Take An Alberta Break

Who remembers Tourism Alberta’s ad campaign from the 90’s – Take an Alberta Break? Well it may be time for a bit of nostalgia. With travel options limited, this summer is the perfect time to rediscover our beautiful big back yard!

With mountains, lakes, rivers, quaint towns and big cities Alberta is a vast province full of nooks and crannies that we’re betting you’ve never explored. How would you like to see the famous Banff Merman or the world’s largest Ukrainian Easter Egg? Maybe the replica Starship Enterprise or novelty of the Gopher Hole Museum floats your boat? Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone.

Most Unusual Attractions in Alberta

BANKHEAD GHOST TOWN

The ruins of the “20-year town” lays among the mountains

RED ROCK COULEE

Huge spherical rocks in the middle of the prairie

MEDICINE LAKE

Every fall this lake mysteriously drains, like a bathtub with the plug pulled out

WRITING ON STONE PROVINCIAL PARK

Blackfoot petroglyphs which date back as far as 7000 BC

WORLD’S FIRST UFO LANDING PAD

Canadian centennials project designed to gather information about UFO’s

FRANK SLIDE

A sleepy little town that had the greatest landslide in North American history

WORLD’S LARGEST SAUSAGE

Massive Kielbasa stands 42 feet tall and weighs in at over 12000 pounds

GIANT PEROGY

Roadside tribute to the staple of eastern European cuisine

For more fascinating attractions visit www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/alberta

For outdoor enthusiasts Alberta is a natural paradise. Fishing, canoeing and camping are all at your fingertips. With so many options it may be hard to choose where to go. Why not try somewhere new? Book a campsite in the forests of the untamed north or along the Red Deer River in the stunning dinosaur valley. Reservations for both tenting and RV sites can be made through Alberta Parks (reserve.albertaparks.ca) or Parks Canada (reservation.pc.gc.ca). If you prefer a few more home comforts, Alberta Parks and Air B&B offer some great glamping options with comfy beds and other amenities. Just bring your suitcase, a cooler and some burgers to throw on the BBQ.

And did you know Alberta has some great beaches? Not something you typically think of when looking at our land-locked province, but Alberta has some hidden gems to discover. From cliff jumping to sandy escapes, some of the best options include:

  • Slave Lake: Devonshire Beach, one of the lesser known spots, features an impressive spread of sand, massive lake, and prime sandcastle building conditions.
  • Cold Lake: Kinsoo Beach features an epic zipline on the beach and a three-block-stretch of fine sand.
  • Gull Lake: A sandy oasis. It’s a great kid-friendly option for young families because the water remains shallow and is lovely and warm.

So, pull out the old GPS and get started planning that ultimate road trip! From weird to wonderful, memories await…and only minutes from home!