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The Heart of Western Canada

Take a day trip south and east into the Canadian Badlands and go back millions of years to the age of the dinosaurs. Or venture north into a land of pristine lakes, backcountry lodges, and trophy fishing. In winter you’re sure to see the Aurora Borealis - try it by dog sled!

Geography

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Located in the heart of western Canada, the province of Alberta is bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Banff and Jasper, world-renowned resorts in the Canadian Rockies, offer luxurious accommodations and fine dining. Take a day trip south and east into the Canadian Badlands and go back millions of years to the age of the dinosaurs. Or venture north into a land of pristine lakes, backcountry lodges, and trophy fishing.

History

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Rewind 250 years to experience the beginning of the fur trade. Follow the footsteps of the great explorer and map maker, David Thompson. Relive the adventures of the cowboys and pioneers at an original 1882 ranch. Find out how the Mounties brought law and order to a wild frontier in the 1870s. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada. See how the Ukrainian settlers preserved their culture. Step back 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and trace their history at sites older than Stonehenge. Now take a really big jump back 70 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. Did you know Alberta has the largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world? Delve into the intrigue of the past at any of the museums and historic sites to understand Alberta today.

Nature

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Alberta is teeming with wildlife and offers some of the most accessible and rewarding wildlife viewing year round. Set off at dawn or in the evening, when the animals are most active. Deer, eagles, coyotes and herds of elk, big horn sheep and mountain goats are often spotted. Keep your eyes open for bear, moose, beaver and the elusive wolf.

And for all you birdwatchers, Alberta is the only place in North America where the prairie, boreal forest and mountain ecosystems coexist. As a result, the province is a haven for indigenous and migratory birds – more than 400 species, and counting. So grab your spotting scopes and head out during spring and fall migrations for birding opportunities of a lifetime.