Alberta Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers

9 Days / 8 Nights

Discover the dynamic scenery of Alberta with visits to Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Alberta Badlands, and the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. This self-drive holiday provides the freedom and flexibility of exploring at your own pace, with the convenience of overnight accommodations and admissions to the best attractions of Alberta.

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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.

Day 1 Calgary to Banff (115 km/72 mi) Upon arrival into Calgary, pick up your rental car and begin your Rockies adventure. Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in and the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure.

Day 2 Banff Sightseeing (Banff Gondola) A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement – shopping, cafés, nightlife, museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

Day 3 Banff to Lake Louise (62 km/38 mi) Depart Banff today and travel along the lovely Bow Valley Parkway for a casual drive. The Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise is a low-speed, two-lane undivided roadway with numerous scenic outlooks and pullouts. Be sure to stop for a quick nature walk at Johnston Canyon, where you can stand in the spray of a roaring mountain waterfall. Continue on to the “Jewel of the Rockies,” Lake Louise. Lake Louise is the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most beautiful in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 4 Lake Louise to Jasper (208 km/129 mi) Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefield Parkway. You’re sure to be enthralled by the scenery, wildlife, incredible blue lakes and sparkling waterfalls en route (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June). A stop at Peyto Lake along the way is a must. Don’t miss the Columbia Icefield for a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier on board an Ice Explorer (included) before continuing your journey to Jasper.

Day 5 Jasper Sightseeing Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Day 6 Jasper to Edmonton (365 km/226 mi) Journey through the beautiful landscapes of Jasper National Park, and into the golden prairies of Alberta. Arrive in the city of Edmonton, and spend the remainder of your day exploring. Don’t miss the walking trails and parks of the downtown River Valley, and the eclectic shops and cafes of Whyte Avenue.

Day 7 Edmonton Spend a day exploring West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America. Complete with an expansive water park, amusement park, indoor skating rink, and mini golf park, and over 800 stores. For those looking to get outside, Elk Island National Park is less than an hour’s drive from the city, and offers great wildlife watching and hiking trails.

Day 8 Edmonton to Drumheller (280 km/173 mi) Depart Edmonton and head south towards the badlands of Alberta and the city of Drumheller. This fascinating destination is home to a unique landscape shaped by sandstone pillar hoodoos. Many dinosaur fossils have been excavated from this area, drawing palaeontologists from around the world. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum (included) and walk amongst the impressive array of dinosaur fossils.

Day 9 Drumheller to Calgary (135 km/83 mi) Conclude this memorable holiday with a quick drive from Drumheller to Calgary.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation including provincial taxes for 8 nights
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum admission
  • Travel Documentation

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Banff – Irwin’s Mountain Inn (Standard Room)
  • Lake Louise – Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Two Queen Room)
  • Jasper – Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Edmonton – Fantasyland Hotel (Superior Room)
  • Drumheller – Jurassic Inn (Standard Room) (Continental breakfast included at Jurassic Inn)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Banff – Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Lake Louise – Deer Lodge (Heritage Room)
  • Jasper – Sawridge Inn (Outside Room with Balcony)
  • Edmonton – Fantasyland Hotel (Superior Room)
  • Drumheller – Jurassic Inn (Standard Room) (Continental breakfast included at Jurassic Inn)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • Banff – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)
  • Lake Louise – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Jasper – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Edmonton – Fantasyland Hotel (Superior Room)
  • Drumheller – Jurassic Inn (Standard Room) (Continental breakfast included at Jurassic Inn)

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