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Alberta, one of Canada’s prairie provinces, is bordered by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, Northwest Territories to the north, and the U.S. State of Montana to the south.  Alberta is one of two provinces (the other being New Brunswick) to border only a single U.S. state. It is also one of two provinces that are land-locked (the other being Saskatchewan).

Alberta has been a tourist destination from the early days of the twentieth century, with attractions including outdoor locales for skiing, hiking and camping, outdoor festivals, professional athletic events, international sporting competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.

Alberta’s two largest cities are Calgary and Edmonton. According to Alberta Economic Development, Edmonton and Calgary both host over four million visitors annually. Banff, Jasper and the Rocky Mountains are visited by about three million people per year.

Calgary, perhaps best known for the annual Calgary Stampede celebrated each summer, is also known for its warm hospitality and proximity to the Canadian Rockies. The Calgary Stampede is Canada's biggest rodeo festival and features various races and competitions like calf roping, and bull riding. This event is a major tourist attraction and lures people from all over the world to enjoy all the festivities. Calgary is also home to Carifest, the second largest Caribbean festival in the nation (after Caribana in Toronto).

Edmonton, the provincial capital, is often best known for its largest attraction - West Edmonton Mall. The West Edmonton Mall is North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex and offers over 800 stores and services and over 110 dining establishments. Edmonton is located almost in the geographic centre of the province and most of Alberta's oil is refined here. With a large number of summer and winter events, Edmonton prides itself as being the "Festival City". The city's "heritage days" festival sees the participation of over 70 national groups.

Alberta is also home to 43 First Nations. You can delve into 10,000 years of First Nations life at ancient sites and museums around Alberta.

Alberta boasts a diverse landscape including rolling foothills, majestic mountains and the mushroom-like hoodoos, to name a few. Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are home to the world famous resort towns of Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Waterton. Dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy Drumheller, home of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, where the desert continues to yield fossils and prehistoric discoveries. The Canadian Badlands, in the southeastern section of Alberta, has a lunar-like landscape. This is the remnants of an ancient seabed and is rich with prehistoric fossils.

Alberta’s five national parks contain thousands of square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. Also, Alberta’s 69 provincial parks and hundreds of recreational areas showcase the diversity of this province’s geography - boreal forests, mountains, foothills, grasslands, lakelands and badlands.

Alberta’s Canadian Rockies attract a diverse cross section of people from around the world.
Alberta is also famous for its outstanding museums and many historic sites, traveling exhibits, special events and interactive heritage activities across the province.

One of the most important parts of planning a successful trip to Alberta is finding the right place to stay. With so many places in the province to choose from, its not an easy thing to do. Also, depending on the time of year you plan to visit the area, many places may be completely booked upon arrival, leaving you with limited options if any at all. IndeXinn is a complete accommodation directory containing detailed information about hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation home rentals, back country lodges, cabins, campgrounds and more. With links to accommodation websites and interactive maps, these directions are designed to help you find the right place to stay based on your budget, personal preferences and the activities you wish to pursue.

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