Mountains, Badlands and Dinosaurs
En Route in Alberta
In Alberta we have a sampling of everything. Mountains, prairies, forests, and badlands. This itinerary guides you through this diverse landscape.
Itinerary reference: 21101
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You start in Kananaskis Country with its spectacular mountain scenery and rugged terrain, only one hour west of Calgary. Drive the Cowboy Trail with picturesque rolling hills, ranchland and cowboys alongside the road to Waterton Lakes National Park, a beautiful and idyllic place with the lake, mountains, the waterfalls and the stately old hotel.
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park contains the largest collection of rock art in North America dating back thousands of years.
In the heart of the badlands you’ll travel through otherworldly landscapes and topography. This area is a fossil hotbed, there are dinosaur bones scattered all over in Dinosaur Provincial Park!
In Elk Island National Park the elk and bison roam free. Enjoy Whitecourt with its beautiful bodies of water and large forested areas. Grande Cache is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper National Park is where you can enjoy wonders like the Maligne Canyon, soak in Miette Hot Springs and cruise through the tranquil beauty of Spirit Island. Stretching between Jasper and Banff, you will drive the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Banff is one of the world’s premiere destinations, spanning a region of unparalleled majestic mountain scenery. Explore the many glacier fed lakes, such as Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Peyto Lake. Be on the lookout for bighorn sheep, elk, moose or even black bears.
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Calgary – Waterton Lakes National Park (268 km/167 mile)
Pick up your motorhome from the rental station and head south through the rolling prairie hills and cattle country to Waterton Lakes National Park. This park is characterized by the meeting of the Rocky Mountain peaks with the low-land prairies.
Waterton Lakes National Park
A full day to explore Waterton Lakes National Park. Drive to Redrock Canyon and hike to Blakiston Falls. Keep your eyes on the lookout for bears on the drive to the canyon. Take the Shoreline Cruise down the lake or drive the Akamina Parkway and rent a canoe on Cameron Lake.
Waterton Lakes National Park – Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (210 km/130 mi)
Today you’re entering the Canadian Badlands with its unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations.
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
Located in the magnificent Milk River Valley in an area of prairie grasslands and eroded sandstone formations, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is home to the highest concentration of petroglyphs and pictographs on the North American Plains. The park has been nominated by Parks Canada as a World Heritage site and is a sacred place for many aboriginal peoples.
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park – Dinosaur Provincial Park (270 km/168 mi)
A beautiful drive with many interesting stops along the way. From dinosaur eggs to the best corn you have ever tasted, it’s all here!
Dinosaur Provincial Park
This park is home to the largest concentration of Cretaceous fossils on the planet and it is surrounded by dry hoodoos. Explore where the dinosaurs once roamed along breath-taking scenery.
Dinosaur Provincial Park – Drumheller (175 km/109 mi)
Today you will explore more of the Canadian Badlands and our Travel Book points out many interesting sites to visit. From a suspension bridge, to ghost towns and a coal mine – lots to explore!
This community was founded on coal but now thrives on another subterranean resource – dinosaur bones. Hoodoos dominate this badlands landscape, which has featured in many a movie (mainly Westerns). Visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is a must, along with a hike in the badlands.
Drumheller – Elk Island National Park (300 km/186 mi)
Today you take the ferry across the Red Deer River and have the option to visit several sites on your way to Elk Island National Park. Stop at Horsethief Canyon to enjoy the views, or at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. Try some delicious fudge In Big Valley, a western flavoured town. Our Travel Book shows you the way.
Elk Island National Park
From the comfort of your RV, watch for the bison, elk, moose, white tailed and mule deer that freely roam the park. Feel the thrill of seeing them in their natural habitat. You may even spot the elusive Canadian lynx or coyote.
Elk Island National Park – Whitecourt (252 km/157 mi)
Today you drive past Edmonton in the direction of the Rocky Mountains. The road takes you across prairies and endless skies. Stop at Rochfort Bridge, one of North America’s longest train trestle bridges, or Fort Assiniboine Friendship Museum, a reconstructed Hudson Bay fur trading fort. Whitecourt counts two rivers, the Athabasca and Macleod, and many surrounding lakes. This area offers amazing hiking trails and wildlife sightings.
Whitecourt – Grande Cache (335 km/208 mi)
Today you’re entering Yellowhead County while driving on the Yellowhead Highway, a major east-west highway connecting the four western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. It was originally a fur traders route for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 1800’s and has grown to be a significant trade corridor. Make sure to stop in Edson, a small picturesque town located in a river valley surrounded by a vast boreal forest and lakes.
Grande Cache is an unspoiled and relatively unknown town in the northern corner of Alberta’s Rockies. It has a rich history which claims dinosaurs and influential Aboriginal tribes as some of its early residents. Surrounded by wild rivers, picturesque valleys and magnificent lakes and mountains, Grande Cache is the gateway to the remote and beautiful Willmore Wilderness Park, which offers numerous opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
Grand Cache – Jasper National Park (210 km/130 mi)
Today you’re driving to Jasper National Park, which is yours to explore for 2 days. On your way to Jasper, visit Miette Hot Springs, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. You can take a cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, one of the most photographed spots in the world. Explore Maligne Canyon’s waterfalls. Walk along the canyon, across the seven bridges and enjoy the stunning views.
Jasper National Park National Park
Defined by glaciers, lakes and mountains, Jasper National Park has a lot to offer. Our extensive En Route Travel Book makes sure you won’t miss any of the beautiful spots. Take the Jasper SkyTram, the longest and highest in Canada, and enjoy the views. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery at Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake or swim in the warm waters of Lake Edith and Lake Annette.
Jasper National Park National Park – D. Thompson Nordegg (199 km/124 mi)
Today you’re driving the famous Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), rated as one of the top drives in the world with spectacular sightseeing of pristine turquoise lakes, tumbling waterfalls and ancient glaciers. Along the stretch, big horn sheep, deer, black bears, and coyotes are frequently spotted. Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Glacier Skywalk, Athabasca Glacier… Our Travel Book makes sure you will not miss anything!
D. Thomspon Nordegg – Banff National Park (181 km/112 mi)
The Icefields Parkway leads you further in the direction of Banff through soaring rocky mountain peaks and vast sweeping valleys. Make a stop at Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and enjoy the views of Herbert lake and Hector Lake. Visit legendary Lake Louise and hike the Tea House Trail.
Banff National Park
Canada’s oldest national park is famous for its unparalleled mountain scenery and jagged mountain peaks. You have the full day to explore the park. Take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, try the hot pools, stroll down Banff Avenue and check out the stores, visit Two Jack lake and Lake Minnewanka.
Banff National Park - Kananaskis (80 km/50 mi)
It’s only a short drive to Kananaskis, or K-Country as the locals call it. It is actually a collection of over 10 provincial parks and wildlife reserves. It’s a wildlife haven being a breeding ground for elk, moose, bear, mountain goats and sheep. Canmore is a cute mountain town with art galleries, boutiques and tea rooms.
Kananaskis - Calgary
Say goodbye to the mountains as you drive east in the direction of Calgary, where you drop off your vehicle.
All our itineraries include campgrounds. But that is just the beginning of the services we offer. To make things easier we have created several categories that feature many activities, tours, attractions, etc. Anything to make your itinerary unique, going far beyond the traditional adventures. To complete, or start, the ideal itinerary we can also book your RVs, hotels, and ferries.