50 days in Alberta & British Columbia Itinerary

50 days in Alberta & British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canada trip planner

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Calgary
— 5 nights
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Banff National Park
— 8 nights
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Yoho National Park
— 5 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 8 nights
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Kelowna
— 4 nights
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Vancouver
— 7 nights
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Whistler
— 3 nights
Bus to Vancouver, BC - Burrard Skytrain Station, Fly to Campbell River
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Campbell River, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
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— 6 nights
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Calgary

— 5 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Visit Fort Calgary and Stephen Avenue Walk for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Tyrrell Museum and Heritage Park Historical Village. Explore Calgary's surroundings by going to Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (in Longview), Horsethief Canyon (in Drumheller) and SunCatchers Design Studio (in Bragg Creek). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Glenbow Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Cold Garden Beverage Company, get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo, and walk around Spruce Meadows.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Calgary trip maker site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Calgary is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Dubai to Calgary due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, expect Calgary to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Park Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and Samson Native Gallery. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, make a trip to Banff Avenue, learn more about the world around you at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calgary to Banff National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Banff National Park is a bit cooler than Calgary - with highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yoho National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Yoho National Park

— 5 nights
Named after the Cree word used to express awe, Yoho National Park encompasses awe-inspiring natural wonders, including tall waterfalls, soaking peaks, and vertical rock walls attracting adrenaline junkies from around the globe.
Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Takakkaw Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Sherbrooke Lake, trek along Wapta Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge.

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Explore your travel options from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Yoho National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Yoho National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Jasper National Park

— 8 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.
Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives and Our Native Land are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mountain Galleries and Jasper Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Columbia Ice Field, take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, trek along Cavell Meadows Trail, and admire the sheer force of Tangle Creek Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Jasper National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yoho National Park to Jasper National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yoho National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jasper National Park, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kelowna.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Kelowna

— 4 nights

Orchard City

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Shop till you drop at Hambleton Galleries and Peachland Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad and Sumac Ridge Estate Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Oliver (Rust Wine, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Quails' Gate Winery, take in breathtaking views at Myra Canyon Park, and stop by Meadow Vista Honey Wines.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kelowna trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Jasper National Park to Kelowna takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jasper National Park to Kelowna due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Vancouver.

Things to do in Kelowna

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Vancouver

— 7 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Granville Island and Museum of Anthropology. Head to Douglas Reynolds Gallery and Chali-Rosso Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of Vancouver to go to Chilliwack and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Stanley Park, wander the streets of Vancouver Downtown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain, and kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Vancouver visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Kelowna to Vancouver takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Whistler

— 3 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, and take a memorable drive along Sea to Sky Highway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Whistler itinerary site.

You can drive from Vancouver to Whistler in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in October; daily highs in Whistler reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Campbell River.

Things to do in Whistler

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Campbell River, Vancouver Island

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
On the 26th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Elk Falls Provincial Park, get engrossed in the history at The Museum at Campbell River, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Campbell River sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Whistler to Campbell River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Campbell River are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Victoria.

Things to do in Campbell River

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 6 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Head to Marshall-Inman Gallery and Glenwood Meatsfor plenty of shopping. Visit Craigdarroch Castle and Inner Harbour for their historical value. When in Victoria, make a side trip to see East Sooke Regional Park in Sooke, approximately Sooke away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Royal BC Museum, admire the striking features of Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada, have fun and explore at Miniature World, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria trip planner.

Drive from Campbell River to Victoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Campbell River in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Victoria. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alberta travel guide

4.3
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.

British Columbia travel guide

4.3
Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.