Latest Trip: Canadian Rockies

Day 1: Calgary to Banff

  • Fly into Calgary (Arrive 10:30am)
  • Pick up rental car
  • Drive to Banff (1 hour 24 min [78mi])
  • Check in to hotel
  • Buy Park Pass.
  • Inquire about discount tickets (ice field explorer adventure, banff gondola, banff minnewanka cruise)
  • Photo Op: Bow Falls
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Banff Gondola Cost: Adults $39.95 go
  • Go for a dip in the Banff Upper Hot springs (9am-11pm) $7.30 per adult
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site (10am-5pm)
  • Visit the Whyte Museum
  • Sunset drive along Vermillon lakes

Day 2: Banff

  • Breakfast brunch – Banff springs hotel (11am – 2pm Bow Valley Grill Reservations)
  • Drive along the shores of Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake
  • Take Cruise of Lake Minnewanka (1 hr) $54.95
  • Drive to and hike Johnston Canyon (30 min from banff) (1.7 mi) go
  • Castle Mountain kodak viewpoint (8 min from johnston)
  • Lake Louise (21 min)
  • Visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 3: Icefields Parkway to Jasper

  • Drive up the Icefields Parkway
  • Photo Op: Stop at Hector Lake
  • Stop at Crowfoot Glacier
  • Photo Op: Bow Lake
  • View of Peyto Lake from Bow Summit
  • Photo Op: Waterfowl Lakes
  • Photo Op: Mistaya Canyon
  • Photo Op: Saskatchewan Crossing
  • Photo Op: Weeping Wall
  • Photo Op: Bridal Veil Falls
  • Ice Explorer – Columbia Icefields Athabasca Glacier
  • Photo Op: Tangle Falls
  • Photo Op: Quartzite Boulder Field
  • Photo Op: Sunwapta Falls
  • Look for mountain goats at Kerkeslin Goat Lick
  • Photo Op: Athabasca Falls
  • Photo Op: Horseshoe Lake
  • Check into hotel in Jasper

Day 4: Jasper

  • Drive up to Maligne Lake (past Medicine lake)
  • Photo Ops: Medicine Lake, Patricia Lake
  • Take Maligne Lake boat cruise (photograph Spirit Island)
  • Hike Maligne Canyon go
  • Drive to Edith Cavell (93a) and Hike Path of the Glacier go

Day 5: Icefields Parkway to Yoho NP

  • Athabasca Falls
  • Sunwapta Falls
  • Hike Wilcox Pass to the meadows go
  • drive to Yoho NP go
  • Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint
  • Natural Bridge
  • Emerald Lake
  • Takakkaw Falls go
  • Check into hotel in Lake Louise

Day 6: Lake Louise

  • Explore Morrainne Lake (early morning or after 4pm) – rent canoe
  • Drive to Lake Louise
  • check into hotel – 1 night (Paradise Lodge & Bungalows)
  • Visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: events
  • Hike around Lake Louise (hike to agnes lake and tea house?)
  • Louise Lake Gondola
  • Dinner at the Outpost (Post Hotel)

Day 7: Banff to Calgary

  • Lake Ohara Full Day (reserve shuttle bus)
  • Calgary Tower
  • Stephen Ave Walk (shop and dine)
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Fort Calgary
  • Prince’s Island Park
  • Stroll along Bow River Pathway
  • Heritage Park (3 hours)

Notes: Maps

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