Two Weeks in Alberta – Part 2

So, you’ve seen some dinosaurs, stuffed your gut with fried food at the Stampede and visited the world heritage site at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Or, if you’ve missed it, here’s the whole Part 1 itinerary.

Now it’s time to hit the might rocky mountains. Give yourself a good stretch of time here. Three to four days is ideal, but here’s the three day version:

Day 6/7/8: Canadian Rockies

Start nice and early and head straight out to Lake Louise. The lake itself is stunning, but the surrounding area has some easy hikes for beginners, you can canoe on the lake or have afternoon tea at Chateau Lake Louise.

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Field, B.C. is a great next step for a trip to Emerald Lake, the natural bridge and a tasty meal at the Truffles Pigs bistro.

Banff, AB brings the super-touristy, but still a must visit. Take in an event at the Banff Centre, step back in time for afternoon tea at the Banff Springs Hotel, take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, relax your muscles in the Banff Hot Springs or get a scrumptious breakfast at Coyotes (we Canadians love us some breakfast).

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Moraine Lake is the picture perfect destination that shows up on millions of postcards. See it in person. And finally, I’d suggest an easy hike at Johnston’s Canyon and further up to the Ink Pots. For my other Canadians out there, what are your mountain recommendations?

Day 9: Canadian Heritage

I don’t think that I can ever get sick of visiting Heritage Park. It’s the perfect mix of Canadian history, culture, pioneer spirit, scrumptious food, family friendly environment and fresh open air. It’s at least a half day visit, but I can personally spend an entire day there. It makes me that happy. I even wrote about my lifetime of memories at Heritage Park.

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Day 10: Canada Day Celebrations

If you’re visiting anywhere near July 1, make sure you take part in the Canada Day celebrations. Fireworks, pow wow, face painting, food trucks (mmm… food trucks),vendors, music, you name it. All in all it’s a fun day where we celebrate the country that we know and love.

Days 11-14: Some random ideas

Basically, Calgary has a ton of options to offer any kind of tourist. Whatever you choose to do, whatever kind of travel you enjoy, have fun.

Albertans? What would make your list?

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One Response to Two Weeks in Alberta – Part 2

  1. dianacranstoun April 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I love your suggestions. I might add that if you’re visiting in the summer with kids, Calaway Park is usually a hit. For adults interested in the city’s history and architecture, check out the following website for self-directed walking tours.
    http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/LUPP/Pages/Heritage-planning/Heritage-Publications-and-Walking-Tours.aspx

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