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When you think about the Canadian Rockies, Alberta’s bright blue lakes and snowy peaks immediately spring to mind. This dramatic province is where you’ll find some of Canada’s most iconic beauty spots, such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Serving up staggering scenery and exciting activities, Alberta holidays are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. And the stunning mountain passes are ideal for an unforgettable road trip.

A trip to Alberta allows you to discover Canada’s most impressive landscapes and some vibrant cities, to boot. Explore postcard-worthy Banff National Park, where you can walk through pine forests and kayak across green lakes. Or visit Jasper National Park to marvel at ancient glaciers and search for deer, elk, and black and grizzly bears. City-lovers should also spend time in Calgary and Edmonton – the provincial capital of Alberta – where a number of cultural and historical attractions await.

Best of all, Alberta holidays can be enjoyed any time of year. Keen skiers should visit in winter, when the slopes of Banff and Jasper are covered in powdery snow. You can also try other winter sports – like dogsledding and ice-skating – and search for the elusive Northern Lights. When Alberta’s snow melts away, you can look forward to even more activities. Go biking, hiking or horse-riding along scenic trails. Paddle across crystal-clear lakes in a canoe or kayak. Play a round of golf, go wildlife-watching, or take a guided tour of the Columbia Icefields – the options are endless.

Whatever you’re most excited about, a holiday to Alberta will never disappoint. Our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect trip, with every detail tailored to you. You could hire a car and drive from Calgary to Banff to Jasper, staying in luxury hotels along the way. Or rent a motorhome for an epic camping adventure. Take a look at our sample itineraries, or call our experts to find out more.

Banff National Park

Jasper National Park

Calgary & Edmonton

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Banff National Park

Arguably Canada’s most famous national park, Banff is renowned for its soaring mountains and turquoise lakes. You’ll be able to tick off several beauty spots, such as Moraine Lake, Lake Louise and the wolf-shaped Peyto Lake. Walk along picturesque trails, stopping off to take photos at the dramatic lookouts – or enjoy the views from the Banff Gondola. You can play 18 holes on Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, or unwind in the bubbling waters of Banff Hot Springs. Want to get out on the lakes? Hire a kayak or, for an adrenaline rush, try white-water rafting.

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If you’re planning your Alberta holiday for winter, check out Banff’s three ski resorts. Or, if skiing isn’t your thing, you can ride a snowmobile, go dogsledding, or don your snowshoes for a walk through this real-life winter wonderland.

There are lots of things to do in Banff town itself, too. You can admire the architecture along Banff Avenue, browse the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and stroll down to see Bow Falls. Make sure you also check out the town’s selection of bars and restaurants.

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Jasper National Park

If you drive three hours northwest of Banff, you’ll reach Jasper National Park. The biggest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is crammed with must-see sites. It’s where you’ll find Mount Columbia – Alberta’s tallest peak – and the sapphire-like waters of Maligne Lake. You can gaze across the sprawling Columbia Icefields from the glass Glacier Skywalk, or take a guided Ice Explorer Tour for a closer look. And there’s an abundance of wildlife-watching opportunities, as Jasper is home to deer, elk, moose, wolves, cougars, and a huge population of black and grizzly bears.

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Like Banff, Jasper is a popular choice for ski holidays. Marmot Basin is one of the highest ski resorts in Canada, so you can expect great snow. And the winter wonders continue after dark – Jasper boasts incredible star-gazing, as it’s the second-largest Dark Sky Preserve on the planet. You might even be lucky enough to spy the Northern Lights.

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Calgary & Edmonton

A trip to Alberta gives you a chance to explore two exciting cities. First up, there’s Calgary – the most populous city in Alberta and, as it has an international airport, the likely starting point of your holiday. It’s known as Canada’s “Stampede City”, as the Calgary Stampede takes place every July. This 10-day rodeo sees all sorts of cowboy-themed events, including wagon races, lassoing contests and rodeo competitions. But Calgary has plenty of year-round charms, too. Admire the city from above in the Calgary Tower, see all sorts of animals at Calgary Zoo, and wander around Prince’s Island Park. 

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Edmonton – the capital of Alberta – is also worth a visit. This bustling city has a range of attractions, including North America’s biggest mall and the Art Gallery of Alberta. But the highlight is Edmonton’s River Valley Parks. Made up of 20 different parks, this enormous space is 22 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Why not hire bikes, to cover as much ground as possible?

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Best time to visit Alberta

To make the most of Alberta’s lovely landscapes, it’s best to plan your getaway between May and September. Spring and summer are usually sunny and mild, with temperatures averaging 16°C in May and rising to 23°C in the height of summer. If you’re excited to see wild bears, consider booking your Alberta holiday for May or June, as this is when you’re most likely to see bear cubs. 

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At the other end of the spectrum, Alberta winters are very cold and snowy. Between December and February, temperatures rarely rise above zero and it can be as cold as -15°C. This is ideal if you’re a keen skier but, otherwise, winter is best avoided as the icy roads can be difficult to navigate.

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Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Arguably Canada’s most famous national park, Banff is renowned for its soaring mountains and turquoise lakes. You’ll be able to tick off several beauty spots, such as Moraine Lake, Lake Louise and the wolf-shaped Peyto Lake. Walk along picturesque trails, stopping off to take photos at the dramatic lookouts – or enjoy the views from the Banff Gondola. You can play 18 holes on Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, or unwind in the bubbling waters of Banff Hot Springs. Want to get out on the lakes? Hire a kayak or, for an adrenaline rush, try white-water rafting.

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Show Less

If you’re planning your Alberta holiday for winter, check out Banff’s three ski resorts. Or, if skiing isn’t your thing, you can ride a snowmobile, go dogsledding, or don your snowshoes for a walk through this real-life winter wonderland.

There are lots of things to do in Banff town itself, too. You can admire the architecture along Banff Avenue, browse the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and stroll down to see Bow Falls. Make sure you also check out the town’s selection of bars and restaurants.

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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

If you drive three hours northwest of Banff, you’ll reach Jasper National Park. The biggest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is crammed with must-see sites. It’s where you’ll find Mount Columbia – Alberta’s tallest peak – and the sapphire-like waters of Maligne Lake. You can gaze across the sprawling Columbia Icefields from the glass Glacier Skywalk, or take a guided Ice Explorer Tour for a closer look. And there’s an abundance of wildlife-watching opportunities, as Jasper is home to deer, elk, moose, wolves, cougars, and a huge population of black and grizzly bears.

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Like Banff, Jasper is a popular choice for ski holidays. Marmot Basin is one of the highest ski resorts in Canada, so you can expect great snow. And the winter wonders continue after dark – Jasper boasts incredible star-gazing, as it’s the second-largest Dark Sky Preserve on the planet. You might even be lucky enough to spy the Northern Lights.

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Calgary & Edmonton

Calgary & Edmonton

A trip to Alberta gives you a chance to explore two exciting cities. First up, there’s Calgary – the most populous city in Alberta and, as it has an international airport, the likely starting point of your holiday. It’s known as Canada’s “Stampede City”, as the Calgary Stampede takes place every July. This 10-day rodeo sees all sorts of cowboy-themed events, including wagon races, lassoing contests and rodeo competitions. But Calgary has plenty of year-round charms, too. Admire the city from above in the Calgary Tower, see all sorts of animals at Calgary Zoo, and wander around Prince’s Island Park. 

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Edmonton – the capital of Alberta – is also worth a visit. This bustling city has a range of attractions, including North America’s biggest mall and the Art Gallery of Alberta. But the highlight is Edmonton’s River Valley Parks. Made up of 20 different parks, this enormous space is 22 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Why not hire bikes, to cover as much ground as possible?

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Alberta

To make the most of Alberta’s lovely landscapes, it’s best to plan your getaway between May and September. Spring and summer are usually sunny and mild, with temperatures averaging 16°C in May and rising to 23°C in the height of summer. If you’re excited to see wild bears, consider booking your Alberta holiday for May or June, as this is when you’re most likely to see bear cubs. 

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At the other end of the spectrum, Alberta winters are very cold and snowy. Between December and February, temperatures rarely rise above zero and it can be as cold as -15°C. This is ideal if you’re a keen skier but, otherwise, winter is best avoided as the icy roads can be difficult to navigate.

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Lake Louise

Marvel at Lake Louise’s gloriously bright waters – for the best views, we’d recommend staying at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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Columbia Icefields

Take a guided tour of this majestic glacier, or enjoy a bird’s-eye view when you walk across the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk.

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Moraine Lake

Go hiking or kayaking at this jaw-dropping lake in Banff National Park, and admire the turquoise waters and imposing mountains.

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Calgary

If you’re flying into Calgary, why not spend a couple of days in the city? You can go up the Calgary Tower and explore Prince’s Island Park.

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Discover this beautiful park in southern Alberta, home to tumbling waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes and meadows of wildflowers.

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