Easy sell: Badlands and the beautiful south
0DAY 1/2: Arrive Lake Louise
DAY 3: Drive to/explore Canmore
DAY 4: Drive to/explore Drumheller
DAY 5: Drive to/explore Medicine Hat
DAY 6: Drive to/explore Cypress Hill and Provincial Park
DAY 7: Drive to/explore Lethbridge
DAY 8: Drive to Waterton
DAY 9: Explore Waterton
DAY 10: Drive to/explore Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
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Alberta’s landscapes lend themselves effortlessly to a soft adventure itinerary. Recommend a motorhome or highlight the province’s range of comfy camping and O-TENTik (pre-pitched) options.
ROCKING IN THE ROCKIES
DAY ONE & TWO: With a flight into Calgary, a short one hour 30 minutes drive will put clients almost instantly at the heart of the Rockies, in Banff. Here they can explore the UNESCO- ranked Banff National Park, ride the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views, take the challenge of the Via Ferrata soft adventure climb or cruise away on Lake Minnewanka. The drive onwards leads towards the quintessential village of Lake Louise (40 minutes), renowned for the stunning lake views and nearby Moraine Lake before turning onto the iconic Icefields Parkway for excursions aboard the Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer Bus and on to Jasper.
OUTBACK OR DOWNTOWN
DAY THREE: Just 25 minutes from Banff is Canmore for rock-climbing tours and canoe trips, the Yamnuska Wolf Dog Sanctuary and the chance to have a go at ice hockey with Pinnacle Hockey. Alternatively, visitors can head straight to Calgary (one hour 30 minutes) for the city buzz, food or brewery tours, and time in the Heritage Park Historical Village or Winsport Olympic Parks.
DAY FOUR: Head to the canyons and wind-scraped hoodoos of Drumheller in the Canadian Badlands. Here they can check out the Royal Tyrrell Museum and head over to Dinosaur Provincial Park for a look back to pre-historic times, hunting and casting fossils.
DAY FIVE: Canada’s sunniest city, is set on a lush river valley and offers historic sites and unspoilt trails to explore. Time it right and visitors can also join the World Professional Chuckwagon Races or the Medicine Hat Stampede held here annually.
HEAD TO THE HILLS
DAY SIX: Cypress Hills rises 600 metres above the plains in southeastern Alberta and is home to the province’s first Dark Sky Preserve. Stop here and visitors can hike in untouched landscapes, star gaze at clear wide skies and camp out or book in for some home comforts in the Elkwater Lake Lodge.
DAY SEVEN: Two and a half hours on is the Writing on Stone Provincial Park where visitors can see ancient rock art and explore the stories of the Blackfoot people before heading on to Lethbridge for a peek at Fort Whoop Up, once an infamous American trading post.
DAY EIGHT AND NINE: Waterton Lakes National Park is Alberta’s smallest Rocky Mountain park but it is big on scenic splendour, with impressive lakes and waterfalls, easy trails and canoe hire, canyons to hike and boat cruises
DAY TEN: On the three-hour drive from Waterton to Calgary, recommend a stop at Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, an historic First Nations heritage site.