A Few of my top Alberta vacation spots

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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Alberta is great. You’ve got some of the best Canadian Rockies towns there, including Jasper, Banff and Canmore, your have Kananaskis, an awesome outdoors area, as well as Banff and Jasper National Parks, and all of it a reasonable distance from the city of Calgary. What more could you want out of a vacation area.

Alberta's got some of the best and most beautiful scenery in the Rockies.

With that in mind, here are a few of my top spots to see on a vacation to Alberta, Canada. I can’t really say I have a favorite place to see, but these are some of the places I’m thinking about right now, as western Canada moves into spring.

One of these places is the Elbow Valley. The Elbow Valley offers up great camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and other activities in Kananaskis country. It’s really a great place to go if you want to knock out a bunch of great Alberta vacation activities all in one area.

Another great spot is the Sunshine Meadows. This area offers stunning views of Mt. Assiniboine, great opportunities to see amazing Alberta wildlife, fun hikes and excellent waterfalls to see along the way.

Are you a golfer? You’ll like my next suggestion. The Stewart Creek Golf Course is one of my favorites in Alberta. This course, designed by Gary Browning, consists of layered fairways and subtly sloped greens sculpted out of the beautiful landscape. You’ll find 35 bunkers on Steward Creek,  surrounded by gurgling streams, pristine lakes, refurbished mine entrances and spectacular cliffs. Even if golf isn’t your thing, it’s a beautiful place to spend a day.

If you’re interested in doing a hike in Alberta, but don’t want to make it too long or too difficult, I’d recommend hitting Stewart Canyon. The round trip is only about 2 hours and you get to start at beautiful Minnewanka Lake. During the summer, you can have a picnic and sit down on the benches. This lake is one of the most beautiful in Banff. You’ll eventually cross a bridge over the Cascade River. It’s a cool, rugged terrain hike, with lots of payoff right from the beginning, and it’s not too difficult.

And that’s it for today folks! Enjoy Alberta and the Rockies!

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