Road Trip: Calgary to Edmonton

Alberta has two great booming cities and between them runs the Queen Elizabeth II highway (QEII) with many opportunities for exploring. There are a few must see stops along the way.

Drumheller
Take in the badlands, ghost towns, abandoned coal mines, and The Royal Turrell Museum of Paleontology. The Tyrannosaurus Rex in the museum is worth the trip in itself.

Innisfail
Continue the tour with a stop in Innisfail to check out Alberta’s Icelandic heritage. The Discovery Wildlife Park which serves as a sanctuary for orphaned animals is also a great stop.

The Rockies
When you’re heading North from Red Deer and want to take the scenic route, turn west towards the Canadian Rockies, joining Banff to Jasper by the Ice Fields Parkway.

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Alberta’s History
Head to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is Wetaskiwin for the history of Alberta’s cars, trucks, airplanes and farm equipment. Maskwacis is the centre of four First Nations bands Ermineskin Cree, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana Samson Cree nation.

Outside the Oil Industry
Leduc is an intricate 35km walkway and beautiful city centre lake  just outside the industrial centre of Alberta’s oil industry.

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Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an event not to be missed. The annual rodeo, exhibition and festival are held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wondering how to conquer the massive grounds? Here are some must see and do tips and tricks. Before you go explore the Stampede with this interactive map from Canadian Geographic.

Watch the Stampede Parade
The parade boasts over 150 entries with 30 marching bands, 40 floats and 750 horses and kicks off the Greatest Outdoor Show.

Give axe-throwing a try
Give your inner lumberjack a chance to break through. The Stampede’s Adventure Park is a fun place to get down and dirty. Between paintball, climbing walls and axe throwing, what’s not to love?

Who’s top dog?
The Dog Bowl is a blast to watch. The stunts are out of this world!

Sample to fun food
The food… oh the food. The unique concoction’s that people come up with are worth it if you have a daring enough stomach. Check out these insane midway foods.

Find the free fun
If you’re up for pancakes there are free breakfast’s to be had everywhere! Websites and apps have been created so that you can make the most of your pancake indulgences.

A bannock picnic anyone
The Stampede’s Indian Village is a treat. Picnic bags include two drinks, two bannock meals and a blanket. Watching the tipi-raising contest tops off the cake.

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Photo courtesy of: Calgary Stampede

Why Rent an RV in Alberta?

Alberta’s under-explored, drastic landscape is what makes Alberta a destination to be experienced. From the west glacier mountains and valleys to the prairies and dessert of the east, you don’t have to go far to see it all. Alberta is the 4th largest province and one of two land-locked provinces in Canada. At the east border is Saskatchewan, and BC is to the west. In Alberta there are 2 major cities: Edmonton & Calgary. We offer RV pick-up nearby both international airports.  (Edmonton YXD and Calgary YYC).

The best part about travelling in an RV is you get to go at your pace. That means if you aren’t too excited about a certain spot or, more likely, completely fall in love with a place, you can decide to stay as long as you want! Driving an RV around Canada means that you can have a hot meal right in an attractions parking lot instead of driving all the way back to your hotel and eating at the restaurant there. You’ll save money on food and time on travel. Simply, it is comfortable and convenient.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site includes 4 national parks. These are Banff, Jasper, Kootenay & Yoho. In the mountains and the towns around them, there is everything ‘outdoors’. Whether you want to try paragliding, skydiving, rock climbing, river rafting, or hike your way up to a stunning view, the Rocky Mountain Parks have it all.

Banff

Banff is a town within Banff National Park. Originally a hot-spring spa stop used for funding the railway, Banff became the first National Park in Canada. There are 9 museums in Banff which you can view at Discover Banff .

Visit Banff for the festivals, hot springs, hiking or ski resorts.

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Banff National Park

 

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Lake Louise in Banff National Park

Take a half hour drive north of Banff to Lake Louise along the scenic 1A highway. Often spotted on this road are herds of elk.

Located about 25 minutes southeast of Banff is a town called Canmore. For a truly unique and memorable experience take part in a caving tour here. You will be led by professional caving tour guides to caves that you will rappel down, climb up, and squeeze through!

Jasper National Park is the biggest park in the Canadian Rockies. There is a high chance you will see wild animals here such as bears, elk, and moose. You may hear timber wolves if you decide to camp near here. Popular activities in the area include visiting Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca falls, Lake Edith, Lake Patricia and driving across the Columbia Ice field.

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Black Bear in Jasper National Park

 

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Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park & Lakes National Park

In the 1930’s, Canada and the US joined together two beautiful parks called Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, which together made the Waterton Valley. This was the world’s first International Peace Park and is celebrated as putting the environment above borders. Come and see what all the fuss is about, you will not be disappointed!

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Waterton Lakes, Alberta Rocky Mountains

Drumheller

Drumheller is known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of the World’ and is abundant in geological history and fossils! Royal Tyrrell Museum is located less than 10 minutes from Drumheller and showcases dinosaurs found from around the area. While in Drumheller check out the Canadian Badlands Passion Play for a theatrical show in a delightful venue.

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Hoodoos in Drumheller

 

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Fossil at Royal Tyrrell Museum
Photo by ceasol from Edmonton, Canada (Chasmosaurus Belli) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

To get the real Canadian feel, take in a hockey game while sipping on some craft beer or stay in Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.

Looking for a one-way RV Rental in Canada? Pick up in Alberta at either Edmonton or Calgary and drop-off in Vancouver for the ultimate Canadian Rocky Mountain experience. Another option is to drive across the prairies to Toronto, Montreal or Quebec City. Or if a Cross-Canada road trip is in store for you, consider ending your holiday in Halifax.

Use the 3-step program at the top of this page to check availability and book your Canadian road trip holiday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phoning 1-877-778-9569.

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Things To Do & See in Calgary

Where the prairies and farmland meet striking mountains and glaciers is where you will find Calgary. Today Calgary is known as a Canadian cultural capital but the roots here go back to before the area was Canada’s ‘Wild West’. Calgary’s worldly ambience lends a sense of ‘pick your own adventure’ to any traveller that decides to explore the city. Here are a few ideas to get you started on planning your Calgary RV Rental Holiday….

Heritage Park Historical Village & Gasoline Alley Museum
Visit “Canada’s Largest Living History Museum”. Activities, exhibits, restaurants and more await you. Learn about Canadian railroad history or take in the Gasoline Alley Museum which showcases antique cars. You can ride a train and a boat at HRH Village, a big hit with kids!

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Fish Creek Provincial Park
Canada’s biggest urban park! Perfect for a day of nature in the middle of the city. The park offers hiking and biking trails, paved and unpaved. Although the park is surrounded by city, it offers 14 km of nature to get lost in. The best part about having an RV for stuff like this is you don’t even have to pack a picnic!
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Calgary Pathway System
An outdoor network of trails taking you all around the city.

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photo courtesy of: Steve Morgan https://www.flickr.com/photos/92599451@N08/8669856876

The Military Museums
A group of museums all dedicated to the military. Ten dollars for adults lets you see seven museums including The Air Force Museum of Alberta and the Naval Museum of Alberta plus many archives and galleries!

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Bow River
You can walk the scenic trail along the river or, even better, kayak! A local favourite with many benches to sit, relax, and watch the clouds go by.

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Big Rock Brewery
What better way to spend an afternoon than having a beer brewery tour and tasting? Informative and fun, learn all about the brewing process while sampling their many varieties of beer!

Calgary Tower
See 360 views of Calgary, take a step out onto the glass floor to get your pulse up and visit the restaurant and gift shop at the top of the tower!

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Nose Hill Park
Visit the second largest urban park in the country! Paved walking and biking trails, nature, and a panoramic view of the city!

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Calgary’s +15 Skywalk & Wonderland Sculpture
The skywalk is an inside pedestrian walkway for when the weather is fierce. There is 18 km (11 mi.) of walkway including 62 bridges. There are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions on your way to and fro Calgary’s landmarks. Most of the walkway is located 15 feet above the ground, hence the name.
Look for the tallest building in Calgary and you’ll find the Wonderland Sculpture in front welcoming you to The Bow building which is an entrance to the skywalk.
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Where to go from here:
Explore Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Head North to Edmonton on your way to Whitehorse, or head to BC for some West Coast adventuring.

Use our quick and simple quote program at the top of this page to book your Calgary campervan hire. A popular option is a one way RV rental from Calgary to Vancouver, but reserve early as one way rentals are limited.

Happy Travels!