Southern Alberta

Photographer
Joanne Elves

Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta has a rich mix of prehistoric history, First Nations culture, and encompasses towns with attractions as unique as a Japanese Garden or an energetic cafe culture. Wandering around Southern Alberta’s Badlands is an otherworldly experience unlike anything you’ve seen. Every crag and fissure tells the story of a prehistoric past. This is the kind of experience you can really lose yourself in, feeling as if you’ve landed on another planet. It’s also a place you can get a hands-on learning experience by joining a real-live dinosaur bone dig. The rich heritage of Southern Alberta is deeply entrenched in the sights found in the cities and towns that make up the region. In Drumheller, wander through the hoodoos in Dinosaur Provincial park and also learn about a prehistoric past, and camp where extinct creatures once roamed. For another fascinating immersion into a different kind of history, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is set on the backdrop of 6,000-year-old escarpment that tells the story of the buffalo that were sacrificed for the indigenous Blackfoot peoples. You can even get a an immersive experience taking part in a simulated buffalo jump. Meanwhile, in the city of Medicine Hat, called Canada’s sunniest city, you can attend unique art events like the Tongue on the Post Festival in winter, inside an old pottery factory, or learn the art of drawing in chalk at the Chalk Art Festival in summer.

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