Alberta is home to some of Canada\’s most impressive scenery, where the prairies meet the mountains and spectacular snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. With jaw-dropping scenery and picture-perfect landscapes around every corner, it is a paradisaical place for nature lovers. The awe-inspiring glaciers and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks draw millions of visitors each year to this province.

There are so many incredible places to visit in Alberta and whether you canoe through fluorescent lakes in Banff National Park, discover dinosaur fossils in the Badlands or discover culture on the streets of Calgary, Alberta is in many ways Canada’s most rewarding province, and certainly its most underrated. An overview of the best places to visit in Alberta:

1. Banff National Park

Banff constantly tops the list of the world’s most beautiful national parks and it’s easy to see why. Established in 1885, it is Canada’s oldest national park and is located in the ruggedly wild Canadian Rockies. With trails, lakes, forests and mountains to keep you enthralled, Banff is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. The park is a yea-round tourist destination, drawing hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. The town of Banff, which hosts an annual winter carnival, is located within the park. About three million people pass through the park annually.

2. Jasper National Park

Much like Banff, the name Jasper is associated with both the national park and the town, which lies at the heart of the park. Jasper is the biggest national park in Canada, covering an area of 10,878 square kilometers. As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is also home to a variety of wildlife, so you might see moose, caribou, deer, wolverines and grizzly bears, among other animals. It is an area of lakes, waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, and forests, but has a slightly different appearance than the parks and natural areas further south. Both the park and the town of Jasper are less visited than Banff and have a more remote feel, particularly in winter when many facilities in the area are closed.

3. Dinosaur Provincial Park

Rugged and arid, Dinosaur Provincial Park’s Mars-like terrain features biscuit-colored coulees, whose striped layers are composed of sedimentary rock and clay-rich soils. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, this stark, but exceptionally beautiful, region was once a subtropical coastal plain upon which dinosaurs lived, roamed, died and were covered by sediment. It offers numerous interpretive programs for visitors to explore the remarkable landscapes. As the world’s richest dinosaur fossil site, Dinosaur Provincial Park is a true paradise for fossil hunters. Removing fossils is strongly prohibited, but uncovering never-before-seen fossils will without a doubt make an incredibly terrific memory.

4. Waterton Lakes National Park

The amazing Waterton Lakes National Park! The jewel in the park’s crown is the sparkling sapphire lake and hilltop castle that make it look like something out of a movie. While Banff and Jasper are often more popular with tourists, Waterton seems to have escaped most people’s radars so if you looking to escape the crowds and still make the most of that stunning Canadian natural scenery, Waterton is really where you should be headed. Overlooking the lake, from a fabulous position on the north shore is the Prince of Wales Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. Nearby, is the town site with tourist amenities. Many people come to the park to hike on the alpine trails, camp, or take a sightseeing tour.

5.  Canmore

Canmore is an old mining town in Alberta, Canada. It’s known for craggy summits like the Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak. In nearby Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, the Grassi Lakes Trail weaves past a waterfall to 2 turquoise blue lakes. Nestled in the Rockies, this beautiful place offers a chance to connect with nature. Whether you like hiking, fishing, skiing, hockey, arts, or dining events, Canmore has it all. The park also features cross-country ski and mountain-bike trails. East, Grotto Canyon’s steep limestone walls flank a narrow creek bed leading to a cave. No matter how long you spend in Canmore, this things to do Canmore list should fuel your trip with experiences and treasures.

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