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There’s always something new and groundbreaking in Canada’s Alberta. From must-do activities to unique cultural experiences, we’ve got events and activities that will amaze and entertain you.

Welcome to Canada’s playground

Unleash your inner wild child from the Canadian Badlands to the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains. Just like our big skies, you have no limits here.

01 Festivals & events

Alberta hosts some of the wildest celebrations in the country. It’s no surprise Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City with events like the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, K-Days and over 50 others. And just south, the Calgary Stampede shares our western heritage with the world for ten epic days in July. Whether at Indigenous ceremonies, music jamborees or watching hot air balloons brighten the sky, we take every opportunity to gather.

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Head to Medicine Hat for the Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival.

02 Lakes & rivers

Wherever you go in Alberta, you’re never very far from a lake or river. Canmore Raft Tours’ leisurely floats boast breathtaking views of the towering Canadian Rockies and share insights into the area’s past. Andrew Lake Lodge & Camps is a northern angler paradise with rustic log cabin accommodations. This remote, fly-in-only lake is surrounded by lush forests and offers bragging-right-worthy fishing.

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Admire beautiful scenery as you play in Alberta’s lakes.

03 Outdoor recreation

Legendary landscapes mean legendary adventures. Try something different, like horseback riding along rolling hills and camping under starry skies with Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting. Mount Engadine Lodge is a great place to try new things, such as mountain biking the Rockies or sleeping in glamorous yurts. And if you enjoy hiking, you’ll love Red Rock Canyon’s brightly coloured trails and refreshing streams.

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Get out of your comfort zone throughout Alberta’s wild places.

04 Indigenous experiences

Expand your way of thinking by visiting Indigenous heritage sites, joining festivals or listening to stories of the past. Métis Crossing is a perfect starting point. The cultural centre offers traditional workshops, canoeing trips and modern sky-watching domes to sleep in. Make sure to stop by their Wildlife Park to see a majestic herd of bison.

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Indigenous Tourism Alberta

Get to know the land and the Indigenous Peoples who formed it.

05 Local flavours

Alberta’s culinary scene caters to all palates. Check out Calgary’s Calcutta Cricket Club, a contemporary Indian restaurant serving bold takes on classic plates and cocktails. When you go to Edmonton, make sure to sample RGE RD’s farm-fresh ingredients. And no road trip is complete without visits to quirky diners such as Drumheller’s Bernie & The Boys or craft breweries like Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing.

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Enjoy imaginative farm-to-table cuisine at RGE RD.

Journey across Alberta’s stunning spaces and remarkable places.

Feast your eyes while driving through the Alberta landscape. When you pull over, sit down to a local feast. There are great bars and restaurants in every corner of the province.

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Highlights & hidden gems

The pioneer spirit lives on in Alberta. Travellers looking for new thrills, experiences and stories to bring home will thrive here.

Watch live concerts and a legendary rodeo at the Calgary Stampede.
Paddle down mountain rivers with Canmore Raft Tours.
Visit Métis Crossing to make authentic cultural connections.
Embrace the secluded wilderness of Andrew Lake Lodge & Camps.
Try a little bit of everything at Calgary’s Ten Foot Henry.
Glamp surrounded by the Rockies in a Sundance by Basecamp tipi.

So much to discover. View our trip ideas for all the best local recommendations.

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