9 days in Canadian Rockies Itinerary

9 days in Canadian Rockies Itinerary

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9 days in Canadian Rockies Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Hinton
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Jasper National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Banff National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Waterton Lakes National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
day
Hinton

Hinton ©
Hinton is a town in west-central Alberta, Canada.It is located in Yellowhead County, 81km northeast of Jasper and about 284km west of Alberta's capital city, Edmonton, at the intersection of Yellowhead and Bighorn Highway, in the Athabasca River valley. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Northern Rockies Museum, take a peaceful walk through Athabasca Riverfront Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Beaver Boardwalk.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hinton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Charlotte, USA to Hinton is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Hinton, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Hinton is much colder than Charlotte - with highs of 58°F and lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Hinton

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The Beaver Boardwalk ©
The Beaver Boardwalk
Athabasca Riverfront Park ©
Athabasca Riverfront Park
Northern Rockies Museum ©
Northern Rockies Museum

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nights
Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marmot Basin Ski Area and Mount Edith Cavell Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Edith Cavell and Athabasca Glacier. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Sunwapta Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tangle Creek Falls, take a memorable drive along Highway 93A, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Galleries.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jasper National Park planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hinton to Jasper National Park takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

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Sunwapta Falls ©
Sunwapta Falls
Mount Edith Cavell Trail ©
Mount Edith Cavell Trail
Mount Edith Cavell ©
Mount Edith Cavell

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nights
Banff National Park

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Silverton Falls and then hit the best photo ops around with Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Takakkaw Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Crowfoot Glacier, then stop by Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe Ltd, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Samson Native Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Banff National Park online itinerary planner .

Getting from Jasper National Park to Banff National Park by shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Jasper National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Banff National Park, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Nature Parks Tours

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Yoho National Park
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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures ©
Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures
Takakkaw Falls ©
Takakkaw Falls
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park ©
Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): trek along International Peace Park Hike and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waterton Lakes National Park visit planner.

Drive from Banff National Park to Waterton Lakes National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Banff National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Waterton Lakes National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon

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