• Provincial capital » Edmonton
    • Located north of Calgary near the geographic centre of the province
  • Largest city » Calgary

Facts

Geography

Tourism

  • Vehicles parked at provincial park and public land sites in Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley need a “Conservation” Pass. The Alberta government would have you believe this is to support “conservation efforts in the area”, however the current provincial government is a huge proponent of huge oil companies, coal mining, they deny climate change, and are against any meaningful conservation efforts. So just another tax.
  • Most of Alberta’s western border consists of national and provincial parks » Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and Waterton Lakes National Park. Crossing the border into British Columbia also is covered in provincial parks – Mount Robson, Yoho, Kootenay, and Height of the Rockies Provincial Parks.
    • This leaves little room for dispersed camping in these areas, as there are many designated campgrounds to choose from and freedom camping is frowned upon, and well-patrolled by conservation officers and rangers, and carry hefty fines.
    • Depending on the park, you may be able to purchase backcountry camping permits which would allow you to camp in the wilderness, far from any road or town.
  • Tourism destinations in the Alberta include: Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, Jasper, Sylvan Lake, and Lake Louise.
  • Alberta is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (includes Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks, as well as Hamber Provincial Park (B.C.), Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park (B.C.), and Mount Robson Provincial Park (B.C.))
    • Dinosaur Provincial Park
    • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
    • Waterton–Glacier International Peace Park
    • Wood Buffalo National Park
    • Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi

Provincial Parks

  • Entry into Alberta’s Provincial Parks was free for Alberta residents until 2021.
  • It is illegal to fly a UAV or drone in Alberta’s provincial parks and other protected area unless approved through a special permit. Permits are rarely issued in these areas. (Reference)
  • Alberta Parks » a resource with lots of information on campgrounds and sites that are both reservable and non-reservable
  • Public Land Use Zones » Offers information and maps on public land use zones in Alberta

National Parks in Alberta

  • On Sept. 14, 1907, Jasper Forest Reserve (now Jasper National Park) was created.
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity » Live webcam of Mt. Norquay

Notes

  • Rural areas are politically very conservative and at times to the far-right with their ideas and policies (human rights, anti-abortion, LGBT rights, etc.). This is out of step with most of Canada.

This page was last updated on 2021.07.22 by Robert Vinet