Which Canadian province is home to the world’s first UFO landing pad, largest collection of complete dinosaur skeletons, and longest beaver dam?

If you don’t know that the answer to all of these claims is Alberta—read on! Kendra, who manages the social media for Select Medical Connections, was born and raised in Alberta, giving us excellent insight into the best parts of this beautiful province!

Stephen Avenue, Calgary Photo: Travel Alberta/Sean Thonson

When Alberta became a province in 1905, it was known for its rich soil and important economic role within the country. Today, Alberta is known for its rich culture and breathtaking natural beauty, both of which can be found throughout its various regions.

Every year, Select Medical Connections receives numerous Travel Nursing opportunities in Alberta for RNs that range across a wide variety of specialties. As we gear up for summer—which is one of the BEST times to visit the province—we wanted to share a few of our top reasons why you’ll fall in love with Alberta if you choose it as your next adventure destination.

West Edmonton Mall Waterpark Photo: Travel Alberta/Sean Thonson

Places To Go

Alberta has an incredible range of places to visit while travel nursing, whether you’re looking to fill up an afternoon or a few days off. Calgary is known for its small-town heart and big-city diversions, boasting street festivals, nightlife, and a work-hard/play-hard approach to life. If you haven’t been to the Calgary Stampede, you absolutely need to put it on your bucket list—there’s a reason it’s known as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!”

The province’s capital city, Edmonton, is known for its Folk Music Festival, which is recognized as one of the best in the world, and the largest Fringe Festival in North America. If you like to shop-til-you-drop, West Edmonton Mall is a prime destination for you—it is literally the size of a city!

Kananaskis Country
Photo: Travel Alberta/Sean Thonson

If you’re looking to escape urban life, the entire province offers gorgeous natural attractions for you to take in. Banff is Alberta’s most famous mountain town; full of historic charm and surrounded by the Rockies, you can take in the sights while enjoying a meal at a local brewpub or relaxing in the town’s hot springs. Jasper and Waterton are two of the province’s other much-loved mountain towns, boasting wildlife, lakes, history, restaurants, hiking trails, and stunning views.

No trip to Alberta is complete without a visit to the badlands. Drumheller is where you can see prehistoric dinosaur skeletons, twisting canyons, hoodoos, and an epic suspension bridge. This region is unlike any other in Canada—it is an absolute must-see!

Music Festival, Edmonton
Photo: Travel Alberta/Sean Thonson

Things To Do

Alberta has something for everyone. An outdoor adventure may include camping in the Rocky Mountains, whitewater rafting, glacier walking, horseback riding, fishing or golfing. You can even spend the night in an authentic tipi!

If you’re more interested in city life, take in live art and theatre performances year-round or visit one of the province’s many museums. Alberta’s zoos and sanctuaries also offer a close-up look at a wide variety of wildlife that you simply can’t miss! Finish the day with an incredible local meal, craft beer or ice cream cone, and it’ll be a trip you never forget.

Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
Photo: Travel Alberta/Sean Thonson

Interested in learning more about travel nursing in Alberta? When you fill out our short online application form, one of our Career Consultants will be in touch to help you design your dream life. Itching to talk to someone right away? Contact us now!

Vanessa, one of our very own Travel Nurses, adventuring while on contract in Alberta!