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16 Places In Alberta's Great Outdoors That You Need To See With Your Own Eyes

Mother Nature never fails to impress in Alberta. Some of the most stunning nature in the world is right here in our backyard.

There's no better playground than the great outdoors so we've rounded up a list of some of the best natural destinations in Alberta for you to add to your bucket list this year.

There's no question why people travel from around the globe to explore Alberta's diverse terrain. This list includes vibrantly coloured lakes, rushing waterfalls, enchanting hikes and more. If you're ready for a year of adventure and jaw-dropping views, this list should help guide you. 

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Peyto Lake

Address: Banff National Park

Why You Need To Go: Here we have one of the more iconic turquoise lakes in Banff National Park. With just a short hike up to the viewpoint, it's a sight you need to see. Be sure to check trail conditions and status before setting out.

Larch Valley

Address: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: Now here's one that you need to save for the fall. This beautiful hike explodes with golden larch trees every autumn and you need to experience it for yourself. It's so pretty that it's appeared on the Canadian $20 bill twice.

Abraham Lake

Address: Clearwater County, AB

Why You Need To Go: This lake is famous for its stunning ice bubbles that freeze in the winter. Perfect for ice skating, this place is truly one of a kind. The stunning turquoise waters are just as blue when frozen.

Drumheller Badlands 

Address: Drumheller, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Badlands are filled with tons of trails that can be hiked at any time of year. The place will give you serious Death Valley vibes so you can basically get that trip to California that you've been longing for. Pack plenty of water!

Sunshine Meadows 

Address: Sunshine Access Road, Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: You may have heard of Sunshine the ski hill, but did you know that's it's a beautiful hiking area in the summer? The place is bursting with different trails and there are thousands of wildflowers in every direction. You can even take the chairlift up if you don't feel like hiking.

Lake Louise

Address: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you aren't familiar with Lake Louise, you should get ready to have your mind blown. This bright blue lake is surrounded by stunning mountains and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You won't believe your eyes. No matter what time of year you go, it will take your breath away.

Two Jack Lake 

Address: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: Whether you're looking for a place to skate in the winter or the perfect picnic spot in the summer, Two Jack is the place to be. The stars are so magical after sunset, so bring a blanket and watch them appear.

Athabasca Falls 

Address: Jasper National Park, Upper Athabasca River, AB

Why You Need To Go: This truly enchanting waterfall deserves a visit no matter what time of year you're in the area. It's over 75 feet tall and one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Rockies. There are plenty of viewing platforms for great views and pics.

Grassi Lakes 

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: A short hike will lead you to the most epic looking lake you've ever seen. It's so brightly coloured, you'll have trouble believing it occurs naturally. Pack a picnic to enjoy along the 4.3-kilometre loop

Johnston Canyon

Address: Banff, Alberta

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous area features hiking trails, bridges, waterfalls, ridges, and more. People travel from far and wide to see this place and there is no question why. It's just so beautiful!

Red Rock Coulee

Address: Red Rock Coulee, Provincial Natural Area, AB

Why You Need To Go: Here's another wonderous place that will transport you to the desert. The large, red sandstone structures look otherworldly and make for a unique Albertan adventure. It's a great spot for hiking, spotting wildlife and geocaching.

Vermilion Lakes

Address: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is one of Alberta's best sunrise and sunset viewing spots! The shallow lakes, rugged mountains and dark skies are perfect for viewing. If you're there in the winter, you might even spot the northern lights.

Lundbreck Falls

Address: Hamlet of Lundbreck, AB

Why You Need To Go: This lovely waterfall near Lethbridge is the perfect place to pull over for a quick but breathtaking view. Just steps from the highway, you don't want to miss this unassuming beauty. After enjoying the views, you can hike down into the limestone gorge

Ha Ling Peak

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: This challenging out-and-back hike is just so rewarding. You will end up at the top of a mountain peak with panoramic views of Canmore and surrounding mountain ranges. Pretty special!

Lake Minnewanka 

Address: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This stunning, glacial lake near Banff is an astounding 21 kilometres long and 142 metres deep. This lake is famous because there's a sunken resort town beneath its wanters. Oh, and it's really nice to look at.

Sunwapta Falls 

Address: Jasper National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This positively stunning waterfall in Jasper is basically a water donut and we are obsessed. Splitting briefly into a circle before coming back together to pour into a waterfall, this epic natural sight is a must on any Alberta bucket list. May to October is the best time to visit.

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