Why millennials are flocking to Alberta

If cowboys, cattle and snowy slopes are all you know about Alberta it’s time to take another look at this province, which may just be home to some of Canada’s coolest winter time experiences. 

From high-octane fat biking adventures through perfect powder snow and soaking up the thriving ‘grain to glass’ craft beer and distillery scene, to seeing stars in a Dark Sky Preserve, it’s all waiting for you to discover.

Don’t Ski? No problem!

Alberta boasts some of the world’s most epic ski and winter sports destinations, at Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow even if you’re not a skier

Sure, Alberta boasts some of the world’s most epic ski and winter sports destinations, at Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, but don’t be put off by the idea of a winter sports holiday if you’re not a skier; there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow and Canadians have spent years perfecting the art of winter fun when the temperatures head below zero.

Fat Biking is the latest hot craze; so called because the bikes have ultra-wide tyres so that riders can navigate snow and icy conditions without slipping and skidding. Most resorts have Fat Biking trails which are kept groomed by local bikers; rent one and head out on an adventure you’ll never forget.

Try tubing for a totally effortless form of winter adventure, guaranteed to bring out the kid in any adult!

If bikes aren’t your thing, try a totally effortless form of winter adventure, tubing; guaranteed to bring out the kid in any adult! Tubes are large inflated rubber rings which you ‘ride’ to the top of a slope by way of a rope lift and then enjoy sailing back down again. Increase the speed by linking up with other tubers to have a group experience, hurtling down a 200m slope, shrieking with excitement all the way! The Acura Park in Calgary is Western Canada’s largest tubing park with nine lanes of super-steep slopes to conquer.

Starry, Starry Night

Alberta is home to some of the world’s largest dark sky preserves in Jasper and Wood Buffalo national parks. The lack of artificial light means you’ll be able to see the stars in their true twinkling beauty

Alberta is home to some of the world’s largest dark sky preserves in Jasper and Wood Buffalo national parks. The lack of artificial light means you’ll be able to see the stars in their true twinkling beauty. 

Throughout October Jasper hosts a Dark Sky Festival packed with fun events like starry sky yoga, symphony concerts under the stars and even guest appearances from celestial celebs such as Professor Brian Cox.

Throughout October Jasper hosts a Dark Sky Festival packed with fun events like starry sky yoga, symphony concerts under the stars and even guest appearances from celestial celebs such as Professor Brian Cox

Throughout October Jasper hosts a Dark Sky Festival packed with fun events like starry sky yoga, symphony concerts under the stars and even guest appearances from celestial celebs such as Professor Brian Cox

Those dark skies also usher in another of nature’s miracles: the aurora borealis. The shimmering curtains of light and shifting colours of green, yellow, purple and red can be seen best in the winter months when the skies are clear

Those dark skies also usher in another of nature’s miracles: the aurora borealis. The shimmering curtains of light and shifting colours of green, yellow, purple and red can be seen best in the winter months when the skies are clear

Those dark skies also usher in another of nature’s miracles; the aurora borealis. The shimmering curtains of light and shifting colours of green, yellow, purple and red can be seen best in the winter months when the skies are clear and the weather is crisp. 

Take a trip into Alberta’s north to catch the best lights with a guided tour heading out beyond Fort McMurray with Adventure Borealis and their Métis guides. By day, master the zen art of ice fishing; plenty of patience is required, along with a cooler full of beer, and a flask of piping hot coffee. Or maybe try an adrenaline-pumping bout of snowmobiling.

By day, master the zen art of ice fishing and by night, warm up with tasty bowls of steaming stew and velvety hot chocolate while listening to stories of local First Nations legends and learn how to best photograph the awe-inspiring aurora

By day, master the zen art of ice fishing and by night, warm up with tasty bowls of steaming stew and velvety hot chocolate while listening to stories of local First Nations legends and learn how to best photograph the awe-inspiring aurora

By night, warm up with tasty bowls of steaming stew and velvety hot chocolate while listening to stories of local First Nations legends and learn how to best photograph this stunning natural phenomenon.

Bright Lights, Cool Cities

If you’re looking to take a break from the snow and head indoors, then hip coffee roasteries, craft cocktail joints, stylish designer stores, and award-winning restaurants are just some of the treats you can expect in Alberta’s buzzing city hubs, Calgary and Edmonton.

Take a stroll through the Strathcona district in Edmonton where you can indulge in some stylish retail therapy

Take a stroll through the Strathcona district in Edmonton where you can indulge in some stylish retail therapy

Foodies can enjoy delicious Southern-inspired BBQ at the aptly-named MEAT where you can chow down on vast platters of brisket, pulled pork and luscious apple-glazed smoked chicken

Foodies can enjoy delicious Southern-inspired BBQ at the aptly-named MEAT where you can chow down on vast platters of brisket, pulled pork and luscious apple-glazed smoked chicken

Try Edmonton’s Strathcona district for Southern-inspired BBQ at the aptly-named MEAT where you can chow down on vast platters of brisket, pulled pork and luscious apple-glazed smoked chicken. Wash it all down with bourbon-spiked Kentucky Mule and a ‘pickleback’ shot of pickle brine. Try unique cocktail creations at North 53 like the Smoke and Oak, a twist on an Old Fashioned with smoked maple syrup and oaked gin.

 Over in Calgary, discover why the dining scene is currently one of Canada’s most innovative at Deane House

 Over in Calgary, discover why the dining scene is currently one of Canada’s most innovative at Deane House

Try unique cocktail creations like the Smoke and Oak, a twist on an Old Fashioned with smoked maple syrup and oaked gin, at the chic North 53

Try unique cocktail creations like the Smoke and Oak, a twist on an Old Fashioned with smoked maple syrup and oaked gin, at the chic North 53

You may not expect one of Canada’s most creative bakeries to be in Edmonton, but the famous Duchess Bake Shop certainly knocks it out of the park when it comes to whipping up unexpected—and delicious—creations. Chow down on sour cream and cherry pies, Black Forest croissants or raspberry-vanilla Madeleines in its beautiful French-inspired café, then hit up the neighbouring retail outlet to stock up on treats you never knew you wanted —but now absolutely need!­—such as jars of the house-made salt caramel, chocolate bars from around the world, and tins of delicate Fleurie-blend tea.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local brews, like those made at the Tool Shed Brewery

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local brews, like those made at the Tool Shed Brewery

Over in Calgary, discover why the dining scene is currently one of Canada’s most innovative at Deane House, the newly-opened sister restaurant to the famous River Café. Taste the best from Canada’s regions in every bite from the prairie-grown red fife sourdough bread to local wild boar. Five minutes walk away, hit up hipster haven, The Livery where you’ll find local designers Camp Brand Goods and their super-soft casual classics, designed to be worn in style around the campfire, jewellery from locals Coutu Kitsch, and all the Mason Jar accessories your heart could desire!

Don’t miss out on the local flavour of craft distilleries such as Eau Claire, just south of Calgary

Don’t miss out on the local flavour of craft distilleries such as Eau Claire, just south of Calgary

No matter whether you’re in the big city or warming your toes by the fire in a cosy mountain lodge, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to local brews, as Alberta is riding a wave of craft breweries and distilleries. Look out for Edmonton’s Alley Kat, and Calgary’s Tool Shed Brewing, or just ask what the locals’ top picks are and prepare to meet your new favourite beer! 

And don’t miss out on the local flavour of craft distilleries such as Eau Claire, just south of Calgary; pop by to enjoy one of its ‘Teapot cocktails’ made with Parlour Gin or Equinox – the local prickly pear cactus liqueur – and say ‘cheers!’ to Alberta.

 






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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