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In Alberta, jagged crags rise against an expansive sky, golden-furred bears lumber alongside the road and placid, turquoise lakes reflect towering pines. The landscape here practically defines rugged, especially in the two sprawling national parks on Alberta’s western edge. In the east, you’ll find windswept prairies where modern-day cowboys still embody the Old West. The pioneering spirit of Canada thrives in Alberta’s peaks and plains, and our specialists have explored the region so we can plan your vacation to Alberta around your interests.

Banff and Jasper National Parks boast some of the Rockies’ most pristine scenery, which you can explore on a guided heli-hike above the timberline or a white-water rafting trip down the icy Athabasca River. For a more restful tour, drive past the mirror-like lakes and soaring peaks that line the Icefields Parkway or take a narrated boat ride on the glacial sky-blue waters of Maligne Lake. Farther south at Waterton Lakes National Park, the mountains are just as impressive but much quieter. In eastern Alberta, hunt for dinosaur footprints in the dusty stones of the Alberta Badlands or visit the Calgary Stampede, where each July you can watch rodeos and chuckwagon races.

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Places to visit in Alberta

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Alberta, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Alberta

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Alberta, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Alberta

    Accommodation choices for Alberta

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Alberta. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Ambleside Lodge B&B, Canmore

      Ambleside Lodge Bed & Breakfast

      Simple

      Ambleside Lodge is a lovely bed & breakfast property offering rustic charm in the midst of a spectacular mountain landscape.

    • Stoneridge Mountain Resort, Canmore

      Stoneridge Mountain Resort

      Medium

      The spacious suites at Stoneridge Mountain Resort are equipped with all the comforts of home, have a full kitchen, fireplace and private deck or balcony. They offer easy access to the town and Banff National Park.

    • Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Lobby, Edmonton

      Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

      First Class

      Standing high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan river valley, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offers well appointed rooms and great views.

    • Moraine Lake Lodge, Moraine Lake

      Moraine Lake Lodge

      Medium

      A tranquil retreat surrounded by the stunning beauty of the iridescent Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

    • Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise

      Post Hotel & Spa

      First Class

      Situated in Lake Louise Village, close to the banks of the Pipestone River, this Relais & Chateaux property has a mix of log cabins, rooms and suites. With a spa, pool and steam room, as well as a fine-dining restaurant, it offers plenty of opportunity to relax.

    • Baker Creek Chalets, Lake Louise

      Baker Creek Mountain Resort

      Medium

      Set beside the Bow River and surrounded by pines, this characterful resort offers well-equipped cabins and suites, allowing you to enjoy the full outdoors experience while still benefitting from a few home comforts.

    • Lake Louise Inn, Lake Louise

      Lake Louise Inn

      Simple

      Nestled in the village of Lake Louise, below the colossal snowy mountains, the Lake Louise Inn offers a comfortable stay within Banff National Park. A whole host of mountain activities are available to explore right on your doorstep.

    • Alpine Village Log Cabins

      Alpine Village Cabin Resort

      Medium

      Nestled in a beautiful wooded area of Jasper National Park and overlooking the stunning Athabasca River, Alpine Village Cabin Resort provides understated luxury and solitude mixed with an authentic log cabin experience.

    • Park Place Inn, Jasper

      Park Place Inn

      Medium

      Located in the heart of Jasper town, Park Place Inn is an intimate heritage accommodation that provides guests with spacious, elegant rooms in an excellent location.

    • Jasper Inn & Suites, Jasper

      Best Western Jasper Inn and Suites

      Simple

      Set amidst the rugged beauty of Jasper National Park, yet just four blocks from downtown Jasper, this well-established hotel is perfectly located to explore both the town and its picturesque natural surroundings.

    • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge , Jasper

      Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

      First Class

      Nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is set in expansive grounds overlooking the emerald waters of Lac Beauvert. With dramatic views, rustic cabins and a wide choice of activities, it makes a comfortable base for exploring.

    • Fox Hotel & Suites, Banff

      The Fox Hotel & Suites

      Simple

      Fox Hotel & Suites is located in the middle of Banff, just a ten minute walk from the town’s main strip of restaurants and bars. Its roaring fire and lodge-style design create the atmosphere of a cosy mountain retreat.

    • Brewster's Mountain Lodge in the Winter

      Brewster's Mountain Lodge

      Medium

      Carrying a sense of Banff’s heritage, Brewster’s Mountain Lodge makes for a welcome retreat after a day spent exploring the park. Set in the very heart of town, its offers a mix of rooms and suites alongside a friendly service.

    • The Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff

      The Moose Hotel & Suites

      Medium

      The cozy and stylish Moose Hotel & Suites is located on Banff Avenue, in the heart of the picturesque mountain town. Comfortable and quirky with great service, The Moose is a relaxing retreat surrounded by the snow-clad peaks of Banff National Park.

    • Hidden Ridge Resort , Banff

      Hidden Ridge Resort

      Simple

      Located just outside of Banff and surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Hidden Ridge Resort offers spacious log cabins tucked away in the forests of Tunnel Mountain.

    • Banff Aspen Lodge, Banff

      Banff Aspen Lodge

      Medium

      Conveniently located in central Banff, this hotel offers a good range of modern facilities and comfortable rooms that can accommodate couples, families or groups of friends.

    • Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff

      Rimrock Resort Hotel

      First Class

      Located in the heart of the Canada Rockies, Rimrock Resort Hotel is a grand property set high above the town of Banff, offering comfortable rooms with sweeping views of the mountains and valley below.

    • Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

      Buffalo Mountain Lodge

      Simple

      Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a beautiful, rustic hotel located just outside of Banff town center, surrounded by nine acres of woodlands and towering mountains.