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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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.

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