Visit Alberta, Canada
Famed for its incredible mountains and lakes, Alberta is Canada’s fourth most populace province, bounded by British Columbia to the west, and Saskatchewan to the east.
If you’re a nature buff, this is the place for you. Alberta is home to two of the world’s oldest national parks – Jasper and Banff, both famous for their incredible scenery and wildlife.
The province is also a darling amongst Instagrammers, travel brochure designers and postcard makers. The most popular cover girl being Lake Louise with her mountain encircled turquoise waters, and explorer favourite, the Columbia Icefield.
MUST SEE SIGHTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ALBERTA
Jasper and Banff National parks - both are easily accessible, in spite of their unruly and rocky landscape. Give yourself a couple of days, at least, to spend in these incredible nature reserves, and make sure you’re dressed for success. In other words, slip on some proper walking shoes and pack some warm clothing.
Lake Louise – rent a canoe and paddle out into the waters to get your envy-inducing shot of this stunning natural wonder.
Columbia Icefield – this remnant of the last ice age is as large as the city of Vancouver, and features eight glaciers.
The annual Banff Summer Arts festival – from June-August you can check out Alberta’s largest showcase of the arts – with no less than the enchanting and breathtaking Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.
Calgary - don your stetson and get your bootscootin' boots on for the greatest outdoor show on earth - the Calgary Stampede.
WHEN TO TRAVEL TO ALBERTA
Head to Alberta during July to catch the festivals, July – September for snow free mountain hiking, and December – February for winter sports.
GETTING TO ALBERTA
You can travel to Alberta via flight or rail, and the province is serviced by many airlines. Calgary airport is located 20km from the main city, and offers a shuttle service every 20 minutes on weekdays – so there's really no excuse not to!