The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List: 100 Adventures to Truly Experience Alberta
Updated: Sep 19, 2021
I know just how lucky I am to have been born and raised in Alberta, one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse regions in all of North America. My home province has some of the most stunning scenery you'll find not just in Canada, but around the world, no matter what season we're in. But, despite this, there is so much of Alberta that I have never experienced, and that's just not acceptable.
I decided to put together "The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List," so that anyone who is interested can use it as a guide to experience the best of what our province has to offer. But also as a way to motivate MYSELF to see and do more in my very own backyard, one sprawling with lush boreal forests, picturesque mountaintops, epic badlands, and legendary lake views.
This "bucket list" is not perfect, of course, as I've listed off a limited amount of entries (100), but I feel like I've (hopefully) captured the true essence of Alberta in all its glory. There will be omissions, of course, because this list would be endless if I tried to include EVERYthing there is to see and do here! So, as impossible a task as it was, I had to narrow the list down to what you see below (in NO particular order).
And I purposely left certain experiences off of this list for any number of reasons. For example, I did not include trying any local meat dishes, even though Alberta is famous for its beef and bison, because there are a lot of people who don't eat meat. I also didn't want to fill this list out with a bunch of expensive encounters (for obvious reasons), though there are some entries that are a bit on the pricey side. And although there are going to be a number of these experiences that will be difficult or even impossible for some people with disabilities to participate in, I tried to be as inclusive as possible.
I know there are going to be a lot of upset Albertans who feel like I should have included this or that, but I believe I found a good balance of our province's natural resources, man-made experiences, and Indigenous roots. I would be honoured if YOU decided to take on this bucket list and challenge yourself to the ultimate Alberta adventure. In fact, to make it easier, I made a downloadable PDF that you can print off and then check off as you go, if you like.
For any of you who do choose to take on "The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List," please share your experiences here or on social media, and feel free to use the hashtag #ultimateABbucketlist. Happy adventures!!
~ The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List ~ 1. Canoe or skate on Moraine Lake 2. Attend the Edmonton Fringe Festival 3. Visit the Drumheller Hoodoos 4. Go to the top of the Calgary Tower 5. Play at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm 6. Experience the Aurora Borealis 7. Try green onion cakes 8. Have tea at the Lake Agnes Tea House 9. Explore Cave & Basin National Historic Site
10. Selfie with the Vegreville Pysanka/Easter Egg 11. Raft in the Athabasca River/Falls 12. Attend a local powwow 13. Shop the St. Albert Farmers' Market 14. Experience Columbia Icefield Adventure 15. Gaze at the stars of Jasper Dark Sky Preserve 16. Try homemade perogies 17. Camp at one of Alberta's 600+ lakes 18. Explore West Edmonton Mall 19. Spot bison at Elk Island Park 20. Selfie with Glendon's Giant Perogy 21. Hike the Sulphur Gates of Grande Cache 22. Float down the Pembina River in Entwistle 23. Tour "haunted" Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel 24. Visit Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park 25. Explore Jurassic Forest near Gibbons 26. Stroll the UofA Botanic Garden 27. Explore the Scandinavian Trail 28. Traverse the Muttart Conservatory 29. Visit Calgary's National Music Centre 30. Selfie with Vulcan's Starship Enterprise 31. Embark on a "prairie safari" 32. Eat at one of Alberta's "BEST" restaurants 33. Relax on the beaches of Sylvan Lake 34. Have drinks at Wayne's Last Chance Saloon 35. Scuba dive or kayak in Lake Minnewanka 36. Participate in an Alberta Polar Plunge 37. Book a Rocky Mountaineer train ride 38. Photograph an Albertan grain elevator 39. Take the UofA's free Indigenous Canada Course 40. Selfie in a canola field 41. Visit the Calgary Zoo 42. Experience the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage 43. Tour East Coulee's Atlas Coal Mine 44. Go fishing in the Bow or North Saskatchewan 45. See a local artist at a local venue 46. Picnic in Edmonton or Calgary river valley 47. Check out Heritage Park Historical Village 48. Visit Cochrane's Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary 49. Cross the Jasper Skywalk 50. Self with the Lethbridge High Level Bridge 51. Take an alpine helicopter tour 52. Play at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park 53. Try at least 5 Alberta-made beers 54. Stroll the Maligne Canyon 55. Check out the Art Gallery of Alberta 56. Visit the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum 57. Explore the Frank Slide 58. Attend a pro sports game 59. Visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre 60. Selfie with St. Paul's UFO Landing Pad
61. Tour the Ice Castle of Edmonton 62. Walk across Calgary's Peace Bridge 63. Hike at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park 64. Explore Rat's Nest Cave in Canmore 65. Zipline across Kicking Horse River 66. Try authentic Taber corn 67. Sight-see in Peyto Lake 68. Visit Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump 69. Experience ice bubbles of Abraham Lake 70. Selfie with Drumheller's giant T-Rex 71. Visit the Royal Alberta Museum 72. Explore Johnston Canyon 73. Road trip to an Alberta ghost town 74. Climb the Ha Ling Peak 75. Try Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions 76. Attend the Calgary Stampede 77. Sip high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel 78. Shop Old Strathcona Farmers' Market 79. Hike in Wood Buffalo National Park 80. Selfie with Mundare's giant sausage 81. Visit the Alberta Legislature Building 82. Admire the Crescent Falls 83. Go horseback riding 84. Make your own bannock 85. Dip in the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper 86. Participate in a winter sport/activity 87. See Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village 88. Stroll the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 89. Photograph the wild horses of Alberta 90. Selfie with Medicine Hat's Saamis Teepee 91. Visit one of the dinosaur museums 92. Drive the Icefields Parkway 93. Hike or cycle the Crypt Lake Trail 94. Check out Fort Edmonton Park 95. Watch the sunset/sunrise at Lake Louise 96. Pamper yourself at Kananaskis Nordic Spa 97. Trek the Dinosaur Trail 98. Ride the Jasper Skytram or Banff Gondola 99. Pit stop at Gasoline Alley 100. Listen to the "Ultimate Alberta Playlist"