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Alberta

Bordered to the west by British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains, Alberta is officially a prairie province. Covering an area of around 660,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi.), Alberta became a province in its own right in 1905.

Alberta was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Lake Louise and Mount Alberta were also named for her. Alberta is landlocked, sharing a border to the south with Montana, to the west with British Columbia, to the North with the Northwest Territories and to the east with Saskatchewan.

Lake Louise, Canada

Warm summers and cold winters are normal in Alberta. With a humid continental climate, the province can experience cold arctic weather systems from the north and warm fronts from the south. The climate is generally dry with annual rainfall ranging between 12” and 24”.  Average daytime temperatures range from around 21C in the far north to 28C in the southeast prairie regions.

Today Alberta is home to approx. 4.2 million people, around half of whom live in the metropolitan areas of Edmonton and Calgary. The province’s main tourist draws are the Rocky Mountain towns of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper.

Freight train near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

To the south of Calgary lies Waterton Lakes National Park, the jewel of the south. Often overlooked by visitors in favour of the more well-known destinations of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, Waterton is where the prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in spectacular style. The Park has a less touristy feel than its more well-known cousins but grows in popularity on an annual basis. As the northern section of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a world heritage site, Waterton offers visitors the opportunity to cross-border hop to the southern section of the Park in Montana and return in the same day Spectacular views will have you in awe on all sections of the journey. Within spitting distance of Waterton itself are Red Rock Canyon, Cameron Lake, the Prince of Wales hotel, a hike to the top of Bears Hump and generally enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of this spectacular place.

Red-Rock-Canyon-Waterton-National-Park

Heading east from Calgary, the landscape becomes flatter and the roads appear to extend straight for as far as the eye can see.About a 1.5 hour drive from Calgary is Drumheller. Coal was first mined here in the early 1900s and it’s easy to still find signs of abandoned mining activity across the Valley. The most notable and intact of these is at the Atlas Coal Mine where you’ll find Canada’s last standing wooden coal tipple. Other popular places to visit while in the area are the Hoo Doos and Horsethief Canyon.

Hoo-Doos near Drumheller, Alberta

The most visited attraction in Drumheller however is the Royal Tyrell Museum, known world-wide for its collection of more than 130,000 dinosaur fossils collected from the surrounding area Dinosaurs once roamed freely here.

To the north of Calgary lies Edmonton, the province’s capital. Often overshadowed as a tourist destination by the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the west, Edmonton is home to the West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest indoor malls in North America and a prime entertainment destination.

Rollercoasters at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta

For those who enjoy more solitude and fewer crowds, there are some amazing places to discover outside of the main tourist areas – it’s only takes an RV Rental and exploration at your own pace to find them.

Bear eating dandilions, Banff National Park

Our Calgary location is an ideal place from which start your exploration of Alberta. We're located close to Calgary International Airport and we are happy to provide you with recommendations for campgrounds and attractions along your travel route.

Check out some of the great itinerary suggestions we have for your Alberta Rocky Mountain RV vacation.

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