31 days in Alberta Itinerary

31 days in Alberta Itinerary

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Edmonton
— 2 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park
— 8 nights
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Calgary
— 5 nights
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Drumheller
— 2 nights
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Coleman
— 2 nights
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
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Lethbridge
— 2 nights
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Edmonton

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alberta Legislature Building and Old Strathcona. Take a break from Edmonton with a short trip to Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Elk Island National Park. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Mill Creek Ravine Park and admire the natural beauty at Muttart Conservatory.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Edmonton online attractions planner.

Toronto to Edmonton is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Edmonton at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Nature · Museums · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Athabasca Glacier and Sunwapta Falls. Get in touch with nature at Mount Edith Cavell and Spirit Island. When in Jasper National Park, make a side trip to see The Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton, approximately Hinton away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Fort Point Loop Trail, trek along Skyline Trail, explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, and look and learn at The Jasper Planetarium.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edmonton to Jasper National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edmonton in July, Jasper National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Banff National Park

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sulphur Mountain and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Vermilion Lakes and Mount Norquay. Change things up with these side-trips from Banff National Park: Canmore (Ha Ling Peak & Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bow Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Mountain Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Beehive, and hike along Hoodoos Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Banff National Park day trip tool.

Drive from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Jasper National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Banff National Park, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area. Discover out-of-the-way places like Calgary Pathway System and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Calgary: Upper Kananaskis Lake (in Canmore), River Rafting & Tubing (in Sundre) and Little Chicago - Royalties Monument (in Longview). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bowness Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre, stroll around Fish Creek Provincial Park, and wander the streets of Stephen Avenue Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Calgary tour planner.

You can drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Banff National Park in July since evenings lows in Calgary dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Drumheller.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 22nd (Thu): snap pictures at Rosedale Suspension Bridge, then browse the exhibits of Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Drumheller's Little Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by World's Largest Dinosaur, explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon, then examine the collection at Valley Doll Museum & Gifts, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Horsethief Canyon.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Drumheller route planner.

Drive from Calgary to Drumheller in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Drumheller are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Coleman.

Things to do in Drumheller

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Coleman

— 2 nights
Coleman is an urban community in the Rocky Mountains within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in southwest Alberta, Canada. On the 24th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Alberta Provincial Police Barracks, contemplate the waterfront views at Chinook Lake Campground, then view the masterpieces at Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Worlds Biggest Piggy Bank. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site, then admire the sheer force of Lundbreck Falls, then pause for some photo ops at Hillcrest Mine and Cemetery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Crowsnest Pass.

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Traveling by car from Drumheller to Coleman takes 4 hours. Traveling from Drumheller in July, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Coleman. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Coleman

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterton Lakes National Park

— 4 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.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon and Upper Waterton Lake will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterton Village and Waterton Lake National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bertha Falls, get outside with Bear's Hump, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crypt Lake Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cameron Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waterton Lakes National Park tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Coleman to Waterton Lakes National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July in Waterton Lakes National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lethbridge.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Lethbridge

— 2 nights
Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. On the 30th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, then steep yourself in history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, and then see the interesting displays at The Fort (Museum of the North West Mounted Police).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lethbridge online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Waterton Lakes National Park to Lethbridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Waterton Lakes National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lethbridge, with lows of 14°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lethbridge

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.