Alberta: The Right Choice
Our World | On 30, May 2013
In Alberta, we deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences year round. Imagine the exhilaration of your top achievers as they helicopter over the largest icefield south of the Arctic Circle. Picture them mushing a team of sled dogs through an old growth forest. Or after a day on a signature golf course, settling in for a gourmet feast high atop a mountain. The natural beauty and authentic experiences that define Alberta will motivate your team and have them talking long after the adventure is over.
You’ve seen the pictures – soaring peaks, lush mountain meadows, turquoise lakes, gleaming glaciers, towering waterfalls and wildlife galore. The Canadian Rockies make visitors want to stay forever.
Summer activities in our Rocky Mountain parks include horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and signature golfing. Winter activities are all about the snow – skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating and canyon ice walks.
Established in 1885, Banff – Canada’s first national park – is now one of the world’s premier destinations. From the Calgary International Airport, transportation companies or airport shuttles will bring your group on a scenic 1.5 hour drive through the foothills and front ranges of the Rockies directly to the town of Banff; add another 40 minutes to Lake Louise. A great way to start the Banff experience is to take the gondola ride followed by a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring.
The largest of the Rocky Mountain national parks – and home to the world’s biggest dark sky preserve – Jasper will elevate any meeting or conference. Your clients will be surrounded by the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies, crystal clear lakes and gleaming glaciers. Add whitewater rafting and icefield exploration to the activities list here. Just a four-hour drive west of Edmonton.
Accessible Alpine Towns
Banff-Lake Louise and Jasper townsites offer all the creature comforts. Accommodation ranges from authentic mountain lodges to alpine castles. Meeting spaces abound. Find eclectic dining options from casual to elegant, boutique shopping, galleries, museums, an international performing arts scene and lively nightlife.
Alberta’s Gateway Cities
Calgary and Edmonton are vibrant centres for the arts, culture, shopping and dining. Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic urban landscape surrounded by incomparable natural grandeur. It’s a place buzzing with entrepreneurial energy while embracing its rich western heritage, a place where you can savour the Rocky Mountain wilderness by day and world class cuisine and entertainment by night. Plan your event for July to coincide with the globally recognized Calgary Stampede, known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and the world’s biggest rodeo.
Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton is widely known as Canada’s Festival City, with over 30 arts and cultural festivals every year. Well worth a visit is the largest indoor entertainment complex in North America – the West Edmonton Mall, with more than 800 shops, 100 eateries and nine world class attractions. When your clients want to get back to nature, less than an hour from the city is Elk Island National Park, a pristine oasis of aspen parkland and home to free roaming herds of bison, moose, elk and 250 species of birds.
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