Things to do in Alberta

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Johnston Canyon featuring a bridge, a park and landscape views

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1. West Edmonton Mall

West Edmonton Mall is more like a covered city than a conventional shopping arcade. Covering around 500,000 square metres, it is the largest indoor shopping centre in North America, and among the top 10 in the world. In addition to over 800 retail outlets, there is more family entertainment than you could ever wish for, with amusement parks, an ice rink and even a zoo, all enclosed under the glass domed roof.
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Discover the largest shopping centre in North America, packed with thrilling attractions for the whole family.

2. Banff National Park

The dramatic mountains, lakes and forests of Banff National Park's 6,641 square kilometres make it the ideal destination for scenery lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Mountain bikers, hikers, white-water rafters and kayakers take advantage of the unspoiled wilderness in the summer, while skiers and snowboarders tackle the many and varied ski runs during the winter months.
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Experience the beauty and adventure of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in this magnificent national park.

3. Jasper National Park

The picturesque town of Jasper sits in the Athabasca River Valley, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park extends over more than 10,800 square metres around the town. This World Heritage Site is home to many iconic Canadian wildlife species, as well as breathtaking natural wonders, all waiting to be discovered.
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Located at the heart of a World Heritage Site, this charming mountain town is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning surroundings.

4. Moraine Lake

One of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Moraine Lake has appeared in countless photographs and postcards and has even graced the Canadian 20-dollar bill. Hence the nickname "Twenty Dollar View", when in reality, this vista of snow-topped mountains, lush larch forest and startlingly blue lake is simply priceless.
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So magnificent the Canadians put it on their 20-dollar bill, the view of this azure lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks will take your breath away.

5. Upper Hot Springs

Upper Hot Springs is a thermal pool within the gorgeous landscapes of Banff National Park. Come here to relax in the geothermally heated and bubbling mineral water that flows from the Earth’s crust through the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. Marvel at panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains as the therapeutic water cleanses and soothes your body. Have a scenic picnic or eat at the café at Upper Hot Springs.
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Rejuvenate your body in the geothermal waters of these historic hot springs while admiring the exquisite views of Banff National Park.

6. Banff Gondola

Survey miles of the magnificent Canadian Rockies from the top of Sulphur Mountain. The Banff Gondola takes you from the base of the mountain to the Summit Complex in just eight minutes, during which time you'll also be able to catch some spectacular vistas from your fully glazed cabin. Get a bird’s-eye view of Banff, and marvel at the snowy peaks and valleys of six of the area's mountain ranges.
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Enjoy a stunning 360-degree panorama of Banff and its surrounding mountains as you ride in comfort to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

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