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Alberta Holiday

Walk where dinosaurs once roamed, see the northern lights, enjoy winter sports in the Canadian Rockies and glimpse pioneer life at historic sites and museums.

Alberta has great contrasts. The Canadian Rockies, renowned for ski resorts, wildlife and winter activities are juxtaposed against the desert Badlands with prehistoric geology and dinosaur fossils. Excitement abounds in this wild place: spotting grizzly bears or wolves, digging for dinosaur bones and walking amid stone giants of the Hoodoo Rocks.

Edmonton and Calgary are the gateways to Alberta. Explore the province’s history at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. Learn about gemstone geology, local dinosaur fossils and the ancient cultures of Alberta’s aboriginal people. Whatever time of year you’re visiting, the “City of Festivals” offers celebrations of the seasons, music, film and food.

Alberta’s most well-known festival, however, is in Calgary. The ten-day-long Calgary Stampede celebrates the rustic skills of rodeo riding and chuck wagon racing and has been held annually since the 1890s. Get a view over the city while relaxing in the lush green of Prince’s Island Park in the Bow River before sampling fantastic local beef or Alberta cheeses with Rocky Mountain wines.

Drive to the Badlands to see desert landscapes dotted with eerie mushroom-shaped sandstone structures called Hoodoos. In the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, dig for dinosaurs and learn about the fossils found here. Immerse yourself in early settler life at the Pioneer Village and Museum in Hanna. Keen Star Trek fans can have their picture taken in a Trekkie uniform in Vulcan, in a scaled-down Enterprise ship at the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station.

Alberta’s main winter attractions are its powdery slopes, mountain scenery and ski resorts with buzzing nightlife. Lake Louise, Banff and Sunshine are the best-known slopes, but there are plenty more throughout the province to experience. Try your hand at dog-sledding or take a sleigh ride. In warmer months, hike peaks covered in alpine wildflowers in Banff National Park or take a wildlife tour to see and photograph wild grizzly bears, huge elks, wolves, bighorn sheep, cougar and lynx. 


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Canmore Inn & Suites £156
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019
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Canmore Inn & Suites

Canmore Inn & Suites

1402 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB
     
    4.0 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beautiful mountain views and great location to walk into town.

    Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport £54
    Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019
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    Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport

    Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport

    25 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I liked the layout of the room I did not like that there was no breakfast coupon.

      Inns of Banff £184
      Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019
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      Inns of Banff

      Inns of Banff

      600 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
         
        3.3 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Room was spacious and clean. Very good accessibility to attractions and local bus facility.

        Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport £70
        Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019
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        Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport

        Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport

        123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Rooftop area has great views, great subta bing and 2 hot tubs overlooking airport and downtown Calgary

          International Hotel Calgary £84
          Reviewed on 7 Jul 2019
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          International Hotel Calgary

          International Hotel Calgary

          220 4th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
             
            3.9 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Currently on renovation so most of the amenities are not functioning. Overall good stay.

            Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport £65
            Reviewed on 16 Jul 2019
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            Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport

            Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport

            1250 Mckinnon Dr NE, Calgary, AB
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The water in the pool is really nice, the only problem we had was that the room smelled like feet.

              Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge £292
              Reviewed on 8 Jul 2019
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              Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

              Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

              Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
                 
                4.0 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                A nice place to stay in Jasper, the lake is beautiful in the morning with mist, great view!

                Fairmont Banff Springs £455
                Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019
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                Fairmont Banff Springs

                Fairmont Banff Springs

                405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I loved the service, everybody was incredibly welcoming and friendly. Unfortunately the gatehouse is very difficult to navigate, and the cleanliness of the hallways can certainly be improved.

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