Calgary & Alberta
Alberta's largest city, and third largest municipality in Canada (after Toronto and Montreal), Calgary is young, vibrant and creative! Perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies, rich in cultural institutions, opera, ballet companies, symphony orchestra and several theatre companies has so much to offer all year around!
Taking a day tour to iconic locations like Lake Louise may be at the top of your list. One of the most photographed locations in the world, Lake Louise, with its emerald green water and rugged peaks, is just two hours from Calgary. Canoe on the lake in the summer, enjoy ice skating and ice sculptures in the winter, beat the crowds and visit early in the morning or during the week for an uninterrupted view of the lake.
Soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs has been a favourite activity for over a century. Located an hour and a half from Calgary, you can relax in the hot mineral waters at 1,585 metres of elevation in the highest operating hot spring in Canada. This natural wonder is equipped with a café, gift shop, picnic sites, and walking trails for a family friendly day in the mountains.
Discover the remarkable terrain and unique experiences that await in the Canadian Badlands. Explore Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Waterton Lakes National Park and discover 6000 years of history at Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When to visit
In summer, daytime temperatures range from 10 °C to 25 °C and sometimes exceed 30 °C an average of 5.1 days anytime in June, July and August, and occasionally as late as September or as early as May, and in winter drop below or at −30 °C 3.7 days of the year. As a consequence of Calgary's high elevation and aridity, summer evenings tend to cool off, with monthly average low temperatures below 10 °C throughout the summer months.
Calgary has the most sunny days year round of Canada's 100 largest cities, with just over 332 days of sun
Jul Prime time for festivals, with Edmonton's Street Performers and the Calgary Stampede.
Jul–Sep Banff and Jasper's trails are snow-free, making a full range of hikes available.
Dec–Feb Winter-sports season in the Rocky Mountains.
Some popular Calgary & Alberta Packages
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Over 125 years ago, this route united Canada and helped define a nation. Travelling between the Pacific coast and Banff, you'll witness mountains and wilderness, much of it seemingly unchanged since the days of the first explorers.
From the vibrant city of Vancouver to the quaint towns of Kamloops, Banff and Jasper, this epic circuit links the sigh-triggering sights of the Canadian Rockies on this nine night package. Keep a lookout for a jaw-dropping range of wildlife on a Circle Journey that includes two rail routes, Journey Through the Clouds and First Passage to the West. This inspirational adventure includes a visit to Yoho National Park, a gondola ride with beautiful views of Banff and six mountain ranges and Lake Louise, a phenomenal turquoise-hues lake set against a breathtaking backdrop of rugged peak and glaciers.
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies! This journey brings you to stunning mountain towns with stays in Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy a trip to the Columbia Icefields and a helicopter tour through the soaring peaks of the Rockies.
A sensational two day journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with a night in Vancouver, Kamloops, and the peaceful town of Jasper.
Explore the Canadian Rockies by visiting the iconic resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper before travelling to the vibrant coastal community of Vancouver onboard the famed Rocky Mountaineer during this exciting, 10-day rail tour.