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Explore Amazing Points Of Interest In Alberta, Canada
No trip to Alberta, Canada would be complete without exploring incredible points of interest.
Wild Cave Tours in Canmore offers a chance to see a cave in its natural state. Two and four-hour tours led by experienced guides take you past stalagmites, stalactites and other underground wonders.
Red Rock Coulee, 60 miles from Medicine Hat, offers breathtaking views of red rock formations. Hike along the trails or view the massive boulders from your car. To reach the site, take Highway 887 to Seven Persons in southern Alberta.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is one of the largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world. Located in MacLeod, west of Lethbridge, the site is accessible from Highway 785. See exhibits on buffalo stampedes and prehistoric artifacts.
Calgary Tower, located at 101 9th Avenue SW, offers outstanding views of downtown and the area surrounding the city. Open since 1968, the tower stands 626 ft. tall and boasts the world’s tallest 360-degree observation deck. Built to honour Canada’s centennial year in 1967, the tower involved amazing feats of technical expertise. Treat yourself to a meal at the Sky 360 and enjoy changing views as the restaurant revolves every 45 minutes.
Wild Cave Tours
For an incredible underground experience, head for the Wild Cave Tours in Canmore. The cave is located underneath Grotto Mountain in southern Alberta. Visitors ready to partake in this unique adventure see the cave in its natural state, without handrails, walkways and lighting. The chambers of stalagmites and stalactites are amazing!
Sign up for the Explorer Tour, 2 1/2 hours underground or the Adventure Tour for 4 hours of underground spelunking. The experienced cave guides take the lead, as you maneuver through the cave, lit by the light on your helmet. Each journey begins with a 30-minute hike to the cavern entrance. The staff also offers caving courses and team-building activities.
Red Rock Coulee
Not far from Medicine Hat, Red Rock Coulee is an area in southern Alberta featuring unique red rock boulders. Some of the boulders measure 2.5 meters across and are among the world's largest. View these intriguing formations up close from one of the many hiking trails or from the comfort of your car.
Years of water erosion has created a badlands landscape with beautiful color variations in the bedrock. After a fun day of exploring these sandstone concretions, travel approximately 60 miles to Medicine Hat to enjoy even more top attractions, and always-fun entertainment.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Visit one of the most unique and impressive sites found in Alberta. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site found in MacLeod, which is jest to the west of Lethbridge. It's easily accessed from Highway 785. It's an actual buffalo jump located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
A buffalo jump, for the uninitiated is a specific area, like a cliff, where indigenous peoples would drive large groups of buffalo to in hopes they'd jump off and die. It was a way to procure large quantities of meat and pelts, rather than hunting them one by one. Head-Smashed-In is an ideal destination in southern Alberta.
Standing at 191 meters in height, the Calgary Tower yields incredible views of downtown and surrounding Calgary. The tower opened in June 1968, and houses the world's tallest 360 degree observation deck.
It was built to honour the Canada's centennial year (1967) and its construction was considered "an amazing feat of technical and physical workmanship." In 1989, the tower became a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
While traveling in Southern Alberta, be sure to schedule time to visit this incredible tower. Take the elevator ride to the observation deck, in just over a minute, to the see the breath-taking birds-eye views of the city. Enjoy a delicious meal at Sky 360 and be amazed as it slowly revolves once every 45 minutes.