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Western Canada Self Drive Tour Overview

Trip Location: Calgary

Trip Overview:
Discover the dynamic scenery of Alberta on a self-drive to Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Alberta Badlands, Calgary and Edmonton.
This 10-day holiday provides the freedom and flexibility of exploring at your own pace, with the convenience of overnight accommodations and admissions to the best attractions of Alberta.

Itinerary at a Glance

Calgary to Banff
Banff Sightseeing | Banff Gondola
Banff to Lake Louise
Lake Louise to Jasper
Jasper Sightseeing
Jasper to Edmonton
Edmonton Sightseeing
Edmonton to Drumheller
Dinosaur Provincial Park
DAY 10
Drumheller to Calgary

Western Canada Self Drive Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Calgary to Banff (115 km/72 mi)

    Upon arrival into Calgary, pick up your rental car and begin your Rockies adventure. Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in and the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure.

  • Day 2 - Banff Sightseeing (Banff Gondola)

    A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafés, nightlife, museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included), Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. (included)

  • Day 3 - Banff to Lake Louise (62 km/38 mi)

    Depart Banff today and travel along the lovely Bow Valley Parkway for a casual drive. The Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise is a low-speed, two-lane undivided roadway with numerous scenic outlooks and pullouts. Be sure to stop for a quick nature walk at Johnston Canyon, where you can stand in the spray of a roaring mountain waterfall. Continue on to the “Jewel of the Rockies,” Lake Louise. Lake Louise is the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most beautiful in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Day 4 - Lake Louise to Jasper (208 km/129 mi)

    Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefield Parkway. You’re sure to be enthralled by the scenery, wildlife, incredible blue lakes and sparkling waterfalls en route A stop at Peyto Lake along the way is a must. Don’t miss the Columbia Icefield for a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier on board an Ice Explorer (included) and a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included), before continuing your journey to Jasper.

    Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June

  • Day 5 - Jasper Sightseeing

    Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

  • Day 6 - Jasper to Edmonton (365 km/226 mi)

    Journey through the beautiful landscapes of Jasper National Park, and into the golden prairies of Alberta. Arrive in the city of Edmonton, and spend the remainder of your day exploring. Don’t miss the walking trails and parks of the downtown River Valley, and the eclectic shops and cafes of Whyte Avenue.

  • Day 7 - Edmonton

    Spend a day exploring West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America. Complete with an expansive water park, amusement park, indoor skating rink, and mini golf park, and over 800 stores. For those looking to get outside, Elk Island National Park is less than an hour’s drive from the city, and offers great wildlife watching and hiking trails.

  • Day 8 - Edmonton to Drumheller (280 km/173 mi)

    Depart Edmonton and head south towards the badlands of Alberta and the city of Drumheller. This fascinating destination is home to a unique landscape shaped by sandstone pillar hoodoos. Many dinosaur fossils have been excavated from this area, drawing palaeontologists from around the world. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum (included) and walk amongst the impressive array of dinosaur fossils.

  • Day 9 - Dinosaur Provincial Park Exploring

    Today is a full day to explore Dinosaur Provincial Park. 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”. Return to Drumheller for the night.

  • Day 10 - Drumheller to Calgary (135 km/83 mi)

    Conclude this memorable holiday with a quick drive from Drumheller to Calgary.


  • 2 Nights Banff
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  • 1 Night Lake Lousie
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  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 7
  • 2 Nights Edmonton
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  • 2 Nights Drumheller


  • Daily Breakfast


  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • 7
  • Banff Gondola
  • 7
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • 7
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum admission
  • 7
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • 7
  • Drumheller Provincial Park Explorer’s Bus Tour

Other Inclusions

  • Accommodation including provincial taxes for 9 nights
  • 7
  • Rental Car
  • 7
  • Daily Breakfast with stay
  • 7
  • Return airport transfers

Things To Carry

  • Camera
  • 7
  • Prescribed Medicines


  • Exclusions
  • 7
  • International flights
  • 7
  • Entrance tickets of National Parks
  • 7
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc.
  • 7
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • 7
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • 7
  • Tips
  • 7
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • 7
  • Travel insurance
  • 7
  • Visas

Western Canada Self Drive Tour: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Western Canada Self Drive Tour: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

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