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What to expect

One of the most iconic road trips in the world with a few secret surprises along the way. Incredible mountain towns, tasty local brews and food and a ton of photo-worthy views! We've done all the research on this famous route to Banff so you don't have to. Want to keep going towards Jasper? We included a 'want to keep going' section just in case.

Trip Highlights

scenic boardwalks and bridges

Local eateries & breweries

Short hikes with great views

A fantastic mix of well-known and new destinations

A one-of-a-kind animal experience (additional cost)

Suggested for
  • Outdoor Adventurers
  • Active Families
  • Weekends Away
  • Photographers
Available to depart
This itinerary can be used any day throughout the year!

Itinerary

Stop 1

Before you fully venture onto the winding roads, grab a coffee to prep for the day! We also suggest an optional farm visit for an additional price. Drive time to your second stop is 30 minutes.

Stop 2

Take a leisurely lakeside stroll while you soak up stunning mountain range views. Don’t worry, this trail is just 2.3 km and flat! Drive time to your third stop is 22 minutes.

Stop 3

Occasionally overlooked but well worth a visit, your third stop is a fantastic local town. We’ve recommended a picturesque trail, a brewery and tasty spots for lunch. Drive time to your fourth stop is 24 minutes.

Stop 4

One of the most iconic road trip destinations in the world, and you get to go! Epic lookouts that are a photographer’s dream, a couple of breweries, gorgeous lakes and more. BONUS: want to head all the way to Jasper? We have a ‘Want to Keep Going’ section if you want to continue the route.

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Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

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Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

Cash
National Parks Pass (can be bought online or at gate)
Road Trip Snacks
Walking shoes
Water
Additional Details
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly
Vegan
Wheelchair Accessible

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please see the approximate driving distances below. Please note this just includes round-trip driving distances and not time spent at stops.

• From Calgary: 3 hours and 36 minutes / 278 km
• From Okotoks: 4 hours and 23 minutes / 355 km
• From Bragg Creek: 3 hours and 13 minutes / 260 km
• From Airdrie: 3 hours and 46 minutes / 311 km

This itinerary can be used any day throughout the year. Some of the trails may be slippery through the winter months so please use caution.

We recommend leaving anytime between 8:30 – 9:00 am. The later you leave the less time you may have to complete all of the stops. 

You can bring your furry friend, but it may limit you from going into some of the recommended stops. Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. 

We recommend bringing between 2-5 people on your surprise road trip!

One option on your first stop is $25 per adult and $15 per Youth. We do have a free alternative suggestion! You will also need a valid National Parks Pass. This can be pre-purchased online or at the gate! 

After booking your trip, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options.