Alberta is hands down one of the most gorgeous areas of the world, especially for those of us obsessed with the beauty of nature. Whether you’re headed to Alberta for work or pleasure, or perusing Banff or St. Albert real estate for your next big move, there’s a stunning natural experience just a short distance away from you. If you’re looking to quench your wanderlust in Alberta, here are a few of the most iconic scenic spots you need to check out.
Wood Buffalo National Park
Alberta has no shortage of national parks—in fact, it has five. But, the largest park in all of Canada is Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park. If you’re looking for an amazing natural destination that isn’t overrun with tourists (yes, even in peak season), Wood Buffalo is the place to be. You may even run into a wood buffalo during your time here, as well as a number of other incredible species, making this the perfect experience for animal lovers.
Banff National Park + Town
While Wood Buffalo may be the largest park in Alberta, Banff is certainly the most popular. It’s actually the most popular national park in all of Canada, and for very good reason. Here, you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking sights you’ll ever see, and enjoy some of the most unique natural experiences. From hiking to hot springs to safari tours, there’s no shortage of things to do here.
The historical resort town of Banff is located right within the park, making it the perfect destination for anyone who loves winter sports as well as shopping and eating out at gourmet restaurants. If you can’t decide between a high class resort experience and a rustic natural adventure, this is the town for you.
In the northern end of Jasper National Park, you’ll find one of the most incredible natural wonders in Alberta. Maligne Canyon is a stunning geological formation, the deepest canyon in the park at about 55 meters. During the warmer months, you can enjoy the amazing waterfall running through the canyon, but winter is just as breathtaking. During the colder months, you can enjoy some gorgeous ice formations and, if you’re brave, take part in an ice climbing expedition. The experience is sure not to disappoint anyone with an adventurous spirit.
When you hear about Banff National Park, you often hear about Lake Louise, an incredible place to canoe, hike, and enjoy a picnic with the family. An amazing destination, Lake Louise can be more crowded during tourist months, and if you’re looking for something a bit less traveled, check out Peyto Lake.
You’ll find Peyto Lake just about an half hour’s drive up Icefields Parkway. This lake is slightly larger than Lake Louise, but what really stands out about it is it’s intense blue-green color. Seriously, the coloring is almost inconceivable until you see it yourself in person. For a natural experience that will leave you stunned, Peyto Lake is a must-see.