Easy sell: Alberta South Route

DAY 1: Arrive in Calgary, explore Calgary

DAY 2: Fort Macleod

DAY 3: Waterton

DAY 4: Waterton Lakes National Park

DAY 5: Banff

DAY 6: Canmore & Kananaskis Country

DAY 7: Depart from Calgary 

This trip into Alberta’s history will take your clients to western boomtowns, historic ranches, ancient buffalo jumps and red mountain canyons.

CALGARY 

Start them at the Heritage Park Historical Village, which houses a huge collection of antique cars and trucks and offers the chance to ride an authentic steam train as well as explore historic buildings. Complementing this is the Glenbow Museum and its Mavericks exhibit, showing the risky adventures of Alberta’s incorrigible founders through hands-on activities and over 700 artifacts.

For a more natural vision of the past, Calgary Zoo’s prehistoric park has life-sized dinosaur models to show what the land looked like in the Jurassic age and is an introduction to Alberta’s rich fossil beds.

If your clients are in town for the Calgary Stampede, this city-wide party celebrates Alberta’s long history of ranching, cowboy culture and aboriginal heritage and the colourful Indian Village showcases five local tribes.

FORT MCLEOD 

The two-hour drive snakes through open prairie and rising foothills with the Rocky Mountains always on the horizon.

Suggest a stop at Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump to learn about the history, culture and geology at this UNESCO World Heritage Site where, for 6,000 years, indigenous plains people used the steep cliffs to kill bison.

Bar U Ranch is set in the rolling foothills and is a working museum celebrating Alberta’s long history of ranching. Your clients will ride a wagon, explore historic buildings and learn to ride and rope.

Fort Macleod itself is a restored boomtown with a working 100-year-old theatre. Fort Macleod Museum shows the history of the North West Mounted Police and First Nations.

WATERTON

Your clients will find lots to do – from active pursuits to lounging on the beach or just enjoying the view from the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.

Downtown is the Cameron Falls, where water cascades over 1.5 billion year old pre-Cambrian rock. Suggest that your clients wear their hiking boots and explore the trails.

Another must-do is a Waterton Shoreline Cruise to watch for wildlife and learn about the geology and history of the area from a local tour guide.

Recommend your clients drive the 10-miles from Waterton Red Rock Canyon, a beautiful site of red - and white- banded rock cliffs, green alpine forests and bubbling white waterfalls.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Your clients will find lots to do – from active pursuits to lounging on the beach or just enjoying the view from the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.

Downtown is the Cameron Falls, where water cascades over 1.5 billion year old pre-Cambrian rock. Suggest that your clients wear their hiking boots and explore the trails 

Another must-do is a Waterton Shoreline Cruise to watch for wildlife and learn about the geology and history of the area from a local tour guide. 

Recommend your clients drive the 10-miles from Waterton Red Rock Canyon, a beautiful site of red - and white- banded rock cliffs, green alpine forests and bubbling white waterfalls.

BANFF 

Drive a scenic five hours to Banff, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park. The town is a cultural oasis of award-winning restaurants, with a vibrant night scene, historic museums and superb art galleries.

A ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola is a chance to take the lay of the land with breathtaking views in every direction.

Book your clients a Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise, during which they will learn about local wildlife, native folklore, early mountaineers and ancient glaciers.

The recently-restored  Cave and Basin National Historic Site commemorates the 1883 discovery of the hot springs that led to the creation of Canada’s first national park.

CANMORE & KANANASKIS COUNTRY

It’s a short (20 minute) but scenic drive from Banff to Kananaskis Country. Canmore is an active, eco-friendly town with a backyard full of mountains and a big dining scene. Recommend that your clients spend some time here walking, shopping and eating downtown. In August and September there is a festival for every traveller, including the Canmore Folk Music Festival, Kananaskis Whitewater Festival, Kananaskis Mountain Festival and Canmore Highland Games.

To explore this stunning area choices include riding the trails on horseback or even a ranch vacation; hiking, with varying difficulty levels and many trails beginning from the town; mountain biking, with the Nordic Centre offering 100 km of trails; or helicopter tours, for birds-eye views of mountain peaks, silver lakes, rich green forest and a shimmering glacier.

If your clients are into golf, Stewart Creek is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and was designed around its outstanding natural features while Silvertip’s spectacular 18-hole course takes less than three hours to play.

Depart from Calgary