30 days in Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary Itinerary

30 days in Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta travel route planner

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Edmonton
— 6 nights
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Red Deer
— 9 nights
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— 13 nights
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Edmonton

— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like West Edmonton Mall and World Waterpark will thrill your kids. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Elk Island National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, admire the natural beauty at Muttart Conservatory, stroll around William Hawrelak Park, and ponder the world of politics at Alberta Legislature Building.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Edmonton online trip maker.

Manila, Philippines to Edmonton is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Manila to Edmonton due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Edmonton reach -6°C and lows reach -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Red Deer.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks
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Red Deer

— 9 nights
Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. Family-friendly places like City Hall Park and Three Mile Bend Recreation Area will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Red Deer side-trips: Innisfail Golf Club (in Innisfail), Lacombe (Lacombe Regional Tourism & Blacksmith Shop Museum) and Aspen Beach Provincial Park (in Bentley). There's lots more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Heritage Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, admire the striking features of Norwegian Laft Hus Society, and stroll around Rotary Picnic Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Red Deer trip maker.

Getting from Edmonton to Red Deer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Edmonton in December since evenings lows in Red Deer dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Red Deer

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Calgary

— 13 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park Historical Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Calgary: Banff National Park (Johnston Canyon, Sunshine Village, &more), Banff (Bow Falls, Banff Avenue Bliss Massage Studio, &more) and Drumheller (Drumheller's Little Church & Royal Tyrrell Museum). There's still lots to do: walk around Spruce Meadows, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, steep yourself in history at Fort Calgary, and engage your brain at TELUS Spark Science Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Calgary trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Red Deer to Calgary takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Red Deer in December: high temperatures in Calgary hover around -2°C and lows are around -15°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Side Trips

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