Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park

Majestic Rockies of Alberta

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This Leisurely driving tour explores the world-famous Canadian Rockies, starting Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Louise then back to Calgary. Explore the glacial wonder of the 750-foot-thick Columbia Ice field, the alluring blue hue of Lake Louise and the magnificent canyons and gorges of Jasper National Park. A panoramic cruise along the Maligne Lake’s crystal waters to remote Spirit Island, one of Canada’s most cherished and photographed places. This driving route becomes everyone’s favourite journey through Western Canada, where you are soaked in natural beauty and the majestic splendour of the mountains.

  • Product ID AB07YYC01
  • Vacation Style Seasonal, Self-Drive, Summer
    • Activity Level Easy
      1/8
    • Duration 7 Days 6 Nights
    All about the Majestic Rockies of Alberta.

    – Place of Interest –

    • Calgary Stampede | Calgary Tower
    • Heritage Park | Gasoline Alley Museum
    • Sulphur Mountain | Cave & Basin | Surprise Corner
    • Bow Falls | Johnston Canyon | Banff Upper Hot Spring
    • Columbia Icefield | Athabasca Glacier | Glacier Skywalk
    • Malign Canyon | Maligne Lake | Spirit Island
    • Pyramid Lake | Patricia Lake | Jasper Tramway
    • Bow Lake | Morine Lake | Lake Louise
    • Emerald Lake | Natural Bridge | Spiral Tunnels

    – 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 | Banff | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff National Park | Jasper National Park | Yoho National Park

     

     

    Benefits of a Self-Drive Tour?

    Private & Customizable

    You can see what you want, when you want, how you want. A trip that’s perfectly timed and well organized.

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    Experiences that help you take in the region in a different way. Advice to help you get the most out of your trip.

    Freedom to Explore

    Time to enjoy and take in each place. Add days in places you want to explore. Do only the activities you want to do.

     

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    1. Day 1 Arrive 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 – Banff

      This morning you may visit Heritage Park, went back to the 1860s to 1950s, see and feel the past as it comes to life in front of your eyes, explore the vital story of the settlement of the west, which is not only preserved but presented alive and in great working condition. Tour the park on an antique steam train, or wander through four different periods in history. Continue to visit the world-class Gasoline Alley Museum. Discover how the introduction of the automobile changed our culture. Afternoon heading to Banff, there are undulating hills along the way, and at a glance scattered farms and rolls of pasture on the grassland, the magnificent mountain peaks in the far distance and the flocks of cattle and sheep at the front, you will experience beautiful scenery without the big crowds.

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

    3. Day 3 Banff

      Banff was settled after the Pacific Railway was built through the Rocky Mountains. Today, we 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, then discover the Cave and Basin are in this splendid natural park surrounded by the towering mountains, continue to visit Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and the mysterious hoodoos. The outdoor enthusiasts like you can experience horseback ridge at Bow river or hiking at Johnston Canyon with scenic wooded to see the waterfalls, ridges and the blue “ink pots” cool springs water pool or have cup of bistro coffee with souvenir shopping at Banff Avenue; later on, explore Hot Springs! Take a break soaking at the Banff Upper Hot Springs which discovered in 1883, natural mineral Canada’s most iconic hot pool.

    4. Day 4 Banff – Jasper

      Today, heading north into the beautiful Icefield Parkway for the Columbia Icefield. The high altitude makes glaciers and mountains view even more scenery. driving through the natural viewpoints of Crowfoot Glacier continues alongside the Mistaya River to the Big Hill, and you will then reach Icefield Centre. Experience of a lifetime – 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. Continue to take a stroll at Athabasca Falls before arrival at Jasper.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Chateau Jasper Hotel (3 ) or more selective

    5. Day 5 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.

    6. Day 6 Jasper - Lake Louise

      Head south on the most beautiful highway,” Icefield Parkway” even you driving through again, you never feel the same scenery; stop at Peyto Lake, here during the summer months, glacier rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its breathtaking colour; after arriving at Bow Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park. The lake lies at Bow Summit’s base, fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier in the Wapta Icefield, when on a calm day, perfectly reflected in its aquamarine waters. It’s a great place for a picnic or a short stroll. Continue driving into the village, first visit Moraine Lake, which 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, and late afternoon arrives at Lake Louise.

        Accommodation suggestion
      Lake Louise Inn (3 ) or more selective

    7. Day 7 Lake Louise - Yoho National Park – Calgary

      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. Hike around the lake or take the trail and hike up to The Lake Agnes Tea House. You may also kayak on the lake and enjoy the breath-taking views. Later crosses the Great Divide into BC, 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 back to Calgary, returning your rental car and scroll through pictures to wrap up this unforgettable trip.

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