11 days in Alberta Itinerary

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Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Banff National Park
— 4 nights
— 3 nights


Jasper National Park — 3 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.
Jasper National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Columbia Ice Field, take in breathtaking views at Maligne Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilcox Pass, and hike along Cavell Meadows Trail.

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Cranbrook to Jasper National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cranbrook in August; daily highs in Jasper National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Banff National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Banff National Park — 4 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.
Banff National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Bow Falls, steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jasper National Park in August, you will find days in Banff National Park are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Calgary.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip
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Calgary — 3 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Explore Calgary's surroundings by going to Drumheller (Horseshoe Canyon & Royal Tyrrell Museum). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo, stroll around Fort Calgary, enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower, and head off the coast to Prince's Island Park.

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Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Calgary, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature
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Alberta travel guide

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.