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Western Canada itinerary: Take on Alberta’s quintessential mountain towns

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Travel by train, gondola and canoe with this four-day itinerary provided by Travel Alberta. On the tour of the Canadian Rockies, groups will encounter deep mountain canyons, turquoise lakes and 100 ancient glaciers.

Lake, Jasper, Alberta, CanadaPhoto: Parks Canada, R. Bray

Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

Day One
Arrive in Jasper in style with VIA Rail. Relax and take in panoramic Canadian Rocky Mountain views from the Skyline dome car.

A world of adventure awaits in the authentic mountain town of Jasper, where the locals will enthusiastically welcome the group.

Enjoy an evening Maligne Canyon walk. The group will pass waterfalls, fossils, wildlife and underground streams along the easy trail that crosses a series of bridges over the gorge. Follow the interpretive signs to learn about how the canyon was worn away by swirling rushing water over millions of years.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day Two
Spend the day exploring Jasper. Let Maligne Lake Boat Tours take the group on a 90-minute cruise on one of the most picturesque lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Midway through the cruise, there is a stop at Spirit Island, where passengers disembark for a short walk to the lookout point. This is one of the most photographed spots in the world.

Evening, Jasper, Alberta, CanadaPhoto: Jeff Bartlett/Tourism Jasper

Evening, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

Head to Jasper SkyTram, the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada. There are stunning views of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, the Athabasca River and Jasper.

Jasper National Park’s Dark Sky Preserve is the second largest dark sky preserve in the world. The night skies in Jasper deliver an array of sparkling stars like nowhere else. Book a guided experience for a closer look at the countless constellations, the planets and the Milky Way.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day Three
Drive to Banff via the Icefields Parkway. Plan to stop along the way for some amazing photo opportunities, including Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. More than 100 glaciers can be seen along the route.

Stop at the Lake Louise Gondola, which provides some of the best grizzly bear viewing opportunities in the Canadian Rockies.

Stop in Lake Louise. This scenic wonderland is a protected mountain destination offering the purest of alpine experiences. With world-class hotels, postcard-perfect lodges, casual dining options, and summer and winter recreational activities, Lake Louise is symbolic of the quintessential Canadian mountain town.

Rent a canoe and paddle to the far end of the turquoise Lake Louise to where the Victoria Glacier reaches the shoreline.

Overnight in Banff.

Day Four
The town of Banff offers visitors unparalleled rugged beauty. Its pristine mountain ranges and lush wilderness are perfect for visitors craving outdoor adventure.

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaPhoto: Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Paul Zizka Photography

Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Take a Lake Minnewanka boat cruise. Explore the largest lake in the Banff National Park, just 15 minutes from town. Learn about the area’s remarkable history, geology and wildlife.

Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a glass-enclosed Banff Gondola for breathtaking panoramic views of six mountain ranges and the town of Banff nestled far below. Take a short hike along the walkway to Sanson’s Peak and watch for wildlife.

Take an hour-long horseback ride in the evening. Banff Trail Riders will guide the group along the riverbank, past bubbling thermal springs or up to rumbling waterfalls.

Overnight in Banff. 

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