A distant shot of a group touring Maligne Canyon, surrounded by canyon formations, while ice walking and hiking in Jasper National Park.

National & Provincial Parks

Wander to where the wild is revered.

Lose yourself in the history of Áísínai’pi Provincial Park.

Drive 1.5 hours west from Calgary and you’ll arrive at Banff. Canada’s first national park is famous for its natural beauty, welcoming mountain towns and accessible yet exhilarating adventures.

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This practically untouched alpine paradise lies on the northern edge of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s second-largest dark sky preserve.

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Part of Kananaskis Country, Bow Valley lies on the eastern edge of the Rockies, not far from Calgary. Here, you’ll find epic mountain views and world-class trout fishing.

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Banff’s lesser-known sister is here in Kananaskis Country. Here, you can paddle mountain lakes and explore glacier-carved caves.

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Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympics, this small sports park is just over an hour’s drive from Calgary. It’s a haven for enthusiasts of cross-country skiing, disc golf and more.

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Canadian Badlands

Dinosaur Provincial Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is two hours east of Calgary. Many dinosaur fossils have been uncovered in its unique landscape.
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Midland Provincial Park
Midland is north of Drumheller in the heart of the Canadian Badlands. Visit the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum and walk the Badlands Interpretive Trail.
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Family enjoying a guided snowshoe tour with Dark Sky Guides.

Southern Rockies

Waterton Lakes National Park
Here rolling plains meet mountains on the Canada-Montana border. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a dark sky preserve, a biosphere reserve and Waterton Lake.
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Castle Provincial Park
Castle Provincial Park is nestled between Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass. It contains diverse topography, heritage sites and Castle Mountain Ski Resort.
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Lakelands

Elk Island National Park
Drive 30 minutes from Edmonton and you’ll be in the rolling hills and glassy lakes of Elk Island National Park. This park is excellent for viewing wildlife such as bison, elk and over 250 bird species.
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Lakeland Provincial Park
Venture three hours northeast of Edmonton to the heart of lake country. Lakeland Provincial Park holds a dark sky preserve, a canoe circuit and backcountry camping areas.
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West Country

Ram Falls Provincial Park
This scenic park near Nordegg features a stunning 20 m (66 ft) waterfall. It’s also a rewarding place to hike, fish, camp and see local wildlife such as big horn sheep.
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A family ice skates, Dad holding up his small child as Mom skates behind, at an outdoor ice path in Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Historic Plains

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills stretches through Alberta and our neighbour to the east, Saskatchewan. It’s the highest area in Canada east of the Rockies and is made up of lush valleys, hills and lakes.
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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park / Áísínai'pi
Áísínai'pi National Historic Site (also known as Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park) is a sacred landscape for the Blackfoot people. The park contains one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) in North America.
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Wood Buffalo

Wood Buffalo National Park
Wood Buffalo is one of the biggest parks on the planet. It’s home to free-ranging buffalo, sprawling grasslands, crystal salt plains, boreal forests, deep blue sinkholes and a freshwater delta.
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