Canadian Rockies Alberta
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Alberta in Western Canada is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks in Banff and Jasper, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, and Wood Buffalo National Park. Gateway cities to the Rocky Mountain province are Edmonton and Calgary. Whether by car, bicycle, hiking boots, rail or coach visitors can enjoy year-round discovery in the urban cities and mountainous landscapes of the Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Waterton. Book your next summer adventure to the Canadian Rockies today!
Alberta is world renowned for its iconic landmark the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Visitors flock to spend time amongst the soaring mountain peaks, dozens of glaciers, subalpine meadows, gemlike alpine lakes and an abundance of wildlife that are frequently seen in their natural habitat. The Canadian Rocky Mountains reflect from Alberta’s emerald green glacier fed lakes in Canada’s summer months from May to September. Some of the most famous are Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Maligne Lake, Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake. Dramatic waterfalls also grace the scenic surroundings of the Canadian Rockies including Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls and Tangle Falls. It's no wonder UNESCO labels these locations as World Heritage Sites. See Unesco's gallery at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/304/gallery/.
Alberta is teeming with wildlife and offers accessible and rewarding wildlife viewing year round. In the Canadian Rockies, deer, eagles, coyotes and herds of elk, big horn sheep and mountain goats are often spotted. Set off at dawn or in the evening, when the animals are most active.
For more information visit Alberta's unique wildlife attractions.
Lake Louise Gondola Grizzly Bear Sightings Grizzly Bears in Lake Louise
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Wolfdogs near Banff and Calgary
Wildlife Discovery Tour Sun Dog Tours in Jasper
Beaver Boardwalk Hinton near Jasper
Moose & Wildlife Safari in Canmore / Kananaskis
Waterton Wildlife Weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park
Calgary Zoo in the city of Calgary
The freedom to choose your own pace is a huge appeal of self-drive touring. Driving Alberta’s wide open roads with their great signage is a relaxing way to explore the Canadian Rockies, Badlands, parks and prairies. With so many places to explore on the way to your chosen destination, you’ll never hear, “Are we there yet?”
Self drive is the best way to see the animals out in their natural habitat as you can travel at a slower pace and also choose some of the more scenic routes for driving where animals are commonly spotted like the Bow Valley Park Way in Banff, Maligne Lake Road in Jasper and RedRock Canyon in Waterton
Imagine driving through the Rockies with a built-in tour guide. Your onboard GyPSy Guide navigator is telling you about the history of glacial lakes and iconic landmarks.
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Alberta's Canadian Rockies lodges and cabins have the perfect place for you with retreats as rustic or as luxurious as you like. Get away from it all in a backcountry cabin with no television or phone, or spoil yourself in a sumptuous wilderness lodge with fine linens and soaker tubs. Stay at the closest thing to a fairy-tale castle and experience the subtle elegance of a mountain suite of wood and stone with your own private fireplace and gourmet dining close at hand. If city stays is your preference enjoy the urban hospitality and all the conveniences of downtown living with award winning hotels lining the streets of Edmonton and Calgary.
Calgary, is known for its western hospitality hosting one of the world’s riches rodeos each July – The Calgary Stampede, while Edmonton is renowned to be the city of Festivals and one of the best places in Canada to shop given it’s home to The West Edmonton Mall, Canada’s largest shopping centre.
Popular retreats in the Canadian Rockies include:
Lake Louise – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Post Hotel, Deer Lodge, The Lake Louise Inn, Baker Creek Chalets
Banff – Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Moraine Lake Lodge, Fairmont Banff Springs, Rimrock Resort & Hotel, Fox Suites, Hidden Ridge Resort
Jasper – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Park Place Inn, Alpine Village Cabin Resort, Patricia Lake Bungalows, Pyramid Lake Resort, Pine Bungalows
Canmore/Kananaskis – Delta Kananaskis, Grand Rockies Resort, Mystic Springs Chalets, Paintbox Lodge, Mt. Engadine Lodge
Waterton Lakes National Park – Prince of Wales Hotel, Glacier Suites, Bayshore Inn
Popular City Stopovers
Calgary – Fairmont Palliser, Four Points Sheraton, Hotel Arts, Hyatt Hotel, Le Germain Hotel, Sheraton Suites, Westin Calgary, International Hotel & Suites, Marriott Downtown, Sandman Hotel & Suites
Edmonton – Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Hilton Edmonton, Matrix Hotel, Union Bank, Westin Edmonton, Fantasyland Hotel West Edmonton Mall, Courtyard by Marriott, Delta Edmonton, Ramada Edmonton
Key Links for visiting Alberta Home of the Canadian Rockies
National Parks & Township Links
Banff-Lake Louise: www.banfflakelouise.com
Jasper National Park: www.jasper.travel
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TravelAlbertaCanada
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