Canadian Rockies Loop Motorhome 8 Day Driving Itinerary
Jasper, Alberta - Photo by Ryan Shepherd, Wikipedia
Calgary Round Trip – 8 days
Day 1: Pick up rental motorhome in Calgary, Alberta. Explore Calgary.
Day 2: Calgary to Banff (120km, 1.75 hours)
Day 3: Explore Banff for the day
Day 4: Banff to Jasper (265km, 3 hours)
Day 5: Explore Jasper
Day 6: Jasper to Lake Louise (230km, 2.75 hours)
Day 7: Lake Louise to Calgary (185km, 2.25 hours)
Day 8: Depart Calgary
The natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies is unparalleled and on this route you’ll be able to see such gorgeous spots as Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise as well as the Athabasca Glacier. Start by exploring downtown Calgary and then head to Banff and Jasper where you can enjoy fine dining, an excursion on the Columbia Icefield, or head to Vermillion Lakes and Bow Falls in Banff National Park. You can check out the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff for fantastic views or the truly stunning Athabasca Falls and River in Jasper. Then take the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise where you can walk, hike, horseback ride or canoe—or just stand back and let the wonder of nature wash over you. On your way back to Calgary you can hit Yoho National Park where there are such gorgeous sights as the Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and a fun natural rock bridge.
Banff National Park This park is open year round. For more information call 403-762-1550.
Hours of Operation June 1 – June 20, September 7 – September 26: 8:00am to 6:00pm daily June 21 – September 6: 8:00am to 8:00pm daily September 27 – May 31: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
Year Round RV Parks at Banff National Park Tunnel Mountain II – 5 kilometers from downtown Banff – For reservations call 1-877-RESERVE / 1-866-787-6221 Lake Louise Trailer – 1 kilometer from Lake Louise village – For reservations call 1-877-RESERVE / 1-866-787-6221 Mosquito Creek – 24 kilometers north of Lake Louise – For reservations call 403-762-1550
Yoho National Park This national park is open year round. For more information call 1-866-787-6221. Hours of Operation January 1 to April 30, 2010: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. May 1 to June 17, 2010: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. June 18 to September 5, 2010: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. September 6 to September 25, 2010: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. September 26, 2010 to March 31, 2011: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed: December 25, 2010 Schedule for Roads and Viewpoints at Yoho Emerald Lake Road – Open year round Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint, Trans-Canada Hwy – Open from mid-May to mid-October Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint, Yoho Valley Road – Open from mid-June to mid-September Wapta Falls Road – Open from mid-May to mid-September