There are so many things to see and discover in Alberta. The following list is just scratching the surface of what activities, attractions, festivals and events that are available for you to enjoy during your stay at one of the Charming Inns accommodations.
Please feel free to call on the Charming Inn of your choice for detailed information on activities and events going on during your stay. Unlike the larger hotels, our Innkeepers are stewards of their communities and are eager to share their local knowledge with you.
a popular natural attraction located on the Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise. Walking along you will see the power of nature and time has carved the canyon walls revealing waterfalls and rushing river. It’s a leisurely walk to the Lower Falls, suitable for any ability. Carry on to the Upper Falls and the Ink Pots to get the full experience.
10 minutes east of Canmore on the 1A highway. A 20-minute walk gets you to the Canyon where you will see pictographs left by early peoples. In the summer bring layered clothing, in the winter bring your ice cleats
In the splendour of the Badlands, these canyons are rugged and full of wonder. To get a close-up view you really should hike through the area.
Considered the most interesting canyon in the Rockies, this is a must-see in Jasper in the summer and winter. There are natural springs popping up from the ground around the 5th and 6th bridge. In the winter, the ice walks are truly amazing with limestone walls and frozen waterfalls.
We are always captivated and marvelled by the wonder of water. Alberta’s “waterfall alley” is predominantly where there are lots of rocks, elevation and water – the Canadian Rockies. One of the most scenic is Nordegg’s Crescent Falls. It is a two-tiered waterfall towering 82 feet accessible by hiking.
Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Here, several different ecological regions meet and interact in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and abundant plants and wildlife. The park helps protect the unique and unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources found in the Crown of the Continent: one of the narrowest places in the Rocky Mountains.
Banff National Park was the first national park established in Canada, and the third anywhere in the world. It spans 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier holiday, heritage tourism and recreation destinations.
Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies, offering visitors a more laid-back mountain experience – with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks, established in 1907, Jasper was once seen as an island of civilization in a vast wilderness. Now it is a popular getaway from urban life and a special place to reconnect with nature. Jasper is also the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve – excellent for star gazing.
The Cypress Hills high plateau stands above the prairie as an island of cool and moist forest. With its mix of forests, wetlands and grasslands, it is home to an astonishing diversity of plants and animals: over 220 bird species, 47 mammal species, as well as several species each of reptiles and amphibians. It is a wild and wonderful place to explore with over 50 kilometres of trails by bike or cross-country skis. Fishing, bird watching and strolls along the lake are common activities. Stargazing in the park is popular as it is a Dark Sky Preserve.
Two and a half hours drive east of Calgary; Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place where the prairies plunge into the Red Deer River Valley. You have entered the Badlands, the domain of rock pinnacles called Hoodoos. As you explore the semi-arid badlands, the rocks begin to reveal evidence of life in the late Cretaceous Period, 75 million years ago, when this region was a warm temperate coastal plain. Exploring the park is best done on foot. Hike the many trails while imaging a time when dinosaurs dominated the land and skies.
There are twelve glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. The most popular is the Columbia Icefield which is amongst the largest non-polar accumulations in North America. This huge glacier spawns eight major glaciers in the area. Many hikes along the Icefields Parkway (Banff-Jasper highway) lead to glacier viewing. The Stanley Glacier hike is located on highway #93 south of Castle Mountain Junction, 30 minutes from Banff. If you want a full guided tour, The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure starts at the Icefields Centre aboard massive Brewster Ice Explorers. This tour includes a comprehensive geological look at the glaciers, their past and future. The proposed Glacier Discovery Walk will be positioned on the Athabasca Glacier and operated by Brewster Travel.
Millions of years of the earth’s history are on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. The most popular exhibit for any age is the dinosaur galleries which include 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons and over 120,000 fossil specimens. In the dinosaur hall, you will also see the Albertosaurus. There are interactive science exhibits, ice age history, a recreation of a 375 million-year-old reef and one of the largest collections of live prehistoric plants.