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Canada's Rockies In-2-Weeks

Five Rocky Mountain parks in one glorious 14-day loop

Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada

It would be easy to stretch the Canada's Rockies In-1-Week itinerary into a great two-week adventure by simply adding a free day between each scheduled day to explore other trails, sights and activities, or to simply relax in the great outdoors.

But this road trip packs in about as much of the region as you conveniently can in 14 days, and is designed to be done with your own vehicle from Calgary – though it would be pretty easy to adapt it to fit from Edmonton. The trip could also form the backbone of a fantastic longer itinerary that takes in the Kootenays – British Columbia's Lake District – if you have the luxury of three-weeks or more.

DAY 1: Banff

From Calgary head to the town of Banff, park downtown and wander Banff Avenue, its main shopping street, before walking the Bow Falls Loop and maybe treating yourself to drink at the grandiose Banff Springs Hotel. Stop in at the Banff Park Museum on the way back to round-off your insight into Victorian-era Banff; the era that put the town on the map.

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The Athabasca Glacier

Hike or 4x4 a glacier

Banff Gondola & Sulphur Mountain

A pricey route to great views

Banff Park Museum

Victorian-era natural history

Banff Springs Hotel

Iconic 5-star Gothic hotel ($$$$) + dining (b,l,d; $$+)

Bow Falls Loop

Best easy hike from downtown: 1.5hrs/Easy/5km

Cameron Lake

Boating & a broad selection of hikes (15min—8hrs)

Castle Mountain

Landmark peak with excellent trails: 2-3hrs/hard/7.5km

Chateau Lake Louise

Imposing landmark hotel; varied dining (b,l,d; $$+)

Crandell Lake MTB Loop

Great singletrack & views (2-3hrs/20km/moderate)

Emerald Lake

Yoho's most accessible large lake

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Extensive family resort with loads to do

Fernie Alpine Resort

World-class skiing & great mountain biking

Field, BC

Cutest mountain village in the Rockies

Fort Steele Heritage Town

1880s freeze frame

Four Lakes Mountain Bike Tour

Scenic trails close to town: 2hrs/10km/moderate

Glacier Sky Walk

The Sunwapta Valley for those without vertigo!

Golden Visitor Info

At the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Traditional Blackfoot Supermarket!

The Icefield Centre

Columbia Icefield views & info

Island Lake Lodge

Catskiing lodge ($$$) in winter, hiking retreat in summer.

Jasper Tramway

Canada’s longest & highest cable car

Jasper Visitor Centre

Jasper National Park & town info service

Jasper Yellowhead Museum

Smart little city museum

Kicking Horse Resort

World-class skiing & downhill mountain biking

Kindersley-Sinclair Col

Kootenay NP's best day-hike (7hrs/18km/moderate)

Laggan’s Mountain Bakery

Popular café & bakery (b,l; $)

Lake Agnes & Plain of 6 Glaciers

Hike to lakes & viewpoints: 3.5–5hr/moderate/ 10–14km

Lake O’Hara

Gorgeous lake & mountain scenery: but limited access

Maligne Lake

The largest Rockies lake: beautiful & popular

Moonraker Trails

Varied cross-country MTB trails: 50km/moderate

Moraine Lake

Lake Louise's little sister

Mount Norquay

Banff's ski area: convenient, fun & steep! + Via Ferrata


Great intermediate skiing & good mountain biking

Radium Hot Springs (resort)

Classic, but very busy Rockies' hot spring

Red Rock Canyon

An easy stroll; a gentle hike & more...

Rowe Lakes & the Tamarack Trail

3-6hrs/mod or hard: 3 great scenic hikes

Swine Flu/Mad Cow

A top Fernie ride: 1.5hr/Moderate/5.5km

Tunnel Mountain

Best hike from downtown for views: 2hrs/Moderate/5km

Waterton Shoreline Cruises

Upper Waterton Lake Cruises & hikes

Wilcox Pass

Meadows hike & great icefield views: 3.5hrs/Moderate/8km

Yoho National Park Visitor Centre

Yoho's park info & permit centre

Yoho Valley

Yoho's backpacking heaven

Text © Christian Williams

Images by C Williams, Esther Lee