Alberta is Canada's fourth-largest province, bordered on the west by British Columbia, on the south by the state of Montana, on the east by Saskatchewan and on the north by the Northwest Territories. Summer or winter, its splendour and rich history makes it a fantastic destination for an RV road trip.
Alberta's contemporary cities are Edmonton (the capital) and sophisticated Calgary, both of which are ideal bases from which to rent a motorhome to begin your explorations.
Think of the raw and rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies, probably Alberta's most recognised geographical feature. But there’s also the prehistoric desert of the Alberta Badlands, where you can take your RV to unravel the mysteries of the dinosaurs.
You can also retrace the paths of the Plains Indians on their hunt for buffalo in your motorhome, stopping along the routes of the fur traders, whiskey smugglers and explorers who formed the Canadian version of the Wild West.
Alberta is home to no less than five National Parks for you to explore by RV: Banff, Elk Island, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, and Wood Buffalo. There are also several other options to check out as part of a motorhome road trip:
- Shop till you drop at West Edmonton Mall, the largest of its kind in the world.
- Calgary is home to the Calgary Stampede, a Wild West festival in July of rodeos, live music, turn-of-the-century exhibitions and an old-fashioned downtown parade.
- Banff, Jasper and the Lake Louise area offer champagne-powder slopes for arguably the world’s best skiing and most breathtaking scenery.
Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains are only 120km away and with its wide variety of attractions, events and exciting atmosphere within the city, Calgary is a fantastic base for your RV road trip from which to explore Alberta and beyond.
Calgary in Alberta is a city built on the oil industry, and is the home of the famous annual Calgary Stampede. The city serves as a launching point for trips into the Rocky Mountains and the skifields of Banff and Jasper, but is also a great place to visit in its own right. Set between foothills and prairies on the banks of the Bow River, it is an oasis of urbanity in the Canadian wilderness.
Most people who have heard of Edmonton before will have done so in reference to the famous West Edmonton Mall - a retail behemoth that has long worn the crown for largest shopping mall in North America. However, anyone who has traveled there knows that Edmonton is more than just a mall and the picturesque city has gained many fans in the RV community for its buzzing atmosphere and proximity to the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park.
Alberta is a province of big cities and smaller towns, oil and unpredictable weather, rich history and cowboys. One of the region's most famous events is the annual Calgary Stampede and it is also known for the immense West Edmonton Mall. Another interesting draw in the province is The Boomtown Trail, which can easily be accessed in large city centers like Edmonton or Calgary. Both of these cities have great RV rental depots that can provide the ideal vehicle to complete the Boomtown drive in. So what, exactly, is Boomtown? Read on to find out! Written by by Connie Limoncelli