Alberta's spookiest places - at least in name


* Alberta is full of spookily named places, and we've scared up an infographic to showcase them

* Fall is an ideal time to 'spirit away,' as there are plenty of deals and low crowds

* AMA Travel promotions make it easier to scare up a vacation on a budget

From Grave Flats to Goblin Wall, Spirit Island to Shadow Lake, Alberta has no shortage of spookily named haunts within its borders. And with cold weather making virtual ghost towns of busy summer destinations, it’s a great time to spirit away!Download the high-resolution version to the right

October through December is the second-slowest season for Alberta tourism, accounting for just 21 per cent of annual overnight visits to destinations within the province. By comparison, the warmer months of April through September see 62 per cent of visits. This makes fall an ideal period to scare up deals – not to mention reduce the risk of other tourists photobombing those precious Instagram posts.

“Albertans are looking to stretch their vacation dollars more than ever. Travelling in the shoulder season is a smart way to do that without sacrificing quality,” says Nikola Berube, Director of Sales for AMA Travel.

Until Nov.13, travelers who book through AMA Travel – to destinations in Alberta or around the world – are eligible to win back the cost of their trip, to a maximum of $10,000. And for Halloween fans who love a thrill, AMA’s Clique Mystery promotion is frighteningly good: book travel any time between now and Dec. 18th and save as much as 50 per cent off the hotel chain’s posted rate. The twist is that vacationers won’t know which of Clique’s luxury resorts they’ll be staying at until 72 hours prior to departure; three are in Canmore and one is in nearby Dead Man’s Flats. Rest assured the only thing scary about the latter is how much fun there is to have.

Editor’s note: High-resolution version of the infographic is available as a PDF or TIF file (see righthand navigation)

For more information, contact AMA Newsroom: 1-888-960-NEWS


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