Alberta is Canada’s most beautiful province. I may be biased since I was born there, but it’s hard to compete with the Rocky Mountains, the badlands, and the glistening glacier lakes.
So since we love it so much, we want to share the most beautiful places to visit in Alberta to let you judge for yourself!
Beautiful Places in Alberta
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We have traveled a lot of Alberta during every season and can honestly say, it is an amazing year-round destination and one of the most beautiful places in the world! Whether you visit Alberta in winter, summer, spring, or fall, you are going to be stunned by its natural beauty.
There are so many iconic places to see in Alberta, it can be difficult knowing where to start, but we are here to help. These are the most beautiful places in Alberta that we’ve visited with pictures to prove it! Let’s get started.
Banff National Park
Banff was Canada’s first National Park and has attracted visitors to its hot springs ever since. Located in the middle of the Rocky Mountains there are incredible views, glacier lakes, and backcountry adventures to be had.
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Visiting the Vermilion Lakes at sunrise in winter creates one of the most beautiful scenes we have ever witnessed. The sky is ablaze as God’s fingers just out from behind the mountain peaks. Photographers line up daily for this view and with good reason. Read more: Discover Banff Canada in Photos
Don’t miss photographing the Vermilion Lakes at sunrise for awesome reflections of Mount Rundle and Lake Minnewanka at night for astrophotography.
Where to stay in Banff:
- Mount Royal Hotel – Located downtown and walking distance to everything
- Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – The original Grand Dame of Banff.
Lake Louise is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Alberta. It is also one of the best places in Alberta in Winter with so many winter activities like snowboarding, dogsledding, pond hockey, and snowshoeing.
With Victoria Glacier looming over the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, it is the most photographed place in all of Canada! No visit to Lake Louise would be complete without hiking out to Moraine Lake, its unforgettable scene is featured on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.
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Where to Stay in Lake Louise:
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel located directly on Lake Louise
- Deer Lodge – Located right next door to the Fairmont
We took a photography tour of Banff in winter and our guide took us out to the famous tunnel mountain where the train tracks curve through the wilderness. It’s one of Alberta’s most iconic scenes.
The best way to work your way north in Alberta is to drive the Icefields Parkway. It truly is one of the greatest road trips in the world. There are so many places to see on the Icelfield’s parkway you’ll want yourself a couple of days to explore it. Don’t miss stopping at the Athabasca Glacier one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world and take in the view at the Icefields Skywalk. Read more: Driving the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper Alberta
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
The Columbia Icefields Skywalk has quickly become the most epic viewpoint in Alberta. The glass-bottomed walkway over the Columbia Icefields dangles 280m (918 feet) above the canyon surrounded by glaciers and mountains creating an awesome view!
Two Jack Lake
Located in Banff National Park, this is a beautiful lake to visit at sunset or late at night for the night skies. Alberta has some of the best skies in the country, and Two Jack is the place to see them!
There are countless pullovers and viewpoints on the Icefields Parkway to see iconic Alberta lakes such as Peyto Lake, and the stunning reflections of Bow Lake. Located at the foot of Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake has the most beautiful lake reflection in all of Alberta. You can hike around the lake or pause to stay at Num ti Jaw Lodge located directly on Bow Lake. It’s a great place to make a base.
Where to Stay on the Icefields Parkway
- Num Ti Jah Lodge – Historic Lodge located directly on Bow Lake. One of the most unique places to stay in Alberta.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is a place you cannot miss visiting in Alberta. It is almost more beautiful than Banff National Park if you can believe it! There are so many places to see in Jasper National Park that you need to spend a few days up here. Read more: Amazing Things to do in Jasper, Alberta
Highlights of Jasper include a visit to Pyramid Lake at sunrise, a hike to Sunwapta Falls, and stopping to view the gorgeous Athabasca Falls. Check out: 14 Best Hikes in Jasper National Park – Alberta Canada
Aurora Borealis at Lake Annette
Jasper is known for its dark sky festival and. is one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in Alberta.
Maligne Canyon is a gorgeous river canyon walk that plunges 50 meters (154 feet) into the earth. Arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds! Also, this will give you enough time to drive out to Maligne Lake. It is the longest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies.
And the top thing to do here is to take a boat cruise to Spirit Island for a picture-perfect photo opportunity.
Where to Stay in Jasper National Park
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – beautiful views of Lac Beauvert with options to stay in log cabins, huge lake houses and main building hotel rooms.
The Alberta Badlands are a stark contrast to the Rocky Mountains region. The lunar-like landscape is filled with unique places to see in Alberta. There is also some beautiful scenic lookouts like Horse Thief Canyon and Horseshoe Canyon. The Hoodoos of Drumheller are not to be missed. Read more: Things to do in Drumheller, Alberta
Hoodoos of Drumheller
These ancient hoodoo rock formations are a tiny cluster on the side of the road as you drive from Dinosaur Provincial Park to Drumheller. Check out Dinosaur Provincial Park – Glamping Tour in the Alberta Badlands
Dinosaur Provincial Park is a working excavation site where scientists are still discovering dinosaur fossils and once you reach Drumheller, you can visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum to see all of the dinosaur bones they discovered. Read: The Hoodoos of Drumheller
Where to stay in the Alberta Badlands
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park (also known as Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park) is an amazing place to visit in Alberta. It is located on the United States border and shares its land with Glacier National Park.
Together they are the only national parks in the world that are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve rolled all in one. You can see a herd of wild buffalo, red rocks canyon, and the Prince Albert Hotel. Plan your visit: The Wonders of Waterton Lakes National Park
Where to Stay in Waterton Lakes National Park
Pincher Creek – Southern Alberta
Southern Alberta is cowboy country. Taking you through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the landscape and scenery is as diverse as it gets. A great place to make a base to explore around Crowsnest Pass for a few days in Pincher Creek.
When I saw this tree in photographs, I had to make sure I put it at the top of my list of places to visit in Alberta. Located at Crowsnest Pass (Another must-visit place in Alberta) the Burmis Tree is estimated to be 600 to 750 years old.
Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
Located just 15 minutes from Fort MacLeod is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. Dating back 6000 years, the early Aboriginal peoples would lure herds of buffalo over the edge of a cliff. Read: Famous Canada Landmarks to add to your bucket list
Calgary Peace Bridge
Chances are you’ll be flying into Calgary before you begin your tour of Alberta and it is a fantastic town. There are so many places to visit Calgary we recommend spending a couple of days. Home to the Calgary Stampede, Calgary is also a chic urban destination with a fantastic food scene.
It makes for a great base to explore a bit of Cowboy country too. Some suggested day trips you can do from Calgary are, visit Kananaskis Country, the town of Black Diamond, and the Bar U Ranch.
Suggested places to visit in Calgary: Calgary Tower, Canada Olympic Park, Model Milk. Read more: 21 Best Things to do in Calgary, Alberta
Where to stay in Calgary:
We can’t write about all the places to visit in Alberta without mentioning Canmore. This is the outdoor lover’s playground. It has lots of hiking, biking, and snowshoe trails as well as fantastic viewpoints of the Iconic Castle Mountain. It’s a great spot for rock climbing in the summer and ice climbing in the winter.
The Yamnuska Wolf Dog Sanctuary is not to be missed and make sure to do some climbing to take in the birds-eye views.
The scenic Johnston Canyon Icewalk is as beautiful (if not more) in the winter as it is in the summer.
Where to Stay in Canmore
People often overlook Kananaskis for Banff or Jasper but it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Alberta with just as stunning views. Located between Calgary and Banff, it is a great weekend getaway destination. Be sure to go to the spa at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
Edmonton is often overlooked when visiting Alberta, but it is a funky town that has one of the the youngest populations in Canada making for a trendy and happening city to visit!
The West Edmonton Mall is a top draw with everything inside you can imagine. It is the size of a small city and makes for a great year-round destination. Be sure to spend a day or two in Edmonton to take advantage of its burgeoning cocktail bar and food scene, art galleries, and museums.
The arts and theatre scene is growing fast with Edmonton hosting the second-largest Fringe Festival in the world!
Alberta truly is a dream destination. With countless photo opportunities and adventures to be had, it’s one of the greatest places in Canada to visit. So get in your car and start that Alberta road trip today!
Read More Alberta Travel Planning:
- The 52 Best Things to do in Alberta, Canada – The Ultimate Guide
- Discover Banff Canada – 24 Photos Inspire Wanderlust
- Where to Stay in Banff
- The Rocky Mountaineer Experience – Vancouver to Banff
- The Best Things to do in Banff
- A Spectacular Helicopter Tour in Banff
- The Best place to go Dog Sledding in Banff National Park
- Ice Climbing in Banff – The Ultimate Winter Adventure
- Canoe Lake Louise and Banff National Park, Alberta
- The Cowboy Trail – A Southern Alberta Road Trip
- Dinosaur Provincial Park – Glamping Tour in the Alberta Badlands
- Canada Olympic Park – Fun in Calgary Alberta
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