Alberta Rockies & Badlands Circle


Within Alberta, you experience the spirit of the western, natural wonders, urban delight and outdoor adventure. Edmonton, you will experience what 18 hours of sunlight a day feels like in the summer or how the first snowfall transforms the river valley in winter; the large Shopping Center “West Edmonton Mall over 800 retail stores, 9 world-class attractions to amazing you; Calgary is fast developing the city with numerous skyscrapers and as the center of Canada’s oil industry and don’t miss the rodeo, the festival in July; driving into the Canadian Rockies complete with dazzling peaks, lush meadows, virgin forest, towering waterfalls and wildlife, here not just most stunning scenery, when you step into the rich and unique heritage of the dinosaurs’ world, it will bring you into another realm of prehistoric badlands.

  • Product ID AB07YEG01
  • Vacation Style Canada, Canadian Prairies, Self-Drive, Summer
    • Activity Level Medium
    • Duration 7 Days 6 Nights
    All about the Alberta Rockies & Badlands Circle.

    – Place of Interest –

    • Elk Island National Park | Fort Edmond Park | Edmonton Mall
    • Maligne Canyon | Maligne Lake | Spirit Island
    • Patricia Lake | Pyramid Lake | Peyto Lake | Bow Lake
    • Ice Explore | Glacier Skywalk | Crowfoot Glacier | Sunwapta Valley
    • Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake
    • Spiral Tunnels | Natural Bridge | Banff Upper Hot Springs
    • Bow Falls | Surprise Corner | Lake Minnewanka
    • Calgary Tower | Royal Tyrell Museum

    – Trip Dates –

    * This itinerary is a self-drive package, it can be created to suit your travel interests, time frame, and budget. Please contact our travel specialists for your customized package.

    Note: If you require a car rental, please let us know and we will be glad to assist you!

    – Trip Map –

    Rockies & Badlands Circle: Edmonton | Jasper National Park | Columbia Icefield | Banff National Park | Town of Banff & Lake Louise | Yoho National Park | Calgary | Dinosaur Provincial Park

    Alberta Rockies & Badland Circle Route



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    1. Day 1 Arrive in Edmonton

      Upon arriving at Edmonton Airport, after pick up your rental car, driving to Elk Island National Park and spending time exploring, here an important part of the Plains bison’s conservation. If your passionate about history, come to Fort Edmonton Park, sharing stories of the first enduring European post and trading in the area of modern-day Edmonton, or shopping at West Edmonton Mall, which more than 800 widest variety of retailer stores. Another option that can cheer with Edmonton Oilers fans during the Hockey games season. Edmonton is the largest northernmost metropolis and Capital of Alberta province; here we wait for you to explore!

        Accommodation suggestion
      Hampton inn by Hilton Edmonton South (3 ) or more selective

    2. Day 2 Edmonton - Jasper

      Driving to Jasper through Yellowhead highway, many chances to see the variety of wildlife like deer, elk, or bears, its best and the serenity on the way to Jasper.
      Walking through Maligne Canyon or taking Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island, this beautiful lake is famed for the colour of its azure water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake, then continue visiting Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake, or spend your time at lovely Jasper Park Lodge experience a real resort Vacation.

        Accommodation suggestion
      The Crimson (3 ) or more selective

    3. Day 3 Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise

      Head south on the most beautiful highway — ”Icefield Parkway” for Lake Louise. Don’t miss Athabasca Falls and the Goats lookout for the panoramic view of the Athabasca River Valley. Continuing south, you will then reach Icefield Centre. Then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close-up look at the Athabasca Glacier; you also can experience a newer attraction ~ Glacier Skywalk, step out on a cliff-edge walkway where giant glaciers perch above you, and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below, experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more. After the tour, you may stop at Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier for scenic stops; then arrive at Lake Louise.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Lake Louise Inn (3 ) or more selective

    4. Day 4 Lake Louise - Yoho National Park - Banff

      Wake up in this most beautiful treasure, also called “Diamond of the Wilderness,” Lake Louise. Well known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Continue to visit Moraine Lake is setting in the Ten Peaks’ rugged Valley; Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. It was once printed on the back of the Canadian $20 bill. Afternoon crosses the great divide, entering Yoho National Park. Don’t miss have a stunning emerald-coloured beautiful Emerald Lake with an impressive natural rock formation call Natural Bridge, followed by a unique railway project, ”Spiral Tunnels. This afternoon, along the highway overlooking Castle Mountain into Banff, After a whole day trip back to Banff, Take a relaxing break at the Banff Hot Springs which discovered in 1883, a natural mineral, Canada’s most iconic hot pool.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa (3 ) or more selective

    5. Day 5 Banff - Calgary

      Start the morning with a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below. Continue to visit Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and the mysterious hoodoos. And Lake Minnewanka just outside of town centre. Afternoon driving on Hwy 1 east for Calgary, taking a chance to visit Calgary Tower from Observation Deck will provide a panoramic view of the city, mountains and prairie. Don’t miss Calgary’s diverse cultures, restaurants on this journey too.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel (4 ) or more selective

    6. Day 6 Calgary - Drumheller - Edmonton

      Today’s journey is Drumheller, located in the Alberta Badlands, with a surreal landscape of sunbaked hills, lunar flats dotted with sagebrush and deep canyons. The badlands were created over 10,000 years ago when the glacier floodwaters carved the Red Deer Valley. This land is 2000 feet above sea level but was once covered in jungle and under a shallow sea. It’s an area with rich deposits of fossils and dinosaur bones that have been unearthed from 75 million years ago. Visit the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, one of North America’s great natural museums, before heading back to Edmonton.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Hampton inn by Hilton Edmonton South (3 ) or more selective

    7. Day 7 Departing Edmonton

      Return your rental car and depart from Edmonton for continue another journey or way to home.

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