7-day itinerary from Calgary

Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks: 690 km

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Day 1

Lake Louise, Banff — 186 km from Calgary

Embark on a magical mountain adventure! Visit Lake Louise with its striking turquoise water and white mountain peaks. For summer trips, tour with ease and take the shuttle. Soak up some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View of Lake Louise and the mountains.
Lake Louise in Banff National Park

 Camping, Lake Louise campground

Day 2

Yoho — Field, 27 km from Lake Louise

Make your way to Yoho National Park and try to catch sight of trains passing through the Spiral Tunnels and watch the ingenious engineering in action! Treat yourself to lunch in the charming village of Field, BC.

Walk through lush, evergreen forest to discover the marvelous Wapta Falls. Listen to the roaring waters and get lost in the beauty of nature at work.

A short hike to Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park.
Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park

 Camping, Kicking Horse campground

Day 3

Visit Natural Bridge, an impressive work of nature formed by the powerful Kicking Horse River. Be amazed at the influence of rushing water as it carves ancient rocks.

Rent a canoe and explore Emerald Lake’s bright, jewel-coloured waters up close!

Make sure to see Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada! Listen to the rushing water resonate within the air, and feel the fresh spray of mist on your skin.

Emerald Lake and the mountains.
Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

 Camping, Kicking Horse campground

Day 4

Book ahead and be one of the lucky few who get to discover the amazing Burgess Shale fossils sites and learn about ecosystems that once thrived there. Choose a guided hike at Walcott Quarry or Mount Stephen. Observe high mountain peaks, glacier-fed lakes and fossils over 500 million years old! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is continuously looking for new animals. Can you identify a new fossil?

Parks Canada guide holds large fossil specimen at Walcott Quarry with views of Emerald Lake, Emerald Glacier and Wapta Mountain summit.
A hike at Walcott Quarry in Yoho National Park

 Camping, Kicking Horse campground

Day 5

Kootenay — 60 km from Kicking Horse campground

Prior to entering Kootenay National Park, download the Kootenay Guided Tour App. Buckle your seatbelts, and get ready for a GPS-triggered, behind-the-scenes audio driving tour of one of BC’s most scenic highways. Listen to your virtual guide and check out the Continental Divide, the breathtaking Kootenay Valley Viewpoint and Sinclair Canyon.

A young man and woman are standing in front of their Westfalia on the side of the road.
Kootenay National Park

 oTENTik, Redstreak campground

Day 6

Take a day for rejuvenation and soak in the mineral-rich Radium Hot Springs. Relax in the hot pools and take in the beauty of Sinclair Canyon.

Enjoy the easy hiking trails in the Redstreak Restoration Area and feel completely at peace. Admire the lush green grass supporting the remarkable Columbia Valley— maybe you’ll even spot some Bighorn Sheep!

A family having fun in the radium hot springs.
Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park

 oTENTik, Redstreak campground

Day 7

Head to the intriguing Paint Pots and see this vibrant orange mineral spring system! Admire the ochre-coloured clay that Indigenous peoples have been gathering from this special place for thousands of years.

Next, hike to Marble Canyon and marvel at the glacier blue waters rushing through a striking limestone gorge. A truly picturesque must-see in Kootenay!

Return to Calgary — 260 km

Glacier blue waters rushing through a striking limestone gorge.
Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park