Posted on Aug 1, 2016
I hope everybody has been enjoying this fantastic summer! It’s been a pleasure to connect with the communities in Calgary-Buffalo at barbeques, yard sales, outdoor concerts and markets while enjoying this great weather. Now that the dust has settled on another successful Calgary Stampede, I know a lot of people are looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the inner-city and appreciate the beauty of Alberta’s foothills and mountains. The tranquility of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains is one of our provinces greatest assets, and I hope that many of you are able to experience some time away over in the coming months to appreciate Alberta’s awesome natural beauty.
The Government of Alberta has taken steps to make travelling and touring Alberta easier, a useful starting point is the Official Alberta Travel Planner found online at www.travelalberta.com/ca/plan-your-trip/vacation-guides/. You can also speak to a travel specialist by calling 1-800-ALBERTA (2523782). Whether it’s a day-hike, taking in a delicious meal in Banff, or driving north to camp in the lush Boreal forest, there are exhilarating outdoor opportunities available for people from all walks of life. If you and your family or friends plan to go camping this summer, the Government of Alberta processes provincial park campsite reservations online at: http://reserve.albertaparks.ca. Travel Alberta works to make your planning experience as stress-free as possible so that you can relax and enjoy your summer time off!
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism supports the development and sustainability of Alberta’s cultural industries, tourism, the arts, recreation and sport, heritage and nonprofit/voluntary sector. In 2013 Alberta received 34.3 million tourism visits, with the tourism industry sustaining more than 127,000 jobs in our province. The Calgary and area region accounts for the highest share of overall area of visitor spending at 30% of an $8.2 billion industry. The tourism industry accounts for about 3% of Alberta’s Gross Domestic Product, with about 19,000 tourism-related businesses in the province.
Alberta Culture and Tourism offers an easy-to-use Experience Alberta’s History pass that gives you unlimited admission to a network of provincial historic sites and museums for a full year. With this pass you can take in 125 years of wedding fashion at the historic Lougheed House at 707 13th Avenue in Beltline, excavate dinosaur fossils at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, and explore the Brooks Aqueduct. Passes and more information is available by calling 310-0000.