The Best Little-Known Cities in Alberta

Small towns and hamlets are dotted throughout Canada’s magnificent landscapes. Visit one of Alberta’s greatest little towns while on your trip to the Canadian Rockies to take in the views of the mountains and prairies. Read on for the best little known cities in Alberta. 

Banff

Small towns and hamlets are dotted throughout Canada’s magnificent landscapes. Visit one of Alberta’s greatest little towns while on your trip to the Canadian Rockies to take in the views of the mountains and prairies. A gorgeous terraced garden with lovely flora and fauna as well as an Edwardian administration structure can be seen at Cascade of Time Gardens. You can simply explore the neighboring walking, simple hiking, and bike routes without a car (like the Marsh Loop and Vermillion lakes). You must live or work in the Bow Valley, as specified by Parks Canada residence criteria, in order to own a home in Banff. Banff is a pricey tourist destination, so having some money set aside before you come and when you start working is crucial. You can anticipate paying more for Banff Homes for Sale than you might be accustomed to depending on where you’re going from.

Canmore

Canmore is without a doubt our favorite town in Alberta. Canmore’s main street is lined with charming cafes and eateries, all of which provide picturesque mountain views. Walking and hiking on local trails like Policeman’s Creek and Grassi Lakes is one of folks favorite things to do in Canmore. The town itself is less busy and pedestrian-friendly than Banff town. The Canmore Nordic Provincial Centre is a well-known skiing facility that was built nearby originally for the 1988 Winter Olympics. In the event that all of the hotels in Banff are reserved during the busiest times of the year, Canmore is a fantastic alternative. Many absolutely adore the Falcon Crest Hotel, and it has long been the go-to destination for weekend getaways. The hotel offers you a warm welcome with breathtaking views of the Three Sisters Mountain range and on-site hot tub.

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Smoky Lake

Central Alberta has the town of Smoky Lake. Approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Edmonton, it is found on Highway 28. You should be aware that Smoky Lake and the surrounding area provide a ton of things to do given that it has a population of about 1000 people. Homesteaders first inhabited this small village in the late 1800s. Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site is close by. The annual Pumpkin Festival, which takes place in Smoky Lake every October, is well-known. 

Pincher Creek

A little community in southern Alberta is called Pincher Creek. You are greeted by magnificent green rolling hills and windmills everywhere as you draw closer to the municipal limits. The town is appropriately referred to as Canada’s “Wind Capital.” Wind energy projects are becoming more and more essential in the Pincher Creek area.

Cochrane

An industrial town called Cochrane can be found not far from Calgary. It is actually one of Alberta’s largest towns, with a population of 29,277. (along the Edmonton Calgary corridor). It was founded in 1881 and given the name Matthew Henry Cochrane in honor of a local rancher. The farms, homes nearby, and valley views will captivate you as you travel from Edmonton or Red Deer to Calgary or Banff. Rocky View County, which contains one of the largest outlet malls in the region, surrounds the town (CrossIron Mall).

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