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About Alberta

If you want to visit the spectacular and unforgettable Canadian Rockies, explore the land of the dinosaurs, ride a steam train, take part in wilderness adventures, or examine petroglyphs, Alberta has wonderful opportunities for you.

While visiting Edmonton for the ISSBD 2012 conference, be sure to explore Alberta's stunning landscape. A wide variety of pre and post conference tours can be arranged individually and customized to suit delegates' budgets and travel schedules. Delgates can arrange for these trips by booking through www.vacationscanada.travel or www.explorerockies.com.

Jasper National Park - www.jaspernationalpark.com

Deep in the Alberta Rockies, 370 kilometres west of Edmonton, peaks crown the horizon. Bighorn sheep, bears, wolves, elk and mountain goats roam the area. Experience the picturesque town of Jasper, the Jasper Tramway and Maligne Lake, home of Spirit Island. The Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience is another highlight.

Icefields Parkwaywww.icefieldsparkway.ca

National Geographic proclaims this 230 km road from Jasper to Lake Louise “one of the world’s ten greatest drives.” Jagged mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, untouched forests and valleys, and ancient glaciers make this the road trip of a lifetime. The parkway links Jasper and Banff National Parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Louise - www.lakelouise.worldweb.com

Not to be missed is spectacular Lake Louise, thirty-five miles west of Banff. The famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located on the edge of this magnificent body of water colored turquoise by runoff from the glacier high in the mountains. Visitors can hike around the lake or canoe its waters.


Located in Banff National Park and surrounded by mountains, Banff boasts the scenic Bow River, the Upper Hot Springs, the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course. You might meet wildlife on the edge of town close to restaurants, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, art galleries, sporting goods stores, and shops.

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions - www.absteamtrain.com

Located two and one-half hours from Edmonton, this attraction pleases train buffs, offering the opportunity to spend a day on a steam or diesel-powered train. Excursions include a train robbery, buffet meals in the Big Valley, and entertainment on board.

Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Interpretive Centre at Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump is located in the territory of the Blackfoot peoples, who hunted buffalo in the region. Exhibits explore the history and traditions of the Blackfoot, the near extinction of the buffalo, and the coming of the Europeans.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology www.tyrrellmuseum.com

Located in Drumheller in Alberta’s badlands (3 hours from Edmonton), this museum is named after Joseph Tyrrell, who first discovered Albertasaurus bones in local coal deposits. It houses a remarkable collection of fossils including the mighty dinosaurs. Dinosaur fossils are unearthed in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park - http://www.albertaparks.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=177

Near Alberta’s border with Montana, this park protects one of the largest examples of ancient rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs). The landscape is sacred and of spiritual significance to the Blackfoot people, who traveled and hunted the Great Plains. Camping, birding, and wildlife viewing are among the recreational offerings.

Photo Credits to: Edmonton Tourism, Fairmont Lake Louise, TravelPod, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump National Historic Site of Canada, Parks Canada, photographer: Jazhart Studios, Government of Alberta and the Royal Alberta Museum