Who says you need to travel far for a tropical vacation? There are tons of cute spots right here in Alberta that'll make you feel like you’re on a hot and spicy getaway for a fraction of the cost. We've rounded up an epic list of tropical places around Alberta that you need to hit up before it starts to snow. You can thank us later. 

Alberta has some amazing natural wonders and they're begging to be explored. 

From hidden beaches to mystical waterfalls, this province has it all which means you won’t have to travel far for some iconic sights. 

We suggest skipping the air travel and opting for a more intimate road trip. 

Altogether, we found nine destinations around Alberta that basically scream "tropical vacay."

Each place offers something unique and you're bound to find that perfect location for you. 

Can't decide on a spot? Treat this as your end of summer bucket list. 

You'll be glad you did. 

Taylor Lake 

Address: Taylor Lake, Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: We recommend camping at this stunning location. Taylor Lake is so clear that you can see right to the bottom and the best thing is that you can camp right in front of it. Imagine waking up to this every morning. 


Horseshoe Lake 

Address: Jasper, AB

Why You Need To Go: You’ll need to go on a short hike to get to this spot but it's worth it. The turquoise-green lake is inviting and secluded. Bring a picnic and a bathing suit and you’re set for the day. 


Tropical Calgary

Address: 1424 17 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This bar is all about bringing the vacation to you. Skip the flights and head to this bar to enjoy some juicy cocktails, Latin American snacks, and some of the best music in town. It’s a vacation at a fraction of the cost.


Elbow Lake & Edworthy Falls 

Address: Kananaskis Trail, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: A 9.7-kilometre hike will take you to a tropical oasis that has some of the most crystal clear water ever. There’s even a secret waterfall in the area so keep your eyes, and your ears, peeled. 


Kinosoo Beach 

Address: 1815 1 Ave., Cold Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: This beach has some of the softest sand in the province. The water is incredibly clear and it's practically calling for you to jump in. 


Ram Falls 

Address: Ram Falls Provincial Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This one-kilometre hike will take you to a massive misty waterfall. Between the water and the lush surrounding forest, it’ll feel like you’re in a tropical rainforest. 


Ma Me O Beach

Address: Ma Me O Beach, Pigeon Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: White sand beach, clear water, and sun, what more could you need? Sitting on this beach for the afternoon will make you feel like you’re on a beach far away from Alberta. It’s worth the trip, just trust us. 


Sheep River Falls 

Address: Kananaskis Improvement District, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you like waterfalls then this is for you. We suggest taking the day to explore this area. It’s a super short and simple hike that leads you away to a stunning secluded waterfall. 


Kakwa Windland Provincial Park 

Address: Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park, AB-666, Grovedale, AB

Why You Need To Go: This waterfall is a staggering 30 metres high. This natural wonder is a must-visit when you get the chance. And on a hot summer day, the mist from the falls feels incredibly refreshing. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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