With natural treasures including Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier within easy reach, Calgary is an ideal base from which to explore the Rocky Mountains. If you’re keen to experience the best of Canada’s outdoors and national parks, here are our top picks of Rocky Mountain day trips from Calgary.
Banff tours from Calgary run to destinations including Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country, and must-sees Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, and Lake Louise in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Banff National Park. The diverse day trips on offer showcase the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies to perfection. As you explore—whether on foot or by bike—be sure to keep watch for native bear, elk, and deer in their natural habitat.
Home to stunning natural sites of interest such as Athabasca glacier and falls, the Icefields Parkway, and Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park and Yoho National Park offer a world of exciting outdoor adventure. Most tours stop in Banff on the way to see iconic locations like the Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake, and travelers can gain insight into Canada’s rich geology on the spectacular Columbia Icefield.
Things to Know
- Banff National Park is about 68 miles (110 kilometers) west of Calgary, a journey of 90 minutes by road.
- Jasper National Park sits just over 190 miles (305 kilometers) northwest of Calgary, and the drive takes around five hours.
- Day tours from Calgary to Banff and Jasper typically last between eight and 14 hours, and include pickup and drop-off at centrally located Calgary hotels as well as a guide, transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, and lunch.
- If you have more time to play, consider a multi-day tour, which includes meals and tented accommodations.