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16 THINGS TO DO IN ALBERTA (SEPTEMBER 01 - SEPTEMBER 10)

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

late June–early October • nature

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–April • nature

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

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

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

Hector Lake

Hector Lake

July–September • nature

A turquoise-colored lake just two hours away from Calgary

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

June–September (all year round) • activity

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

Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes

May–November • nature

Beautiful emerald-colored lakes in the Canadian Rockies

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

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

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Frozen Abraham Lake

Frozen Abraham Lake

December–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

January 20–31, 2021 • event

Canada's most scenic and beautiful ice festival

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

December–February • activity

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

Edmonton Airshow

Edmonton Airshow

August 17–18, 2019 • event

Entertainment spectacle showcasing rich history and the evolution of Canadian aviation

Snow Geese Spring Migration

Snow Geese Spring Migration

late 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

mid-December–mid-April • activity

Visit one of the world’s most incredible skating rinks

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

January 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

December 1–31, 2020 • event

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

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Edmonton Heritage Festival

early August 2021 • event

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

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

August 19–28, 2021 • event

A dazzling fireworks festival and international competition

Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary International Beerfest

April 30–May 1, 2021 • event

One of the largest beer festivals in Canada

Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

July 9–18, 2021 • event

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

Banff Christmas Market

Banff Christmas Market

canceled in 2020 • event

A cozy and magic weekend-long celebration

Country Thunder Alberta

Country Thunder Alberta

August 20–22, 2021 • event

Summer country music festival with some big names and emerging musicians

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

October 16–18, 2020 • event

The biggest and most popular tattoo show in Canada

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

early December • event

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

Animethon

Animethon

August 6–8, 2021 • event

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

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

January 15–17, 2021 • event

The favorite get-together for riders and future riders

Big Valley Jamboree

Big Valley Jamboree

July 29–August 1, 2021 • event

One of the largest country music festivals in North America

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

October 31–November 08, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Edmonton Marathon

Edmonton Marathon

mid-August 2021, virtual event • event

A popular race with easy flat-type course

New Year's Eve in Edmonton

New Year's Eve in Edmonton

December 31  • event

Good old fireworks and music fun for the whole family

Make It

Make It

late March 2021 | late November 2021 • event

Craftsmen fair features thousands of amazing handmade items

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Chasing Summer Music Festival

July 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

December 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

February 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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