Alberta outfitters decimated by COVID-19 restrictions, cost tourism industry billions

The COVID-19 pandemic, and associated travel restrictions and mass gathering bans, has hit tourism industries around the world hard, and Alberta is no exception. In Canada, total tourism spending is predicted to drop between 35 and 59 per cent from…

Coronavirus: What does Banff look like without international tourism?

Banff is all about tourism. In fact, almost its entire economy is tourism-based. “The Town of Banff‘s reason for being a municipality is to provide services to visitors to Banff National Park and to support residents who live here to…

Alberta tour operators prepare for a year of losses

Alberta’s tourism industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with international visits limited to only essential travel. Shelley Grollmuss, the vice-president of industry development with Travel Alberta, said that a recent survey of tour operators shows just how…

Chinese tourists cancel trips to Canadian hotspots such as Banff, Jasper, Yellowknife

Tour companies and hotels in destinations popular with Chinese tourists are starting to see cancellations after a new form of virus that has led to mass quarantines and 213 deaths in China. The virus comes from a large family of…

11 bridges lead visitors on a tour of Alberta’s coal mining past in Wayne

There’s something about the last few kilometres through a deep-sided canyon to the western ghost town of Wayne, Alta., that Edmonton motorcyclist Ron Woodford just can’t get enough of. The Harley-Davidson enthusiast got a taste for the road that follows…

Rocky Mountain House historic site a hub for adventure on eastern edge of Alberta’s Rockies

It’s off the beaten path with adventures ranging from viewing burly bison on the plains to hiking the stunning ridge of nearby Coliseum Mountain. Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, an archeological site that has remnants of early 19th century…

Travel Alberta suspends tourism marketing aimed at China amidst tensions

With deep tensions mounting between China and Canada, Travel Alberta has pulled its overseas marketing program aimed at attracting Chinese visitors to Alberta. The provincial marketing agency joined other Canadian agencies, including Explore BC and Destination Canada, in halting all…