30 days in Alberta Itinerary

30 days in Alberta Itinerary

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Lethbridge
— 2 nights
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
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Calgary
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park
— 7 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 6 nights
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Edmonton
— 4 nights
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Fort McMurray
— 1 night
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Drumheller
— 1 night
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Lethbridge

— 2 nights
Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site and Galt Museum & Archives. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Fort (Museum of the North West Mounted Police) and Fort Whoop-Up. Go for a jaunt from Lethbridge to Claresholm to see Claresholm & District Museum about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Henderson Lake Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Theoretically Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Lethbridge trip builder.

Kelowna to Lethbridge is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kelowna to Lethbridge due to the time zone difference. In May in Lethbridge, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Lethbridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bear's Hump and Remington Carriage Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Bertha Falls and Cameron Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Cardston Sweet Shop in Cardston (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon, stroll through Crypt Lake Trail, explore the activities along Cameron Lake, and take in the pleasant sights at Waterton Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterton Lakes National Park trip website.

You can drive from Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Lethbridge in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Waterton Lakes National Park: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Calgary

— 5 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Step out of the city life by going to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Calgary Pathway System. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenbow Museum and Gasoline Alley Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Calgary: Chinook Honey Company (in Okotoks), Just Imajan Art Gallery (in Cochrane) and Bomber Command Museum of Canada (in Nanton). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The Military Museums, take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower, soak in style at Turkish baths, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Calgary holiday website.

Drive from Waterton Lakes National Park to Calgary in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Calgary can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Banff National Park

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Banff Park Museum and Samson Native Gallery. Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and Elevation Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Canmore (Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park & Ha Ling Peak). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Louise, take in the awesome beauty at Sulphur Mountain, admire the sheer force of Bow Falls, and tee off at Banff Springs Golf Course.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Banff National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Calgary to Banff National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Calgary in May, expect Banff National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jasper National Park

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives. Escape the urban bustle at Athabasca Falls and Medicine Lake. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Athabasca Glacier, explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, admire the sheer force of Tangle Creek Falls, and hit the slopes at Marmot Basin Ski Area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Banff National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jasper National Park, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Edmonton

— 4 nights

Canada's Festival City

Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Reynolds-Alberta Museum and Alberta Aviation Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Aspen Beach Provincial Park and Alberta Legislature Building. Take a break from Edmonton with a short trip to Big Rig Craft Distillery in Nisku, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Strathcona, shop like a local with Muttart Conservatory, explore the engaging exhibits at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, and learn more about the world around you at Royal Alberta Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Edmonton route builder app.

Getting from Jasper National Park to Edmonton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Edmonton when traveling from Jasper National Park in June, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort McMurray.

Things to do in Edmonton

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Fort McMurray

— 1 night
Fort McMurray is a population centre, technically classified as an urban service area, in the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada. On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Fort McMurray Heritage Society, see the interesting displays at Oil Sands Discovery Centre, then view the masterpieces at Points North Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fort McMurray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edmonton to Fort McMurray takes 5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Fort McMurray can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Drumheller.

Things to do in Fort McMurray

Museums · Spas · Shopping

Drumheller

— 1 night

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 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Royal Tyrrell Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Horsethief Canyon, then take in the exciting artwork at 3rd Avenue Arts, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Drumheller vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fort McMurray to Drumheller. In June in Drumheller, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Drumheller

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.