39 days in Alberta Itinerary

39 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta journey planner

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Train to New Delhi, Fly to Edmonton
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Edmonton
— 5 nights
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Jasper National Park
— 7 nights
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Banff National Park
— 8 nights
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Lethbridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waterton Lakes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calgary
— 6 nights
Drive
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Red Deer
— 4 nights
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Drumheller
— 3 nights
Fly to Delhi, Train to Chandigarh

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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.
Take a break from Edmonton with a short trip to Castrol Raceway in Nisku, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Elk Island National Park. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at West Edmonton Mall, stop by Evoolution, examine the collection at Alberta Aviation Museum, and get in on the family fun at Fort Edmonton Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Edmonton road trip planning website.

Chandigarh, India to Edmonton is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -12.5 hour difference. In December, Edmonton is cooler than Chandigarh - with highs of -6°C and lows of -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Edmonton

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

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Jasper National Park

— 7 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: fly down the slopes at Marmot Basin, see what you can catch with On-Line Sport & Tackle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Summit Massage Therapy and Wellness, and learn the secrets of beer at Jasper Food Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jasper National Park travel tool.

You can drive from Edmonton to Jasper National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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Banff National Park

— 8 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.
Step out of Banff National Park with an excursion to Fireweed Glass Studio in Canmore--about 34 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: get a dose of the wild on Kingmik Dog Sled Tours, test the waters at Banff Upper Hot Springs, get outside with Stanley Glacier Hike, and look for gifts at Wilsons Mountain Sports.

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Drive from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Jasper National Park in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from -10°C by day to -19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lethbridge.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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Lethbridge

— 2 nights
Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site and then see the interesting displays at Galt Museum & Archives. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the natural beauty at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Theoretically Brewing Company.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lethbridge trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Banff National Park to Lethbridge by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in December, expect Lethbridge to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Lethbridge

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hike along International Peace Park Hike and then trek along Crypt Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Waterton Lake National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Waterton Lakes National Park vacation planning site.

You can drive from Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Waterton Lakes National Park are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Calgary.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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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 to go to Cochrane and see Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Calgary Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower, catch a live event at Spruce Meadows, and pause for some serene contemplation at Knox United Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Calgary day trip planning app.

You can drive from Waterton Lakes National Park to Calgary in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In December in Calgary, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Red Deer.

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Red Deer

— 4 nights
Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. Venture out of the city with trips to Siding 14 Brewing Company (in Ponoka) and Lacombe Regional Tourism (in Lacombe). The adventure continues: stroll around City Hall Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Heritage Ranch, cool off at Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash, and make a trip to Veterans Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Red Deer trip tool.

You can drive from Calgary to Red Deer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Calgary in January, expect Red Deer to be slightly colder, temps between -4°C and -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drumheller.

Things to do in Red Deer

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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Drumheller

— 3 nights

Dinosaur Capital of the World

Keep an eye out for prehistoric beasts lurking in dark corners during your trip to Drumheller.
On the 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Royal Tyrrell Museum, look for gifts at Dry Canyon Collectables, and then tee off at Lowleft Golf Experience. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Drumheller online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Red Deer to Drumheller by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -19°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Drumheller

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

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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.