Alberta has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of Canada's most beautiful countryside. The skyline is dominated by beautiful snowcapped peaks where the grasslands meet the mountains. The glaciers and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks are iconic vistas in the province, attracting millions of visitors each year. Some of Alberta's best ski resorts are located within these parks, delivering some of the best skiing in the country. The plains and badlands to the east are rich in historical and cultural significance.
Calgary and Edmonton are the two largest cities in Alberta. Calgary is a contemporary metropolis with a diverse range of recreational opportunities. The annual Calgary Stampede is the city's most well-known event. Edmonton, the provincial capital, is home to West Edmonton Mall, Canada's largest shopping mall, as well as various other cultural attractions.
Alberta should undoubtedly be on your list of places to visit in Western Canada. See our guide to the top tourist sites in Alberta for a better understanding of the province and suggestions for things to do here.