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Hidden gems of the Rockies self-drive

11 days from £2,865pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Calgary
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Fernie
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Canmore
  • Calgary

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Calgary. On arrival in Calgary make your own way to your downtown accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 Waterton Lakes National Park

Calgary , Waterton Lakes National Park

Collect your hire car from downtown Calgary and drive south along the Cowboy Trail to Waterton Lakes National Park. The afternoon is free to go walking or explore the small town of Waterton.


Day 3 Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

Spend a day discovering the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park. We recommend a leisurely cruise on the lake to the USA border, looking out for moose and bald eagles.


Day 4 Fernie

Waterton Lakes National Park , 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

Kootenay National Park

Spend a full day in Kootenay National Park. There are many activities available and some wonderful scenery to explore. You may wish to take a picnic and hike to the beautiful Cobb, Dog or Olive mountain lakes or try fishing, mountain biking or kayaking.

Day 8 Canmore

Kootenay National Park , Canmore

Drive for around two and a half hours from Kootenay National Park through Banff National Park to the small town of Canmore. You may wish to stop and explore the shops of Banff en route or take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

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

Canmore , Calgary , International return flight

The morning is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping before driving to Calgary Airport to drop off your hire car prior to boarding your onward flight.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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