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Top 5 Hidden Gems in Alberta

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In life sometimes we want to search for the unexpected. Now we all know about Alberta’s natural beauty, its most famous lakes, parks etc. However, what does not get discussed as often are the hidden gems of the province. These experiences, when you have them, feel uniquely yours.

Here are our top five hidden gems that you can find in Alberta. 



World Largest Beaver Dam

Found in Canada’s largest natural park  (Wood Buffalo National Park) is the world’s largest beaver dam. The dam is so damn large that it is visible from space in satellite images. The damn is almost 800 meters long from end to end, its surface area is approximately 70,000 square meters and has formed a pond of 70,000 cubic meters of water. 


# 2

Canmore Cave Tour

The Canmore cave is found in, you guessed it, the city of Canmore. Go to Canmore if you’d like to experience their classic tour of the Rats Nest Cave. The Cave is under the Grotto mountain near Banff and Canmore.



Writing On Stone Provincial Park

In our article on the best Alberta lakes, we also talked about some great parks. Here’s another great park that is around 44 km away from Lethbridge and is also close to the Milk River. The park is one of the largest protected prairies in the Alberta park system. In July 2019 the site was also inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why? Because the park is believed to have rock carvings and paintings made by first nations tribes, most likely the Blackfoot tribe. 



Quarry Lake

Quarry Lake and park is a natural area just off of Spray Lakes road in the town of Canmore. The Lake is located in Quarry Lake Park which is a joint project set up by the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation and the Town of Canmore.  The lake and its surrounding area have amenities such as picnic tables, grass lawns, benches, walking trails, sightseeing benches and a dog park. 



Hoodoos Trail 

Located in Drumheller, Alberta you can find this spectacular 10 km (both ways) trail. The trail has a gradual elevation of 90 metres and hosts Hoodoos, tall thin spires of rock that are around 5 to 7 meters tall and take millions of years to form. 

That’s all from us! We hope you visit these more unexpected attractions on your next trip to Alberta. Comment down below and let us know what’s your favourite hidden gem in Alberta.


Image Attribution: Matthias Süßen, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
Blog post written by Shariq Babar
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