Why should I Visit Alberta?
While Lake Louise is the best known, Moraine Lake, with its views of Mount Temple and the Ten Peaks, is utterly lovely, as is tear-shaped Peyto Lake. The Yoho National Park is the smallest of the trio (Yoho is a native word meaning “awe”) but boasts The Spiral Tunnels – railway tunnels in the shape of an elongated figure of eight that wind their way down into the Kicking Horse River Valley. By this extraordinary feat of engineering, the front of the train actually crosses over the top of the rear as it negotiates the 4.5% gradient. Nearby you can see the Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest falls in North America, cascading 833 feet from the Daly Glacier in two stages to join the Yoho River.
The nearest airport is Calgary, a modern prairie town with historic roots, which comes alive in July with its famous stampede, but which also has a good selection of attractions such as the Calgary Tower, art galleries and museums.