Let's face it, summer has officially ended. It's time to let go of those warmer months and dive right into fall with some exploring around the small towns in Alberta.

Alberta is home to tons of quirky, cute small towns that are just bursting with character and natural beauty. With the fall colours popping off, it's the perfect time of year to get out there and explore the province's small but stunning towns.

If you're not sure where to begin, don't you worry. We've rounded up seven of Alberta's small towns that you need on your fall bucket list this year. 

Alberta is unique because it has foothills, prairies, and mountains all in one. Exploring in Alberta might make you feel like you're entering a totally different province. It's the perfect way to leave your troubles behind and refresh on a quick day trip.

Below we've listed everything from bustling tourist destinations to secluded hidden gems. Luckily, tourist season is beginning to die down just in time for fall so you can explore without the massive crowds. You really can't go wrong with any of the towns on this list.

Whether you're looking to tick off that fall bucket list or go on some breathtaking Alberta hikes, this list will set you up for success.

Enjoy exploring these seven unique and beautiful small towns in Alberta. If you're looking to venture further next time, B.C. is also filled with small-town charm.

Waterton Park

Why You Need To Go: Mostly referred to as Waterton, this gorgeous mountain town is something everyone needs to see. With tons of wildlife, endless outdoor activities, and jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain views, this special place belongs on your Alberta small-town bucket list. 

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Sylvan Lake

Why You Need To Go: Sylvan Lake is one of Alberta's few towns that can be classified as a beach town. Located in Central Alberta, just west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake rests along a massive freshwater lake that's lined with coniferous trees that explode with colour every fall.

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Jasper

Why You Need To Go: You may have visited Jasper National Park, but have you ever ventured into the adorable little town it surrounds? If not, you absolutely should. The streets are lined with cult-favourite local businesses, the town is filled with outstanding fall colours, and the vibe is truly unique.

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Black Diamond

Why You Need To Go: If you're interested in a little country charm, Black Diamond is where you'll find it. Surrounded by acres and acres of farmland and gorgeous, winding roads, this little town is a must-see. Home to famous local businesses like Chuckwagon Café, it's the little step back in time that you didn't know you needed.

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Canmore

Why You Need To Go: This little Rocky Mountain town is nestled between Calgary and Banff. Filled with outdoor activities and vibrant local businesses, you need to spend some time here. From scenic walks to locally made goods, you're going to love it.

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Bragg Creek

Why You Need To Go: This tiny hamlet just west of Calgary is the perfect place to experience fall colours, explore outdoors, or treat yourself to a delicious meal or baked good at one of the local shops. With tons of beauty and character, Bragg Creek is the perfect getaway right in Calgary’s backyard. 

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Drumheller

Why You Need To Go: Drumheller is a small Albertan town just a couple hours northeast of Calgary. Home to the famous badlands and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, you'll feel like you've stepped into The Land Before Time. Rich with history and home to the world's largest dinosaur, it's definitely worth a day trip.

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