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19 THINGS TO DO IN ALBERTA (AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 28)

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Edmonton Airshow

Edmonton Airshow

August 20–22, 2021 • event

Entertainment spectacle showcasing rich history and the evolution of Canadian aviation

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

late June–early October • nature

It's not a 20 dollar view, it's a million dollar view!

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

August 19–28, 2021 • event

A dazzling fireworks festival and international competition

Blood-Shooting Lizards

Blood-Shooting Lizards

March–November • nature

Usually, it protects itself by the means of camouflage, but when business is serious, it puffs up to double-size and shoots blood from its eyes

Alberta Highway 40

Alberta Highway 40

mid-June–November • activity

One of the greatest and wildest drives in Canada

Country Thunder Alberta

Country Thunder Alberta

August 20–22, 2021 • event

Summer country music festival with some big names and emerging musicians

Hector Lake

Hector Lake

July–September • nature

A turquoise-colored lake just two hours away from Calgary

Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes

May–November • nature

Beautiful emerald-colored lakes in the Canadian Rockies

The Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail

July–mid-September • activity

This great corridor along the Canadian Rocky Mountains divides two of Canada's provinces

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

June–September (all year round) • activity

Drive through the wildest and most remote parts of Banff and Jasper National parks

Parker Ridge Trail

Parker Ridge Trail

June–October • activity

A scenic route at Columbia Icefield area, the largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle

Mount Indefatigable

Mount Indefatigable

June–September • activity

A great overlook of the scenic Kananaskis Country in Alberta

Big Beehive

Big Beehive

June–September • activity

A much photographed mountain in Banff National Park

Lake Agnes Tea House

Lake Agnes Tea House

early June–mid-October • activity

Stop by the oldest teahouse in Canada

Edmonton Marathon

Edmonton Marathon

August 15–31, 2021 (virtual) • event

A popular race with easy flat-type course

Chester Lake

Chester Lake

July–October • nature

A small but very beautiful lake in the Canadian Rockies

Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley

Hoodoos of Drumheller Valley

late June–early September • activity

This icon of the Alberta badlands is among the most photographed sites in Canada

Mount Temple

Mount Temple

mid-July–August • activity

A prominent peak of the Canadian Rockies with the stunning view of Lake Louise

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

out of rangeSeptember–April • nature

Prairies, mountains, and vast wilderness areas of Alberta suit perfectly for an aurora borealis chase

Frozen Abraham Lake

Frozen Abraham Lake

out of rangeDecember–mid-March • nature

The stunning bubbles under the surface of this frozen man-made lake could be rather dangerous

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

out of rangeJanuary 20–31, 2021 • event

Canada's most scenic and beautiful ice festival

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

out of rangeDecember–February • activity

One of the best ways to spend a winter day is to visit a magical ice castle

Snow Geese Spring Migration

Snow Geese Spring Migration

out of rangelate February–April • nature

Millions of wild cries hover above the land as endless birds fly overhead—just to notify they're coming home

Skating on Lake Louise

Skating on Lake Louise

out of rangemid-December–mid-April • activity

Visit one of the world’s most incredible skating rinks

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Edmonton Heritage Festival

out of rangeJuly 31–August 2, 2021 • event

See the whole world in one weekend without going outside of Edmonton

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

out of rangeJanuary 27–February 6, 2022 • event

One of the world's best ice festivals with a giant slide and an international carving competition

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie Festival of Lights

out of rangeDecember 1–31, 2020 • event

Western Canada’s biggest free, outdoor walk-through Christmas light display

Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary International Beerfest

out of rangeOctober 15–16, 2021 • event

One of the largest beer festivals in Canada

Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

out of rangeJuly 9–18, 2021 • event

Put your cowboy boots on and get ready for the greatest show in Canada's third largest city

Big Valley Jamboree

Big Valley Jamboree

out of rangeJuly 29–August 1, 2021 • event

One of the largest country music festivals in North America

Animethon

Animethon

out of rangeAugust 6–8, 2021 • event

Visit Canada's longest-running anime convention, held since 1994

Banff Christmas Market

Banff Christmas Market

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • event

A cozy and magic weekend-long celebration

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

out of rangeOctober 16–18, 2020 • event

The biggest and most popular tattoo show in Canada

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

unconfirmedearly December • event

Dozens of local agencies benefit from the teddy bears provided every holiday season in Calgary

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

out of rangeJanuary 15–17, 2021 • event

The favorite get-together for riders and future riders

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

out of rangeOctober 31–November 08, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Nine days filled with stories of remote journeys, expeditions, and adventures expressed in films, books, and photographs

Make It

Make It

on holdlate March 2021 | late November 2021 • event

Craftsmen fair features thousands of amazing handmade items

New Year's Eve in Edmonton

New Year's Eve in Edmonton

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Good old fireworks and music fun for the whole family

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Chasing Summer Music Festival

out of rangeJuly 31–August 1, 2021 • event

The largest and most popular electronic dance music event in Calgary

New Year's Eve in Banff

New Year's Eve in Banff

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

What would you choose—an active or relaxing New Year’s celebration in the Canadian wilderness?

Chinese New Year in Calgary

Chinese New Year in Calgary

out of rangeFebruary 5–15, 2021 (virtual) • event

Celebrate the new lunar year by watching a lion dance or indulging in a traditional dinner

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