The Canadian Rockies Excursion


Take a deep dive into the Canadian Rockies with this ultimate 10 days itinerary and discover 5 National Parks (Waterton, Banff, Yoho, Jasper and Elk Island National Park) along the way for a fully immersive experience.

Start your journey in Calgary, Alberta, the cowboy town at the East of the Rockies and travel through iconic resorts of Waterton, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper and discover its different charms and experiences. You will not find another itinerary quite like this, a fully immersive, hands on exploration of the Canadian Rockies.

  • Product ID AB10YYC01
  • Destination/Regions Canada, Canadian Prairies, Family Friendly, National Parks, Self-Drive, Summer, Wildlife & Nature
    • Activity Level Medium
    • Duration 10 Days 9 Nights
    All about the The Canadian Rockies Excursion.

    – Place of Interest –

    • Calgary Stampede | Calgary Tower
    • Waterton Lakes National Park | Cowboy Trail
    • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Canmore
    • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
    • Banff Gondola | Bow River | Banff Avenue
    • Banff Hot Springs | Takkakaw Falls | Natural Bridge
    • Emerald Lake | Spiral Tunnels | Moraine Lake
    • Lake Agnes Tea House | Lake Louise | Peyto Lake
    • Athabasca Glacier | Whistlers Mountain | Malign Lake
    • Elk Island National Park | Edmonton Oiler Hockey

    – 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 –

    Calgary | Waterton National Park | Cowboy Trail | Banff National Park | Town of Banff & Lake Louise | Yoho National Park | Icefield Parkway | Jasper | Elk Island National Park | Edmonton



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    1. Day 1 Calgary

      Upon arrival at Calgary Airport after pick up your luggage and rental car, you can be staring adventure trip at this western city; Calgary has numerous skyscrapers and its centre of Canada’s oil industry; however, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo, festival and farming exhibition. 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

    2. Day 2 Calgary - Waterton

      This morning, you will drive south to Waterton Lakes National Park, where the Prairies meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Discover some natural wonders, such as a canyon and cascades. Pay a visit to the lakeside village of Waterton, which will charm you with its quaint mountain village feel. Here you will find a historic hotel constructed in 1927, you will have a chance to take a scenic boat cruise on the deepest natural Waterton Lake, enjoy a round-trip adventure crossing the border into U.S. waters (don’t require a passport), watch for wildlife on the shoreline, as black bear and moose have been known to make an appearance.

        Accommodation suggestion
       Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa (3 ) or more selective

    3. Day 3 Waterton

      Spending morning at Waterton Lakes National Park, there is one of the most distinctive mountain parks on the planet. Hiking here is legendary whether you’re looking for a leisurely nature walk or a challenging hike. Experience breathtaking views of these Rocky Mountains and clear blue waters on any number of trails, also Waterton is popular of wildlife paradise, there are more than 250 species of birds, 60 species of mammals living here.

    4. Day 4 Waterton - Banff

      Today along the historic Cowboy Trail to Banff. This scenic route along highway 22 through Canada’s Rocky Mountain Foothills,  experience a ranch, Farmer or shopping outfitter at some of Alberta’s prettiest country or take in a rodeo, festival or a pow-wow on the day experience the real west!  You must discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, later passing beautiful trip peaks of Three Sisters and Canmore, arrive Banff for rest of day.

        Accommodation suggestion
       Elk + Avenue Hotel (3 ) or more selective

    5. Day 5 Banff

      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 visit Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and the mysterious hoodoos. Afternoon can experience horseback ridge at Bow river or shopping at Banff Avenue, later check with Hot Springs! take a relaxing break at the Banff Hot Springs, discover in 1883, the nature mineral Canada’s most iconic hot pool.

    6. Day 6 Banff - Yoho - Lake Louise

      Today driving to highway 1 West, visiting Yoho National Park, The name Yoho is from the Cree language, it translates to “awe”. The park has an intimate feel and although it may be tiny it’s packed with spectacular snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, raging rivers, glacier lakes, camping facilities and over 400 km’s of hiking trails, The most notable highlights of Yoho are Takkakaw Falls, one of Canada’s highest free falling waterfalls, the Natural Bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake for it’s deep turquoise green colour, Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint can see train passing through tunnel. Afternoon arrive Moraine Lake, its setting in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, 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 $20 bill. later coming to Lake Louise well known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Walking along the beautiful Lake Louise, wild animal will just at reachable distance or hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views. At Chateau Lake Louise, there are various meal options, fine cuisine, afternoon tea, or just at deli shop for you to experience.

        Accommodation suggestion
       Mountaineer Lodge (2 ) or more selective

    7. Day 7 Lake Louise - Jasper

      Today, heading north into the beautiful Icefield Parkway for the Columbia Icefield. You will have change exploring the natural viewpoints of Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake. Continue alongside the Mistaya River to the Big Hill and the Columbia Icefield. Ride on an all-terrain Ice Explorer (Snocoach) up to the massive Athabasca Glacier and sip on the fresh waters of a glacier. Continue through the Sunwapta Valley and take a stroll at Athabasca Falls before a late afternoon arrival at Jasper.

        Accommodation suggestion
       Lobstick Lodge (3 ) or more selective

    8. Day 8 Jasper

      Morning starting Jasper sightseeing. originally a railway town, Jasper’s unpretentious small-town charm has a timeless appeal. Surrounded by towering mountains, crystalline lakes, and abundant wildlife, visit Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake cruise to Spirit Island, The lake is famed for the colour of its azure water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake, continue visiting Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake, and will have the opportunity to ride on Jasper Tramway to descry the majestic Whistler Mountain. Or spend your time at lovely Jasper Park Lodge or rated #1 Golf course Jasper Park Lodge Golf course experience real resort Vacation.

    9. Day 9 Jasper - Edmonton

      Driving from Jasper through Yellowhead highway, many chances to see variety of wildlife like deer, elk, or bears, its best and the serenity on first 2 hours, then continue highway roads there’s plenty of small towns along the way to find services in, when arrive Edmonton, spend time at Elk Island National Park which an important part in the conservation of the Plains bison, or visiting Fort Edmonton Park sharing stories of first enduring European post in the area of modern-day Edmonton, or shopping at West Edmonton Mall and cheering with Edmonton Oilers fans during Hockey games season, Edmonton is the largest northernmost metropolis, and the capital of Alberta, Canada, wait for you to explore!

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

    10. Day 10 Edmonton - Hometown

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