For those who wish to get off the beaten track and explore a lesser known part of the Rocky Mountains, this is the perfect itinerary. Starting with the sublime scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park, right against the USA border, your route then takes you over the provincial border to explore the British Columbia side of the Rocky Mountains, before returning to Calgary via the better known regions of Lake Louise and Banff.
Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.
Enjoy the many outdoor activities in Kootenay National Park.
Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden mountain back-roads.
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- Waterton Lakes National Park
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Calgary
International outbound flight , Calgary
Day 2 Waterton Lakes National Park
Day 3 Waterton Lakes National Park
Day 4 Fernie
Drive from Waterton Lakes National Park into British Columbia. The two and a half hour route to the mountain town of Fernie takes you from rolling prairies to deep valleys and craggy mountains. You also cross the Crossnest Pass and have views of Turtle Mountain, where a huge landslide occurred in 1903. Once at Fernie, settle into your accommodation and begin exploring this historic town.
Day 5 Fernie
Spend the day in the small alpine town of Fernie. There's plenty here to satisfy an array of interests - from hiking trails and mountain biking, to fishing and boating on the region's scenic rivers and lakes.
Day 6 Kootenay National Park
Fernie , Kootenay National Park
Today continue your journey into the mountains and on to Kootenay National Park. This three hour drive passes through several towns, including Cranbrook, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. You then climb to the Sinclair Pass before arriving in Kootenay National Park. After settling in to your accommodation, you can set out to explore the park's beautiful wilderness scenery, perhaps following one of the area's shorter walking trails while looking out for moose, elk and bears.
Day 7 Kootenay National Park
Day 8 Canmore
Kootenay National Park , Canmore
Day 9 Canmore
Spend a full day exploring the iconic scenery of Banff National Park or trying some of the many available activities, including mountain biking, white water rafting, canoeing and hiking. We like the trail that leads along the Johnston Canyon to the Ink Pots - seven cold mineral springs that bubble to the surface of open meadows.
Day 10 International return flight
Day 11 International return flight
International return flight
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