22 days in Alberta Itinerary

22 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Calgary
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edmonton
— 5 nights
Drive
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Red Deer
— 3 nights
Drive to Edmonton International Airport, Fly to Kingston

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Calgary: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (in Cochrane) and Royal Tyrrell Museum (in Drumheller). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo, step off the mainland to explore Prince's Island Park, stroll around Spruce Meadows, and see the interesting displays at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Calgary road trip site.

Kingston, Jamaica to Calgary is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Kingston in July, you will find days in Calgary are little chillier (75°F), and nights are much colder (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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Waterton Lakes National Park

— 3 nights
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Waterton Lake National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Crypt Lake Trail, go for a walk through Waterton Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Cameron Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waterton Lakes National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Calgary to Waterton Lakes National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Waterton Lakes National Park, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Trails
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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.
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, get a new perspective on nature at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, stroll through Bow Valley Parkway, and contemplate the long history of Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Waterton Lakes National Park to Banff National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Waterton Lakes National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Banff National Park: highs are around 71°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Beauty Creek Trail and then take a memorable drive along Columbia Ice Field. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Athabasca Falls, then trek along Opal Hills, and then explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jasper National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Banff National Park in July: highs in Jasper National Park hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Edmonton

— 5 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.
Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Elk Island National Park. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the different shops at West Edmonton Mall, and catch a ride on High Level Bridge Streetcar.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Edmonton trip planner.

Getting from Jasper National Park to Edmonton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Jasper National Park in July, Edmonton is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Red Deer.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Theme Parks

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Red Deer

— 3 nights
Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. Red Deer is known for parks, spas, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Three Mile Bend Recreation Area, get to know the resident critters at Discovery Wildlife Park, cool off at Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Red Deer trip website.

Drive from Edmonton to Red Deer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Edmonton in July, plan for little chillier nights in Red Deer, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Red Deer

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Alberta travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Parks · Waterfalls
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.