Southern Alberta truly has a little bit of everything. From the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the wide-open farmlands of the prairies, to the unique Badlands with its archeological wonders and ancient dinosaur past.
Penner: Variety of sights to explore on classic southwest Alberta road trip; Andrew Penner; Calgary Herald
As we pounced through the powder — in the remote Drywood Valley in the newly minted Castle Provincial Park — it hit me.
“You’ve been given an upgrade,” are words that travellers love to hear. They were spoken by a member of staff at the Budget car rental station upon my arrival into Calgary International Airport while handing me the key to a Volvo XC90.
The roomy SUV proved a pleasure to drive during my week-long stay in Alberta. Before leaving the airport I tuned the radio to Country 105. It seemed a fitting station for background music while exploring a province that’s renowned for its prairies and Western heritage.
From my base in Calgary’s East Village, I took three day trips to explore Canadian heritage beyond the city’s boundaries. Each of these could easily be expanded into an overnight excursion:
Day trip 1: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
1600-year-old meal remains completely intact and ready for a feast in the Rocky Mountains; Vintage News
According to a few archaeologists, a 1,600-year-old, deliciously meaty feast has been found still intact. The Rocky Mountains, Alberta Canada, is not only home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and picturesque mountains- the region is now the site of an archaeological discovery. Archaeologists say that they are unable to determine the type of meat and will only be able to provide further details after a proper investigation.
They did so by driving the wild animals over the cliff edge.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, where early First Nations would hunt, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Source: Where the buffalo run in Alberta
Road Trip: Vulcan and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – Avenue Calgary; Julya Hajnoczky; Avenue Calgary
Spend the day improving your Star Trek knowledge at Vulcan, then visit Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Humbling. That’s how Alberta bison producers described their Aug. 10 visit to the world heritage site that has preserved the artifacts, culture and lore surrounding bison and their use by First Nations people.