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Places to see in Alberta, Canada   Canada

Started Feb-21 by Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 67 views.


Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Banff National Park is home to two of the most beautiful lakes in the world. First, Moraine Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Rent a canoe and slide across the bright blue lake, which gets its color from the silt brought in by the glacier water. If the weather’s nice, grab your camera and enjoy a hike around the shoreline, taking in the incredible summits that circle Moraine. The more famous of the two lakes, however, is probably picturesque Lake Louise. The turquoise blue lake sits in front of a range of mountains and the Victoria Glacier, making it serious postcard fodder. You can paddle on the water, walk a trail along its edges, or simply do what tens of thousands of people have done before you: Instagram the heck out of it. Though it’s very close to the city of Calgary, and makes for a great day trip, many people choose to stay nearby at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Lake Minnewanka

The biggest lake in Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka is 13 miles in length and requires an hour-long boat cruise to see it from every angle. Of course, there are also a number of trails around the glacial lake which provide their own beautiful views of the serene blue-green water. Beyond the natural beauty, Minnewanka is also rich in history. It was named the “Lake of the Spirits” by the Aboriginal people that hunted and even lived along its shores as early as 10,000 years ago. The elk, mule deer, mountain goats and bears that they turned to for sustenance can still be found around the lake today.  

Athabasca Falls

It was a glacier that slowly tore through the rocks and formed the canyon that now houses the Athabasca Falls. That same glacier now provides the water which falls 75 feet down this Jasper National Park waterfall. Seventy-five feet might not seem that high, but what it lacks in height it makes up in sheer power. Designated paths in the area will bring you to safe lookouts where you can peer into the canyon, feel the spray of water on your face, and see the real force of this natural wonder in action.

Maligne Canyon

The 160-foot deep Maligne Canyon, also in Jasper National Park, is a sight to behold in the summer. It plays home to fossils, waterfalls, unexpected animals and lush plant life. Take a self-guided tour, crossing the gorge on four different bridges, each with its own unique views. But you might want to wait until winter; this attraction really becomes otherworldly when the temperature drops below freezing. Strap on your sturdiest ice cleats, move through the frozen canyon and see if you can keep your jaw from dropping to the floor. 

Icefields Parkway and Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

Once upon a time, the huge mountains of the Canadian Rockies were covered in ice. Some of that ice still rests in those mountains, and a journey along the Icefields Parkway brings you right to their front door. More than 100 glaciers sit along this scenic stretch of road between Jasper and Lake Louise, each one more impressive than the last. The star of the show? The Columbia Icefield, which is the largest icefield in the Rockies. To see the icefield in all its glory, take a Glacier Adventure tour. You’ll board an Ice Explorer — a huge bus-like vehicle specifically designed to take on the icefield terrain — and head out onto the Athabasca Glacier. Walk out onto the ice and drink fresh glacial water. Then, head out onto the Glacier Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway with only glass between you and the ground, 918-feet below.

Royal Tyrrell Museum

Around 75 million years ago, the town of Drumheller, Alberta, about an hour and a half north east of Calgary, was a hotbed of dinosaur activity. That, in turn, turned Drumheller into a hotbed of dinosaur fossils, and lead to the creation of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The museum is located in the Canadian Badlands, where it collects, preserves and presents the paleontological (read: dinosaur) history of the region. With one of the biggest displays of dinosaur skeletons in the world, and over 160,000 individual specimens, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a must-see for both science lovers and fans of Jurassic Park.

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