Alberta is a beautiful state of Canada surrounded by spectacular lakes and mountains ranges. It is a wonderland for both summer and the winter season. The moment you will arrive in Alberta, you will find the welcoming Rocky Mountain ranges, which are the famous natural landmarks from the prehistoric period. There are beautiful pristine lakes to quench your thirst of natural beauty. The world famous towns in the state of Alberta are Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Waterton, and Canmore. Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The biggest attraction of Edmonton is the West Edmonton Mall which is the largest in whole North America.
Here are the lists of attractions/national parks which cannot be missed when you are visiting this mesmerizing state of Alberta in Canada.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park, which was established in the year 1885, is the first national park of Canada and third in the world. It is both summer and winter paradise for the people of Canada and around the world. The park is located just 1 1/2 hours drive from Calgary, one of the major city of Alberta, Canada. It is covered in about 6,641 square kilometers area with spectacular natural scenery and wildlife in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. It offers great skiing opportunities during the winter months and great hiking options in the summer season. The small town of Banff is very lively, with numerous restaurants, shopping area, and museums. The park is full of beautiful lakes. Especially Lake Louise is considered the most photographed lake in Canada and one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. The road from Banff to Jasper is amazingly beautiful. If you are a nature lover, this part of the world will never disappoint you.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is located north of Banff in the heart of a Rocky Mountains. Jasper is a small lovely town near by covered all around by the beautiful mountain parks. The Jasper National Park was established in the year 1907 and it is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The park is covered in approximately 10,878 square kilometers area. It has comparatively more wilderness than that of Banff National Park. It offers great backcountry trails and world famous ice fields called Columbia Icefield. Columbia Icefield is the only icefield in the world, which is accessible by road. The Jasper National Park offers great opportunity for hiking in summer, skiing in winter at Marmot basin, and great wildlife viewing opportunities. The park contains great numbers of grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and wolves.
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is the fourth National Park of Canada. It is also the smallest park in the Canadian Rockies which is covered in approximately 505 square kilometers area. This is the place where the mountains rise suddenly after the flat prairie land. Waterton is the small town in the area. The Waterton National Park offers great hiking opportunities and spectacular scenic beauty. This park also adjoins with the Glacier National Park of United States. The Park offers several different ecology starting with the prairie plants from the Great Plains, Coastal plants of the Pacific Northwest, to the Rocky Mountain plants from the northern regions. Apart from flora, the park is also home to hundreds of species of fauna that includes grizzly bears, different types of deer, cougar, coyote, wolf, elk, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.