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Buffalo Jump

 

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Fort Macleod, Alberta

Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains, one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps can be found.

Head-Smashed-In is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It was used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains for more than 5,500 years.


The Canada Gardens

Nestled among the foothills of the Rockies you will find many beautiful gardens that thrive in the cool and sunny summesr of Alberta. The valleys have very fertile land. Here, too, there is a lot of water that produces a green environment with tall trees and summer color.

Gardens
Athabasca

 

Athabasca Glacier

During the summer months visitors traveling up the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jaspar can stop at the Columbia Icefields Visitor Center and take a trip onto the glacier in a large icefield snowcoach.

The Icefields Parkway stretches 144mi. through the heart of the Canadian Rockies and is a World Heritage Sit. You will see vast wilderness of mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. The parkway winds its way through two national parks and provides access to a landscape rich in history and natural beauty.


Num-ti-Jah Lodge
Bow Lake

The simple and rustic lodge has the most beautiful views of Bow Lake. It is set in a wilderness where you can hike and enjoy the outdoors and quiet.

It is very expensive and the meals are even more so. They do have a gift shop that is excellent.

It is located on the Icefields Parkway and is probably the only lodging for at least 75 miles.

Num ti Jah
Peto Lake

 

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Icefields Parkway

The lake is fed by melting glaciers. It was named for Bill Peyto a trail guide and trapper who lived in the area. It is easy to get to from the Icefields Parkway.

The lake is a bright, turquoise color. This is caused by glacial rock dust that flows into the lake and reflects the sun causing the shine or glow.


The Prince of Wales Hotel

As you drive into Waterton you will see tourists stopping by the road to photograph this most famous hotel sitting on its bluff. One of the largest all-wood buildings in Alberta, it has survived wind, fire and even the Depression of the 1930's to become a landmark known throughout the world. 

The lobby and dining room overlook Upper Waterton Lake and Glacier National Park.

The Prince of Wales Hotel is named after Prince Edward. It's worth a stop if only to have lunch or afternoon tea or to browse the large gift shop. The bellman will greet you in his kilt and you may feel that you are visiting Scotland.

Prince of Wales
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