Discover the 'Dinosaur Capital of Canada', learn the story of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and explore Waterton Lakes National Park, an International Peace Park. This Tailor-made journey takes you from the buzzing city of Calgary on an exploration of the highlights of southern Alberta's national parks and wilderness areas.

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Dinosaur Provincial Park and the largest dinosaur museum in Canada

Learn more about the local aboriginal culture with a behind the scenes guided experience at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Discover the hunting practices of the native people of the North American plains at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

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Southern Alberta Parks

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Day 1

Calgary - Banff

Drive to Banff and explore the mountain town.

Day 2

Banff

You will have a full day to explore Banff, including a ride on the Banff Gondola for panoramic views and a soak in the Upper Hot Springs.

Day 3

Banff - Calgary

Calgary is a city buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. Enjoy a visit to the iconic Calgary Tower as you explore the city.

Day 4

Calgary - Drumheller

Drumheller is the Dinosaur Capital of Canada. Being here will take you into another world. Don’t miss Canada’s largest dinosaur museum where you can journey through time and come face-to-face with incredible creatures that lived millions of years ago.

Day 5

Drumheller - Elkwater

Travel to Dinosaur Provincial Park as you venture into the rugged Canadian Badlands. The Explorer’s Bus provides the opportunity to experience the stunning views of the park’s Natural Preserve. 

Day 6

Cypress Hills Provincial Park

In this hidden gem, enjoy an array of outdoor adventures; rent a bike, canoe, or GPS system for geo-caching scavenger hunts. Take an interpretive hike or book a Dark Sky Planetarium experience. 

Day 7

Elkwater - Lethbridge

Travel to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to experience the largest concentration of rock art on the plains. Enjoy a behind the scenes guided experience with a local aboriginal guide to explore the Archaeological Preserve.

Day 8

Lethbridge - Waterton Lakes National Park

On your way out of Lethbridge, you may wish to stop in at Fort Whoop- Up, an old fort and outlaw trading post. In Waterton, visit the Prince of Wales Hotel – a National Historic Site.

Day 9

Waterton Lakes National Park

The day is yours to discover this beautiful region.  Take a drive to Red Rock Canyon - a colourful canyon of red, green and white banded rock cliffs, green alpine forests and bubbling white waterfalls.

Day 10

Waterton Lakes National Park - Calgary

Travel north to experience Head-Smashed‐In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains for the past 6000 years. Continue north to Calgary.

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