The peaks and falls of the mountains, to the wildflower carpeted meadows and the rushing valley waters, Alberta is Canada’s Rocky Mountain playground, representing everything that is beautiful and pure about the outdoor wilderness.

Undoubtedly renowned for the awe inspiring Rockies which form the backbone to this incredible province and the spectacular breathtaking beauty of its Rocky Mountain parks; Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis and Waterton. The gateway to a myriad of outdoor pleasures at every time of year, the snow dusted Rockies offer hiking, skiing, heli-biking, fishing, horse riding, climbing and rafting adventures to name but a few of its popular pursuits.

Beyond the glimmering lakes and towering mountain peaks are a host of other treasures. Alberta boasts five World Heritage Sites, Dinasaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton/Glacier National Parks, Banff/Jasper National Parks and Wood Buffalo National Park.

A vacation to Alberta has it all. Take an expedition along Icefields Parkway and come face to face with dramatic mountain vistas and towering walls of ice, head north along the Northern Lights trail to Fort McMurray to view the extraordinary spectacle of dancing lights or visit Heritage Park Historical Village to experience life in Alberta in a bygone era. Try travelling in the tracks of the Dinosaurs and join a dig in Drumheller or why not unravel thousands of years of Aboriginal culture at Glenbow or Royal Alberta Museums.

Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, offer unique experiences which rival any of Canada’s other cosmopolitan cities. Both add a sprinkle of cafés and restaurants to great shopping, a selection of cultural sites and museums and great sporting venues to create city destinations which complement the province’s natural beauty. Edmonton is home to one of North America’s largest shopping malls, West Edmonton Mall spans 48 blocks and boasts over 800 shops. Perhaps the highlight of Calgary’s calendar is the 10 day Calgary Stampede. A spectacle not to be missed, this is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world where professional cowboys compete in a spectacle of rodeo events including bull riding, chuckwagon racing and square dancing.

Enjoy a scenic rail journey aboard VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer and experience the fabulous sights and landscapes of Alberta!

Average Max/Min temperatures °c
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Calgary -3/-15 -2/-14 3/-9 11/-3 17/3 20/7 25/10 24/8 18/4 12/-1 3/-8 -2/-13
Banff -6/-16 -2/-14 3/-10 10/-4 15/1 18/4 23/6 22/5 16/5 10/-2 1/-8 -4/-13
Flight duration from the UK: Calgary 9 hours
Alberta time zone: GMT minus(-)7 hours
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