Alberta's Rocky Mountains Attractions
This mountain town is situated in Banff National Park, only an hour's drive from Calgary. The popular town is equipped to amuse millions of visitors each year. Within Banff's vicinity there are a couple of well-known ski resorts. Mount Norquay is just a quick drive from downtown and features family-friendly ski and snowboard slopes. Fifteen minutes away is Sunshine Village. From mid-November until late May Sunshine Village offers an extensive ski season.
Whether visitors want to unwind after a hard day on the slopes or just relax on a summer evening, the Banff Upper Hot Springs is open year round. The historic spa allows bathers to enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Rundle while taking advantage of the facility's amenities.
Canmore's young, energetic attitude is reflected in the town's sights and attractions. The Canmore Nordic Centre is a top-notch cross-country skiing and biathlon venue that was created in 1988 for the Winter Olympic Games. Specializing in a range of sport training and fitness classes, there are a handful of fitness and recreation centres located around town. For the mountain-loving artist, Canmore is an inspiring place to create. As a result, Canmore has a broad cultural scene and visitors will find numerous art galleries to browse through.
Situated in the heart of Jasper National Park in the northern Alberta Rockies is Jasper. The town's landmark is a statue of a bear known as Jasper the Bear. Tourists find it amusing to be photographed with the big, black and white icon.
Just like the rest of the Rockies, pristine scenery is Jasper's main attraction. There are numerous waterfalls in the surrounding area, which provide a great climax to a hiker's journey. There are also many lakes to visit. Maligne Lake is popular with lots for visitors to do, including canoeing, hiking, fishing and taking a scenic lake cruise.
With more than 4,000 sq km (2485.5 sq mi) of landscape, nature-lovers are attracted to Kananaskis Country's rolling foothills and jagged mountaintops. The preserved area features a handful of provincial parks offering year-round access. Peter Lougheed Provincial Park accommodates a range of activities, from cross-country skiing to mountain biking. The Kananaskis River runs through the region and the man-made reservoir, Barrier Lake is located in Bow Valley Provincial Park.
Boasting a famous mountain lake view, the little town of Lake Louise combines scenic sights with fun activities. In summer visitors can marvel over the spectacular views from way up high on the Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift. After the 14-minute journey up the mountain there is an opportunity to visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, which offers a variety of indoor presentations as well as outdoor guided walks that inform visitors about local wildlife and the national park's wonders.
Experiencing nature is the goal of most Lake Louise tourists. The selection of lakes, glaciers and mountains in the area offers a playground for these explorations. The Lake Louise Ski Resort is a major draw in wintertime, and tours of the Columbia Icefield attract visitors from spring to fall.
Waterton is nestled in the southwest corner of Alberta amongst the rugged mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park. The Waterton Lakes Chain contains over 100 km (62.1 mi) of waterways and wetlands as well as approximately 80 lakes and ponds.
In the mountain village there are some historic sites to visit. Perched above Upper Waterton Lake, the Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site features exquisite views from the grand hotel itself. At the Heritage Centre visitors will learn about the national park through exhibits, displays and field courses.