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Alberta - One of Canada’s most stunning provinces

As the fourth largest of Canada’s provinces and roughly the size of Texas, Alberta is known for its spectacular landscapes, including the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, and Jasper National Park. Visitors find the province offers a vibrant blend of urban excitement and abounding natural beauty. Outdoor activities are available during all seasons and include pastimes such as hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing. Culture in Alberta is a unique blend of Western heritage, indigenous traditions, and diverse multicultural influences. 

For a well-rounded visit to this beautiful province, make sure to see and do the following:


Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and, as such, houses many fascinating government buildings. Take a peek at the Legislature Building’s fantastic architecture and beautiful grounds, and then enjoy the film and interpretive displays in the Edmonton Federal Building Visitor Center. Shop in one of the largest shopping malls in the world, West Edmonton Mall, and find nearly anything you could possibly desire. Enjoy an interactive tour of Fort Edmonton Park, a heritage village with recreated architecture from 1885, 1905, and 1920. Both the Royal Alberta Museum and the Edmonton Valley Zoo are worth a visit, as well. 

Calgary is Alberta’s largest city, coming in with more than 1.4 million people calling it home (40% more than Edmonton). Take a ride up to the top of Calgary Tower and admire the incredible views. Those seeking an adrenaline rush should step out on the observation deck glass floor, located at an altitude of 517 feet! 

Military Museums of Calgary
Military Museums of Calgary

At ground level, the Military Museums complex includes eight museums covering the military and conflict from all angles. The Glenbow Museum combines art and area history, presenting an extensive permanent collection and many visiting exhibits and events. Stroll through Heritage Park Historical Village, a large living history museum that offers a glimpse into life in Western Canada. Built in 1875 by the Northwest Mounted Police, take an interesting tour of historic Fort Calgary or engage in one of their many special activities such as walking tours, storytelling, arts and crafts, and more. Visit the Calgary Stampede to learn about the city’s iconic cowboy culture.


Banff is a charming resort town located within a national park of the same name. Stroll through the boutiques, souvenir shops, and restaurants along Banff Avenue after a morning of viewing wildlife like elk, bighorn sheep, and grizzly bears. Soak up the breathtaking views from the Banff Gondola and the turquoise water of Lake Louise with its stunning mountain backdrop. Top off the fabulous day with a bath in the relaxing Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Banff's Moraine Lake
Banff's Moraine Lake

Jasper is an alpine town sitting within Jasper National Park and serves as a great base for exploring the park’s rugged peaks, wildlife, and glaciers. The Jasper National Park Icefield Information Center and Glacier Gallery is perfect for sensational glacier views, tours, and both short and long hikes along well-maintained trails. The Columbia Icefield, Maligne Lake, and Athabasca Falls are popular highlights in Jasper. In good weather, a boat trip from within the park to Spirit Island is a favorite activity of locals and visitors alike. For a thrilling ride to the summit of Whistlers Mountain to capture unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes, climb aboard the SkyTram.

Waterton Lakes National Park showcases the natural beauty of where the peaks of the Rocky Mountains meet the prairies of Alberta and is a year-round wonderland for nature lovers. Take your pick of more than a dozen hiking trails with varying difficulty levels, spot native wildlife, and stand in awe of several thunderous waterfalls.


Local food and drinks are worth trying. Try Alberta beef, bison, and game meats, as well as craft beer and spirits from local breweries and distilleries. For a delicious journey through the local thriving craft beer and spirit scene while visiting Edmonton, sign up for the Edmonton Brewery Tour.


To enjoy a taste of the province at home, simmer a delicious pot of Alberta Beef Stew.


  • 1 lb. stewing beef, cut into cubes

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup red wine (optional)

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the beef cubes and brown them on all sides.

  3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot.

  4. Cook until the onion is soft and translucent.

  5. Stir in the sliced carrots and diced potatoes and cook for a few minutes.

  6. Pour in the remainder of ingredients and bring to a boil.

  7. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 90 minutes, or until beef is tender.


Bon Appetite!

By Lisa Osborne Blalock

Footloose Travel & Tours


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