Alberta Making Top Travel Lists

February 05, 2014
by Travel Alberta

Alberta’s authentic experiences in breathtaking landscapes have recently been recognized by many influential worldwide publications and online sources including The Guardian, The New York Times, USA Today, NationalGeographic.com and Vacay.ca.

With increasing global competition, it’s important that we differentiate Alberta travel experiences from experiences elsewhere in Canada and around the world. Travel Alberta uses this exposure as a platform to promote Alberta as a top destination in all of our worldwide markets and to highlight the experiences that we have to offer in all regions of our province.

At the start of the New Year, Calgary was listed as one of the best places to travel in Canada in 2014 by Vacay.ca, one of Canada’s leading online travel resources. Highlighted as part of this listing are the Calgary Stampede, Beakerhead, the Kensington Riverside Inn, and the city’s culinary scene.

Not long after, one of the United Kingdom’s leading newspapers, The Guardian, listed Alberta as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2014. The listing highlighted the new Glacier Skywalk, a glacier view and stay package at the Glacier View Inn, the World Ski Award won by Lake Louise Ski Resort as Canada’s Best Ski Resort in November 2013, and stating that Calgary has “gone from cowboy town to cosmopolitan cool”.

Just days later, The New York Times listed Calgary as the only Canadian destination among their top 52 Places to Go in 2014, stating the “oil boom town gets its cultural legs” and references the city’s public art, architecture and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. This travel feature appeared in the Sunday edition on January 12, which has a circulation of more than 2.3 million.

The Lake Louise Ski Resort and the Nakiska Ski Area / Canmore were recognized by USA Today in two separate top ten lists, giving further recognition to Alberta's great ski experiences. Lake Louise was voted the most scenic ski resort in the world, noting the views from the hill as well as from Chateau Lake Louise and across Banff National Park. USA Today's ranking of best women's ski getaway combined Nakiska and Canmore together. The article states “Nakiska is a great groomed hill and perfect place to start skiing in the Canadian Rockies, and the community of Canmore and the surrounding alpine wilds of Kananaskis make 'em fabulous destinations for a women's ski getaway”. Also highlighted in the ranking is Paintbox Lodge in Canmore, owned by cross-country skiing Olympic medalist, Sara Renner, and her husband, World Cup skiing champion, Thomas Grandi.

Also in January, Spas of America released their annual ranking of the Top 100 Spas in North America, based on consumer behavior on their website. Four Alberta spas made the cut, including the spas at the Fairmont properties in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, and the L Spa & Wellness Centre in Grande Prairie. 

Alberta experiences were also highlighted in the travel blog of Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler writer, on NationalGeographic.com. Andrew’s Best of 2013 list includes Best Burger at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop in Black Diamond, Best Museum at Royal Tyrrell in Drumheller, the City Market in Edmonton as Best Farmers Market and Best Find as Queen Victoria’s Underwear at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
 

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