Alberta has a split personality. The Canadian Rockies are easily its greatest and most famous asset, yet only cover a western sliver of the province. About half of the rest is given over to “cowboy country” — ranches and farms in rolling foothills and on the great Canadian prairie of Southern Alberta. Meanwhile the northern half of the province lies remote and barely visited except by a handful of folks making their way through seemingly endless aspen and boreal forests to the Northwest Territories and its capital Yellowknife.
It’s in the north too that many of Alberta’s biggest oilfields lie, although the economic benefits are felt throughout the province and particularly in its two big cities: Edmonton and Calgary. These rivals do their best to capture visitors on their way to the Rockies with mixed success. Calgary has the edge even though the city and its attractions – mostly parks and museums – are of similar quality. One the reason is that it’s much closer to the mountains and Banff, the main resort town there, but the its other big advantage stems from the Stampede, a giant rodeo, agricultural show, fair and all-round “Western” festival – that draws close to 1.5 million visitors every July.
The other really compelling reason to visit Alberta is its otherworldly eastern Badlands. Here the dusty town of Drumheller has gone dinosaur-mad, thanks to a glut of finds in its sandstone valleys and the presence of the extraordinarily good Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
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Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We donât want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in C$.
See & Do
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$ => Tickets less than $5 per person
$$ => Tickets $6-15 per person
$$$ => Tickets $16 per person
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $101-200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $201 for a double
$ => $1-20 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$ => $21-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
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$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-30 per person