38 days in Alberta Itinerary

38 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Banff National Park
— 9 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Edmonton
— 7 nights
Drive
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Red Deer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drumheller
— 2 nights
Drive to Calgary, Fly to Waterton Lakes National Park
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
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Calgary
— 6 nights
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Banff National Park

— 9 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park in Canmore (about 30 minutes away). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Canmore Cave Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Cedar & Sage Co. Banff's Holistic Lounge, get a new perspective on nature at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and admire the sheer force of Bow Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park day trip planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Banff National Park is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. In November, Banff National Park is colder than Dubai - with highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Jasper National Park

— 6 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: relax and rejuvenate at Jasper Fitness & Aquatic Centre, learn the secrets of beer at Jasper Food Tours, explore the activities along Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, and admire the sheer force of Athabasca Falls.

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You can drive from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Banff National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jasper National Park, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Edmonton.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 5:

Edmonton

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edmonton: Big Rig Craft Distillery (in Nisku) and Reynolds-Alberta Museum (in Wetaskiwin). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Elk Island National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Strathcona Spirits Distillery, cool off at World Waterpark, and get advice or help at Alberta Legislature Building.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edmonton attractions planner.

Getting from Jasper National Park to Edmonton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Red Deer.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:

Red Deer

— 4 nights
Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. Change things up with these side-trips from Red Deer: Double Tree Village Museum (in Spruce View) and Siding 14 Brewing Company (in Ponoka). There's lots more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Heritage Ranch, browse for treasures at The Old Creamery Antiques, make a splash at Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Parish.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Red Deer visit planner.

You can drive from Edmonton to Red Deer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Edmonton in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Red Deer, with lows of -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Drumheller.

Things to do in Red Deer

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Drumheller

— 2 nights

Dinosaur Capital of the World

Keep an eye out for prehistoric beasts lurking in dark corners during your trip to Drumheller.
On the 17th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Horsethief Canyon and then examine the collection at Royal Tyrrell Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at The Hoodoos, then tee off at Lowleft Golf Experience, and then look for gifts at Dry Canyon Collectables.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Drumheller trip planning app.

Getting from Red Deer to Drumheller by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Drumheller, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Drumheller

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Waterton Lakes National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): trek along International Peace Park Hike and then relax and rejuvenate at Serenity Spa. On your second day here, explore the activities along Bertha Lake and then stroll through Crypt Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Waterton Lakes National Park itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Drumheller to Waterton Lakes National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Waterton Lakes National Park is somewhat warmer than Drumheller - with highs of 0°C and lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Calgary

— 6 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Step out of Calgary with an excursion to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane--about 44 minutes away. On the 26th (Sun), spend a day ambling around Heritage Park Historical Village. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at The Calgary Zoo, stroll around Prince's Island Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Wild Rose Brewery, and contemplate the long history of Fort Calgary.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Calgary planner.

Getting from Waterton Lakes National Park to Calgary by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Calgary can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

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.