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How to Travel Alberta, Canada: Top 5 Must Have Experiences for Your First Trip

Alberta, a province on the Western side of Canada, is an absolute dream. Those photos you’ve seen of glacial blue lakes and stunning snow-capped mountains? That’s in Alberta. The elements of nature feel so close here – breathing in the mountain air, hearing the growl of a bear in the distance, getting to the end of a hike and seeing the sweeping views below. If you’re planning a trip to Canada, this is your guide for how to travel Alberta. Here are the experiences you should have on your list for your first time exploring this special part of Canada:

Girls at Moraine Lake

1) Driving the Icefields Parkway


The Icefields Parkway, otherwise known as Highway 93, has been named one of the most scenic drives in THE WORLD. It connects Banff National Park with Jasper Town in Jasper National Park and it will take your breath away. In good weather and without stopping, the drive normally takes about four hours. But you would be remiss not to stop along the way, there’s lots of scenic viewpoints that will astound you.

Icefields Parkway

2)  Banff National Park and Banff town


Surrounded by mountains, there is something magical about the shop-lined streets in the quaint mountain town of Banff. Banff National Park is Canada’s first and most famous National Park and is a dreamy destination, with wildlife sightings, picture-perfect hiking trails and outdoor activities to get your heart pumping. After a long day of exploration, there’s nothing better than going into one of the cozy restaurants in the heart of town and enjoying a local bison burger or gooey fondue.

The town of Banff

3) Discover the wild of Jasper


Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and being lesser known than others (like Banff), it has managed to keep its wild. Take advantage of the spotty WiFi and connect with the nature you’re surrounded with – the mountains, canyons, waterfalls and rugged backcountry trails. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced hiker, the gorge of Maligne Canyon is a must, offering an easy trail with picturesque views the whole way.

Maligne Canyon in Jasper

4) Go lake hopping

Between iconic Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, you’ll want to make sure your camera is charged for this adventure. Glacial Lake Louise is a remarkable shade of blue and surrounded by tall pine trees. Its unique turquoise colour comes from the rock flour that gets carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. Moraine is a glacially fed lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and is a stunning azure blue shade. This colour comes from the reflection of light off the rock flour which gets deposited into the lake continuously by surrounding glaciers.

girls at Lake Louise

5) Eat your way through the food scene in Calgary

Tall buildings, shopping, nature in the downtown core and incredible restaurants is what Calgary is all about. Calgary has been flying under the radar when it comes to food and cooking but this meat-centric city (we’re talking Alberta beef) has exploded with independent restaurants in the last few years. Young, bold chefs are creating ingredient-driven dishes that are creative and locally inspired. Beyond prime steak cuts, you can taste exquisite pasta dishes, phenomenal tacos and pan-Asian tapas. Not to mention, this city is the birthplace of The Caesar – a vodka/Clamato juice cocktail which is a Canadian brunch staple.  

tower in Calgary

tacos in Calgary

girls at dinner

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