Alberta Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers
SELF DRIVE TOUR
BANFF | LAKE LOUISE | JASPER | EDMONTON | DRUMHELLER | CALGARY
Take the open road and explore the highlights of Alberta, its lakes and its magnificent glaciers. Drive to Banff from Calgary, journey to Lake Louise before heading for Banff. Next, you'll go to Jasper, Edmonton and Drumheller before making your way back to Calgary.
- The wonderful year-round resort of Banff
- See the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Louise
- Explore the incredible Jasper National Park
Alberta Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers
Day 1 : UK - Calgary
Arrive into Calgary airport and make your way to your downtown hotel for a three night stay.
Day 2-4 : Calgary
Three days to explore Calgary, a place buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. Known for its western hospitality, chef-driven cuisine, classic and quirky theatre and lively music events and outdoor festivals, Calgary is a vibrant city centred around four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The magnificent Rockies make a stunning backdrop and you’ll find a lively vibe in the downtown bars and restaurants. Calgary is best known for its annual stampede when cowboys and girls from across the world descend to do battle for the top rodeo honours.
Perhaps enjoy a visit to the iconic Calgary Tower for panoramic views or visit the Heritage Park Historical Village on the city’s south side, a “living museum” representing turn of the-century Calgary with costumed interpreters, a steam train and scale-model sternwheeler, an old-fashioned candy store and much more.
Day 5 : Calgary - Banff (72 Miles)
Collect your car and leave the Stampede City for the short drive to Banff, a resort town renowned for its scenic natural beauty and stunning wildlife.
Day 6 : Banff | Freedom of Choice - choose 1 of 4 excursions
Today you can personalise your day by choosing one of four excursions.
Option 1. Banff Gondola
Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Option 2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.
Option 3. River Explorer Canoe Tour
Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff
National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.
Option 4. Bow River Horseback Adventure
Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure.
Day 7 : Banff to Lake Louise (38 Miles)
Today we suggest taking the scenic Bow Valley Parkway route which runs parallel to the Trans-Canada highway. Be sure to stop at Johnston Canyon
and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls.
Day 8 : Lake Louise - Jasper | Ice Explorer and Skywalk (129 miles)
Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway and encompass the ultimate glacier exploration. From
walking on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer ride, to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk
(included), today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies.
Day 9 : Jasper | Freedom of choice - choose 1 of 3 sightseeing excursions
Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions
Option 1. Maligne Lake Cruise
Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island.
Option 2. Jasper River Float
Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.
Option 3. Jasper Nature Walk
A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.
Day 10 : Jasper - Edmonton (226 Miles)
Journey through the beautiful landscapes of Jasper National Park, and into the golden prairies of Alberta. Arrive in the city of Edmonton, and spend the remainder of your day exploring. Don’t miss the walking trails and parks of the downtown River Valley, and the eclectic shops and cafes of Whyte Avenue.
Day 11 : Edmonton
Spend a day exploring West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America. Complete with an expansive water park, amusement park, indoor skating rink, and mini golf park, and over 800 stores. For those looking to get outside, Elk Island National Park is less than an hour’s drive from the city, and offers great wildlife watching and hiking trails.
Day 12 : Edmonton - Drumheller (173 Miles)
Depart Edmonton and head south towards the badlands of Alberta and the city of Drumheller. This fascinating destination is home to a unique landscape shaped by sandstone pillar hoodoos. Many dinosaur fossils have been excavated from this area, drawing palaeontologists from around the world. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum (included) and walk amongst the impressive array of dinosaur fossils.
Day 13 : Dinosaur Provincial Park Exploring
Today is a full day to explore Dinosaur Provincial Park. From Drumheller, travel two hours to Dinosaur Provincial Park, where you will have a chance escape the ordinary and venture into the rugged Canadian Badlands. The Explorer’s Bus Tour (included) provides the opportunity to experience the stunning views of the park’s Natural Preserve from the comfort and safety of the tour bus. You will be getting off the bus at various stops to see the badlands and fossils up close and personal. One stop includes a full body (articulated skeleton) of a Corythosaurus, the “helmet headed lizard”. Return to Drumheller for the night.
Day 14-15 : Drumheller - Calgary (83 Miles) - UK
Conclude this memorable holiday with a quick drive from Drumheller to Calgary, then make your way to the airport to board your flight back to the UK.