Calgary is known for its proximity to the mountains and all the Rockies have to offer, but there is more to our beautiful province than Banff. Here are two off the beaten path destinations that will let you explore our province in a new way during the warmer months.
Dinosaur Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Find your inner Jurassic at Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks. Fear not though, there are no statues of dinosaurs here (unless you go into the museum) just breathtaking views of the haunting badlands and the majestic Red Deer River. An easy 2 ½ hour drive SE of Calgary, Dinosaur Park is truly wonderful for all ages.
Famous for dinosaur fossil finds, Dinosaur Park offers many activities such as bus tours, self-guided hiking tours and outdoor exhibits. There is also a lovely camp ground, however you should book well in advance to get a camping site.
Explore the mountains and Alberta history on a less travelled path. Head south on scenic Cowboy Trail and then west on the Crowsnest Highway. Begin your adventure in the charming small towns that nestle against the meandering road. Find delicious one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shops and interesting museums.
First on the list is the Frank Slide Interpretive Center. Explore the tragic history of this little railway town and the mining history the region was founded on. Move on to Blairmore, Coleman and Sparwood, and be amazed by the size of Sparwood’s big green truck!
An abundance of camping, hiking and pristine lakes are also available throughout the region. If you feel adventurous, you can make your way to Fernie, and to Lake Koocanusa, a damned lake that runs from Canada into the USA.
No matter where you wander, have fun and explore. Remember, you don’t have to go far to have a memorable adventure.