overcome you as you’re warmly welcomed by Calgary locals in a festival of color, life, pageantry – and most of all bull riding – that’s a joyful celebration of past and present.
Perhaps it’s the diverse and hospitable population, or the surrounding landscapes that are the epitome of breathtaking, or maybe it’s the fact that Calgary gets more days of sunshine per year than any other Canadian city; whatever the reason, the minute you step foot in it, you’ll know why visitors fall in love with “The Heart of the New West.”
(Banff, Lake Louise)
As the Rocky Mountaineer makes its steady climb up the soaring Canadian Rockies, the scenic highlights of western Canada glide past your window in a dreamscape of lush forests, stunning river valleys and snow-capped peaks.
As your helicopter touches down on a frozen mountain peak deep inside Banff’s majestic alpine wilderness, you are presented with a vast, untracked slope where deep powder bowls are your exclusive playground.
(Calgary, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff)
As you stand atop the soaring Maligne Canyon and gaze down into the rushing waterfalls below, the epic scale and grandeur of Canada’s Rocky Mountains will flood your senses like the thick waterfall mist.
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