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Alberta's South

The area south of Calgary to the Montana border is rich in sites sacred to Aboriginal people. Their story is told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the best-preserved buffalo kill-site in North America, and among the hoods at the Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. The Fort Macleod Museum relates how the North-West Mounted Police brought law and order to the west by showing respect for Aboriginals and Europeans alike, and halting the illegal whiskey trade. The south is also prime ranchland and the cradle of a thriving livestock industry that has "saddled" Alberta with its cowboy image. Waterton Lakes National Park offers endless recreational opportunities and some of the most spectacular and famous mountain scenery in the world. The region's cities, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, boast civic museums and galleries. To experience the rich settlement history, visit the many local history museums.

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