Discover the best top things to do in Alberta, Alberta including Icefields Parkway, Angel Glacier, Heritage Park Historical Village, Old Strathcona, Fort Edmonton Park, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper SkyTram, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Bowness Park, Alberta Legislature Building.
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Scenic highway cutting through breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes.
We drove it in our rental car leaving Banff at 7:30AM and did not get beck until after 4PM - so much to see! This is an absolutely beautiful drive with many places to stop to take in the marvelous views of mountains, lakes & streams and/or enjoy short hikes. You can see many glaciers on the mountains. We took the drive in mid September and the Aspen trees were a beautiful golden color against the backdrop of green pine trees. Our turning point was at the “Ice Field Center” where we walked up to the glacier. If you wanted to get up close and personal with the ice, tours are available - they take you out onto the glacier on a special bus and let you walk around for a few minutes. A very enjoyable day.
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The pathway up from the new parking area has a great viewing platform to see the glacier as well as the cavell glacier at the waters edge
4.5 based on 3,133 reviews
When you have the choice of everything from a thundering steam train to antique midway rides to beautifully preserved heritage buildings and homesteads, deciding what to do first isn't easy. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past. No two days at the Park are the same, so come back as often as you like for a history lesson you won't find in any textbook. Our operating season is from mid-May to early October each year.
Our tour started with a delicious pancake breakfast in gasoline alley followed by an interesting tour provided by our guide, Kate. There is so much to see and do. We loved travelling by the paddle wheeler across Glenmore Reservoir, travelling on the train and sampling freshly baked cinnamon buns from the bakery. The staff and volunteers were great at role playing and made the experience fun. The amusement park circa 1910 was astonishingly advanced and we sampled a couple of the rides. We were limited to 3 hours which passed by very quickly. We hope to return with family members to Heritage Park sometime soon.
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Historic neighborhood containing buildings dating back to 1891.
4.5 based on 1,740 reviews
Park featuring recreations of Edmonton in different stages of its history.
Always a great adventure for the whole family :) I’ve cream, riding the old train and more... it’s a great place to have fun, and beat value to buy an annual pass
4.5 based on 1,593 reviews
We have just finished a wonderful week at the Fairmont Chateau. The highlights of the week are: The Ice Magic festival was amazing: teams of 2 working for 36 hours to create amazing ice sculptures with chainsaws , drills, and irons ... cannot believe the artwork they created ( it was -30 degrees as well) Gold Floor: the food, the service , the room and most of all the view is amazing. We are a family of 4 sharing one room with 2 queens, we loved breakfast every morning ( omelettes by Conner and the team were a highlight) the all day snacks and drinks were also used each day. Some nights if we had lunch we would just have the gold lounge canapés for dinner .. they were great .. the concierge would also organise anything you needed. The Night Snow Shoe experience: booked this in for our last night in Lake Louise and had a great experience. The weather had warmed up and our guide was both knowledgeable and great fun. Recommend this to families, as long as you can walk you can snowshoe Book in a photo session: the professional photographers are great, we walked In a 30 minute photo session which produced great photos with no fuss (I am not a photo shoot fan and I enjoyed it :-) ) Overall cannot praise the lake Louise team highly enough ... well done
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Jasper SkyTram is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada. This family trip offers incredible views of six different mountain ranges, turquoise-coloured lakes, glacier-fed rivers and the town of Jasper. Gain a new perspective on Jasper National Park, the largest park in the UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site. Watch for wildlife below as you gently climb towards the upper station located at 7,425 feet (2,263 meters). A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your 7.5 minute flight, sharing a few insights about the area, its history and the diversity of nature surrounding you. Stroll along the interpretive boardwalk or try hiking the 1.4 km trail to the summit of Whistlers Mountain at 8,081 feet (2,463 meters). Make sure to stop at the Summit Restaurant for a meal at the top of the Canadian Rockies and visit the gift shops at the upper or lower stations for a souvenir to take home. From March to early May, rent snowshoes at the top for a unique experience.
This was my favorite of the 2 gondola/sky trams we took up to the mountains. Banff gondola, Lake Louise gondola & Jasper Sky Tram. the scenery was fantastic at the top, you could see the entire valley, the town of Jasper and Whistler etc. Once there you could hike up to the top of the mountain or just sit on rocks taking in the scenery.
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Peace, tranquillity and friendship await you at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. The gem of Southern Alberta is celebrating it's 50th year with cultural activities and the very best omotenashi (hospitality) every day. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden season officially begins Saturday May 13th and the season runs to Sunday October 8th. Enjoy the Lethbridge Japanese Garden from the first spring blossom to the final autumn leaf.
During the internment of Japanese Canadians during the second world war, Lethbridge Alberta was considered a 'safe' place to confine them over 70 years ago. When the war ended, and many had no other homes to return to, they stayed in Lethbridge and a thriving Japanese community was built in this Southern Alberta city. The Nikka Yoko Japanese Gardens are a beautiful example of the artistry of what a Japanese Garden could be. A balance of trees, shrubs, arrangements of rocks, pagoda's, quiet sitting area's situated to 'hear' the babbling brook, a giant bell that when rung is pleasantly relaxing as opposed to jarring...this is a beautiful showcase of Japanese artistry. Worth the 2 hours spent there.
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Great place for an afternoon hike. We parked down by Valley Ridge Drive NW and walked down to the River. Beautiful landscape, lots of mature trees and we finished it off with some time at the park.
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The majestic Legislature is one of the most iconic buildings in Edmonton and a must see when you are in the city! Built in 1912, in the Beaux Arts style, the Legislature is the seat of the government in the province. The historic building is open 362 days a year. Friendly and knowledgeable Heritage Interpreters are always pleased to take you on a tour and introduce you to Alberta's legislative process. Just north of the Legislature, you will find the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre. The centre is home to the Borealis Gallery, Pehonan Theatre, Agora Interpretive Centre and Capital Gifts shop. The Legislature site is a hub of activity throughout the year, the grounds being some of the most beautiful and picturesque in the area.
I took the free tour and I loved it, I got to learn a lot about Alberta’s history and canadian politics
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