Destination guide

Outdoor adventures in Alberta

Travelers are drawn to Alberta for its Rocky Mountain landscapes, sweeping icefields and sparkling lakes in perfect emerald shades that seem unreal. The Canadian province is packed with outdoor adventures in national parks, from hikes through mountainous terrain to lakefront fishing and whitewater rafting trips. But it also offers plenty of shopping, dining and cultural experiences in big cities such as Calgary and the capital, Edmonton. When the time comes to pick your Alberta vacation rental, you can choose urban accommodation for easy access to amenities, or opt for charming little resort towns like Banff and Canmore to be surrounded by a nature-filled haven.

Things to do

Uncovering Alberta's heritage and history

While you'll want to spend plenty of time outdoors in Alberta, enjoying the national parks and water sports, a host of city attractions in the province welcome history buffs, animal lovers and thrill seekers. With amusement areas, a zoo and a huge annual rodeo in summer, Calgary is a great hub for your Alberta vacation rental. The city's Heritage Park takes visitors back to the fur-trading era of the 1860s, with a working railway and more than 100 attractions, including a nature park, historic village and an auto museum, as well as shopping and rides.


Exploring Alberta's incredible landscapes

One of the best ways to discover the incredible landscapes in Alberta is with a drive along the Icefields Parkway, a 270-kilometer stretch of road along the Continental Divide between Lake Louise and the mountain village of Jasper. Along the way, the scenery is dotted with picturesque waterfalls, ancient glaciers, lush pine forests and turquoise lakes. You'll want to pull over for hikes in flower-filled meadows, rock climbing on cliffs and afternoon drinks at mountain-top teahouses. A number of companies offer sightseeing bus tours of the Parkway, but car rentals from Banff or Calgary make it easy to self-drive from the southern end as well.


Year-round activities in Alberta

With outdoor activities available in summer and winter, Alberta is a year-round destination. In winter, ski resorts in areas like Lake Louise open their slopes for snow-boarding and lakes freeze over, providing a picturesque winter wonderland ideal for sleigh rides and ice skating. The national parks are popular in the summer months, when everyone heads outside to enjoy sunny afternoons in the 70s, perfect for river rafting and hiking in shady forests. If you plan to visit in summer, be sure to reserve your Alberta vacation rental early, especially in national park hotspots like Banff that tend to fill up quickly.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Alberta

With everything from mountains and glaciers to rivers and lakes, there are endless places to connect with nature and wildlife in Alberta. Banff National Park and neighboring Jasper National Park, located along the Canadian Rockies in the west, are popular spots for hiking and wildlife encounters and are connected by the popular Icefields Parkway. Carve out some time for hikes along the glacier-fed Moraine and Peyto Lakes, whose reflective, turquoise waters make for postcard-worthy photographs. All sorts of creatures live in these parts, so be on the lookout for bighorn sheep, moose, reindeer and grizzly bears.

Can I find a vacation rental around Alberta?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,925 vacation rentals near Alberta. From 96 Cabins to 749 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alberta for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Alberta?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alberta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Canmore: 680 vacation rentals
  • Banff: 608 vacation rentals
  • Calgary: 667 vacation rentals
  • Edmonton: 310 vacation rentals
  • Copperstone Resort: 64 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Alberta! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Alberta?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alberta:

  • Canmore: 680 rentals
  • Banff: 608 rentals
  • Calgary: 667 rentals
  • Edmonton: 310 rentals
  • Mountain View: 22 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Alberta?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Alberta are:

  • Banff, AB (YBA): 669 vacation rentals
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC): 639 vacation rentals
  • Edmonton, AB (YED-Canadian Forces Base Edmonton): 293 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Alberta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Alberta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: 565 rentals
  • Canmore Caverns: 672 rentals
  • Banff National Park Information Centre: 669 rentals
  • West Edmonton Mall: 309 rentals
  • Sunshine Village: 605 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alberta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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