If you’re looking for a place to go in the Pacific Northwest that will really treat you to a whole host of things you, and most of your friends and family, have never seen before, you should really check out the Canadian province of Alberta. Alberta has a look and fee that is all its own. You can enjoy large cities, first class getaways, small frontier towns, and wide open spaces. If you go to Alberta, don’t wonder about where you should visit. Here are five unforgettable destinations you can check out while you are there.
Calgary has been blessed by its setting. With gorgeous wide open prairies in one direction and equally beautiful high mountain peaks in the other, it seems to have the best of both worlds. This mentality translates throughout the city where you can take in a rodeo during the afternoon and then enjoy some truly world class dining options in the evening. Calgary is routinely rated as one of the top destinations in Canada so it is easy to see why you should go there if you’re looking to experience Alberta.
Banff National Park
Imagine finding the most beautiful postcard you’ve ever seen and then being able to step right into the scenery it depicts. That’s what it is like when you visit Alberta’s Banff National Park. This is an amazing place that many visitors say is the most beautiful locale they have ever seen in their lives. With high mountain peaks and pristine lakes, it is very easy to see why so many people return there again and again. The Banff National Park area also has plenty of outdoor activities that you can participate in, as well as a vibrant local resort town where you can go to let it all hang out. There’s nothing quite like a visit to this wonderful national resource that the entire nation of Canada is very proud of.
There are a lot of reasons to visit Fort McMurray and once you do you will be able to say you’ve been to one of the more unique spots in the Pacific Northwest. Fort McMurray is home to the world’s largest oil sand development. While modern Canadians extract oil from the sand there to use in machinery, you can learn historical facts like how early First Nations people used the oily sand to seal their canoes. Fort McMurray also offers some wonderful opportunities to stay outside and view the northern lights. Four rivers converge together in the immediate vicinity of Fort McMurray and this contributes to the area having some very dramatic scenery. It is very easy to go there and have the time of your life.
Edmonton is a major city in Western Canada and when you go there you will be treated to a great many opportunities. One of my favorite parts about Edmonton is that they always seem to be celebrating something. The city has a long list of celebrations and festivals and they are not only something to behold, but you should get out and participate in them. The locals are very welcoming and really know how to make a tourist feel like they belong. Edmonton has the world famous West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping center in North America. Shopping there is like a tourist attraction itself with over 800 shops, a full size waterpark, skating rink, and more. If you’re traveling with kids, it even has the world’s largest indoor amusement park. From golf to historical sites and so much more, Edmonton could just be the perfect place to travel to.
Located just southeast of Calgary is a small city that is rich in history and culture. When you visit Lethbridge you need to prepare yourself for an experience that is heavy in honoring, detailing, and sharing the past. Walk the streets of what was once a rough and tumble frontier town. Get out of town and into some of the most gorgeous natural surroundings you could find. Stay in town and soak in the culture through the many museums, art galleries, and historical sites that dot the town’s map. If you are lucky, you might even be coming to Lethbridge during Whoop-Up Days, a week long celebration of everything this community was founded on. If you have an affinity for the true Wild West, you should take the chance to visit Lethbridge soon.