Explore Alberta’s Pristine Lakes and Majestic Mountains

Situated in western Canada, the province of Alberta is rich with natural wonders. From towering mountains to pristine lakes and lush forests, nature lovers will fall in love with Alberta.

The province is home to two of the world’s oldest national parks: Jasper and Banff. Lake Louise’s crystal clear still waters is the gem of Banff park.

Over in Drumheller, travelers can walk mouths agape through the dinosaur-encrusted badlands where hoodoos pepper the landscape. Bison roam in the northern region of the province while cattle graze in central Alberta.

Along the Maligne Canyon Icewalk, travelers can touch a waterfall that’s been frozen in time. Up in the mountains, adventurers can ride on horseback to a scenic tea house built by mountain guides.

Alberta is home to four climatic regions: parkland, alpine, prairie and boreal forest. These climatic regions house a variety of different animals, including buffalo, bison, grizzly bears, black bears, coyotes, lynx and mountain lions.

While the province is teeming with wildlife, there’s one animal in particular that travelers aren’t likely to find: Norwegian rats. Alberta is the only Canadian province, and one of only a few places in the world, with virtually no Norwegian rat populations.

Alberta is well-known for its mountains and lakes, but the province also has two major cities that continue to grow: Calgary and Edmonton.

These two young cities offer much in the way of nightlife, dining and shopping, and they host more than four million tourists a year. The West Edmonton Mall is the largest shopping complex in North America, spanning more than 48 city blocks. The mall also houses the biggest indoor amusement park in the world and has its own hotel.

Still, Alberta will always be known for its beautiful landscape. From the Canadian Rocky Mountains to its rushing rivers, clear lakes and rolling grasslands, Alberta is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Canada.

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