Whether you’re simply stepping over the border from BC or have flown in from another province or country, it can be especially helpful to know the ins and outs of Alberta as a tourist. Like all locations around the world, there are useful things to know both as a Canadian or a foreigner when you’re visiting places like Blairmore in Alberta.
Blairmore Tips: What You Should Pack
As we move into the fall season, Alberta (and thus Blairmore) can get cold very quickly. Dressing in layers is your best bet for staying comfy and warm.
Here are some of the main clothing items you should consider packing:
- Sunglasses (for any glare from snow or rainfall)
- Insulated or thick jackets
- Warm boots or shoes you can wear for walking around
- Mittens or gloves
- Toques or warm beanies
What You Need to Know About Heath and Hospital Care While in Alberta
Unfortunately, Alberta’s healthcare system does not cover out-of-province visitors. As such, it’s in your best interest to either make sure your current health insurance plan covers you when travelling or purchase additional coverage to make sure you’re covered.
Be aware that coronavirus restrictions are in place even for those who are fully vaccinated so make sure to check the Alberta COVID-19 guidelines before travelling.
Wildlife Is Everywhere so Enjoy, But Be Cautious
The great Canadian outdoors is full of unique and diverse wildlife, but not all of it is friendly. This is especially true if you’re making your way through the many mountains and forests in the province. Bears are known for wandering through the area and you can also expect to see other large animals such as moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.
Never attempt to approach or feed any wild animal as they can be unpredictable in their behaviour.
Generally, as long as you stay 100m away from any animals and be sure to make plenty of noise while in the wilderness most animals will stay away from you.
Using Cannabis in Alberta
You may be surprised to know that cannabis is legal in Canada for people who are 18 or older. However, specific rules vary from city to city, so if you are planning on consuming cannabis make sure to do so responsibly and following the rules in place in the area you’re in.
Taxes and Time Zones
Alberta is not on PST, they are 1 hour ahead on Mountain Time Zone (GMT 7 hours) so keep that in mind when making your travel plans.
In terms of taxes, Alberta actually doesn’t have any provincial sales tax (PST), but a government sales tax of 5% is still applied to most items.
Hopefully, you’re now ready and fully equipped for your trip to Alberta to make it a memorable and relaxing experience.