5 Vacation Destinations You Can Drive To in Alberta This Summer
Get Away This Summer With Some Landmark Mazda Travel Tips for Alberta Destinations
Now that the weather is warm and the kids are out of school, relaxation and travel are calling. It might be tempting to drop the dollars on a long roadtrip, or to fly somewhere for vacation, but Alberta has several vacation destinations that are just as beautiful and fun for travellers of all ages. The best part is that many of these destinations are free to experience! So get in the car, take a drive, and explore all the beauty your home province has to offer!
Banff National Park
A popular destination both in the summer and the winter, Banff is a charming mountain town located west of Calgary. It has a wide variety of shops and points of interest, including authentic saloons with mechanical bull riding, a gondola overlooking the town, and fun shops. For those who are more outdoors-inclined, check out the Upper Hot Springs, National Park’s Cave and Basin, and the many hiking trails around the town.
About an hour east of Banff, Lake Louise looks just like a scene from a postcard and is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. Travellers can rent a canoe from the boathouse, or hit one of the many hiking trails surrounding the lake. One of the most popular hikes is the “tea house hike”, which treks from the shores of Lake Louise to those of neighbouring Lake Agnes.
Jasper National Park
Just a few hours west of Edmonton, Jasper has something for everyone. Jasper is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers, and Jasper lies on VIARail’s Canada line for those travelling by passenger train. There are several points of interest that lie close to the town of Jasper, including Maligne Canyon and the Columbia Icefield. During the summer it is common to spot wildlife such as bear, mountain goats, elk, and deer along the road, but don’t get too close!
Located in Jasper National Park, Athabasca Falls is so stunning that it can be a trip all on its own. Voted 2nd best waterfall in Canada by Readers Digest, the falls and limestone gorge are beautiful with Mount Kerkeslin in the background. There are several trails surrounding the falls so that you can view them from every angle, but make sure not to venture off the path.
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is about 90 minutes southwest of Lethbridge and is the southernmost national park on the Alberta side of the Rockies. The defining feature of the town of Waterton is the Prince of Wales Hotel, which stands prominently at the entrance to the city. The park did suffer a fire last year, but the hiking trails are opening up and have very unique scenery.