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Alberta's Badlands and Rocky Mountains Self Drive

  • Calgary
  • Drumheller
  • Elkwater
  • Lethbridge
  • Waterton
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Lake Louise
  • 14 nights from
  • £2,669 per person
  • Trip Code: 771

Holiday Overview

A fantastic Alberta and the Rockies Fly Drive Holiday

Discover the Badlands, Lakes and Rockies on this 14 nights / 15 days self-drive holiday through Alberta. Explore the Provisional Parks of Dinosaur, Cypress Hills and Writing-on-Stone, as well as visiting Royal Tyrrell Museum, the largest dinosaur museum in Canada. Travel through the Rockies staying at Banff, Jasper and iconic Lake Louise before ending your trip on a high in Alberta's hidden gems Kananaskis and Waterton Lakes National Park.

Travel to where the dinosaurs roamed 70 million years ago in central and southern Alberta, today their bones now rest in ancient riverbeds, framed by the marron striped canyons of the Canadian Badlands. Wander through the cottonwoods along the banks fo the meandering rivers. 

Then travel onto UNESCO world heritage site, Waterton Lakes National Park where the prairies meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, colourful rocks and mountain vistas await.  End your holiday in the heart of the Rockies with stays in Banff, Jasper and picturesque Lake Louise. Traverse along the scenic Icefields Parkway stopping to take in the many lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and glaciers. You will even head out on an Ice Explorer adventure on to the Athabasca Glacier.

Alberta's Badlands and Rocky Mountains Self Drive includes:

  • Return UK Flights
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Car Hire
  • Admission to the iconic Calgary Tower
  • Admission to the Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • Explorer's bus tour of Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Head-smashed experience in Buffalo Jump
  • Banff gondola ride
  • Maligne Lake Cruise
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Day 1 - Fly to Calgary

 Arrive in Calgary and make your own way to your downtown hotel. (transfer not included)

Calgary is buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. Enjoy a visit to the iconic Calgary Tower (admission included). Another highlight worth visiting is the Heritage Park Historical Village (admission not included) on the city’s south side, a “living museum” representing turn off the-century Calgary with costumed interpreters, a steam train and scale-model sternwheeler, an old-fashioned candy store and much more. In the evening, embrace Calgary’s vibrant entertainment and culinary scene.

Featured accommodation

Hotel Arts Calgary

Enhance your experience

Fairmont Palliser

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Day 2 - Calgary to Drumheller (135 km/83 mi)

Pick up your hire car this morning and heading east toward Drumheller. There is nowhere quite like the Drumheller Valley; Dinosaur Capital of Canada! Being here will take you into another world - the world of startling contrasts between the deep past and the exciting present. Rolling fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. Don’t miss the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (included) - Canada’s largest dinosaur museum where you can journey through time and come face-to-face with incredible creatures that lived millions of years ago.

Featured accommodation

Canalta Jurassic Hotel

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Day 3 - Drumheller to Dinosaur Provincial Park to Cypress Hills Provincial Park (336km/208 mi)

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”. Continue to Cypress Hills Provincial Park – the hidden gem of Southern Alberta (about 2 hours and 40 minutes), you’ll overnight in Elkwater.

Featured accommodation

Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort

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Day 4 - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Exploring

At Cypress Hills Provincial Park, you can visit the Interpretive Program Schedule to book an interpretive hike or Dark Sky Planetarium experience to learn how to navigate the bright stars and constellations. Enjoy an array of outdoor adventures for any activity level; head over to the Interpretive Centre in Elkwater, where you can rent a bike, canoe, paddleboard, kayak, pedal boat, and GPS system for geo-caching scavenger hunts. Try dinner at the Camp Cookhouse for a rustic gourmet experience with dishes prepared by one of Canada’s Top Chef’s and made with local ingredients (activities and admissions not included).

Featured accommodation

Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort

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Day 5 - Cypress Hills Provincial Park to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to Lethbridge (297 km/185 mi)

Travel west on the Red Coat Trail toward Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to experience the largest concentration of rock art on the plains. Explore this National Historic Site with an interpreter, lounge by the bubbling Milk River and hike the hoodoo trails. Visit the Interpretive Centre for a behind the scenes guided experience with a local aboriginal guide to explore the Archaeological Preserve. Drive approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Writing-On-Stone to Lethbridge where you’ll spend the night.

Featured accommodation

Coast Lethbridge Hotel

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Day 6 - Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes National Park (119 km/74 mi)

On your way out of Lethbridge, you may wish to stop in at Fort Whoop-Up, an old fort and outlaw trading post, allowing visitors to step into life at a frontier outpost on the Great Plains, to discover exhibits about Canada’s first Mounties, whiskey and firearms traders and Blackfoot history and culture (not included). In Waterton, stroll through the town to shop, dine at the restaurants, visit the beach or hike the trails that start from the town site. You may wish to visit the Prince of Wales Hotel – a National Historic Site – for afternoon tea and lots of opportunities to take amazing photographs.

Enhance your experience

Bayshore Inn

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Day 7 - Waterton Lakes National Park Exploring

The day is yours to discover the wonders of this beautiful region. You may wish to travel to Montana’s Glacier National Park (the U.S. half of this International Peace Park) via the famous Going to the Sun Road, an astonishing feat of engineering and spectacular scenery as well. A popular activity is the 16-km drive from the Waterton town site to Red Rock Canyon - a colourful canyon of red, green and white banded rock cliffs, green alpine forests and bubbling white waterfalls.

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Day 8 - Waterton Lakes National Park to Banff

Traverse to Banff for your stunning 3-night stay in the heart of the Rockies.

Featured accommodation

Charltons Banff

Enhance your experience

The Moose Hotel and Suites Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 9 - Explore Banff

Explore Banff National Park at your leisure today, to help you take in a birds eye view of the scenery we have included the Banff Gondola.

Featured accommodation

Charltons Banff

Enhance your experience

The Moose Hotel and Suites Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Unmissable Experiences

Banff Gondola

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Day 10 - Discover Banff National Park

Continue to explore Banff National Park.

Featured accommodation

Charltons Banff

Enhance your experience

The Moose Hotel and Suites Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 11 - Banff to Jasper via Icefields Parkway

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.

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

Enhance your experience

Forest Park Hotel

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Unmissable Experiences

Glacier Skywalk

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Day 12 - Explore Jasper

Explore the Maligne Valley and its wildlife. We have include a boat cruise on Maligne Lake for you today.

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

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Forest Park Hotel

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Unmissable Experiences

Maligne Lake Cruise

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Day 13 - Jasper National Park

Continue to explore Jasper and the national park. Why not take a Tramway ride up the mountain or add on a Wildlife tour.

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Day 14 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Traverse east to Lake Louise where you will overnight.

Featured accommodation

Lake Louise Inn

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Post Hotel

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Day 15 - Fly Calgary to UK

Depart Lake Louise to Calgary for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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