Overview

Lake Louise located in Alberta
Lake Louise located in Alberta © Egaowakaii

Tourism in Alberta is centred on the famous Rocky Mountains which flank its western border with British Columbia, offering a host of alpine attractions. The north is a sparsely inhabited wilderness of forests, lakes, and rivers; the provincial capital of Edmonton is central; while on the border with Saskatchewan in the east, the atmosphere takes on a Wild West feel in the prairies and Badlands.

Even in the cities and towns, visitors to Alberta can be sure that nature is never far away. Albertans love the outdoors, and urban environments are interspersed with plenty of lush river parks and greenbelts. In fact, Edmonton has more parkland per capita than any other North American city.

An important aspect of Alberta's heritage is its aboriginal culture. Home to 43 First Nations, this heritage has been preserved in 14 reserves and educational attractions, ranging from the world's largest tepee to native interpretive trails and exquisite handmade crafts.

The natural beauty of this Canadian province is world-renowned, so it's no surprise to discover that it is home to five of Canada's 14 World Heritage Sites: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Banff-Jasper National Parks, the enormous Wood Buffalo National Park, and Dinosaur Provincial Park.


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