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Alberta Attractions

Alberta covers 6.6 per cent of Canada's total area, and is its fourth largest province. The longest distance north-south is an impressive 1206 km (750 mi.) at longitude 114° west, while the maximum east-west is 660 km (410 mi.) at latitude 55° north.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Sightseeing, hiking, and camping draw huge numbers of tourists in summer. Skiers take to the hills in winter.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (Waterton Lakes National Park)

Located on the Canada and USA border, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is an area of high mountains and spectacular scenery. Waterton Lakes is the main tourist base in the area.

Jasper National Park

Mountains, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls make up the stunning scenery of Jasper National Park. In the heart of the park is the little tourist town of Jasper.

Fort McMurray, Canada

Kananaskis Country

Fort MacLeod, Canada

It was the whisky-smuggling trade which led to the founding of the town of Fort MacLeod by the Crowsnest Highway in southern Alberta. In the 1870s American smugglers traded extensively with the prairie Indians, especially with the Blackfoot, bartering cheap whisky for buffalo hides.
In 1874, after their famous march through wild country, the Northwest Mounted Police set up their new headquarters here with the aim of putting an end to this illegal trade and restoring peace and order to this frontier region. The "Old West" is remembered in various historical buildings in the town center.

The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police (Fort Museum)

Built in 1957 the Fort Macleod Museum sets out to portray the Northwest Mounted Police fort built in 1874 and southern Alberta's first outpost; this is achieved by means of some original buildings, exhibitions about the police, the lifestyle and history of the Blackfoot Indians and pioneers, and the story behind the fortifications.
In July and August, Museums Musical Riders, wearing the 1878 scarlet uniforms ride through the streets four times a day.
Address: 219 Jerry Pott's Boulevard, Fort Macleod, AB T0L0Z0, Canada

Calgary, Canada

Edmonton, Canada

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Some 16 km (10 mi.) west of Highway 2 North, by the unmade-up Highway 785, lies the area known as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. A band of rock some 300 m (984 ft) long in the lush, undulating grassland ends in a steep precipice, and for more than 5000 years the prairie Indians in the course of their organized buffalo hunts used to drive the panic-stricken beasts over the precipice to their death. It was not until the Indians obtained horses and firearms from the white man in the 18th c. that they finally gave up this traditional method of hunting.
The name "Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump" originates from a hunting accident in the 18th c. A man watching the hunt from below the cliff was killed when the Indians drove some fleeing animals over the precipice on top of him. In 1987 a modern Interpretive Center was established. As well as displaying archaeological finds, the Center gives an insight into the way of life and traditional hunting methods of the region's indigenous Blackfoot Indians and demonstrates how rapidly Indian life changed after contact was made with the white man.
In the interesting museum local topography is described, and the life of the prairie Indians and their hunting techniques are explained. Emphasis is also laid on the rapid changes in the lives of the Indians after they came into contact with the white man.

Medicine Hat, Canada

Lethbridge, Canada

Lesser Slave Lake

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park offers the highest hills in Saskatchewan as well as an artificial lake, interpretive walking paths, rare wild flowers and animals, a golf course, and camp sites.

Athabasca River

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Canmore, Canada

Peace River

Forestry Trunk Road

Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Forestry Trunk Road (Highway 940) in Alberta, parts of which are well surfaced, threads its way for some 1000 km (620 mi.) along the eastern slopes of the Rockies in Alberta. It was initially laid to make it easier to fight the forest fires which are a frequent feature of this region. This route, so far known to only few tourists, covers some scenically spectacular parts of the country. There are magnificent views to be had from Plateau Mountain, and many visitors are particularly impressed by the rushing waters of the Oldman River.
Kananaskis Provincial Park is also very beautiful.
Highway 940 starts in Hinton, 250 km (155 mi.) west of Edmonton. It can also be joined near Nordegg (Highway 11), Ghost Lake (TransCanada Highway 1a), Seebe Highway (the 541 from High River onwards) or Crowsnest Pass.

Grande Prairie, Canada

This northern Alberta town stands at the gateway to the Alaska Highway and its motto is: "Grande Prairie, the Greatest Place to Be". Grande Prairie has much to offer residents and visitors alike. A cosmopolitan city of over 36,000 people, Grande Prairie boasts of all the big city conveniences combined with a variety of outdoor pursuits close by.
Two local highlights include the Grande Prairie museum with its 10 building homesteader village, another highlight is Muskoseepie Park which has hiking and bicycling trails, picnic sites, and lots of space to call your own. Visitors interested in local culture and artistry will want to check out the Prairie Gallery and those interested in fossils should take the short trip over to the Kleskun Hills.

Lac La Biche, Canada

Brooks and District Museum, Brooks, Canada

East Coulee, Canada

When coal-mining flourished and there were 34 mines in the valley, East Coulee was a lively little town with a population of 4000. Today only some 200 still living here. The schoolhouse built in 1930 today houses a School Museum.
The return trip to Drumheller can be either along Highway 10 or roads 569 and 56.
Continue along Highway 56 to the north initially, and then on Highway 9 eastwards towards Hanna. After some 50 km (30 mi.) the Handhills rise out of the prairie to heights approaching 185 m (607 ft); these are some of the highest points between the Rockies and the east coast.

Hoodoos

Hoodoos, rock formations near Drumheller.
The actual Hoodoo region, west of East Coulee, is 18 km (11 mi.) further on from the town. Most of these bizarre rock-columns, so typical of the Red Deer River Badlands, are topped with a "bonnet" of hard rock which protects them from erosion.
Some of the hoodoos seem to defy gravity or appear top heavy, making for an unusual sight.

Lake Newell (Kinbrook Island Provincial Park)

13 km (8 mi.) south of Brooks, Kinbrook Island Provincial Park lies on the east bank of Lake Newell, a 65 km (40 mi.) long reservoir formed by the Bassano Dam built in 1909. Bathing can be enjoyed at Newel Lake, and there are colonies of cormorants, white pelicans and Californian seagulls, as well as Canadian geese, to be seen. Lake Newell forms part of an extensive irrigation project which was begun early in this century in south-eastern Alberta.
Kinbrook Island Provincial Park is a bit of an oasis in the prairies with plenty of trees and shade, along with a sandy beach.

Pioneer Museum & Pioneer Village, Hanna, Canada

At the entrance to the township of Hanna a picture of a gray goose underlines the good hunting to be had around here. A reconstructed village, the Hanna Museum and Pioneer Village, illustrates the lives of the 19th c. pioneers. Historic buildings house a variety of old time stores, offices, and other pioneer style buildings.
Now turning south on Highway 36 - where some stretches of bad road can be encountered - carry on for about 105 km (65 mi.) and then turn off east to the Dinosaur Provincial Park (about 40 km (25 mi.)).

Red Deer, Canada

Red Deer was originally settled on the Red Deer River but when the trains came through, the town took root at its current site. It is located north of Calgary, on route to Edmonton. Although not a tourist destination in itself, there are a number of attractions in the city that may be of interest to visitors passing through. Some of the town's highlights include the Red Deer and District Museum, Heritage Square, and Fort Normandeau.
Not far from the town of Red Deer are the Sylvan Lake and Gull Lake, popular with boats and beach goers.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is one of Red Deer's highlights. Sports history and heroes of Alberta are featured with over 7,000 artifacts as well as interactive exhibits.
The Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Gallery explores the history of hockey, hockey champions, and inductees. The "Ice and Snow" section discusses the funner aspects of winter.The Main Gallery of teh Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum covers all aspects of hockey. There is also an interactive exhibit with video games for both kids and adults.
Address: 102, 4200 HWY 2, Red Deer, AB T4N1E3, Canada

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, MAG (formerly the The Red Deer & District Museum )

The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery contains a collection of more than 85,000 objects. Some of the highlights are the clothing and textiles of Western Canada, and the First Nations and Inuit art. In addition to the permanent collections The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery also features temporary exhibits and special events.
Various programs aimed and both adults and youth create a learning environment for those interested in art and history.
Address: 4525-47A Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N6Z6, Canada

Victoria Settlement, Smoky Lake, Canada

Victoria Settlement is located just south of Smokey Lake on the North Saskatchewan River. Reverend George McDougall founded a Methodist Mission to the Cree here in 1862 and the Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Victoria in 1864. The Victoria Settlement eventually declined and almost completely disappeared.
Discover life in this community during the 1800s at this recreated settlement through exhibits, trails, and a variety of activities. Costumed interpreters help to set the atmosphere and answer questions.

Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area

Some 50 km (31 mi.) east of the border, near the town of Coleman, the Crowsnest River plunges down 12 m (40 ft) into a gorge at Lundbreck Falls.
Here a horshoe ledge sees two main sets of roaring falls.The area around the falls is the Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area with camping facilities. This is a very pretty area and makes a good stop for people camping in this portion of Southern Alberta.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, Longview, Canada

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is a tribute to the evolution of the Canadian ranching industry and the contribution of the industry to the development of Canada. The ranch was one of the first of its kind in Western Canada. Visitors can learn about ranching operations from the 1880s to 1950, open range ranching and Bar U as a multi-ranch cattle operation.

Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum, Warner, Canada

The Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum displays a variety of fossils, including that of a duck-billed dinosaur known as a Hadrosaur. The museum also has artifacts from the history of the development of the region.
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