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16 THINGS TO DO IN ALBERTA (AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 08)

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!

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–April • nature

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

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

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

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

June–September (all year round) • activity

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

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

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

December–February • activity

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

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

January 20–31, 2021 • event

Canada's most scenic and beautiful ice festival

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–March • 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 06, 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 01–31, 2020 • event

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

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

August 20–29, 2020 • event

A dazzling fireworks festival and international competition

Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary International Beerfest

September 18–19, 2020 • event

One of the largest beer festivals in Canada

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Edmonton Heritage Festival

August 01–03, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

July 03–12, 2020 • 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

Animethon

Animethon

August 06–08, 2021 • event

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

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

early December • event

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

Big Valley Jamboree

Big Valley Jamboree

July 29–August 01, 2021 • event

One of the largest country music festivals in North America

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

January 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

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

August 15–16, 2020 • event

A popular race with easy flat-type course

Make It

Make It

November 26–29, 2020 • event

Craftsmen fair features thousands of amazing handmade items

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Chasing Summer Music Festival

August 01–02, 2020 • event

The largest and most popular electronic dance music event in Calgary

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