Alberta is home to some of Canada’s most impressive scenery, where the prairies meet the mountains and spectacular snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. The awe-inspiring glaciers and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks draw millions of visitors each year to this province. In winter, skiers take to the slopes, which offer some of the best skiing in North America. Calgary, well known for hosting the annual Calgary Stampede, is a vibrant, modern city that has grown substantially in recent decades and offers a wealth of entertainment options. Further north, the provincial capital of Edmonton is home to West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping center in Canada, along with numerous other cultural attractions.
Banff National Park
Located 130 kilometers west of Calgary, Banff National Park is the most visited tourist attraction in the province of Alberta and perhaps the most impressive national park in Canada. The area encompasses some spectacular mountain scenery, major ski resorts, beautiful lakes, and the tourist town of Banff. Wildlife is abundant here, with grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, caribou, and elk, many of which are frequently sighted along the main highway through the park.
Hiking is one of the main summer activities in Banff and there are many frontcountry and backcountry trails to choose from. However, many people explore the park from the comfort of their car, stopping at the numerous roadside lookouts that offer impressive views over the mountains, lakes, and glaciers