12 days in Alberta Itinerary

12 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip builder

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Calgary
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cochrane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Longview
— 2 nights
Drive

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Calgary

— 4 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Blues Can, Maple Ridge Golf Course, Reader Rock Garden, and other attractions you added. Get out of town with these interesting Calgary side-trips: Banff National Park ( Sunshine Village & Johnston Canyon), Banff (SkiBig3 Adventure Hub & Bow Falls) and Royal Tyrrell Museum (in Drumheller). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo, stroll around Fort Calgary, take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Calgary using our trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Calgary International Airport. March in Calgary sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cochrane.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Cochrane

— 2 nights
Cochrane is a town in the Canadian province of Alberta. You've now added Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): walk around Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, surround yourself with nature on Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Just Imajan Art Gallery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area, fly down the slopes at Nakiska Ski Resort, and then admire the verdant scenery at Kananaskis Valley.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Cochrane route builder.

You can drive from Calgary to Cochrane in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Cochrane

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Banff National Park

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake and then hit the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Bow Valley Parkway, explore the activities along Peyto Lake, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Banff National Park online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cochrane to Banff National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Longview.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Longview

— 2 nights
Longview is a village in southern Alberta, Canada. Cowboy Trail has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Little Chicago - Royalties Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Highwood Pass, view the masterpieces at Bluerock Gallery, then sample the fine beverages at Eau Claire Distillery, and finally ride a horse along Cowboy Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Longview online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Longview takes 2 hours. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Longview

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Alberta travel guide

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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.