Experience Alberta, Canada
Alberta’s gorgeous Great Plains resemble the backdrop to an epic Hollywood movie, and in fact have often served in that capacity. Life there is simple, where the open range is dotted with ranches dedicated to horseback riding, hiking and fishing. As you enjoy a down-home meal picked from the land, you can hear stories about Alberta’s rich history of mysterious cultures and natural remnants from the days of the dinosaurs. Travel to Alberta and experience it for yourself.
Nature enthusiasts have long daydreamed of the lofty snow-capped peaks, mesmerizing blue-green lakes, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife of Alberta’s two oldest national parks: Jasper and Banff. Both are easily accessed and make for seamless entrée into what, for many, will be the truest wilderness they’ve ever experienced.
Your private, customized Alberta vacation will encompass as much adventure as you want to pack in throughout the Canadian Rockies, while sprinkling in cosmopolitan Calgary, home to the renowned Calgary Stampede, and Edmonton, the ultimate winter town with the ice castles to prove it.
Within this one province, there are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and four national parks, so there’s certainly no shortage of beauty to behold. In the southern region of Waterton, savor mountain views from a crystalline lake or hike to picturesque Carthew-Alderson falls. In the east, marvel at the prehistoric fossils and dinosaur replicas in Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum. Throughout the vast plains of the north, keep your eyes trained on the horizon for glimpses of free-roaming bison, elk and moose.
A Canada family vacation gives one a place to roam, a place to reflect and a place to experience some of our planet’s most rare and rugged treasures.
Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper
Of course, Alberta isn’t called Canada’s Rocky Mountain Playground for nothing. Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise are beautiful towns located within the Banff and Jasper National Parks, with glacial lakes and rugged snow-capped peaks. Everyone in the family will have fun riding a gondola to the summit of a magnificent mountain or whitewater rafting beneath the Rocky Mountains. While in this area, take some time to soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs and explore the nearby glaciers. Choose a hotel in Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise that is right for you, from a cozy lodge to a five star chateau.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: No. Visa not required with stays up to 180 days
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: May to September
This Destination is Best For: Culture, Soft Adventure/Outdoor Adventure, Northern Lights.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Recommended Vaccinations: Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), and Polio Shingles.