Day 1: Edmonton
Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic historic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then venture into the lush Edmonton River Valley for a guided Segway tour to explore some of the 145 km (90 mi) of trails and 22 continuous city parks.
Step back in time to the original Edmonton at Fort Edmonton Park. You’ll experience four eras in the city’s past as you walk through the 1846 Hudson’s Bay Fort, 1885 Street, 1905 Street and 1920 Street.
Day 2: Edmonton
A short drive east of Edmonton, visit the protected aspen parkland of Elk Island National Park for wildlife viewing. Watch for deer, moose and herds of free-roaming bison on a self-guided driving safari. Edmonton to Elk Island National Park: 40 km (25 mi).
Wander through original contemporary and historical art exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the heart of the city’s arts district. You’ll marvel at the gallery’s impressive architecture, which features a 190 m (623 ft) steel ribbon that swerves through the building’s interior and exterior.
Day 3: Edmonton - Jasper
Featuring cutting-edge local designers and top international labels, West Edmonton Mall is the size of a small city with over 800 shops, services, accommodation, indoor waterpark and amusement park.
From Edmonton the Yellowhead Highway stretches west through golden prairie farmland and forested foothills into the rugged Canadian Rockies. En route, stop for a relaxing soak in Miette Hot Springs. Once in town, pop by the Visitor Information Centre to learn about the area’s attractions and guided tours, award-winning restaurants and shops. Edmonton to Jasper: 358 km (222 mi.).
Day 4: Jasper
Ride the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada for sweeping views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca River and town of Jasper far below. After, head to Maligne Canyon to explore what is considered to be one the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies.
Enjoy a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake, with a stop at Spirit Island – one the world’s most photographed scenes. After, discover the Maligne Valley on a wildlife discovery tour. Keep a lookout for osprey, bald eagles, big horn sheep, mountain goats, elk, deer and bears.
Day 5: Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise
From Jasper, drive south to the Glacier Discovery Centre along the scenic Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). Upon arrival, board an Ice Explorer that will take you onto the Athabasca Glacier, where you can walk on ice up to 360 m (1,180 ft) thick. Then take the shuttle bus to the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk, suspended 280 m (919 ft) over the Sunwapta Valley, for stunning aerial views of glittering glaciers and rugged mountain peaks. Jasper to Glacier Discovery Centre: 106 km (66 mi).
Continue south to the hamlet of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Rent a canoe from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and paddle across the lake to the base of Victoria Glacier or take an easy stroll around the lakeshore. Glacier Discovery Centre to Lake Louise: 135 km (84 mi).
Day 6: Lake Louise
Drive to Moraine Lake and enjoy a relaxed morning hike around the shoreline with stunning views of the famous glacier lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Then, head to the Lake Louise Gondola where you’ll experience some of the best grizzly bear viewing opportunities in the Canadian Rockies.
Take a 7 km (4.4 mi) round trip hike to the historic Lake Agnes Tea House for afternoon tea and scones in a spectacular alpine valley.
Day 7: Banff
Set off on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A) to Banff and watch for wildlife along the way. Upon arrival, explore the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, a restored landmark commemorating the 1883 discovery of the hot springs that led to the creation of Canada’s first national park. For panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies, ride the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. Complete your morning with a relaxing soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs mineral pools. Lake Louise to Banff: 48 km (30 mi).
Learn about local wildlife, native folklore, early mountaineers and ancient glaciers, while cruising on a crystal blue mountain lake, just 15 minutes from the town of Banff. End the day with an early evening wildlife tour, which is the prime time for spotting Banff National Park’s animals, like deer, elk and bears.
Day 8: Canmore-Kananaskis
Take the short drive along the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to the lively mountain town of Canmore. Rent bikes at the Canmore Nordic Centre to explore the surrounding 100 km (62 km) of trails and experience some of the best mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies. After, enjoy spectacular birds-eye views of mountain peaks, silver lakes, rich green forest and the edge of a shimmering glacier on a Kananaskis area helicopter tour. Banff to Canmore: 28 km (17 mi).
Kananaskis Country offers an abundance of hiking options with varying difficulty levels. For a gentle hike that’s suitable for all ages, try the Grassi Lakes trail or drive to Grotto Canyon and walk along the narrow creek bed to see the unusual rock formations known as hoodoos and a sparkling waterfall.
Day 9: Calgary
From Canmore, drive east along the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to WinSport Olympic Park. Get your adrenaline pumping on the mountain bike trails and zipline, or if you’re feeling adventurous have a go on the 1.8 km (5905 ft) Skyline Luge – it’s the world’s longest track. Afterward, head to the Calgary Zoo and stroll through the Canadian Wilds and Prehistoric Park exhibits to view some of Alberta’s famous wildlife – from grizzlies, cougars and wolves to life sized animatronic dinosaurs. Canmore to Calgary: 92 km (57 mi).
Spend the afternoon at the country’s largest living history museum, where costumed interpreters populate streets and buildings depicting life in Western Canada between 1850 and 1950. Ride the steam train or take a spin on a paddle wheeler on the reservoir.
Day 10: Drumheller
From Calgary, drive north on Hwy 2, then east on Hwy 72, which turns into Hwy 9 taking you to Drumheller. Head to the World’s Largest Dinosaur, located at the town’s visitor information centre. Climb up and peer out from its jaws for a sweeping view of the badlands. Calgary to Drumheller: 135 km (84 mi)
Drive north on the Dinosaur Trail (Hwy 838), through Midland Provincial Park to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It’s considered one of the world’s finest dinosaur museums and features fascinating galleries and skeletons from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. After, take Hwy 56 north to return to Edmonton. Drumheller to Edmonton: 287 km (178 mi).