Alberta has many spectacular resorts and parks, such as Banff and Lake Louise, and it also the site of many dinosaur fossils. Descriptions of Calgary and Edmonton are given, along with information about automobile touring, 1994 festivals and events, and outdoor recreation.
A SHOWCASE FOR THE SPECTACULAR ROCKY MOUNTAINS, HOME OF CANADA’S MOST CELEBRATED NATIONAL PARKS AND RESORTS, AND ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE DINOSAUR REGIONS ON EARTH.
From the Alps to the Ands. there are no sights more majestic than the mountain peaks, highway passes and deep blue lakes of Alberta.
Banff, not far from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest and most beautiful National Park. Its resort hotel looks like a Scottish baronial castle and has included heads of state and giants of the entertainment industry on its guest list.
Nearby Lake Louise is the perfect travel poster and Peyto Lake it like something from an artist’s imagination.
The Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper has been described as the most beautiful scenic drive in the world. And Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks is one of the most riveting vistas you’ll ever see.
Tour by car, train or bus. Cross the 10,000 year old Athabasca Glacier by snow coach. Visit a land of pre-history and see one of the world’s most extensive dinosaur displays.
From city life to cattle ranches and adventure holidays, Alberta will delight your eye and excite your imagination.
CITY OF CALGARY 1-800-661-1678 FREE
It’s been called one of the top 20 tourist destinations in the world. And no wonder. Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, and surrounded by sprawling cattle ranches, Calgary offers every king of holiday activity you can think of.
You can ski the high country and golf in the valleys all on the same day. Explore cowboy country on horseback. Visit the Badlands where dinosaur skeletons are still being discovered. Take in some of the best theatre, jazz and music festivals in the country.
Enjoy the casinos or dine out on the most succulent beef in the world. In 1993, Calgary declared itself a “child-friendly” city and now provides outstanding services and facilities for children of all ages.
And on top of everything else. Calgary stages “The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.” The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede is a spectacle not to be missed, attracting cowboys from all over the world for 10 days of chuck wagon racing, bronco busting, wild steer riding and dancing in the streets.
IN CALGARY DON’T MISS:
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.
A 10 day Wild West Extravangza.
Canada Olympic Park. The $62 million sports facility created for the Calgary Winter Olypmics.
Calgary Tower. For a panoramic view of the city.
Glenbow Museum. Explore the heritage of the Canadian West.
Heritage Park Historical Village.
Canada’s largest historical living village.
Calgary Zoo. 1,400 animals in an open-air environment. Plus a world-class prehistoric park.
Fort Calgary. A must for history buffs. About pioneers and how Calgary was settled.
Alberta Science Centre and Centinnial Planetarium. Laser show. Mysteries of science.
Spruce Meadows. Stages major international show-jumping events.
Stampede Park and the Saddledome.
Quarter horse racing and harness racing.
Plus NHL hockey in the Saddlebome.
Heritage Pointe. A unique 27-hole signature golf-course. Designed as three courses in one.
Eau Claire Market. An exciting riverside market within the downtown core.
CITY OF EDMONTON 1-800-463-4667 FREE
This capital city is an urban masterpiece of skycrapers, museums, galleries, climate controlled walkways, a subway system, historic sights and 2,000 restaurants set in the natural beauty of over 10,000 acres of parkland.
And the people? They love to party and do it often. From June through August, it’s one festival after another. During Klondike Days in July, the whole city relives the Gold Rush of the 1890s. There are festivals celebrating the city’s ethnic origins, street performers, visual arts, folk music and jazz. The Fringe Theatre Event stages 1,000 performances of 150 different productions in fourteen theatres.
West Edmonton Mall is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment center housing 800 stores and services, 110 foods outlets, 19 movies screens and a hotel. It also has a waterpark the size of five football fields and the world’s largest indoor amusement park with a roller coaster 14 stories high.
IN EDMONTON DON’T MISS:
Klondike Days. July 21-30. Celebrates the gold rush. Emjoy Edmonton’s nine other festivals.
Great Divide Waterfall. Higher than Niagara.
Fort Edmonton Park. Historic park portraying the lifestyles of 1846, 1885, 1905 and 1920.
Provincial Museum of Alberta. An experience that will take you back millions of years.
Alberta Legislature Building. Completed in 1912. Province’s foremost historical structure.
Edmonton Space & Science Centre. Challenger Learning Centre, IMAX theatre, planetarium, Universe gallery.
Muttart Conservatory. Four pavilions, containing the lushest gardens you’ve ever seen.
Edmonton Northlands. Agricultural, educational, sports and entertainment programs in many facilities, including the Coliseum.
Jubilee Auditorium. Home of the Edmonton Opera, Symphony amd the Alberta Ballet.
Elk Island National Park. Sanctuary for large & small animals plus 250 different bird spieces.
Old Strathcona Historic Area. Shops, galleries, & cafes in buildings back to 1891.
Special Interests. Art Gallery. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Chinatown Gate.
In Southeastern Alberta, Canmore played host to many events during the 1988 winter Olympics. It is also the gateway to Kananskis, a year round recreational area on the slopes of the Canadian Rockies.
Waterton Lakes National Park joins Glacier National Park in Montana to create the world’s first international peace park. At Ford Macleod the world-famous NWMP Mounted Patrol Ride is performed four times every day in the summer. Remington-Alberta Carriage Centre in Cardston, gives an appreciation of 19th and early 20th century horse-drawn transportation. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For over 5,000 years this site was used by plains native people. It offers an insight into their lifestyles, beliefs and religion. At Lethbridge visit Forth Whoop-Up, a replica of an old whiskey trading post.
Medicine Hat was once described as a city “with hell for a basement” as it sits on one of the largest natural gas fields in the world. Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a Garden of Eden for flora, fauna and wildlife.
North of Brooks and stretching into Central Alberta explore dinosaur Provincial Park, one of the most extensive dinosaur regions in the world. In the area around Drumheller, see the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and places where skeletons are still being excavated.
Southeast on Highway 10, visit the Hoodoos, where erosion has created pillars of rock with cap-like formations that look like gigantic mushrooms.
One of the most scenic drives in the region is the David Thompson Highway which takes you from the foothills into the glory of the Rockies and Banff National Park. Located along the highway is the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park with its interpretive centre outlining the history of the fur trading posts built in 1799.
In Northern Alberta herds of elk, bison, deer and moose thrive in Elk Island National Park. Visit the Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village, 50 km east of Edmonton, where the pioneer life of an early settlement is re-created. At Peace River, the Peace, Smoky and Heart Rivers crash together in a breathtaking display of nature’s power.
Fahler is the honey centre of the world and produces two million kilos of honey every year.
At Fort McMurray, you can see how high tech is used to extract oil from the world-famous Athabasca Tar Sands. The scenic town of Grande Prairie is the gateway to the Alaska Highway. Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest national park in Canada and home of the last known breeding grounds of the rare and graceful whooping crane.
Jasper National Park is a wonderland of picturesque mountain resorts, towering peaks, crystal clear lakes and alpine meadows. Visit the world-renowed Jasper Park Lodge overlooking Lac Beauvert. Ride the tramway to the top of Whistler Mountain. Take a boat cruise amid the picture postcard scenery of Maligne Lake or hike the trials of Maligne Canyon. One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the park is Mount Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier.
Drive the Icefields Parkway, known to be the most scenic drive in the world. Every inch of the way takes you past towering mountain vistas, dramatic passes, beautiful lakes and crashing waterfalls.
South of Jasper, don’t miss the breathtaking Athabasca Falls and the gorge at Sunwapta. One of the many highlights on the Parkway is the Columbia Icefield at the summit of Sunwapta Pass. A snow coach ride here is an experience you’ll never forget.
The Parkway takes you right into Banff National Park. Drivew to the top of Bow Pass, and enjoy the fantastic view of the emerald coloured Peyto Lake. Continue the drive to Lake Louise, the gem of the Rockies. From Chateau Lake Louise, you can look out on thue lake with its backdrop of mountains and glaciers and know what fairytales are made of. At Moraine Lake, in the Valley Of The Ten Peaks, canoe the lake and enjoy the hiking trails. Then relax in romantic comfort at Moraine Lake Lodge.
People from all over the world come to the beautiful resort town of Banff. See the dramatic Bow Falls. Ride to the top of Sulphar Mountain in a gondola. Take the scenic drive to the three Vermilion Lakes. And take the cruise at Lake Minnewanka.
ALBERTA Festivals & Events 1-800-661-8888 FREE
The following is just a sample of the many festivals and events taking place in Albeta in 1994. For more information call the toll free number above.
Jazz City International Festival — Edmonton.
An annual ten day celebration of jazz, blues and world-beat music featuring local, national and international artists.
June 24 – July 3
North American Championship River Boat Races – Whitecourt.
River boat races on the Athabasca River.
Calgary International Jazz Festival – Calgary.
Celebrate many different traditions and styles of jazz, blues, world and improvised music at various clubs and concert halls.
June 25 – July 3
Ponoka 58th annual Stampede – Ponoka.
This professional rodeo attracts participants from across the continent and is Alberta’s second largest outdoor rodeo and chuckwagon event. Free camping.
June 29 – July 3
Head-Smashed-In-Pow Wow – Fort Macleod.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts this annual Pow Wow.
Fete Franco-Alertaine – Plamondon.
Celebration of the French culture.
Cari-West – Edmonton.
Discover Caribbean culture, music, food and more.
July 1- 3
Maritime Festival – Slave Lake.
Outdoor musical festival for everyone.
July 1- 3
Pysanka Ukrainian Festival – Vegreville.
A celebratiuon of Ukrainian arts, the “Canadian Showcase of Ukrainian Culture”. Food displays, workshops, souvenirs, cabaret and beer garden.
July 1- 3
Canada Day – Province – wide.
Communities across Alberta celebrate Canada’s birthday with fireworks and special programs.
Summer Art Market/Okotoks Story Display – Okotoks.
Locally made arts and crafts, display of antiques and interpretive displays of local history.
July 1 – September 5
Rowley Daze – Rowley.
A day of fun activities in rural Alberta for all ages.
Boyle Fiesta Days – Boyle.
Ball tournament, bingo, parade, kid’s carnival and more.
July 8 – 10
Rodeo Days – Hardisty.
Lots to do including beer garden, dance, parade and rodeo.
July 8 -10
Rum Runner Days – Crowsnest.
A community event including parade, barbecue, moonlight race, dance, and Crowsnest Pass Polyathlon.
July 8 – 10
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede – Calgary.
The world’s top professional cowboys compete during Calgary’s half-million dollar rodeo. Chuckwagon races, outdoor stage spectaculars, international stock show, midway and casinos.
July 8 – 17
Summerfest: Edmonton Street Performers Festival – Edmonton.
The world’s best street peformers for over 900 performances. Magicians, clowns, jugglers, musicians and comics.
July 8 – 17
1994 Southern Alberta Summer Games – Picture Butte.
25th anniversary of Games.
July 13 – 16
Waterhole Pro Rodeo – Fairview.
Professional rodeo and midway featuring top calibre athletes.
July 15 – 17
Stirling Settler Days – Stirling.
Parade, ball games, fireworks.
Calgary Folk Music Festival – Calgary.
Magical musical moments in a variety of settings present local, national ankd international folk music.