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PARKS For information or to book national park campsites, call 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783) or visit pccamping.ca and on-site park information centres. Information on provincial park events, attractions, and campsite reservations is available at albertaparks.ca. For information, also call the Parks Information Line at 1-866-427-3582. Campsite reservations are available by phone at 1-877-537-2757 or online at reserve.albertaparks.ca. The Alberta Campground Guide can be found at albertacampgroundguide.ca. ON THE HIGHWAYS Experience Alberta Road-trip your way to the sights and activities the world is talking about! D ig for dinosaur bones. Relax in natural mineral spring water. Walk across an icy glacier. “Live long and prosper" in Vulcan. Cowboy it up at a rodeo. These are just some of the things you can do in Alberta, and vacations here are filled with a variety of fun activities. Drive along the Icefields Parkway, where you can take a stroll on the glass-decked Glacier Skywalk for some stunning views of mountains and glaciers. Finding yourself in the middle of an Old West train robbery on an Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion Tour steam locomotive is similarly unforgettable. Also exciting is visiting the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Alberta, digging for dinosaur bones in Dinosaur Provincial Park, or learning to canoe in the wild boreal forest waters of Wood Buffalo National Park. Visitor activities are as endless and varied as Alberta’s geography. You could go from hiking backcountry trails to paddleboarding to flying in a helicopter all in one day. In the summer, farmers’ markets, powwows, rodeos, and a countless number of music and cultural festivals abound in towns big and small. Much of the fun is set against the province’s renowned geography, but Alberta’s urban events and attractions have multiplied and are bigger and better than ever. In Calgary, you might visit the past at the interactive attractions at Heritage Park Historical Village, then come back to contemporary times and enjoy a lively outdoor music festival. In Edmonton, you can appreciate major contemporary art exhibitions at Edmonton’s spectacular Art Gallery of Alberta, following that with a trip back to the time of the fur trade in Fort Edmonton Park and an evening sampling Alberta cuisine and craft beer in a 8 casual, contemporary restaurant. While you’re driving Alberta’s highways, the must-stop destinations are many. Here’s just a sample: drool over restored hotrods at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, visit a working immigrant village at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village outside Elk Island National Park, or immerse yourself in the traditions of the Blackfoot people at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Need a good road trip jam? Check out “Alberta Roads" by Calgary musician Amy Thiessen—it's the perfect driving tune. Then, take to the road with Our Alberta in hand, and discover for yourself the Alberta sights and experiences the world is talking about. Automobile passengers must wear seatbelts and motorcyclists must wear helmets. Speed limits are posted in kilometres (100 km/h = 62 mph). Gasoline is sold by the litre (4.5 litres = one gallon). For roadside assistance and highway conditions, call the Alberta Motor Association at 1-800-222-4357 or visit ama.ab.ca. FISHING & HUNTING For Alberta sport fishing information and regulations, call 1-877-944-0313 (toll free), or visit albertaregulations.ca/fishingregs. For Alberta hunting information and regulations, call 1-877-944-0313 or visit mywildalberta.com for more information. TAXATION Alberta has no provincial sales tax but does have a four per cent tourism levy and a five per cent federal tax (GST) on goods and services. OTHER TIPS & REGULATIONS Evening temperatures can fall quickly in mountain parks. Always carry warm clothing and, if camping, sleeping gear. The legal minimum age to purchase liquor and tobacco in Alberta is 18. When making a phone call, the area code is required. Alberta has three: 403 (Calgary and South), 780 (Edmonton and North), 587 and 825 (new phone numbers province-wide). Visitor Information Centres Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centres (VICs) are a great resource for current regional information. VICs are open from early-to-mid-May till September or October, seven days per week (Canmore VIC is open year round). CANMORE: South side of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 at west end of Canmore service road CROWSNEST PASS: South side of Crowsnest Hwy 3, eight km west of Coleman FIELD, BRITISH COLUMBIA: South side of Hwy 1 at the town entrance GRANDE PRAIRIE: Southeast side of Hwy 43 at the junction of 106 Street HINTON: South side of Hwy 16 in the commercial area LLOYDMINSTER: North side of Hwy 16, one km east of Lloydminster MILK RIVER: East side of Hwy 4, south of Milk River OYEN: Intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 41, north of Oyen WALSH: North side of Hwy 1, three km west of Saskatchewan border WEST GLACIER, MONTANA, USA: Junction of Hwy 2 and Going-to-the-Sun Road Regional information booths can also be found in most towns along major highways. In Calgary, find one at the base of the Calgary Tower (101 - 9 Ave SW) and in Edmonton at the Edmonton Welcome Centre (9797 Jasper Ave) and other spots. Pick up a copy of Where Magazine for local city information while in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, Banff, and Jasper. Also call 1-800-ALBERTA (252-3782), or visit travelalberta.com