Souvenirs from Alberta
Set deep in the heart of Canada's west, Alberta is Canada's outdoor playground. From the cowboy culture of Calgary to Edmonton's art scene, from the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the sweeping Plains regions, you'll find just about everything in Alberta. Celebrate your trip to this amazing province with T-shirts, fridge magnets, souvenir plates, and key rings depicting some of the area's famous sights. A souvenir emblazoned with the provincial flag, which depicts some of the province's most iconic landscapes in bold colours of red, blue, and gold makes an especially memorable memento. Also popular are keepsakes depicting the province's Rocky Mountains, its incredible wildlife, or its striking cityscapes. There's so much to do in Alberta, and you'll want to remember it all!
Alberta's Amazing National Parks
Alberta is particularly famous for its national park system, which keeps some of the world's most dramatic landscapes unspoiled and pristine. Banff National Park, just a short drive from Calgary, is a land of mountains, caves, and famous hot springs. Nestled at the base of the mountains are the towns of Lake Louise and Banff, which offer a lively ski culture, a fabulous restaurant scene, and luxurious accommodations for guests. Themed ski apparel, miniatures or toys depicting the elk that roam the park, or framed photographs of alpine peaks are great souvenirs from Banff. Between Calgary and Edmonton, Jasper National Park is another Rocky Mountain treasure. Within the park, you'll find Patricia Lake, a popular diving destination. Divers flock to the lake to view the wreck of a World War II-era aircraft carrier wreck - which was made completely of ice! Sculptures and magnets depicting the doomed experiment are fun mementoes. Meanwhile, visitors to Dinosaur Provincial Park visit to view (you guessed it!) dinosaur bones that were discovered here. Located in Alberta's badlands region, the park has yielded dinosaur fossils that grace museums all over the world. Be sure to pick up some dinosaur books, toys, or even your own dinosaur bone before heading home!
Calgary combines Wild West ruggedness with big city sophistication, a heady combination indeed! On a visit to Calgary, you can hike the Rockies one day, take in wildflowers on the Prairies the next, and spend nights enjoying the city's top-notch dining and entertainment. Home to the world's biggest rodeo, the annual Calgary Stampede, this is a city that knows how to celebrate. During the Stampede, the city turns into one big party, with locals and visitors joining in the 24-hour-a-day fun. Belt buckles, cowboy hats, and miniature wagons and cowboys are popular mementoes from this boisterous event. Calgary was also the proud host of the 1988 Winter Olympics. On a visit to the still-operational Olympic site, visitors can ice skate and even ride a bobsled! Olympic-themed T-shirts, key rings, and other souvenirs are widely available for purchase. If you want to find even more unique keepsakes, the city's elegant shopping district is a great place to spend a day, collecting clothing, jewelry, and other souvenirs from Calgary.
Edmonton, the Festival City
Located in the heart of Alberta's Prairie region, Edmonton has a bustling economy, lively nightlife, and friendly people. It is known as the "Festival City" because it hosts over 30 festivals throughout the year. Whatever your interests, you can find a festival that seems made just for you. Get out, wander, and take in all this city has to offer, collecting souvenir handcrafts, art, and clothing along the way. Edmonton is also a city of extremes, boasting both the biggest stretch of urban parkland in North America and the continent's biggest mall! Why not let the weather decide which you will visit? Either way, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and, of course, a camera. Bike, hike, or skate along the miles of parkland pathways, or browse over 800 shops at the West Edmonton Mall. The mall also offers a water park, theatres, a skating rink, a hotel, museum exhibits, and the world's biggest indoor amusement park. Watch dolphins swim at the mall's marine park or take in a movie. The number one activity, though, is shopping - browse designer clothing and accessories as well as souvenirs depicting this dynamic city.
Health and Wellness in Alberta
For those interested in keeping active and staying healthy, Alberta is a prime destination. Its myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, incredible cuisine, natural hot springs, and world-class spas are heaven for those in need of a time out. Skiing, snowshoeing, and skating are perfect winter fitness activities, while the summer months offer hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping opportunities galore. Fitness gear emblazoned with Alberta's flag or provincial destinations will remind you to keep up the healthy lifestyle after your return home. Alberta is a prime grower of beef and has excellent fisheries and farmland, so after breaking a sweat, you can nourish yourself with organic local food. Miette, Radium, and Banff Upper Hot Springs are unique places to relax, rewind, and recharge amid the beauty of the Rockies. For even more pampering, head to one of the many world-class spas in Banff, Calgary, or Edmonton for some serious star treatment. Before you leave, collect natural mineral salts from Alberta or spa's secret treatment serums so that you can continue the pampering at home!
There's Even More to Alberta!
- Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population of over one million people. Souvenirs bearing the phrase "Edmonton, Population One Million" testify to Edmontonians' pride in their city.
- There are no rats in Alberta! You'll have to find a different cuddly toy keepsake - an elk, perhaps?
- Alberta's motto is "Wild Rose Country." Celebrate Alberta with souvenirs depicting the beautiful state flower.
- Alberta is famous for its glaciers. Many national parks have vending machines that dispense pure glacier water.
- At the Calgary Stampede, over 200,000 free pancakes are distributed every year! They don't travel well, so make your pancake breakfast, not a souvenir.