5 days in Alberta Itinerary

5 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Calgary, Shuttle to Banff National Park
Banff National Park
— 1 night
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Banff National Park

— 1 night
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 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Peyto Lake. On your second day here, explore the activities along Moraine Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Banff National Park travel planner.

Toronto to Banff National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect nights in Banff National Park to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Jasper National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, get great views at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, then cruise along Columbia Ice Field, and finally admire the sheer force of Tangle Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Sunwapta Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cavell Meadows Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jasper National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in July, you will find days in Jasper National Park are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails


— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around St. Albert Botanic Park and then contemplate the long history of Fort Edmonton Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Edmonton online trip planner.

Drive from Jasper National Park to Edmonton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Edmonton when traveling from Jasper National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edmonton

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Alberta travel guide

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.