Planning a Perfect Vacation Near Alberta's National Parks
Surrounded by the provinces of Saskatchewan to the east and British Columbia to the west, the province of Alberta in Western Canada is characterized by scenic lakes and desert badlands. The dramatic landscape also includes temperate grasslands, large coniferous forests, and towering mountains. Experience home comforts and amenities while exploring magical nature areas with Alberta Parks cabins.
Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, as well as a protected UNESCO Heritage Site. Encompassing a huge surface of land, this park offers breathtaking natural landscapes including vast mountains and dense forests.
Jasper National Park
Located to the west of Alberta's capital city Edmonton, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park's highlights include majestic glaciers and imposing mountain peaks, including Mount Edith Cavell with a summit at 3360m.
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
West of Canmore, at the base of Mount Rundle, you will find Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, one of Canada's most beautiful parks. With over 60km of cross-country trail systems, as well as cross-country skiing trails, and mountain biking trails, it is no wonder that this park is so popular with sport lovers.
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Top 5 Alberta Parks for Families
With diverse wildlife and exciting outdoor adventures, some of Alberta's provincial and national parks are particularly suitable for families.
Wood Buffalo National Park
Encompassing more than 44,000sq.km, Wood Buffalo National Park in northeastern Alberta is the largest national park in Canada, and one of the largest in the whole world. The park offers a full range of family activities including camping, hiking, and exploring the park's planetarium.
Elk Island National Park
Located in central Alberta, this park is best-known as a centre for wood bison conservation. The park is also home to many other mammal and bird species, such as mule deer and American bittern birds.
Sundance Provincial Park
Nestled in western Alberta, this park's landscape is dominated by unique rock formations called hoodoos, as well as five small lakes. Indulge in various family activities like fishing, hiking, and swimming while visiting this park.
Waterton Lakes National Park
This park covers 505sq.km, including lush forests and great mountains, such as Mount Blakiston with its peak at 2900m. Discover a wide range of animal species with your children, such as white-tailed deer, or the occasional glimpse of a grizzly bear.
Aspen Beach Provincial Park
Alberta's oldest provincial park offers a large range of summer and winter activities including fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
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