Day 1: Jasper
First, stop at the Visitor Information Centre to learn about the area’s attractions and guided tours, award-winning restaurants and shops. Then, 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.
500 Connaught Drive, Jasper, Alberta
Head to Maligne Canyon to explore what is considered to be one the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake, with a stop at Spirit Island – one the world’s most photographed scenes.
Day 2: Lake Louise
From Jasper drive south to the Glacier Discovery Centre along the scenic Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93). En route plan to stop at Athabasca Falls – it’s a popular viewpoint and the most powerful waterfall in Jasper National Park. At about the halfway point between Jasper and the Discovery Centre you’ll find the picturesque Sunwapta Falls, which is worthy of another stop.
At the Glacier Discovery Centre, 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)
Day 3: Jasper
Head to the warmest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies for a relaxing soak with panoramic mountain and valley views. Then experience the thrill of the ride sitting in the sidecar of an authentic Harley Davidson on a scenic motorcycle tour.
Travel down the Athabasca River, following a route once used by fur traders in the late 1800s. You’ll learn about the area’s history and wildlife while floating along the calm water and gentle rapids. Explore the Maligne Valley on a wildlife discovery tour. Keep a lookout for osprey, bald eagles, big horn sheep, elk, deer and bears.
Day 4: Edmonton
At Jasper, the Yellowhead Highway stretches east from the rugged Canadian Rockies through forested foothills and golden prairie farmlands. Be sure to take some time for a bit of shopping in Edmonton. 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. Jasper to Edmonton: 358 km (222 mi.)
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.