Alberta Beef Producers is looking forward to welcoming guests from across the country to this year’s Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary, August 14-17.
For those who want to explore more of Alberta during the conference, book your spot on the Welcome to Alberta tour, hosted by ABP, on Monday, August 14. But hurry – the tour is already 75 per cent sold!
Here’s where we’ll be visiting on the tour:
While you’re in Alberta, why not turn your trip into a grand summer adventure? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite southern destinations, perfect for a pre- or post-CBIC road trip!
Waterton Lakes National Park
Distance from Calgary: 260 km
Why you should go: With spectacular mountain views and all kinds of natural wonders, Waterton Lakes National Park is a true gem. Sail across to Montana’s Glacier National Park (bring your passport!), hike Red Rock Canyon, and marvel at the dramatic landscape from atop the bluff next to the historic Prince of Wales hotel. There’s so much to see, all with an accessible, friendly townsite.
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Milk River, AB
Distance from Calgary: 340 km
Why you should go: Writing-on-Stone gets its name from the well-preserved First Nations pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings) found in this park. In fact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has the greatest number of protected pictographs and petroglyphs on the North American Great Plains. While much of the park’s coulees and hoodoos are a designated archaeological preserve that protects sensitive wildlife habitats and cultural sites of significance to the Blackfoot Confederacy, visitors can experience the landscape through guided hikes, camping, wildlife viewing, and other activities.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology – Drumheller, AB
Distance from Calgary: 140 km
Why you should go: One word: dinosaurs! Nestled in the Canadian Badlands, where countless prehistoric discoveries have been made, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. Take a trip to a land before time (if you know, you know) with exhibits and programs sure to delight dinosaur fans of all ages. Plus, there’s several great hiking routes around Drumheller to take in the surreal views.
Johnston Canyon – Banff National Park
Distance from Calgary: 150 km
Why you should go: Of course the Rocky Mountains were going to make an appearance on this list, and a trip to Johnston Canyon is a perfect way to take in this spectacular slice of Banff National Park. Whether you stay in a cabin on the trailhead or just spend the day hiking, the natural beauty of the canyon—complete with waterfall, limestone cliffs, and the famous Ink Pots—is sure to make your trip to the Rockies one to remember.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – Fort Macleod, AB
Distance from Calgary: 180 km
Why you should go: Preserving and sharing more than 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture and highlighting this site’s cultural significance to the Blackfoot Confederacy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed on a tour of southern Alberta. The interpretive centre is built into the buffalo jump, with seven floors of exhibits inside, a viewpoint above the cliff, and lower and upper trails to explore the prairie surrounding the site. Plus, visitors can enjoy First Nations dancing and drumming every Wednesday this summer.
Did we miss any of your favourite spots? Let us know in the comments!