A scenic view of the mountains from the top of a grand staircase.

Alberta is defined by more than its abundant oil production and place among the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The landlocked province of Alberta is one of the most culturally diverse locations in the world, offering exquisite restaurants, national parks, and tourist attractions. This gem of central Canada provides visitors with a unique combination of nature and modern convenience. Check out a few of our favorite things to see and do in Alberta.

Eat at Popular Restaurants

Model Milk: Opened in the 1930s and located in the heart of Calgary, Model Milk combines simple cuisine and culinary artistry for a unique dining experience. The restaurant focuses on pleasant spaces and locally sourced ingredients.

Tzin Wine and Tapas: If you’re looking for a night of great wine and appetizers, this Spanish and European-inspired restaurant is the ideal spot in Edmonton. Whether you’re looking for takeout or sit-in dining, Tzin Wine and Tapas delivers quality food and an impressive wine list.

Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner: A 1950s-inspired diner, Rockin’ Robyn’s is a blast from the past with classic foods like homemade pies and hand-cut French fries. Owner and chef Robyn Lockhart works hard to ensure It’s a place the entire family will enjoy.

Hit a National Park

Banff National Park: First established in 1885, Banff is Canada’s oldest national park. Located in Banff, Alberta, this massive landscape covers nearly 7000 km. Sunshine Meadows and the Icefield Parkway are popular points of interest you might consider visiting within the park.

Jasper National Park: At almost 12000 km, Jasper is Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain park. Enjoy various activities, from snowboarding at Marmot Basin to wildlife viewing where you’ll see an abundance of caribou, elk, and mountain goats.

Elk Island National Park: Elk Island is only an hour from downtown Edmonton. This quaint national park is known for its equipped campsites, eliminating the need for visitors to haul cumbersome camping equipment. Have a picnic during the day at Astotin Lake and spend the evening attending a star-watching party along with other astronomy-related activities.

Visit Tourist Attractions

West Edmonton Mall: Spend your afternoon shopping at Edmonton’s largest mall. Once named the largest indoor shopping mall in the world, West Edmonton Mall features more than just shops, including mini golf, a waterpark, and a bowling alley.

Royal Tyrell Museum: Managed by Alberta’s Ministry of Art, Culture, and Status of Women, the Royal Tyrell Museum focuses solely on studying prehistoric life. Kids will love activities like fossil casting and mock excavations of dinosaur bones. The museum remains one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur models.

Calgary Tower: One of Canada’s tallest observation decks stands at a staggering 191 meters above downtown Calgary. Visitors can enjoy a meal at the Sky 360 Restaurant and Lounge, which rotates once every hour.

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