8 days in Jasper National Park, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

8 days in Jasper National Park, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

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Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
2
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
3
Calgary
— 2 nights

2
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Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Marmot Basin Ski Area and Athabasca Glacier. Escape the urban bustle at Sunwapta Falls and Mount Edith Cavell. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Medicine Lake, browse the exhibits of Jasper Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, and explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon.

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Toronto to Jasper National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Jasper National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in December: highs in Jasper National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Marmot Basin Ski Area ©
Marmot Basin Ski Area
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell
Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls

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Banff National Park

Banff National Park ©
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, examine the collection at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and then admire the sheer force of Takakkaw Falls.

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Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jasper National Park in December, expect nights in Banff National Park to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takakkaw Falls
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

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Calgary

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heritage Park Historical Village and then sample the tasty concoctions at Big Rock Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Glenbow Museum.

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Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Calgary takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, things will get a bit warmer in Calgary: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Heritage Park Historical Village ©
Heritage Park Historical Village
Glenbow Museum ©
Glenbow Museum
Big Rock Brewery ©
Big Rock Brewery

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