From historic buildings and charming shops to bright golden larch trees and crisp-air hikes, there’s nothing better than Wild Rose Country in the Autumn. This fall, take a walk, go for a coffee, or enjoy a quiet night away at one of the many small towns in Alberta and fully immerse yourself in the magic of sweater weather.

Here are 6 you can visit this season.



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Best known for its Royal Tyrrell Museum, hoodoos and desert views, Drumheller is an incredible destination in the Fall – especially if you’re into dinosaurs. In fact, they have the largest t-rex in the world in addition to some beautiful hikes, trees and fun little shops.

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 135.2 km
Distance from Edmonton: 280.2 km

Sylvan Lake 

No matter the season, Sylvan Lake has all the makings for a perfect day trip or weekend away – but in the fall, it’s extra special. This popular spot is only about an hour and a half outside of Calgary and Edmonton, and is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat, browse quaint little shops, or hit their iconic ice cream shop.

Where: See directions here
Distance from Calgary: 159.5 km
Distance from Edmonton: 162.6 km



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Restaurants, hiking trails, waterfalls and fresh mountain air. The Town of Canmore is incredible all year round, but it’s something else when the trees are golden and the sun is shining. Don’t believe us? Check it out mid to late September.

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 104 km
Distance from Edmonton: 390 km


When Autumn blows in, Waterton is another magical spot for sightseeing or a relaxing weekend away. Our advice? Visit Red Rock Canyon, go for a hike or grab a bite to eat in town. There’s plenty to do this fall!

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 271 km
Distance from Edmonton: 562 km



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“A small town with a big feeling in the heart of a stunning valley,” Canmore has a ton of western-themed bars and restaurants, fun shops and plenty of trees and rolling hills. Here, you can grab a bite to eat, wander hiking trails or visit the lake and have a picnic.

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 36.5 km
Distance from Edmonton: 316 km



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If you know, you know! For locals, Banff is a year-round wonderland with mountains, a beautiful town, a magical gondola and stunning blue water. There’s really nothing like it.

Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 127 km
Distance from Edmonton: 414 km

And there you have it, 6 of the prettiest small towns in Alberta to visit this fall. Enjoy and don’t forget to tag us in your photos!