When you think of Alberta, you think of the Canadian Rockies, the northern lights, the Calgary Stampede, the Edmonton Mall or maybe oil from the oil-rich tar sands.
What to do
Visit the world’s first international Peace Park. Ride the raging white waters of the mighty Athabasca. Soak in natural hot spring water at Banff. And with six world-class ski resorts, 600 lakes, 245 rivers, 275 golf courses and 6,000 hours of sunshine, Alberta is the ultimate outdoor playground. (But if you love to shop, the famous Edmonton Mall is an experience you won’t soon forget!)
You’re surrounded by options: lounges, nightclubs, pubs and sport bars, cafés, bistros, comedy clubs, tapas, juice bars and even vegetarian restaurants in this beef-culture province.
There are cosmopolitan hotels, inns, motels, B&Bs, but consider a western ranch. Some have their own golf course and offer stay-and-play packages. Or check out a backcountry excursion. All equipment is supplied for eight- to 21-day camping tours, which combine sightseeing with day hikes and fun activities. Knowledgeable local guides take care of the planning.