January 27, 2017

7-8 Days Suggested Itinerary: Banff, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary

Please note that the following itinerary is suggestion only. Each person's traveling style, budget, and priorities are different. You are welcome to add/subtract days and attractions that you see fit. Having a car is very important in order to take advantages of all the stops that are mentioned in this article.

Day 1: Try to fly into Calgary International Airport during day time if you can. It is about 1 and half hour drive from there to Banff town. If you arrive late at night, you may want to stay near the airport for one night then head out to Banff next morning. Pick up a rental car at the airport and off you go!

Day 2: Explore Banff Town. This town is full of restaurants and shops. Take your time to explore Banff town. This town isn't just a town, but also a scenic town as well. While there, check out the Surprise Corner and Hoodoos via the Tunnel Mountain road. Drive the scenic loop of Lake Minnewanka. Don't forget to get on the Banff Gondola for a wonderful panoramic view. Stay 1 night in Banff town.

The Hoodoos
Beautiful Banff Town
Day 3: After breakfast, hit the road to Johnston Canyon. If you are not so much of a hiker, at least walk on the friendly bridge all the way to the Lower Falls. There's a small cave there that you can get up close to the Falls. After that, continue on to Lake Louise. Get on the Chair Lift at the Lake Louise Gondola for another beautiful mountain ranges view including the beautiful color view of the Lake Louise from afar. Chair Lift is better than Gondola as you can see things better, but dress appropriately for the weather. Later on, head over to the famous Moraine Lake. There's a rock pile there that you can climb on to get the spectacular view of the lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks mountain. Relax and take in the view as much as you can. This is one of my favorite places in Banff. If time permits, drive to Yoho Valley in Yoho National Park and look at the Spiral Tunnel View. Hopefully there's a train that goes through that tunnel while you are there. Continue on to see the Natural Bridge over the Kicking Horse River - yet another beautiful color water. There's also an Emerald Lake that you can check out. Stay 1 night in Lake Louise town.

Johnston Canyon
View of Lake Louise from the Lake Louise Gondola/Chair Lift
Moraine Lake & Valley of Ten Peaks
Day 4: Rise early and go see the famous and beautiful Lake Louise. Take your time to walk around and enjoy the view of the lake from every possible corners before moving on to Jasper National Park. On the way to Jasper town, make sure to stop at the Bow Lake, Bow Glacier, and Bow Summit that provides yet another beautiful color of Peyto Lake. I highly recommend this stop. Afterwards, continue on the famous Columbia Icefields Parkway and stop by the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre to do the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure on the Athabasca Glacier and Glass-floored Glacier Skywalk. Here's my review of the adventure tour. Stay 1 night in Jasper town. If time permits, you can explore Jasper downtown area for dinner and shops. 

Breathtaking Lake Louise
Beautiful Color of Peyto Lake
Ice Explorer Adventure On Athabasca Glacier
Day 5: In Jasper, drive to Maligned Canyon and do some hiking. Continue on to the Medicine Lake and make sure to walk down to the water. After that, keep on driving to the Maligned Lake. On the way there, there may be some wildlife for you to see such as bears, calibou, etc.. There are some water activities at the Medicine Lake if you are inclined to do. There's also a lake front cafeteria there for a quick bite or lunch. Drive back and pay attention again to see if there are wildlife for viewing. In the afternoon, you can drive to see the Athabasca Falls. If you still have time, drive up to Mount Edith Cavell. It's the closest to an iced mountain you could get.

Medicine Lake
Maligned Lake
Keep An Eye On For Black Bears and Cubs!

This is the end of Banff and Jasper trip. Two things to consider afterwards:
  1. You can stay in Jasper another night or drive back on Columbia Icefields Parkway back to Banff direction to see things that you didn't get a chance to see. After all, that Icefields Parkway is one of the top ten scenic drives in North America. Return your rental car at Calgary airport or explore Calgary if you have time. OR
  2. You can drive from Jasper to Hinton, stay for the night to re-charge and Day 6: Drive in the morning to check out the biggest mall in North America - West Edmonton Mall. It takes almost 3 hours to get there from Hinton. For those that love to check off places to go, this may be a good opportunity to do so. Stay 1 night near the mall and Day 7: Drive from Edmonton to Calgary. That's another 3 hours driving. If you have time, explore Calgary - go for skyline view on Salisbury Street, check out Calgary Stampede, go up to Calgary Tower, or stroll along the Stephen Avenue. Return your rental car and fly back home.
Experience Attractions In West Edmonton!
Take In Calgary Skyline!

If you enjoyed reading this post, sign up to receive free blog posts on travels via email here or like our Facebook Page. We greatly appreciate your support.

No comments:

Post a Comment