Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital city and get out to explore some of the surrounding small towns that offer friendly people, stunning recreational opportunities and fascinating history. Alberta in Western Canada is known for its beautiful scenery and picturesque countryside at every corner. Whether you’re planning or being in Canada, here are seven small Alberta towns with great attractions.
Once a hidden gem, Canmore town has become more and more popular in recent years and has increasingly expanded as visitors begin to pay attention and visit this exciting place. Canmore is picturesque, with a backdrop of snowy mountains. It is known for its accessibility to adventure, whether it is climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking or skiing. Canmore, though popular with tourists, offers a more relaxed lifestyle, with a strong sense of community, incredible mountain scenery, and many available activities.
The center of the town is situated only 50km north of Edmonton city and provides a peaceful and peaceful living environment for all residents. Legal may be a small town, but it has a fascinating history. Originally settled as a settlement in French, the town is still bilingual, and the surrounding farms and landscapes make it a beautiful place to live. Legal is famous for the fact that it is Canada’s Mural Capital, with 35 unique murals around the town, and combined with extremely low crime and clean streets, it’s easy to see the attraction here.
Banff is a small town located about 90 minutes west of Calgary. It has a historic charm of a small mountain town like the perfect picture, with wooden buildings, hotels like majestic castles on the top of a hill, and the Bow River flowing through town. Spend your time in Banff relaxing at hot springs, walking along the river, or visiting nearby lakes. During winter, visitors can choose from three ski resorts, called “Big 3”. Banff is a great place to start a happy, lively vacation in Alberta.
4. Peace River
The Peace River, formerly known as Peace River Crossing, is a small town located 2 hours northeast of Grande Prairie, Alberta. You need to experience the River Peace yourself to understand why so many people appreciate it.
The town is filled with natural landscapes, and wild beauty awaits your discovery. Seeing the town from Sagitawa Lookout is a must, as well as spending the winter on Misery Mountain. Here will definitely be the perfect place for a picnic along the Peace River in Riverfront Park.
5. Bon Accord
Bon Accord is a small town located about 40 km north of Edmonton, Alberta. The name “Bon Accord” was derived from the ancient motto of Aberdeen in Scotland, where is the hometown of one of the first settlers. Bon Accord recently took on the title of Canada’s first official Dark Sky Community. So, take some time to witness the beautiful starry night sky at Bon Accord.
Nanton is a small town located about 45 minutes south of Calgary. Nanton gives you the “old town” vibe. The Antique & Art Walk of Alberta happens along this street because its boutiques sell everything, from artwork to clothing to collectibles. Nanton is the perfect small town for a historic day trip. Nanton is also known for the rodeo, one of Canada’s longest-running night rodeos, held every weekend during the summer.
Jasper’s town is the starting point to explore Jasper National Park, among the Canadian Rockies. The town is stunning in its own right. Deep canyons are sliced by roaring waterfalls (Hey Maligne Canyon), jade-colored forests, frosted mountain peaks, and emerald lakes. Enjoy the surroundings of the town’s impressive National Park and take a gondola to Whistler Mountain, take a dip in natural hot springs, wander the turquoise lakes, or ski at Marmot Basin.
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