31 days in Alberta Itinerary

31 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip planner

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Edmonton
— 2 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 9 nights
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Banff National Park
— 9 nights
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Calgary
— 4 nights
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 4 nights
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Drumheller
— 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.
Get in touch with nature at Get Hooked Fishing Adventures and Elk Island National Park. Explore Edmonton's surroundings by going to Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum (in Stony Plain), Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary (in Spruce Grove) and Chicakoo Lake Recreation Area (in Onoway). It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Fort Edmonton Park and meet the residents at Edmonton Valley Zoo.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Edmonton day trip planner.

Toronto to Edmonton is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Edmonton is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Edmonton to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Jasper National Park

— 9 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.
Visiting Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Jasper Riding Stables, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whistlers Peak, step off the mainland to explore Spirit Island, and trek along Opal Hills.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jasper National Park trip builder site.

You can drive from Edmonton to Jasper National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edmonton in July, plan for little chillier nights in Jasper National Park, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Banff National Park

— 9 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.
Get outdoors at Lake Louise and Via Ferrata. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Cave and Basin National Historic Site. On the 15th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Temple Mountain. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Peyto Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bow Glacier Falls, admire all the interesting features of Bow Valley Parkway, and trek along Lake Agnes.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jasper National Park in July: highs in Banff National Park hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Calgary

— 4 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Get in touch with nature at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and Prince's Island Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Heritage Park Historical Village and Fort Calgary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calgary: Mt. Lorette Ponds (in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park) and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (in Longview). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo, wander the streets of Stephen Avenue Walk, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and look for gifts at Peasant Cheese Shop.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Calgary travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Banff National Park to Calgary in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Banff National Park in July, Calgary is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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.
Get in touch with nature at Waterton Lake National Park and Red Rock Canyon. There's lots more to do: hike along International Peace Park Hike, stroll through Bertha Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at Serenity Spa, and explore the activities along Bertha Lake.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Waterton Lakes National Park tour planning website.

Getting from Calgary to Waterton Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. July in Waterton Lakes National Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drumheller.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 30th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Horseshoe Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Horsethief Canyon, and then see the interesting displays at Royal Tyrrell Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Caracol Clay Studio and then steep yourself in history at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.

Start your trip to Drumheller by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Waterton Lakes National Park to Drumheller takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Drumheller are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Drumheller

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.