A Budget Friendly Alberta Travel Guide!
"Nature is cheaper than therapy"
Yes, with this post I am going on a tangent with respect to the theme of my posts. However, that’s the fun part of being a hobby blogger…you are not bound to a particular niche! My husband and I have traveled/explored quite a bit last summer with our most memorable international travel being our honeymoon for which we went to Bali! I plan on writing a detailed travel guide to Bali for all our friends trying to decide a honeymoon spot!
For this summer though, if you enjoy nature and are confused about a vacation destination, I highly recommend Alberta!
Let’s go to Alberta! But first…just kidding.
I would like to thank you for dropping by again and exerting yourself each time with all the words on my posts! I have received a handful of comments both approving and disapproving in nature, both of which I am thankful for! One of the comments I received was that I include “way too many words and not many photos”. Hence, for this post as well as all the future posts, I will try to include more visuals!
Let’s go to Alberta a.k.a. the heart of Canada!
Length of the trip: August 24th – September 4th. I spent the first bit of the trip with family until my husband joined me on August 29th.
How we traveled: For the period of time we were in Alberta, my husband and I rented a car. We picked up our rental straight from the airport which, in my opinion is the best thing to do when renting a car.
Last year was Canada’s 150th birthday so; we had free parking at all National Parks in Canada!
Where we stayed: Initially, we had planned to camp at the National Parks however, due to wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta; there was a fire ban at all parks. Temperatures dipped close to zero Celsius after sunset which would’ve made it impossible for us to camp without a campfire.
For the first bit of the trip, I stayed at my cousin Kedar's house in Calgary after which we stayed in a super trendy Airbnb suit in SW Calgary. Check out Andy’s suit here.
Money saver: we generally don’t spend a fortune on residence (with the exception of our honeymoon obviously) when we travel, because we only go there to sleep for a few hours after a long touristy day. We avoid high-end hotels and rent Airbnb with a kitchen where we cook our own food!
Our last few days, we lodged at the Athabasca Inn which again was a decent option for the days you visit Jasper National Park. For adventurous and single souls, there are countless, affordable hostels that you can try! Email me or leave me a comment if you like information about hostels. I will forward your questions to my brother in-law who knows all the dos and don’ts of hostels!
Where we ate: Alberta and specifically the National Parks had almost all the generic restaurants and coffee shops like McDonalds, Starbucks, Pizza Pizza, Subway and Burger King etc.
One Indian fast-food restaurant that I LOVED and went to multiple times was Royal Paan in Calgary. No (I know what you are thinking), it was nothing compared to Royal Pan in Ontario. Another Indian restaurant we tried and highly recommend is called Tamarind.
Places we visited: Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier (check out a video of me drinking fresh glacier water below), Edmonton Mall, Glacier Skywalk, Waterton Park, Maligne Lake. Below are the details of all the places.
Emerald Lake. Photos by SLRInfinity.
Waterton Lakes National Park
This national site was not your typical Alberta destination. Luckily, we were able to experience this beauty thanks to my local Albertan cousin Kedar! The flat prairies meet the great Canadian Rockies at this location!
On our way to Waterton Lakes National Park, we visited Pincher Creek which is again a very well hidden gem!
Cameron Lake is tucked beneath the Continental Divide at the three-way meeting point of Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.
Fun fact: Grizzly bears are known to frequent this lake. Spotting bears was like cherry on the cake! Other wilds were equally as captivating as bears though. Check out the elk we spotted!
Red Rock Canyon
Half the beauty of this red canyon is in getting there: the 15km drive along Red Rock Parkway through Blakiston Valley had spectacular views of grassy plains and the Rockies!
Banff and Jasper National Parks