9 days in Alberta Itinerary

9 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip itinerary builder

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Calgary
— 1 night
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Banff National Park
— 3 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edmonton
— 2 nights
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Calgary

— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 1st (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Calgary Zoo and then stroll around Prince's Island Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Calgary travel itinerary planner.

Ottawa to Calgary is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Ottawa to Calgary, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Calgary when traveling from Ottawa in July, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

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.
Family-friendly places like Via Ferrata and Bow Lake will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Samson Native Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and trek along Sentinel Pass.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Banff National Park holiday app.

Getting from Calgary to Banff National Park by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Banff National Park when traveling from Calgary in July, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Jasper National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Athabasca Glacier, cruise along Columbia Ice Field, and then admire the sheer force of Tangle Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, then stroll through Mount Edith Cavell Trail, then explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, and finally take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jasper National Park sightseeing app.

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Banff National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jasper National Park: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Edmonton

— 2 nights

Canada's Festival City

Though it suffers from frigid temperatures for much of the year, Edmonton offers a range of tourist activities for all four seasons.
On the 8th (Wed), stop by Evoolution, then get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park, and then browse the different shops at West Edmonton Mall.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Edmonton journey website.

Drive from Jasper National Park to Edmonton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Edmonton when traveling from Jasper National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edmonton

Shopping · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.