Dinosaur Provincial Park is one of the world’s richest dinosaur fossil locales, and as such is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These badlands were once home to over 58 different dinosaur species and archeological digs have uncovered more than 500 different specimens, most of which are now shown in museums across the globe. A must-visit attraction.
After an active day in Banff or Jasper National Parks, unwind at Banff Upper Hot Springs. Here, you’ll find open-air pools which are fed by natural springs, and offer sweeping views of Mount Rundle. It’s a great place to soak sore muscles after hiking or skiing, and perfect for a little rejuvination before you get back to touring.
Spanning both Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Columbia Icefields is the largest non-polar ice field in the world. You can take a tour of the Athabasca Glacier or take a thrilling trek across the glass-floor of the Glacier Skywalk. A visit to the Columbia Icefields should feature on any Albertan itinerary.
Once the snow falls, you must head to Sunshine Village, Alberta’s primer ski resort. With over 120 trails and 9 chairlifts, the mountain can accommodate skiers of all levels. Top highlights include taking a trip up the gondola for stunning views and access to some of the best trails. The ski season generally runs from early November to late May.
Also known as the 'Little Lake of Fishes' by First Nations people, Lake Louise is a tranquil, emerald-coloured glacial lake in Banff National Park. There are a number of well-marked trails that run along the shores of the lake or you can hire a kayak or canoe to explore hidden coves. In winter, there’s great skiing here too.