Province/Territory: Alberta

Unique Adventures Await

  • 05 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 30 annual festivals in Edmonton
  • 1,600 sq km of hiking trails in Banff National Park

Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscapes and experiences. The rugged beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, turquoise lakes, boreal forests, rushing rivers, rolling grasslands and prairies sets the scene for your authentic adventure.

Touch the top of a mountain then soak in natural hot springs. Dust off a dinosaur bone on a dig in the Canadian Badlands. Saddle up and herd cattle on a working ranch. Immerse yourself in all things western at the annual Calgary Stampede. Stay in a fairy-tale alpine castle, rustic backcountry lodge, or camp out in a tipi. Hike endless scenic trails in the summer and spot deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep or bears. Return in winter to ski Alberta's famous deep fluffy powder at any of six Canadian Rocky Mountain resorts. Travel by dogsled and see the splendour of the Northern Lights.

Outdoor adventure

Urban adventures

Arts & Culture

Nature & Wildlife

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Relax and unwind in therapeutic Rocky Mountain mineral hot springs.
  • Watch the helicopter disappear and breathe in the crisp mountain air as you prepare for a ridgetop heli-yoga class. 
  • Stay in an historic "castle" in the Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Play the signature golf course. Enjoy haute cuisine. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment at the hotel's Willow Stream Spa.
  • Search and learn about wolves on a week long horse trek with Holiday on Horseback.

Weather

  • Alberta is a four season destination. Summer months, expect the sunrise before 6 AM with sunset over the mountains as late as 10 PM. In December however, expect the sunrise shortly after 8 AM, setting before supper hour.
  • Warm summer weather happens June through to September. Daily July temperatures in the cities average 24 C but can cool to 8 C in the evening. June is the wettest month with as much as 70 mm of rain. The Rocky Mountain parks see average daily temperatures of 21 C, dipping at night to 7 C. Banff receives 55 mm of rain during the summer months.
  • September marks the coming of fall with the aspens turning bright yellow. Daily temperatures begin to dip from the teens in September to single digits in October, with the evenings still above freezing.
  • Winter can be very cold both in the mountains and the prairies, dipping on occasion to -30 C. Christmas in Calgary and Edmonton sees normal daily highs of -3 C dipping to -14 at night. Banff can expect much the same temperatures but with over two metres of snow falling between October and May, making for one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Southern Alberta is notorious for strong, warm winter “Chinook winds” that rush down from the mountains raising the temperature more than 15 C in an hour leaving the region in daily temperatures above freezing for a few days at a time.
  • Spring temperatures in Calgary and Edmonton rise dramatically from the winter months. March has highs of 5 C but by May the average is 16 C.
  • Discover local weather . Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Quick facts

Area: 661,185 sq km (255,303 sq mi)
Capital City: Edmonton
Largest City: Calgary
Total Population: 3.8 Million
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Provincial Motto: “strong and free.”

When to go
  • Ski and snowboard season runs from early November until May, with best snow conditions January through March.
  • Banff and Lake Louise are tops on the list, summer or winter. More than the great outdoors, they host arts, cultural and culinary events year round.
  • Wildlife viewing is best from spring until fall. Early morning and dusk are optimal viewing times.
  • Golfing is best from late May until the snow flies in October. Summer in northern Alberta means playing until 11 p.m.
  • Hike, cycle, camp, paddle and ride in comfort in Alberta from May until October but always be prepared for cool evenings.
  • Plan your vacation to Alberta around festivals, celebrations, competitions and concerts.
Getting Here

Alberta is Canada’s western most prairie province tucked up against the Canadian Rockies and is easily accessed by road and/or train through Edmonton or two international airports:

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