Best Road Trips From Calgary

Calgary is the perfect gateway to stunning landscapes such as Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. In addition to amazing outdoor adventures, you can also visit lush vineyards, buzzing cities and even cross the border into the USA easily from the city.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Calgary

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Panoramic view of the chalet in Kicking Horse Ski Resort on a sunny winter day
4. Golden
🚗 265 miles ⏱️ 3 hours

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Golden is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. You will also find Kicking Horse Mountain Resort nearby, perfect for skiing and snowboarding.

As an added bonus, you will get to visit Canmore, Banff National Park, Lake Louise and Yoho National Park on the way.

Stunning turquoise waters and mountain backdrop reflected in the waters, with red kayaks tied up along the shoreline, Yoho National Park, Canada
5. Yoho National Park
🚗 190 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 5 minutes

Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most stunning sceneries in the country. Discover Yoho National Park's deep canyons and rocky peaks, and get ready to be awe-struck by waterfalls and the beautiful Emerald Lake.

Don't forget to visit Bow Valley Provincial Park, Canmore, Banff National Park, Johnston Canyon and Lake Louise on this drive.

Panoramic view of Edmonton skyline on a sunny day
6. Edmonton
🚗 300 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 10 minutes

If you are an urban explorer, this road trip to Edmonton will tick all the boxes with its festivals, famous shopping venues, and lively arts scene. Make sure to check out the many restaurants while you are in town, too!

Take some extra time to visit Fort Normandeau, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Reynolds-Alberta Museum on the way.

Mountain goats surrounded by incredible views over hidden lake and snow-capped hills at Glacier National Park
7. Glacier National Park, Montana
🚗 290 miles ⏱️ 3 hours

A short drive across the border, Glacier National Park in Montana is home to spectacular scenery, pristine forests, alpine meadows, and rugged mountains. In this landscape shaped by glaciers, you can explore over 700 miles of trails.

Don't forget to add Rock Park, Museum of the Highwood, Frank Lake, Nanton and Fort McLeod to your itinerary en route.

Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada with the amazing Rocky Mountains and view from Abbott Ridge on a cloudy but sunny day.
9. Glacier National Park Canada
🚗 320 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 30 minutes

It is hard not to feel inspired by the stunning beauty of Glacier National Park, where rugged mountains meet lush forested valleys. Hike trails, spot wildlife, and enjoy the peace and quiet of this untouched environment.

This might be a relatively short drive but with so much to see en route, such as Bow Valley Provincial Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park and Golden.

Kootenay National Park, Canada with green alpine meadows in the foreground and Rockwall Mountain Peak Cliffs in the distance on sunny day.
10. Kootenay National Park
🚗 170 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 50 minutes

Kootenay National Park is home to beautiful landscapes, from Radium Hot Springs to expansive ice fields. Outdoor lovers will love the hiking, wildlife viewing, and the park's dramatic mountainous backdrops here.

On your way to Kootenay, you can make stops at Bow Valley Provincial Park, Canmore, Banff National Park, Johnston Canyon and Stanley Glacier.

Charming townhouses with majestic mountains in the background in autumn
11. Canmore
🚗 105 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 10 minutes

Canmore is a charming and scenic mountain town that serves as a perfect gateway for outdoor adventures in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy scenic beauty, boutique shopping, and cosy cafes.

This might be a short drive, but you can make several amazing stops on the way, such as Calway Park, Bow Valley Provincial Park and Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, which is a short detour away.

Kamloops Lake, British Columbia, Canada taken at sunset over Kamloops Lake along the Trans Canada Highway.
13. Kamloops
🚗 620 miles ⏱️ 7 hours

Kamloops is known as the Tournament Capital of Canada, because the charming city provides abundant recreational opportunities alongside colorful nightlife and cultural offerings such as great museums.

On the way, don't forget to add Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park, Golden and Revelstoke to your itinerary.

Exterior of historic buildings in downtown as the sun sets
15. Nanton
🚗 90 miles ⏱️ 1 hour

Nanton is a small town with a big heart, beloved for its antiques and history. Visit the Bomber Command Museum of Canada and enjoy the local hospitality.

On this short road trip, you can visit Rock Park, Okotoks Erratic, the Museum of the Highwood and Frank Lake.

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, where rich deposits of fossils and dinosaur bones have been found. The park is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
16. Dinosaur Provincial Park
🚗 220 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 30 minutes

Step back in time at Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world. While here, you can also explore Drumheller, a beautiful small town.

On the way, you can visit Kinsmen Park, Strathmore Family Centre Arena, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park and Bassano Dam.

Beautiful aerial view of Canadian Prairie at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump world heritage site in Southern Alberta on a sunny day with blue sky and clouds in summer, Canada
17. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
🚗 185 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 50 minutes

Dive into history at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, where the landscape tells the story of an ancient hunting practice used by native peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.

Take some time to visit Rock Park, Museum of the Highwood, Nanton and Fort McLeod en route.

Downtown view of historic buildings in Alberta on a sunny day
18. Fort McLeod
🚗 170 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 45 minutes

If you are looking for a welcoming small town experience, visit Fort McLeod, known for its historic fort and vibrant Main Street. Here you can experience the town's rich history and take part in cultural events that celebrate its heritage.

En route, we recommend visiting Rock Park, Okotoks Erratic, Frank Lake and historic town of Nanton.

Longer road trips from Calgary