10 days in Alberta Itinerary

10 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip itinerary builder

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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
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Canmore
— 2 nights
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Banff National Park
— 2 nights
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Calgary
— 2 nights
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Waterton Lakes National Park

— 3 nights
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Waterton Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Cameron Falls, and then examine the collection at Card Pioneer Home.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Waterton Lakes National Park tour planner.

Edmonton to Waterton Lakes National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Edmonton in June, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Waterton Lakes National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canmore.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Canmore

— 2 nights
Bordered by the spectacular peaks of the Alberta Rockies, within a stone's throw of Banff National Park, the town of Canmore serves as an excellent base for outdoor adventures.
On the 7th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Big Head Sculpture, then sample the fine beverages at Wild Life Distillery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Policeman's Creek Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies Parish, view the masterpieces at Fireweed Glass Studio, take in the exciting artwork at Avens Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Elevation Gallery, then shop like a local with Canmore Museum, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canmore road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Waterton Lakes National Park to Canmore takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Canmore

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Banff National Park

— 2 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get great views at Surprise Corner, get a new perspective on nature at Banff Park Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ink Pots Hiking Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Cedar & Sage Co. Banff's Holistic Lounge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cascade Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, then admire the striking features of Parks Administration Building, and finally see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Banff National Park is just a short distance from Canmore. In June, daytime highs in Banff National Park are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Calgary

— 2 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 11th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Bowness Park, see the interesting displays at Gasoline Alley Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at The Military Museums, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Midnapore Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): engage your brain at Bow Habitat Station & Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, examine the collection at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Stephen Avenue Walk, and finally stroll through Calgary Pathway System.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Calgary driving holiday planner.

Getting from Banff National Park to Calgary by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, Calgary is somewhat warmer than Banff National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Calgary

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Alberta travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Parks · Waterfalls
Home to two of the world's oldest national parks, Alberta draws millions of visitors with its scenic landscapes ideal for skiing, hiking, and camping. Few leave this western Canadian province without a visit to Lake Louise, arguably the biggest attraction in Alberta. The pristine area around this glacial body of water offers some of the world's finest trails for mountain biking and horseback riding, while a nearby ski resort provides runs for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and heli-skiing. If you get sated of all those picture-perfect natural landscapes, add Calgary or Edmonton to your Alberta trip itinerary. Both offer good tourist infrastructure and host renowned festivals, celebrating everything from the country's ranching culture to folk music.