Start Your Trip to Alberta in Calgary
We’re fortunate to have Alberta’s foothills and Rocky Mountains out our back door. And if you like snow-capped mountains, deep river valleys and the outdoor life, look no further than the incredible scenery in southern Alberta.
Fly into Calgary, rent a car and head an hour west along the Trans-Canada Highway. The mountains slowly rise in the distance until you crest a hill just outside of Canmore, and the mountains are suddenly there.
If you like golf, there are a number of world-class courses on your way. Kananaskis is one of the best. It was closed in 2013 after floods overtook the course. It reopened in 2018 and is a golfer’s dream. Just watch out for the deer, elk, bears and other wildlife who think they own the course! Check out our article on golfing Kananaskis.
Whitewater rafting with our friends at Canmore Raft Tours, fishing or simply hiking in Banff or Jasper National Park are all on the to-do list for those who like the great outdoors. If you come in winter, check out of the skiing. Calgary played host to the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the ski venues that dot the mountains pay homage to some of the best powder skiing in the world.
The area around Calgary is a year-round playground, so plan to make this part of the world one of your holiday destinations. For a few ideas for quick day trips from Calgary, check out this book on Amazon, or head over to Indigo books (link on right side of page). And since you’re heading into the great outdoors, check out the great selection of clothing from our friends at Columbia Sportswear (on the right side of the page).
How to Get to Alberta
As mentioned fly into Calgary. We suggest booking with Expedia or one of the other booking engines on the right side of the screen. Book a car and hotel or BnB before you leave. We recommend one of our partners. They’ve provide terrific service when we travel.
Pick up the car at the airport and head west towards Canmore and Banff. Check the Travel Alberta website for things to do. There are too many to list here. For something a little different, there’s even a flooded virtually intact town under the waters of Lake Minnewanka that is still available to divers!
A Word About Our Partners
Alberta is a great place to spend time. To help you on your way, we’ve partnered with several top travel and resource companies. If you’re on a laptop, you’ll find them along the right side of the page.
When travelling, we like to know there are resources at our fingertips that we can trust to keep our travels smooth and enjoyable.
We are very pleased to welcome two new partners to our site: Peter Millar golf apparel and Carl’s Golfland. Peter Millar features a wide range of casual sportswear, tailored menswear, and luxury and performance golf apparel appropriate for the golf course, the office or a night on the town. Click their link here or (if you’re on a laptop) on the right side of the page. Carl’s Golfland has been providing golfers with quality equipment at low prices since 1958. Follow this link to Carl’s Golfland.
Amazon has great deals on golf clubs and accessories. Check out their link here or on the right side of the page.
And while you’re searching, click on the eBay link for deals on new and used clubs and other golfing essentials.
Patagonia is known for their excellent outdoor clothing and accessories.
Have a look at our Cheap Flights page for some search suggestions, and if you’re on a laptop, check out our partners listed along the right side of the page who can help with flights, accommodation and travel resources.