Travel by Land
Alberta is a province in Western Canada. Its landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and vast coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes, and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountains have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a biosphere reserve that straddles the southern border with the United States.
Calgary, Alberta's largest city, owes its rapid growth and size to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. It is steeped in western culture, earning it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede with its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of farming exhibitions.
Driving is the most popular and practical way to travel Alberta. All major car rental agencies have outlets at the Calgary and Edmonton International Airports, as well as at other locations in the city and across the province.
Exploring Calgary by car is a convenient way to discover our communities, or take a quick trip to the Rocky Mountains. To navigate around the city, choose from the various rental car that operate in Calgary. Tip: Rental agencies often offer excellent rates and unlimited kilometers on weekends.
Alberta considers a valid driver's license from any country to be valid for up to three months. An International Driving Permit, available in your home country, is valid in Alberta for one year. If you intend to drive while in Alberta, please bring vehicle registration forms and a free, Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card from your insurance agent, or the policy itself. If you intend to drive a rented car, keep a copy of the rental contract handy.
Highways have a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph). Most other rural highways and country roads have a speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph). Motorists passing stopped emergency vehicles or tow trucks must drive at 60 km/h, or at the posted speed limit, whichever is slower.