Nature & Outdoors

Those who wander in Alberta’s great outdoors discover a place of beauty and magic. Gaze at constellations and observe the northern lights dancing across the night in the world’s largest dark sky preserves. Watch elk and deer grazing in the meadow at dusk.  Ride a gondola up an alpine valley and watch for grizzly bears far below. Ride an Ice Explorer to stand atop an ancient glacier. Step out onto a cliff side viewing platform for a stunning view of the alpine valley beneath you.
Plains Bison Return to Banff National Park

Plains Bison Return to Banff National Park

Parks Canada has announced that on February 1, 2017,  16 bison were successfully translocated to the Panther Valley in Banff National Park. Absent from the Banff wilderness for more than a century, this historic homecoming is an important celebration of the environment and culture of Canada’s first national park and a momentous way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. 


Fit For Adventure

Fit For Adventure

Wellness workouts are abundant throughout the year. We don’t let a little snow discourage us from working up a sweat outdoors, while simultaneously reconnecting with nature. For those especially winter days, there is always a pulse pumping workout to be had indoors as well. 


Wildlife Sightings and Spring Babies

Wildlife Sightings and Spring Babies

We’re quickly approaching that time of year when young offspring emerge from their dens. Celebrate this season of renewal and spot some adorable babies during these wildlife experiences around Alberta.
 


Alberta's Secret Season

Alberta's Secret Season

March and April is prime time for powder hounds. When other resorts are wrapping up their ski season, Alberta’s resorts are lapping it up: up to 50 cm (1.6 feet) of snow on top of a base typically at 200 cm (6.5 feet). Here are some ways you can enjoy the snow besides skiing and snowboarding:


Banff, Alberta Recognized as Best of the World Destination in 2017 by National Geographic Traveler

Banff, Alberta Recognized as Best of the World Destination in 2017 by National Geographic Traveler

Banff, Alberta has been named to National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Best of the World list which highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017.


Dig Into the Prehistoric Past

Dig Into the Prehistoric Past

More than 40 species of dinosaurs roamed Alberta 75 million years ago. Very few places on earth showcase the remains of so many species and complete dinosaur skeletons.


Super Natural Star Gazing

Super Natural Star Gazing

Home to two of the world’s two largest dark sky preserves Alberta offers prime viewing of the northern lights. 


East-End Attraction

East-End Attraction

Contender for the trendiest neighbourhood in Calgary, the East Village is Calgary's newest community drawing crowds from all over.


Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

Banff Gondola and the upper terminal building opened October 2017 after receiving $26-million renovation. 


Fall Harvest Experiences in Alberta

Fall Harvest Experiences in Alberta

The fall harvest season – late August through November – is the perfect time to discover Alberta’s bountiful agri-tourism, culinary and craft beverage offerings. 


 

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