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From Calgary to Edmonton, Explore These Top Universities


As you embark on your next trek into Alberta, be sure to plan visits to some of the top universities around the province.

Whether you make your way into Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, or even Grande Prairie, check out any of the pleasant and charming campuses and nearby attractions. 

Alberta is a vast area of rolling hills, scenic and picturesque landscapes, and plenty of fun for the entire family. You might fly in and land at Edmonton International Airport, or drive in and check out a list of top area attractions.

Any winter visit to Edmonton should see you spend some time at the Sunridge Ski Area, and West Edmonton Mall is an ideal destination at any time of year. You'll also want to check out the University of Alberta, just across the North Saskatchewan River in downtown Edmonton. 

Established in 1908, the University of Alberta is a public institution founded by the first premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and the school's first president Henry Marshall Tory.

Explore the campus during a friendly tour and check out some of the bright spots, like the Henry Marshall Tory Building, the Rutherford House, or Corbett Hall

Sports fans usually find time to take in any number of sporting events around the University of Alberta campus – check the U of A Golden Bears (men's teams) or the U of A Pandas (ladies teams).

Visit the Butterdome Sports Complex, host to many of the Golden Bears and Pandas sports events. 

Make your way south and explore Calgary. Visit the campus of the University of Calgary and check out Murray Fraser Hall or the Jack Simpson Gymnasium where the University of Calgary Dinos play volley and basketball. McMahon Stadium is home to the Calgary Dinos soccer and football teams. 

In and around Calgary, be sure to experience a bit of the local flair and charm at any of the top attractions. Don't miss Calaway Park, one of the largest amusement parks in western Canada.

Another ideal destination for travelers with kids is the Calgary Zoo. And for an enlightening afternoon, dazzle the minds of your kids at TELUS Spark, a top of the line science center in downtown Calgary.

As you explore northern Alberta, head for the border and stay in Grande Prairie. You'll find Grande Prairie almost directly north of Grande Cache and it's just over 380 km northwest of Edson. The Grande Prairie Regional College was established in 1966 and features a charming, urban-style campus.

Grande Prairie Regional College features athletics teams named the Wolves and they play within the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. GPRC Wolves basketball games are held at GPRC Gymnasium on campus throughout the season which tips off in October and plays through February.

Closer to Edmonton and just north of both Westlock and Redwater, Athabasca is home to Athabasca University. A public institution, Athabasca University was founded in 1970. You can explore the campus, which is situated on a blend of urban and rural landscapes.

Any visit into Athabasca should yield some time spent along Athabasca River. Whether you're seeking the scenic and pleasant views offered by the Athabasca River, or looking for a new favorite fishing spot, explore the areas around Athabasca University. 

In between Edmonton and Calgary you'll find Red Deer, a pleasant city and home of Red Deer College. Established in 1964, Red Deer College is near downtown Red Deer and just south of Great Chief Park. Being a community college, Red Deer College is smaller than the universities in Alberta, but still offers a variety of two-year degrees over a wide range of fields.

Drive in from nearby Rimbey or Rocky Mountain House and check out the Red Deer College campus, or some local favorites. Don't miss Discovery Canyon, an ideal way to enjoy your summer visit to Red Deer floating down stream on a rubber tube.

Other top destinations in Red Deer include the Sunnybrook Farm Museum where you'll be treated to exhibits and displays honoring the early days of farming in Alberta. Sports fans visiting Red Deer often find themselves at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. Before your visit to Red Deer is complete, don't miss out on the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.            

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