I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains that are a quick 45-minute drive from our city limits. I have lived here all my life yet I will admit that I haven’t really taken the time to explore my own province. It is Canada’s 150th birthday this year, which means that entry to all our provincial parks are free!
My travel plans for this year are sadly far and few between at the moment. With being in school and having two jobs, my breaks never fall at the same time making taking vacation time infinity more complicated. So I decided one of my travel goals of the year is to get out and explore where I live. Living here I tend to forget all the awesome and beautiful places that are a short drive away.
Today’s post is the list of some of the specific places that I want to visit. Make sure to google them to experience the full beauty, or look them up on Instagram, there are some amazing shots on there. Keep up with me on Instagram to see where I get to!
- Moraine Lake
Located in Banff and fed from a glacier this lake provides beautiful blue water with a picturesque backdrop of the mountains.
- Lake Minnewanka
Also located in Banff National park, it is simply a beautiful, breathtaking, and peaceful place to visit.
- Beauty Creek
I mean with a name like Beauty Creek it pretty much speaks for itself. Located in Jasper national park, it is a an half hour walk to the main attraction, Stanley Falls. And along the way you get treated to a few more waterfalls.
- Athabasca Falls
Also located in Jasper, Athabasca falls is a beautiful view of a waterfall surrounded by the mountains. What more could you ask for?
- Abraham Lake
Located in central Alberta this lake is Turquoise colored surrounded by mountains and trees. When the lake is frozen in the winter you can experience the frozen bubbles. Seriously, frozen bubbles. Google it, its amazing.
- Vermillion Lakes
In Banff as well this is a series of lake that sits at the base of Mount Norquay. Basically its another breath taking view.
- Maligine Lake
Another beautiful lake located in Jasper, you can see 3 glaciers, a few mountains and a little island from its shore…. Does it get any better? Plus you can explore inside a cannon near by, an extra cool experience in the winter.
- Peyto Lake
Another of the Rocky Mountains glacier fed lakes in Banff, and you get to take a beautiful half an hour walk and see beautiful landscapes.
- Upper Waterton Lake
Located in the smallest of Alberta’s national parks it is the deepest lake in the Canadians Rockies and it home to the beautiful Cameron Falls.
- Ice fields Pathway
A newer addition in the middle of the Rockies there is a bridge (with glass floors) that goes out 280 m or 918 ft. If you have a weaker stomach, this might be a better drive by then an actual stop.
- Barrier Lake
Located in Kananaskis Country, this lake offers more spectacular views of the mountains, which is always worth a stop.
- Writing on Stone Provincial Park
This park is the largest collection of rock art on the North American plains. I went camping here as a kid and it is a beautiful place that I definitely want to revisit.
- Johnston Canyon
Another stop located in Banff National Park, it is simply a beautiful area to explore. Again you will be treated to another waterfall here.
- Star Gazing in Jasper
Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves. Really, in Alberta once you are out of an urban center you get a pretty amazing view of the sky. Definitely a night trip I plan on making this summer.
Okay, this is by no means a exhaustive list as we would all be here for a very long time. I got a lot of great tips from the Travel Alberta Official Alberta Travel Planner . If you want information that I found in the guide you can find it all (and more) online here!
Leave a comment telling me where you’re from, and if you’ve explored Alberta!
Talk to you soon!