Alberta is one of Western Canada’s most prominent provinces and certainly with no shortage of things to do. The monumental landscapes of its national parks, world-class shopping malls (Edmonton boasts the biggest shopping mall in the world), and range of outdoor activities means you can fill endless days in this wonderful province?
But what if you are looking for something a bit more unique? Here we have taken a look at some of the more out-of-the-box things to do in Alberta:
Walking with Dinosaurs
First up on our fun things to do in Alberta is walking with dinosaurs… not literally.
Canada is widely known as the dinosaur capital in the world; in particular, it is Drumheller that takes the crown. There are plenty of dinosaur-related activities in the Albertan town, Fossil World Discovery Centre, Dino Walks and the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Have you always wondered what life looks like from a dinosaur’s point of view? Well, Drumheller is home to the world’s largest dinosaur at a staggering 86 foot high and with a viewing platform inside the dinosaurs razor sharp teeth; you can see what the world looked like from the eyes of the giant reptiles.
If you have a fascination of the colossus dinos but Drumheller doesn’t appeal, or maybe you have been there done that, Dinosaur Provincial Park sits in the valley of Red Deer River, at the heart of Alberta’s Badlands.
The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for being one of the wealthiest locations in the world for dinosaur fossils. Over 500 specimens of fifty-eight dinosaur species have been discovered at the Dinosaur Provincial Park which is why it was natural to declare this a World Heritage Site in 1979.
The park has many exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, history of the park and geology, as well as a fossil prep lab, video theatre and a gift shop, let alone breath-taking and Instagram-worthy landscapes as far as the eye can see.
Get Hearts Racing at White-knuckle Whitewater Rafting
Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting is the perfect retreat for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike, but with a run to suit everybody. If a pulsing heart rate isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a scenic float trip, but if you are heading to Kananaskis for full-blown exhilarating adventure, you can take part in white-water rafting introductory classes up to level 3, or for the stronger swimmers out there, you can try your hand at river boarding.
Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting is in a great location for those looking for things to do in Canmore or Banff as Kananaskis can be reached in under 30 minutes and even those in Calgary will only have to undertake a one-hour car journey… we say it’s worth the ride!
Why don’t you make a weekend out of it? The white-water rafting is nearby two camping grounds, Kananaskis Country Campgrounds and Bow Valley Park Campground, so you can spend your weekend exploring the surrounding nature.
Stick ‘em Up!
Possibly one of our most unique things to do in Alberta is the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion. The Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion is a six-hour journey into history, with a genuine steam train making the voyage from Settler to Big Valley, with a layover in-between.
Not only do you get to absorb some of Alberta’s most breath-taking scenes all in one day, you will enjoy a buffet and onboard entertainment, but don’t be alarmed when thieves come demanding money, as you will be the centre of a great train robbery.
The themes of the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion change throughout the seasons, including teddy bear specials, live stage shows, seniors and murder mysteries. It truly is a unique day out in Alberta.
Romance on the Lake
Do you have an anniversary fast approaching? Or any special occasion where you are looking for romantic things to do in Alberta? One of our favourite intimate Alberta activities is kayaking on Two Jack Lake and following the river bend round to the grand 21km long Lake Minnewanka.
Although the view and setting are certainly exquisite at any time of the day, if you want a particularly jaw-dropping background to your kayak experience and an especially romantic vibe, you should plan your trip around the time of sunrise or sunset, and watch the sun in the horizon from your kayak on the lakes.
Excluding the natural wonders of the City, the Ice Castles are one of the most majestic sights, and one of the most magical things to do in Edmonton Alberta.
Every unique ice castle is cautiously crafted by hand, but in a way that makes the striking structures look like natural ice formations. The season to see the ice castles is between December and February, the dates of which are dependent on the weather.
The work that goes into crafting each ice castle is truly amazing and the effort alone is enough to make this a worthwhile visit if you are debating what to do in Alberta. Every ice castle measures a little over an acre and weighs more than 25,000,000 pounds! At night time the castles come alive with lights, turning them into a true spectacle that people of all ages can thoroughly enjoy!
So, if you’re looking for things to do in Alberta in winter, we couldn’t recommend the ice castles enough.
This is just a minor insight into some of our favourite and more out-of-the-box things to do in Alberta Canada. The province is a diverse, entertaining and truly stunning setting, so whether you are looking for activities, landscapes or something more adrenaline-inducing, there are plenty of things to do in Alberta.
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