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Dig for dinosaur fossils, marvel at the northern lights and shop for hours at North America’s largest shopping mall in this Canadian province. Alberta, one of Canada’s western provinces, encompasses a diverse assortment of bustling cities, quiet towns and vast swaths of remote wilderness. Witness the northern lights, explore the many stores in North America’s largest shopping mall and learn all about the dinosaurs that roamed the region.
Visit the capital city of Edmonton to walk through the gorgeous grounds of the Alberta Legislature and learn about the history of Alberta’s fur trade in Fort Edmonton Park. Attend a show at the Citadel Theatre, followed by an evening out to discover Edmonton’s thriving night life. Shopaholics will want to schedule in a trip to West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in North America.
In the cosmopolitan city of Calgary, opportunities for daytrips to the local prairies and mountains abound. In the city, head downtown to the Glenbow Museum to examine exhibits on Alberta’s founders and enjoy amusement park thrills at Stampede Park. Families will love the Calgary Corn Maze, a child-friendly attraction that also features mini golf and a petting zoo.
East of Calgary is Drumheller, a dinosaur-obsessed town in the so-called “Canadian Badlands.” Explore Dinosaur Provincial Park, an archeological site known for its fossil fields. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is another popular dinosaur-themed attraction, featuring a range of public programs including fossil casting and seasonal digs.
For outdoor adventures, head to Fort McMurray, an area of northern Alberta. Cast a line at prominent fishing locations to find your catch of the day and explore the walking and cycling trails in Gregoire Lake Provincial Park. From late September to early May, look for the northern lights shimmering over Athabasca River.
Fly into Calgary or Edmonton airports to start your vacation in this action-packed region. Renting a car will give you the most freedom, but a comprehensive bus system also makes it easy to use public transportation, particularly in the major cities. For total relaxation and inspiring scenery, board a luxury train for a journey through the mountains.
Explore thriving cities, quirky attractions and vast nature parks in this stunning Canadian province.
The Advantages of a Road Trip in Alberta
Alberta… the land of mountains, lakes, prairies, desert badlands, and wondrous forests. It’s no wonder why so many adventurous Canadians choose to take an Alberta road trip. On a road trip from Alberta, wherever you’re heading, there’s bound to be incredible places along the way. You can pick up cheap car rentals in Edmonton and many other cities to get you where you want to go.
Alberta Road Trip Itinerary
It can be hard to know how to make an itinerary with so many places to visit in Alberta. As an example, check out this action-packed itinerary for a road trip from BC to Alberta:
- Day 1: Pick up a car rental in Vancouver and begin your journey to Kelowna on Okanagan Lake. Explore the 20 local vineyards, pine forests, orchards, and mountains during the day and then head downtown to the waterfront.
- Day 2-3: From Kelowna, enter Alberta at Banff National Park (make sure to account for the new time-zone!) This park is full of wondrous mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, abundant wildlife, scenic drives, and a picture-perfect mountain town. Go hiking, skiing, camping, cycling, and much more.
- Day 4-5: Just over an hour from Banff is Calgary. Choose from the Calgary vacation rentals and find the perfect home base. Calgary is nicknamed ‘Cowtown’ because of the numerous farming exhibitions and rodeos here.
- For more inspiration on where to go, check out a fantastic Alberta road trip itinerary.
Road Trips in Alberta for the Weekend
Travellers around the world can only dream of what adventurous Canadians can do on their weekend road trips in Alberta. Head out for a few days to see more of this beautiful province. You could stay at one of the stunning hotels in Calgary for a few nights or check out those Edmonton hotels you had your eye on for a while. And on Expedia, you can get a Calgary vacation package, bundling your car rental with hotel rooms for even more discounts on both!
Benefits of a Road Trip to Alberta
You’ve thought about taking that epic road trip to Alberta for a while. And now is a perfect time! It’s easy to find cheap car rentals in the pick-up and drop-off cities of your choosing. You can package car rentals with hotels or vacation rentals for more savings and then continue on your spectacular Alberta vacation. We love taking road trips because there’s no better way to see all the viewpoints and small towns along the way. Be sure to check out all the must see stops on an Alberta road trip.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Alberta?
Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Alberta?
- Calgary, AB (YYC-Calgary Intl.): 1,798 international flights per month.
- Edmonton, AB (YEG-Edmonton Intl.): 447 international flights per month.