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Top Day Trips from Calgary

By Viator, February 2018

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Best known for the Calgary Stampede and for being the center of Canada’s oil industry, Calgary is also a launchpad for unforgettable outdoor adventures. From Banff and Jasper’s trails and glaciers to the Badlands’ dinosaurs and hoodoos, here are some top day trip destinations and activities outside of Calgary.
 
Banff — 79 miles (127 km) away
Located 90 minutes east of Calgary by road, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s top tourist attractions. The resort town of Banff, with its hot springs and inviting surrounding areas, boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country. A visit to Banff is a popular day trip from Calgary any time of year. Summertime hikes yield gorgeous views of turquoise- and emerald-colored lakes in front of snow-capped mountains; rafting and cycling are also popular summer pastimes. In winter, Banff is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise.

Canadian Badlands — 84 miles (135 km) away
Explore the surreal, moon-like landscapes of Alberta’s Badlands on a day trip from Calgary. In Drumheller—also known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World—examine the intricate rock layers of Horseshoe Canyon, then visit the dinosaur exhibits at the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum. Taking a guided tour from Calgary is a good way to learn about the dinosaur fossils and oddly shaped hoodoos (thin rock spires) from scientists and local experts. 

Columbia Icefield — about 190 miles (310 km) away
It makes for a long day, but a day trip from Calgary to the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park is well worth the time. The majestic mountain scenery combined with ancient glaciers along the Icefields Parkway will especially appeal to photographers and to lovers of the outdoors. A tour of the icefield (between May and October) is an excellent way to see the massive ice formations that shaped the geography of the region’s wild landscape over thousands of years. On a guided tour, visit iconic sites like Lake Louise, explore the glaciers by ATV, and even get a chance to walk along the Athabasca Glacier.

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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary, Calgary, null
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary

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Discover Canada's beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls during this day trip from Calgary. Explore Banff National Park and visit Lake Louise, the 'Jewel of ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $206.14
Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River, Kootenay Rockies, Day Trips
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Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River

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For an exhilarating day in the Canadian Rockies, enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure on the Kicking Horse River! It’s the perfect way to experience the ...  Read more

Location: Golden, Canada
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary, Calgary, White Water Rafting
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

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On this day trip from Calgary, see the exciting Icefields Parkway on your way to the Columbia Icefield, and explore the Athabasca Glacier with the Ice ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $287.92
Banff Day Trip from Calgary, Calgary, Day Trips
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Banff Day Trip from Calgary

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Take a full day to explore the Canadian Rockies, and travel along Tunnel Mountain Drive, with its wind-carved rock formations. Then ride to the mountain top ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: Up to 12 hrs with the option to end earlier.

From USD $184.00
Icefields Parkway Discovery to Jasper from Calgary, Calgary, Day Trips
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Icefields Parkway Discovery to Jasper from Calgary

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Travel from Calgary to Jasper on this one-way Canadian Rockies day trip by coach, ideal for photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and casual sightseers alike. ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, concludes Jasper, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $248.74
Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary, Calgary, Day Trips
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Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary

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Discover hoodoo rock formations and dinosaur fossils in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta. On this day trip by coach from Calgary, travel through the lunar ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.40

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