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Enjoy The Scenic Beauty Of Alberta, Canada’s Parks

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Located on the Milk River, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is set in southern Alberta – just over two hours southwest of Medicine Hat. Covering 17.80 square kilometres, the park safeguards both a nature preserve and assortments of aboriginal petroglyphs.

An Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada – meaning a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park features bird-watching, nature viewing, and walking trails. Founded in 1957, the park contains the most expansive concentration of First Nation rock carvings in North America’s Great Plains.

Calgary Stampede Park

Calgary Stampede Park

Plan your next trip to Alberta. Make sure you visit the Calgary Stampede Park, located in Calgary – it's the site of the annual Calgary Stampede, "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth." If traveling in Southern Alberta at the end of July visit the Stampede Park, to partake in this exciting ten-day rodeo event. Western heritage continues each year with the Stampede's parade, variety of events, concerts and Midway fun.

Stampede Park also hosts many year-round events, including trade shows in the 265,000 square-foot BMO Centre, intimate weddings in the Rotary House and meetings in the Big Four Building. The Grandstand and the Big Top Show Ring also host amazing live performances.

Nose Hill Park

Make plans to visit and explore Nose Hill Park on your next stay in Calgary. As one of the most impressive and exceptional parks in Alberta, Nose Hill Park is 11.27 square kilometres of lush pastures. Created in 1980, Nose Hill Park is surrounded by 12 residential communities, and is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

You'll find a wide range of hiking trails to explore at Nose Hill Park, including some designated off-leash areas for those who travel with pets. Nose Hill Park yields stunning views of downtown Calgary. Nose Hill Park is the second largest urban park in Calgary, falling only to Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Shaw Millennium Park

Kick flip and grind all over Shaw Millennium Park, the premier skatepark on the western side of downtown Calgary. The park is located on the site of the former Mewata Stadium, where the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League used to play. With beginner, intermediate and expert areas covering 75,000 square feet, there are plenty of surfaces.

Schedule plenty of time for a fun day in Calgary, by visiting the adjacent Telus World of Science. Kids love learning about science through the museum's interactive exhibits and educational demonstrations. While in town, make the most of your stay in Southern Alberta.

Gallagher Park

Visit Edmonton soon and head for Gallagher Park. This charming park is located near the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. If in Edmonton in August, be sure to visit Gallagher Park during the four-day Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Music fans love spending time in the park, while listening to bluegrass, folk, blues, gospel and Celtic music, performed on six stages.

Partake in all-season fun at the park. Whether relaxing, hiking or cross-country skiing, the park is the perfect venue to enjoy spending time outdoors. While in Northern Alberta, make the most of your time by exploring, seeing, and doing as much as you can – Gallagher Park is an ideal place to start.

Fish Creek Provincial Park

While visiting the vibrant city of Calgary, take time to unwind in one of North America's largest parks. Fish Creek Provincial Park, located south of downtown Calgary, is a haven for those seeking outdoor fun. Lace up your comfortable shoes for strolling along over 100km of hiking trails or bring your bicycle for cruising along the paved or single-track bike trails. Bring your fishing gear to fish for trout in the Bow River or use the boat ramp for a day of fun on Sikome Lake.

Park visitors enjoy a day of swimming in the lake and relaxing on the beach. Stop by the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre to view the exhibits and learn more about the park. Take a break for a delicious meal at the Ranche Restaurant or satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty dessert from Annie's Bakery & Cafe. Schedule plenty of time at this wonderful twelve-mile long park.

Edmonton River Valley Parks

Creating the largest urban park in Canada, The Edmonton River Valley Parks are a system of city parks along the North Saskatchewan River, winding through Edmonton, Alberta. The River Valley's 20 major parks cover over 160 kilometers and include Hermitage Park, Emily Murphy Park and William Hawrelak Park, all with varying terrain and amenities. William Hawrelak Park features Heritage Amphitheatre – known for hosting events like Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky Festival.

Summertime visitors to the parks utilize numerous golf courses, like Riverside Golf Course and Victoria Golf Course, as well as paved and unpaved hiking trails and walking trails. During Edmonton's long winters, the parks become a popular cross-country skiing destination and William Hawrelak Park fills with ice skaters.

Edgar Industrial Park

The operating grounds of several of the world's most well-known companies, Edgar Industrial Park is located in the northern Alberta community of Red Deer. This is a popular destination for business travelers coming through Red Deer and northern Alberta.

Some of the major business and firms housed at Edgar Industrial Park include Finning Manufacturing, Canadian Pacific Rail Yards, Daimler Chrysler, and the BJ Wells Services. If you're a business traveler making your way into Red Deer, you'll most likely make your way to Edgar Industrial Park.

Echo Dale Regional Park

Plan for an outdoor excursion in Alberta. Echo Dale Regional Park attracts many Medicine Hat visitors who enjoy spending time outdoors. As the largest of the city parks, Echo Dale Regional Park provides a wonderful area for recreational fun. Whether you walk along the park trails or swim and boat in the Echo Dale Swim Lake, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Situated along the shores of the Saskatchewan River Valley in southern Alberta, this large city park continues to be a local favorite. Take a break from watching the kids play on the playground equipment for a tasty picnic lunch. Be sure to tour the Historic farm site to round out a busy day.

Discovery Canyon

Bring the whole family to Alberta. The Discovery Canyon is a summer-time haven for fun located next to the RiverBend Golf and Recreation Area in Red Deer. Schedule plenty of time to enjoy this natural river-fed water park. The water flows from the lake and trickles through the riffles. Bring your tube for floating along or rent one for a minimal fee.

The shallow water is perfect for the little ones too. There is no admission to the park, so visit as often as you like. Pack a picnic lunch or snack while taking a break at one of the picnic tables or on the sandy beach. The kids also love playing on the park's playground. Enjoy convenient and comfortable lodging in northern Alberta.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Explore one of the premier parks in southern Alberta. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, located southeast of Medicine Hat, is comprised of two areas of protected landscape. The park is on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. The park's Cypress Hill plateau at an elevation of 1,468 metres, is the highest point in Saskatchewan.

Visitors to this beautiful park enjoy mountain biking and hiking on more than 50 km of trails. Those who enjoy fishing have a choice of dropping a line in Elkwater Lake, Spruce Coulee Reservoir and Ressor Lake in Alberta. The Saskatchewan portion of the park is home to four lakes: Adams, Harris Loch Leven and Coulee Lake.

Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area

Set in Clearwater County, the Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area is set in northern Alberta, just over 100 kilometers west of Rocky Mountain House. Located between Abraham Lake and Nordegg Lake along David Thompson Highway, the recreation area is home to the two-tiered, 25-meter Crescent Falls.

Crescent Falls is set at the confluence of Bighorn River and North Saskatchewan River, at the end 4.5-kilometer trail from the highway. The Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area – set upriver of the falls – features fishing, horseback riding, and hiking in the front country.

Canada Olympic Park

Home of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canada Olympic Park is located in Calgary in southern Alberta. Once known as Paskapoo Ski Hill, the park is operated by the WinSport Canada.

Winter activities at Canada Olympic Park include downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, plus mountain biking and zip-lining during the summer. An urban ski area, Canada Olympic Park features three runs on .4 square kilometers of skiable acres.

Camrose Railway Station & Park

Formerly the Canadian Northern Railway Depot, the Camrose Railway Station & Park is located in Camrose – set southeast of Edmonton in northern Alberta. The museum features artifacts, kid-friendly programs, and real trains from the era.

Visitors to the Camrose Railway Station may explore the Morgan Garden Railway and Meeting Creek Railway Station – plus 12 heritage gardens including the Children’s Secret Garden.

Children programs include A Day in the Life of the Railway, and Caring for Our Planet, while museum events include the Annual Garden Tour & Victorian Luncheon, Tribute to Prairie Women, and Founders Day Festival at the Station.

Calaway Park

Set on the Trans-Canada Highway, the 90-acre Calaway Park is the largest outdoor amusement park in western Canada. Set in Calgary in southern Alberta, Calaway Park features 33 rides – including two roller coasters.

Established in 1982, the Calaway Park is open daily from Victoria Day weekend through August – plus weekends in October. The park’s most popular rides include the Vortex, the Dream Machine, Chaos, and Storm.

Bud Miller All Seasons Park

A wonderful year-round leisure park, the Bud Miller All Seasons Park located in Lloydminster. Spend an afternoon fishing along the shores of the man-made lake or have fun paddle-boating. Stroll through the formal gardens admiring the seasonal flowers and enjoy walking or bicycling around the lake.

Summer-time favourites include mini-golf, swimming in the wave pool and slipping down the waterslide. During the winter, visitors enjoy lacing up ice skates for gliding across the frozen lake. Ice-fishing and cross-country skiing are also popular ways to spend time outdoors. Enjoy the fun in this northern Alberta park.

Brazeau Reservoir

Located in northern Alberta, Brazeau Reservoir features a wealth of outdoor recreation near Rocky Mountain House.

Visitors enjoy the ample amounts of fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and weather permitting, snowmobiling as well. Plan a trip to northern Alberta and make it full of outdoor creation at Brazeau Reservoir. 

In fact, visitors with boat in tow can explore the surrounding Brazeau Canals as well, feeding the reservoir and housing plenty of angling adventures as well.

Brazeau Reservoir also features a stocked trout pond for great shoreline line fishing. Make the most of your next trek through northern Alberta.