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Travel Tips

Here's a bunch of stuff that's good to know before you get here. You'll find everything from packing tips to park entry and wildlife safety. Will your electrical devices work in Alberta? Do you know how to convert miles to kilometres? Read on.

What to Pack

The weather in Alberta can change quickly so it’s best to dress in layers in any season. Warm jackets, boots, scarves, mittens and hats are a must in our winter months. Bring a hat and sunglasses to provide protection from strong sunlight.

Time Zone

Alberta is in the Mountain Time Zone (GMT -7 hours).

Taxes

Alberta is the only province in Canada without a provincial sales tax (PST). The Government of Canada charges five per cent goods and services tax (GST) on most purchases.

Health and Insurance

Alberta’s health-care plan does not cover out-of-province visitors. Clarify your coverage with your personal insurance carrier before entering Alberta as you may wish to obtain additional health insurance.

National Park Entry

Park passes are required for entry into any national park in Canada. You can buy a day pass at a park gate, but if you intend to spend time in any of Canada’s national parks, consider an annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass. With it, you can visit more than 100 national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites across Canada. Passes are not required for entering our provincial parks or recreation areas.

Wildlife Safety

When you are in our forests and mountains remember you are in bear country. You can also expect to see other large animals such as moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Never attempt to approach, harass or feed any wild animal. When on foot, keep a safe distance at all times – at least 100 m (more than 300 ft). Most animals will avoid you if they can hear you coming, so make lots of noise when hiking. Stay in your vehicle when viewing animals along roadways. Pick up brochures at visitor centres for safety tips.

Fishing and Hunting Regulations

Fishing licenses outside the national parks can be purchased from select sporting goods stores, convenience stores and some gas stations. Call 1-888-944-5494 for further details. Hunting regulations and special licensing requirements vary depending on the type of hunting. Hunting is prohibited in National parks. If you are an angler, hunter and/or trapper, check out these links for more information: