It’s Tourism Week – so what are you still doing inside? Get out there and explore everything Alberta has to offer!
Tourism Week (May 28 to June 3) is a friendly reminder for Albertans, and visitors to Alberta, to celebrate and enjoy the province’s many tourism destinations and attractions – schedules permitting of course.
Some Alberta destinations and attractions are already well known across Canada and internationally – like the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the province’s national parks and the Alberta Resorts region set records highs for visitation and occupancy, respectively, in 2016. With free admission to all national parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, these numbers are expected to climb higher still.
In addition to the national parks, there are plenty of provincial parks, local attractions and rural gems ready for you to discover. We have selected a few opportunities for your consideration:
Festivals, festivals, festivals. Did we say festivals? With so many of them taking place this summer, and beyond, our friends at Travel Alberta has done a tremendous job pulling together a go-to calendar of Events and Festivals. In Edmonton, often referred to as Canada’s Festival City, there are more than 60 festivals annually. Not be outdone, Calgary boasts the Calgary Stampede, otherwise known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, from July 7-16. There are plenty more festivals to choose from spanning locations across the province.
Castle Provincial Park. Our colleagues at Environment and Parks have a great and informative blog post up about Alberta’s newest provincial park: Castle Provincial Park. If you’re looking for a new camping frontier, Castle has four excellent campgrounds available along with more rugged options for more adventurous types. Be sure to read the post for permit requirements and important cautions about area wildlife.
Alberta Open Farm Days (August 19 and 20) is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province using Alberta farm products.
By supporting tourism in Alberta, you help support the economy. Did you know that tourism is an $8.1 billion industry that is comprised of 19,000 businesses that support more than 127,000 jobs across the province? True fact!
We hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy all that Alberta has to offer this summer! Be sure to tag us on Twitter and share your adventures!