Southern Alberta for City Folks has just arrived on library shelves.
Caroline Steman, a city folk herself, shares some of her favorite hikes, drives and places to go in Calgary and Southern Alberta. Her choices require no special experience or equipment. This is a slim volume of 41 pages packed with beautiful colour photographs and lots of historical tidbits.
Another, slightly older, book which follows the road less travelled is Country Roads of Alberta (2007).
"This travel guide to the country roads of Alberta emphasizes locations that are "off the beaten track," offering plenty of color photography that should entice travelers to be more adventurous in their next Canadian sojourn. Bryan, a noted journalist and former co-founder of Western Living magazine, seasons this travelogue with historical facts and geological information while pointing out notable landmarks and wildlife. Detailed maps and driving directions enhance the stunning images, making this book a welcome traveling companion." (Book News Inc)
Other books that will help you explore Southern Alberta are:
West on one : the stories behind the scenery : fascinating facts, stories and pictures along the Trans-Canada Highway from Calgary to Lake Louise by Kathryn Manry (2010)
In plain sight : exploring the natural wonders of southern Alberta by Neil L. Jennings (2010)
And a couple of older titles that are still full of great information:
Alberta history along the highway  : a traveler's guide to the fascinating facts, intriguing incidents and lively legends in Alberta's past by Ted Stone
Backroads of Southern Alberta by Joyce Donaldson Yarmey (1992)
Have fun exploring!!