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southern alberta

Off the Beaten Path: Waterton Lakes National Park

By Alina Seagal

Waterton Lakes National Park (Photo: Alina Seagal)

Next time you want to hit an Alberta national park, think outside Banff or Jasper. Discover Waterton Lakes National Park, a four-hour drive through Kananaskis Country and wide-open prairies south of Calgary. (more…)

Inside the Piikani Nation Powwow

By ALINA SEAGAL

Photo: Alina Seagal

The Piikani First Nation is a small reserve in the corner of southern Alberta. In the wide-open Prairies countryside between Lethbridge and Waterton Lakes National Park, it’s no prime tourist destination, but thousands flock to it for the annual powwow. (more…)

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Southern Alberta

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Skies in the Alberta Prairies need no embellishment, and this image of the UNESCO World Heritage site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (where Northern Plains people once rushed bison off a cliff in a form of subsistence hunting) captures perfectly the awesome vastness of plains and wild blue yonder in this part of Canada. The cluster of tipis add a layer of interest to the image and provides scale. Plus, they firmly anchor you in this part of the country, where native heritage is as much a part of the landscape as the “wild West” cowboy culture. (more…)

Little City in the Prairies: Lethbridge, Alberta

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (Photo: Travel Alberta)

By Laura Pellerine

You can almost imagine outlaw whiskey traders wandering through the streets of this former frontier town in southern Alberta, about a two-hour drive south of Calgary. (more…)

Southern Alberta Skies

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers. Share your adventures by joining our Flickr Group so we can easily find you. We’ll credit you and link to your photo. If you have a particular theme you’d like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by Cody James

Why we chose it: Ever wonder what the fuss is about prairie skies? Calgary-based photographer Cody James removes the guesswork with his series of stirring photos of Alberta landscapes. The sky itself is a masterpiece, but it’s no easy feat to capture all of the nuances in those windswept clouds, the rays of light that illuminate the fields, and a sense of how quickly prairie storms roll in. Ominous conditions to be sure, but they make for excellent light!