Travelling is one of the best things life has to offer. Not only is it super fun to get away from our super insane lifestyles and switch up the scenery a bit, it's always really nice to explore how truly beautiful this world is (and eat delicious foreign food, but that's a conversation for another time.)

But the worst part about travelling is how crazy expensive it is. Airfare alone can cost more than our rent. For a broke person who regularly only has enough money for medium fries and possibly a Buddy Burger after paying all their bills, a trip to Cancun doesn't quite seem to be in the cards.

However, just because we're too broke to fly to Dubai, doesn't mean we can't enjoy a nice getaway. 

Alberta is full of beautiful places that'll settle your wanderlust without completely abusing your bank account. And we've found them for you. Most of them really just require gas money (and most likely some snacks). Especially since all of Canada's National Parks are free in 2017 in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday!

Whether you're a thrill seeker, an explorer, or a "fun in the sun" type of traveller, there's a place for you in Alberta. These places are perfect for day trips, weekend getaways, or even to get away from the hectic-ness of life for a few days.

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Perfect Destination For: Thrill-seekers, Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Waterton AB | ~260 km south of Calgary / ~600 km south of Edmonton

Attractions: Hikes, Mountains, Waterfalls, Lakes

Stay: Day Trips/Weekend Trips


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Herbert Lake

Perfect Destination For: Fun-In-The-Sun/Relaxation Trips, Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Banff National Park | ~190 km north of Calgary / ~480 km south of Edmonton

Attractions: Swimming, Mountains/Hikes

Stay: Day Trips/Weekend Getaway


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Moraine Lake

Perfect Destination For: Thrill-seekers, Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Banff National Park | ~180 km west of Calgary / ~450 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Hikes, Mountains, Lakes

Stay: Day Trips


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Glacier Skywalk

Perfect Destination For: Thrill-seekers, Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Jasper National Park | ~315 km northwest of Calgary / ~460 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Mountains, Glaciers, Waterfalls

Stay: Day Trip


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Canmore

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Canmore, AB | ~104 km west of Calgary / ~390 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Exploring, Town of Canmore, Camping, Mountains/Hiking

Stay: Weekend Trip, Getaway


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Sylvan Lake Provincial Park

Perfect Destination For: Fun-In-The-Sun/Relaxation Trips

Where: Sylvan Lake | ~170 km north of Calgary / ~170 km south of Edmonton

Attractions: Swimming, Beach, Lakes

Stay: Day Trips/Weekend Getaway


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Hoodoos

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Drumheller | ~150 km east of Calgary / ~300 km south of Edmonton

Attractions: Exploring, Geological Structures

Stay: Day Trip


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Abraham Lake

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Clearwater County | ~350 km northwest of Calgary / ~340 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Skating, Under-ice bubbles, Hiking, Mountains

Stay: Day Trip


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Lesser Slave Lake

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Fun-In-The-Sun

Where: Clearwater County | ~660 km north of Calgary / ~370 km north of Edmonton

Attractions: Beach, Swimming, Fishing, Camping

Stay: Weekend Trip/Getaway


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Johnston Canyon

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Banff National Park | ~150 km west of Calgary / ~440 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Waterfall, Hike, Mountains

Stay: Day Trip


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Lake Louise

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Lake Louise | ~180 km west of Calgary / ~470 km southwest of Edmonton

Attractions: Resort, Hikes, Mountains

Stay: Day Trip, Weekend Trip, Getaway


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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Perfect Destination For: Fun-In-The-Sun/Relaxation Trips, Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Banff National Park | ~190 km north of Calgary / ~480 km south of Edmonton

Attractions: Swimming, Mountains/Hikes

Stay: Day Trips/Weekend Getaway


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Wood Buffalo National Park

Perfect Destination For: Outdoor Adventurers/Explorers

Where: Wood Buffalo | ~1600 km north of Calgary / ~1300 km north of Edmonton

Attractions: Canada's Largest National Park, Hikes, Mountains, Lake, Buffalo

Stay: Weekend Trip, Getaway

...Worth the trip.


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