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Alberta Holidays

With the mighty snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on their western border and the vast prairies of Saskatchewan to the east, Alberta is located right in the very heart of western Canada. Vast tracts of this land-locked province are unpopulated with the region home to over five-hundred recognised sites including a number of important UNESCO protected reserves, parks and landscapes that provide critical habitats for many rare mammals and endangered birds as well as playing an important role in preserving the region’s considerable First Nation heritage. Much like neighbouring British Columbia, Alberta is best explored by car on a self-drive holiday. Enjoy the natural hot springs and epic scenery of Banff National Park, soak up the astonishing beauty of Lake Louise and take the drive of a lifetime following the breathtaking Icefields Parkway which traverses the mighty Canadian Rockies. Explore the glaciers, waterfalls and lakes of Jasper National Park, experience 6,000 years of indigenous history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, travel on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train or, if visiting Alberta during July, attend the world-famous Calgary Stampede.

Holiday Ideas for Alberta

When to visit Alberta

Best Times
Good Times

Most visitors to Alberta spend time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – a key draw for travellers and an area which covers huge swathes of the southern part of the province. Deciding on the best time to visit Alberta can be difficult and largely depends on what you wish to do, how you wish to experience the landscape and, importantly, should include a careful consideration of the weather that is likely to be encountered since average temperatures can vary drastically between seasons. For most, the best time to visit Alberta is during the summer between the end of June and the middle of September. During this period days are long and the weather warm and, although there is a risk of isolated showers in June, rainfall is low making this a perfect time to undertake outdoor activities. Prior to summer, and just after, is also a good time to travel to Alberta. The weather can be a little unpredictable and certain areas may not be accessible however autumn, with its fall colours, is a particularly beautiful time of year. Winter runs from the end of November to early April and can be bitterly cold. Skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating are all popular winter activities at this time of year.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Alberta

Landlocked Alberta, the most westerly of what are known as Canada’s prairie provinces, encompasses everything from evergreen boreal forest and subarctic regions to high-altitude mountains and flourishing urban areas. Most visitors to Alberta spend the majority of their time exploring the Rocky Mountains with the addition of either one, or both, of the province’s main cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Most journeys spend time in these cosmopolitan cities although the main highlight of any holiday to Alberta is spending time in the spectacular national parks that form such an integral part of this province. Banff National Park is arguably the finest protected area in Canada with its turquoise lakes, rolling forest, spectacular mountain scenery and fabulous mountain trails. To the north of Banff is Jasper National Park – equally as beautiful as its neighbour – with glacier-fed lakes and excellent wildlife viewing including grizzly bear. For those wishing to experience Alberta’s great outdoors a self-drive holiday is an excellent option, however, the region can also be explored in comfort from aboard the elegant Rocky Mountaineer train.

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