Day 1: Jasper
Ride the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada for sweeping views of six mountain ranges, glacier-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 Maligne Lake, with a stop at Spirit Island – one the world’s most photographed scenes. Afterwards, explore the magnificent Maligne Valley on a wildlife discovery tour. Keep a lookout for osprey, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, elk, deer and bears.
Day 2: Icefields Parkway
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 3: Lake Louise & Banff
Head to the Lake Louise Gondola where you’ll experience some of the best grizzly bear viewing opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Then take a 7 km (4.4 mi) round trip hike to the historic Lake Agnes Tea House for afternoon tea and scones in a picturesque alpine valley.
Set off on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A) to Banff and watch for wildlife along the way. Start with a relaxing soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs mineral pools. Then 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. Lake Louise to Banff: 48 km (30 mi).
Day 4: 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, or 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. Then step out onto the world’s highest 360-degree observation deck at the Calgary Tower, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and Canadian Rockies. Banff to Calgary city limits: 114 km (71 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.