17 days in Alberta Itinerary

17 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta route planner

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Calgary
— 1 night
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Drumheller
— 2 nights
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Banff National Park
— 5 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park
— 2 nights
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Calgary
— 1 night
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Calgary

— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
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Montreal to Calgary is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Montreal to Calgary. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Montreal in August, with highs in Calgary at 26°C and lows at 11°C. You'll set off for Drumheller on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Calgary

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Drumheller

— 2 nights

Dinosaur Capital of the World

Keep an eye out for prehistoric beasts lurking in dark corners during your trip to Drumheller.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Valley Doll Museum & Gifts, snap pictures at Rosedale Suspension Bridge, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Hoodoos. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Royal Tyrrell Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Horsethief Canyon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Drumheller's Little Church.

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Traveling by car from Calgary to Drumheller takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. August in Drumheller sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Drumheller

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Banff National Park

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Lake Minnewanka and Bow Falls. Step out of Banff National Park to go to Yoho National Park and see Takakkaw Falls, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, stroll through Johnston Canyon, make a trip to Banff Avenue, and contemplate the long history of Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

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Getting from Drumheller to Banff National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Drumheller in August, expect Banff National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jasper National Park

— 5 nights
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Bring the kids along to Columbia Ice Field and Athabasca Falls. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Sunwapta Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Fort Point Loop Trail.

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You can drive from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, expect nights in Jasper National Park to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Banff National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at About Canada, admire the natural beauty at Victoria Glacier, boost your wellbeing at Banff Upper Hot Springs, then examine the collection at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and finally examine the collection at Banff Park Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plain of Six Glaciers and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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Traveling by car from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Jasper National Park in August, expect nights in Banff National Park to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Calgary

— 1 night

Stampede City

Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): head off the coast to Prince's Island Park and then get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Glenbow Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower.

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You can drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Calgary when traveling from Banff National Park in August, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Alberta travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Waterfalls · Scenic Drive
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.