So, you’ve seen some dinosaurs, stuffed your gut with fried food at the Stampede and visited the world heritage site at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Or, if you’ve missed it, here’s the whole Part 1 itinerary.
Now it’s time to hit the might rocky mountains. Give yourself a good stretch of time here. Three to four days is ideal, but here’s the three day version:
Day 6/7/8: Canadian Rockies
Start nice and early and head straight out to Lake Louise. The lake itself is stunning, but the surrounding area has some easy hikes for beginners, you can canoe on the lake or have afternoon tea at Chateau Lake Louise.
Field, B.C. is a great next step for a trip to Emerald Lake, the natural bridge and a tasty meal at the Truffles Pigs bistro.
Banff, AB brings the super-touristy, but still a must visit. Take in an event at the Banff Centre, step back in time for afternoon tea at the Banff Springs Hotel, take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, relax your muscles in the Banff Hot Springs or get a scrumptious breakfast at Coyotes (we Canadians love us some breakfast).
Moraine Lake is the picture perfect destination that shows up on millions of postcards. See it in person. And finally, I’d suggest an easy hike at Johnston’s Canyon and further up to the Ink Pots. For my other Canadians out there, what are your mountain recommendations?
Day 9: Canadian Heritage
I don’t think that I can ever get sick of visiting Heritage Park. It’s the perfect mix of Canadian history, culture, pioneer spirit, scrumptious food, family friendly environment and fresh open air. It’s at least a half day visit, but I can personally spend an entire day there. It makes me that happy. I even wrote about my lifetime of memories at Heritage Park.
Day 10: Canada Day Celebrations
If you’re visiting anywhere near July 1, make sure you take part in the Canada Day celebrations. Fireworks, pow wow, face painting, food trucks (mmm… food trucks),vendors, music, you name it. All in all it’s a fun day where we celebrate the country that we know and love.
Days 11-14: Some random ideas
- Galaxie Diner for the endless hash browns
- TELUS Spark – big kids learn science too
- Glenbow Museum – this collection is a nice mix of culture, art and history
- Fish Creek Provincial Park
- A day or overnight trip up to Edmonton to visit West Edmonton Mall. Who doesn’t love a water park?
- A food truck tour
Basically, Calgary has a ton of options to offer any kind of tourist. Whatever you choose to do, whatever kind of travel you enjoy, have fun.
Albertans? What would make your list?