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Alberta at a Glance

Much of Alberta is wide open prairie with waving grasses and flat terrain. Cool cities spring up out of the flat terrain. However, the western edge of the province shares the Canadian Rockies with British Columbia. Since Alberta has such a diverse landscape, there really is something for everyone. Rub shoulders with cowboys, hit up a hipster coffee shop, or scale the high peaks: Alberta is ready to help you find your passions.

Alberta's mountain region is home to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. These iconic mountain areas have graced postcards since Alberta first started welcoming travelers. This region is home to warm hot springs, great skiing and all the hiking, rafting, canoeing and camping you could ever want. Visitors to the Canadian Rockies spot moose, big horned sheep, pine martins and raptors. 

If high altitudes make you queasy, rest assured there's plenty to do in Alberta's largest cities. Calgary is flush with oil money and the boom in restaurants, nightclubs, coffee shops and entertainment is huge. Enjoy the famous Calgary Stampede or simply bite into a steak. Edmonton, the provincial capital has cool neighborhoods and the world's largest shopping mall.

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Popular Places
  • Banff National Park Banff National Park
  • Calgary Calgary
  • Edmonton Edmonton
  • Jasper National Park Jasper National Park
  • Banff Banff
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park Dinosaur Provincial Park
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Calgary International Airport
  • Major Airport Edmonton International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The Canadian Rockies have cold winter temperatures and frequent snowfall. Lookout for road closures. Weather varies by elevation, so dress in layers and be prepared for fluctuating conditions. Lower elevations have milder temperatures, but still see frequent snow and cold in the wintertime.

Safety Hazards Travelers to Alberta should protect themselves from crime whether they are in a big city or in the isolated back country. Keep an eye on your belongings and keep valuables out of sight. Proper bear training, first-aid skills and injury avoidance techniques are important for people traveling in the back country.

Health Hazards Alberta's cities and towns have clean drinking water and good public health. Visitors should always purify water from streams, rivers and lakes. If planning to be outdoors, know that Mosquitoes, sunburn and heat exhaustion can plague summer travelers. Hypothermia can also be an issue winter or summer. Keep a dry set of clothes, regulate your body temperature and drink enough water.

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