Alberta features a variety of distinct historic sites, 18 of which are officially recognized and preserved by the Alberta government. Provincial historic sites in Alberta include the following:
-Father Lacumbe Chapel
-Fort George and Buckingham House
-Remington Carriage Museum
-Royal Alberta Museum
-Turner Valley Gas Plant
-Carmangay Tipi Rings
-Oil Sands Discovery Centre
-Royal Tyrrell Museum
Other prominent historic sites can be found in Calgary, a city best known for hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics. A favorite historical attraction here is Fort Calgary, which features the Deane house, several log cabins and large historic windmill.
Parks and Recreation
Alberta is the home of a variety of natural landscapes, which are preserved in several local ecological reserves, wildnerness areas, provincial parks, heritage rangelands and recreation areas. one favorite, Willmore Wilderness Park features diverse wildlife, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears and caribou. The Rocky Mountains provide recreational opportunities for hikers, backpackers, skiers, campers and rock climbers. Winter recreation thrives in Alberta, partly due to the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival, which is the largest classical cross country ski festival in all of North America.