Top 8 Indigenous Owned Travel Experiences in Alberta

by Emese Graham
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Alberta’s beautiful national parks, fun cities, and extraordinary wildlife rival the best travel destinations in the world! While you’re exploring closer to home with homegrown holidays, you can support Indigenous travel business owners at the same time.

Please abide by provincial and local health & safety rules, including those specific to the reserves or communities which you’re visiting. Remember, we’re here to help! Talk to a Travel Expert today to find car rentals, flights with flexible booking conditions, and get tips for planning your trip.

Now on to our favourite First Nations and Metis-owned travel experiences!

Trips Close to Calgary

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1. Stay at Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp

Known as “Alberta’s best tip camp”, Buffalo Rock pairs a unique camping experience with immersive and educational tours like hiking, sweet grass harvesting, and Blackfoot language lessons. Located on the Piikani Nation Reserve, their outdoor getaways are perfect for travellers with kids.

2. Go Backcountry Camping in Kananaskis with Zúc’mn Guiding

Follow Tim Patterson of the Lower Nicola Indian Band (the Nłeʔkepmxc Nation) into Kananaskis country on a guided tour that’s ideal for solo travellers, couples, and small groups. Hike or snowshoe your way to each campground and learn about Indigenous Ways of Knowing as you take in the gorgeous views and fresh air.

3. Enjoy a Wild West Badlands Tour

Your tour guides will pick you up from YYC airport or your Drumheller accommodations and whisk you away on a fun tour of the Canadian Badlands. Explore the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Horse Thief canyon, Drumheller hoodoos, Rosedale suspension bridge, world’s largest dinosaur and more.

Trips Close to Red Deer

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4. Discover Nordegg with Talking Rock Tours

On a tour with founder, Keith Diakiw, the options are pretty much endless! Experience Nordegg by alpine trail, suspension bridge, and even helicopter as you spot wildlife and waterfalls along the way. Finish off your tour with an overnight stay in a comfortable quality hotel.

5. Embark on a Western Wilderness Adventure

Head out to Black Mountain for an entertaining getaway in the rustic cabins and bunkhouses. Play horseshoes and volleyball, rent out the cookhouse, and even learn to pan for gold! From canoeing to mountain biking to searching for Sasquatch, there won’t be a dull moment.

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Trips Close to Edmonton

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6. Explore Jasper with Horseback Adventures

You’ve never seen Jasper National Park like this before! Get in the saddle and ride your way to your cozy cabin in Solomon Creek or book a relaxing yoga retreat, complete with scenic trail rides.

7. Go Glamping at Kikino Silver Birch Resort & Campground

Enjoy the comforts of home and the magic of Whitefish Lake with a family glamping trip. Take your pick from campgrounds, log cabins, or fully outfitted lodges on this beautiful resort owned by the Kikino Métis Settlement. Beaches, boats, fishing, and four-wheeler trails await!

8. Waterfront Harbour B&B

Rent by the room for a cute weekend getaway or book out the whole inn (up to 14 persons) for a fun gathering at the lake. This welcoming B&B is just around the corner from Cold Lake’s best parks and attractions and serves up some of the tastiest and beautifully served breakfasts you’ll ever devour.

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