5 days in Alberta Itinerary

5 days in Alberta Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alberta trip maker

Make it your trip
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Edmonton
— 1 day
Drive
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Sylvan Lake
— 1 night
Drive
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Calgary
— 1 night
Drive
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Banff National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Jasper National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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Edmonton

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at West Edmonton Mall, then find something for the whole family at Fort Edmonton Park, and then snap pictures at High Level Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edmonton trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Edmonton. May in Edmonton sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sylvan Lake.

Things to do in Edmonton

Shopping · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Sylvan Lake

— 1 night
Sylvan Lake is a town in central Alberta, Canada. On the 23rd (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at Sylvan Steam & Spa, cool off at Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash, then take an in-depth tour of Bentley Museum, and finally walk around Sylvan Lake Provincial Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sylvan Lake road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Edmonton to Sylvan Lake in 2 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sylvan Lake, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Sylvan Lake

Parks · Spas · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Calgary

— 1 night

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fort Calgary and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Calgary Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Calgary trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sylvan Lake to Calgary takes 2 hours. In May in Calgary, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Banff National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Louise, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Banff National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Calgary to Banff National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Calgary in May: high temperatures in Banff National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Jasper National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Maligne Canyon, take in the dramatic scenery at Sunwapta Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Athabasca Falls, and finally explore the activities along Horseshoe Lake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in May, you will find days in Jasper National Park are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 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.