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 - 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. Once you enter Jasper National Park, stop for a relaxing soak in Miette Hot Springs. When you arrive in the town of Jasper, stop 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 3: Jasper
Ride the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada for stunning views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca River and town of Jasper far below. Afterward, 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 picturesque Maligne Lake, with a stop at Spirit Island – one the world’s most photographed scenes. Then discover the magnificent Maligne Valley on a wildlife discovery tour. Keep a lookout for osprey, bald eagles, big horn sheep, elk, deer and bears.
Day 4: Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise
From Jasper, drive south to the Glacier Discovery Centre along the breathtaking Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). Upon arrival, book a ride on 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, it provides 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. After, take an easy stroll around the lakeshore for some breathtaking pictures of this iconic Canadian scene. Glacier Discovery Centre to Lake Louise: 135 km (84 mi)
Day 5: Lake Louise
Drive to Morraine Lake and enjoy an easy morning hike around the shoreline with stunning views of this famous glacier-fed 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 6: 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 breathtaking panoramic views, 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, prime time for spotting Banff National Park’s animals such as deer, elk and bears.
Day 7: Calgary
From Banff, drive east along the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to WinSport Olympic Park. Get your adrenaline pumping on the mountain bike trails and zipline. If you’re feeling adventurous have a go on the 1.8 km (5,905 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. Banff to Calgary city limits: 114 km (71 mi)
Spend the afternoon at Canada’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.