9 days in Canada Itinerary

9 days in Canada Itinerary

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9 days in Canada Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  8 h
1
Calgary
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Calgary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Phoenix

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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.
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Calgary online trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix, USA to Calgary is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in December, expect Calgary to be much colder, temps between 28°F and 9°F. You will leave for Jasper National Park on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Calgary

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
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.
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park road trip planning tool .

Drive from Calgary to Jasper National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Calgary in December since evenings lows in Jasper National Park dip to 4°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Nature Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maligne Canyon ©
Maligne Canyon

3
nights
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.
Step out of Banff National Park to go to Jasper and see Columbia Icefield Skywalk, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Icefields Parkway and identify plant and animal life at Bow Valley Parkway.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Banff National Park sightseeing planner .

Take a bus from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Banff National Park, ranging from highs of 16°F to lows of 3°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off toCalgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Icefield Skywalk ©
Columbia Icefield Skywalk
Icefields Parkway ©
Icefields Parkway
Bow Valley Parkway ©
Bow Valley Parkway

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nights
Calgary

Calgary ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calgary: Drumheller (Orkney Viewpoint & Royal Tyrrell Museum). Explore Calgary further: get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo, have fun at Spruce Meadows, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Calgary trip planner .

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Calgary takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Banff National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Calgary, with highs around 33°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Drumheller
Highlights from your plan
The Calgary Zoo ©
The Calgary Zoo
Heritage Park Historical Village ©
Heritage Park Historical Village
Royal Tyrrell Museum ©
Royal Tyrrell Museum

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