August 2018

Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Campervan

Notable locations:
Bar U Ranch
Waterton Lakes National Park
Banff National Park
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Lake Louise
Icefields Parkway
Jasper National Park
Elk Island National Park
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

If there’s a person left on Earth who doesn’t know that Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks are collectively an ecological treasure without parallel, they must truly live under a rock.

The beauty of a road trip, though, is that it allows you to take the routes less travelled and experience not only the well-known wonders but also the ones waiting to be discovered. And in Alberta, there are plenty.

My daughter and I got off the plane in Calgary on a quest to learn what makes Alberta tick – not only in the mountains, but in the foothills and the prairies, too – and to leave with a better understanding of how the province’s history and culture entwines with the rest of Canada.

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