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From bustling cities to peaceful prairies to towering mountains, Alberta has it all. Take your pick of Alberta vacation homes, and get away from it all in this prairie province....
From bustling cities to peaceful prairies to towering mountains, Alberta has it all. Take your pick of Alberta vacation homes, and get away from it all in this prairie province.
Alberta has a humid continental climate, but since the province spans about 750 miles from north to south, there are smaller climate zones throughout. Summer temperatures usually reach the low 70s in the north and the mid-80s in the southern part of the province. In the winter, temperatures hover in the teens in the north and in the 20s in southern Alberta.
How to Get Around Alberta
Fly into the Calgary International Airport or the Edmonton International Airport to reach Alberta's southern destinations, or head straight for the Fort McMurray International Airport for quick access to northern Alberta vacation homes. If you're planning to stay in one of Alberta's major cities, you may be able to rely on a combination of public transit and taxis. To explore all that this province has to offer, however, you'll want to drive to make the most of your time.
Best Things to Do in Alberta
If you're planning a winter visit, you'll want to make Alberta's ski country your first stop. Located on the edge of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park and Lake Louise are the province's top skiing and snowboarding destinations and tend to be busiest from late fall through spring. North of Banff, Jasper National Park is also a popular wintertime destination for skiers. With its glacier-fed lakes, dense forests, and rushing rivers, Jasper is also a great place for hiking and wildlife spotting. With a friendly town center packed with restaurants, shops, and bars, Jasper has plenty for everyone. On the northern edge of Alberta, Fort McMurray is a top choice for boating, golfing, and viewing the northern lights. On the province's western side, Grande Prairie offers rodeos, fairs, and the celebrated Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. For an innovative culinary scene, performing arts, and the great outdoors just beyond the city limits, make Calgary your destination. If you're looking for the province's best shopping, must-see historic sites, and festivals year-round, head to Edmonton.
Can't-Miss Alberta Events
Alberta is known for its rodeos and cowboy culture, and you'll find both at a number of events across the province. Perhaps the best-known annual event is Canadian Finals Rodeo, held every November in Edmonton. Get your tickets for the rodeo, and you'll see everything from bareback riding to steer wrestling to barrel racing. Rodeo lovers also won't want to miss the Calgary Stampede, better known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. At this interactive event, you'll find everything from a rodeo to live music to fine dining. Summer also brings several music festivals to Alberta, like Edmonton's 10-day International Jazz Festival and the city's four-day International Folk Music Festival. In the winter, Alberta comes alive with the two-week Jasper in January festival and the family-friendly Canmore Winter Carnival.