Alberta SouthWest: A land of special places

Take a new direction! Find your own magic! You’ll experience it when a soft wind warms your cheeks outside Pincher Creek or the sun’s last rays turn the Rocky Mountains to gold. You’ll feel it when a one-kilogram trout rises to your floating fly on the Crowsnest River. And you’ll know it as you gaze down the mountain-flanked length of Waterton Lakes or reach a pass or summit, on foot or horseback, that reveals panoramic vistas to the distant horizon. You can visit charming rural communities, enjoy the many community fairs and rodeos and find excitement in adventurous and competitive events.

Don’t just take our word for it. No less an authority than UNESCO has designated two spots in this small corner of the globe as World Heritage Sites: Waterton Lakes National Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. National Geographic has also recognized Alberta’s Crown of the Continent as a pristine and unspoiled treasure of the world. Discover this special, uncrowded place.

If you like your scenery as backdrop, a half dozen architecturally-designed golf courses and a couple of powder filled ski resorts are just the place for new and perfect memories!

How to explore this smorgasbord of delights? Excellent paved roads offer superb driving tours and easy access to spectacular hiking trails and vacation experiences. So load up the car and the kids or plan a quiet getaway for “just the two of you” or embark on an adventure with friends.
Just Go. Just Do. Just Be.

Self Guided Driving Tour

New in 2013! Imagine an informative guided tour with no ads, delivered via your Iphone or Android with no data fees. Try the GyPSy Tour Guide this summer and enhance your visit to southwestern Alberta. Click here for more details.

Get Out!

Hiking, snowmobiling, blue-ribbon fly fishing, trail riding, golfing, authentic Native experiences, museums and historic sites, backcountry spots not on the map. DIY in Alberta SouthWest. Your blood pressure will be happy...

Be a Range Finder

Step back in time and experience life on a working ranch, learn to ride a horse and move cattle, enjoy a real western BBQ, lie awhile in fields of wildflowers, swing your partner in an old-time barn dance, or just kick back and relax.

Stay a While

From finest of fine to budget bragging rights, to a night under the stars in an authentic Native tipi, there's a full range of opportunity to R&R before heading back out to the ranch, the river, or the Rockies.

Take It Back

Crafts, art, products forged from affectionate hand in a world too full of cheap plastic. Take home western gear, Native crafts, handcrafted jewelry, stained glass art, or numerous other forms of creative expression in the region.