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Best known for the Calgary Stampede and for being the center of Canada’s oil industry, Calgary is also a launchpad for unforgettable outdoor adventures. From Banff and Jasper’s trails and glaciers to the Badlands’ dinosaurs and hoodoos, here are some top day trip destinations and activities outside of Calgary.
 
Banff — 79 miles (127 km) away
Located 90 minutes east of Calgary by road, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s top tourist attractions. The resort town of Banff, with its hot springs and inviting surrounding areas, boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country. A visit to Banff is a popular day trip from Calgary any time of year. Summertime hikes yield gorgeous views of turquoise- and emerald-colored lakes in front of snow-capped mountains; rafting and cycling are also popular summer pastimes. In winter, Banff is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise.

Canadian Badlands — 84 miles (135 km) away
Explore the surreal, moon-like landscapes of Alberta’s Badlands on a day trip from Calgary. In Drumheller—also known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World—examine the intricate rock layers of Horseshoe Canyon, then visit the dinosaur exhibits at the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum. Taking a guided tour from Calgary is a good way to learn about the dinosaur fossils and oddly shaped hoodoos (thin rock spires) from scientists and local experts. 

Columbia Icefield — about 190 miles (310 km) away
It makes for a long day, but a day trip from Calgary to the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park is well worth the time. The majestic mountain scenery combined with ancient glaciers along the Icefields Parkway will especially appeal to photographers and to lovers of the outdoors. A tour of the icefield (between May and October) is an excellent way to see the massive ice formations that shaped the geography of the region’s wild landscape over thousands of years. On a guided tour, visit iconic sites like Lake Louise, explore the glaciers by ATV, and even get a chance to walk along the Athabasca Glacier.
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Small-Group Banff National Park Tour

Small-Group Banff National Park Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake highlights during this full-day excursion from Calgary. Learn about the history of Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, accompanied by your guide's engaging commentary. Banff National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 11 hours
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Banff Area 1-Day & Breathtaking Lake Visit from Calgary or Banff

Banff Area 1-Day & Breathtaking Lake Visit from Calgary or Banff

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Attractions & Activities: ● Sulphur Mountain Gondola (Optional) ● Banff Town ● Lake Minnewanka ● Lake Minnewanka Cruise (Optional) *Closed for the season from Oct 12th. ● Bow Falls ● Surprise Corner ● Hoodoos Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a variety of 1-day tour. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the must-visit glacial lake Lake Minnewanka, scoping out the exhilarating scenery of Lake with Mount Inglismaldie and Fairholme range at Banff as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide. Enjoy some leisure time in downtown Banff; snap photos of Lake Minnewanka - Mountain ridges stretch as far as the eye can see, eventually blurring into a blissful cascade of colours; indulging with the sweeping views from Surprise Corner.
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  • 10 hours
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Skirt the slopes of the Continental Divide as you explore Yoho National Park and beyond with an experienced local guide. Spend time meandering along the shores of Moraine Lake's opalescent waters and examine the natural span of a river-carved bridge created over thousands of years. From a central meeting location in Calgary, ride out of town with your guide as you head toward the evergreen forest and granite peaks of Yoho National Park. Look for moose, bear, and elk that call this stunning landscape home, and make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its turquoise waters, just steps away from Banff's charming downtown. Find out how railway engineers overcame the Continental Divide's steep terrain with a visit to the serpentine Sprial Tunnels, see where the Kicking Horse River punched through rock to create a natural bridge, and fill your camera with postcard-worthy shots of Moraine Lake's brilliant color before you return to your ride and catch a lift back to Calgary.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary

Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary

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Explore the sapphire-blue lakes and towering waterfalls of Banff National Park and the Yoho Valley on this day trip from Calgary. Discover the iconic Lake Louise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set against the backdrop of the majestic Victoria Glacier. Then head to the Yoho Valley, where you'll stop by the beautiful Takkakaw Falls. Your mountain lakes and waterfalls day trip also includes lunch, coach transport and round-trip transport from select Calgary hotels.
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  • 15 hours
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Banff Day Trip from Calgary

Banff Day Trip from Calgary

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Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the mountain town of Banff and its surrounding attractions. Check out the surreal rock formations near Tunnel Mountain Drive, shaped by thousands of years of wind and rain. Then soar above Banff on board the Banff Gondola as you take in incredible views of the town and surrounding peaks. At the conclusion of the tour, you have the option of being dropped off in Banff for your own leisure before your shuttle departs back to Calgary. Your Banff day trip also includes round-trip transport from select hotels, coach transport, and gondola ride.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

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Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the Lake Louise, Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary, or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start you trip from your Hotel (7:00am) • First Up, we'll visit Moraine Lake. (30 Mins) • Then will head to Lake Louise. (30 Mins) • Banff Town: The Biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants wait for your discovery.(Stop here for 2 Hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 15 mins) • Surprise Corner: (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5pm.
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  • 10 hours
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Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Columbia Icefield Adventure 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks. At the edge of the Columbia Icefield, hop out to explore a small corner of the largest icefield in North America and consider an optional tour to Skywalk (*closed for the season from Oct 12th). Continue on to the shores of Bow Lake, where you can snap photos of the Waputik Range's jagged peaks, and check out the icy foot of the Crowfoot Glacier. Learn how this massive sheet of ice carved out the area's mountain-studded skyline, and then swing by Peyto Lake, whose blue-green waters seem to glow due to their high mineral content.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Half-Day Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

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Half-Day Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

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Trek through a canyon in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this guided hiking tour from Canmore. Explore waterfalls, pictographs, and more over the course of an easy trail, and learn about the local wildlife as you hike along with your guide and your small group.
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  • 4 hours
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Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing

Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing

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Experience the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to Banff National Park – Lake Louise. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s best destination spots. Whether you only have a short stay in Calgary, ABest Experience™ is here to make your trip a memorable one. No Rush ... No Hassle sightseeing tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake is the highlights of this 10 hour (approx.) Day Tour from Calgary. Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a Private Tour exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this Private Tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Classic Banff 1-Day Tour: Calgary, Banff, Sulphur Mountain, Johnston Canyon

Classic Banff 1-Day Tour: Calgary, Banff, Sulphur Mountain, Johnston Canyon

Banff Old Town: The scenery of the mountains and rivers with the human history, and stroll through the caves and basins of the National Historic Site Fairmont Hotel Lunch: The high-quality ingredients, cooking method, exquisite display, and all the details, those can bring you to a delicate lunch. Bird’s Eye View of Banff: Take the 【Sulphur Mountain】Gondola for a panorama view of Banff at the altitude of 2900 ft. on the mountain.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Banff Area 1-Day & Hiking Tour from Calgary or Banff

Banff Area 1-Day & Hiking Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Attractions: ● Sulphur Mountain Gondola (Optional) ● Banff Town ● Tunnel Mounain Hiking or Upgrade to Horseback Ride/Floating ● Bow Falls ● Surprise Corner ● Hoodoos Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a variety of 1-day tour. From the quaint mountainside town of Banff, to the refreshing Tunnel Mountain Hiking, indulging yourself with the snow-dusted peaks, misty falls, and stunning views of ownsite, the Bow and Spray River valleys, the Banff Springs Golf Course, and surrounding peaks as you explore this rugged slice of Alberta with an experienced guide. Upgrade to optional activities are available (please confirm with tour operator your choice after booking; admission fee will be applied; activities are subject to availability and weather conditions), (#A) Bow River Floating (min. 2 guests) (#B) Bow River Horseback Ride (closed for the season from Oct 19th) Note: Tunnel Mountain Hiking is self-guided with the drop-off service & provided hiking/trail information
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  • 10 hours
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Dinosaur World 1 Day: Drumheller-Badland-Hoodoo-Mine National Historic

Dinosaur World 1 Day: Drumheller-Badland-Hoodoo-Mine National Historic

If you see the world’s largest dinosaur, you’re in the right place. The towering replica – 4.5 times the size of a real T-rex ※ Learn something: The Royal Tyrrell Museum will have you needing out in no time. It’s home to some of the most remarkable prehistoric specimens ever unearthed. That includes an armored nodosaur that is so amazingly well preserved that it looks more like a statue than a fossil. ※ Cretaceous outdoors: Take a self-guided tour through the Badlands
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Summit a Mountain! - 6hrs

Summit a Mountain! - 6hrs

Explore the Canadian Rockies safely with a professional mountain guide. With over 20 years of experience our guides produce some of the most amazing outdoor experiences. All guides carry bear spray and first-aid kits. Private tours can be customized to suit your group needs.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Triple C Mountain Adventure

Triple C Mountain Adventure

Your vintage sidecar adventure starts off in Calgary and heads west .  Stop in Cochrane, AB for a stroll around main street and experience the old northwest. Travel past the Yamnuska Wolf Sanctuary along the historic Bow Valley Trail, through ranch country. Enter the Rocky Mountains and the Canmore area for lunch to experience a mountain resort town. Lunch on your own. Wolf Dog Sanctuary tours or a floating lunch on the river are available after booking at an additional charge. Please enquire.
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  • 6 hours
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Drumheller & Horseshoe Canyon 1-Day Tour

Drumheller & Horseshoe Canyon 1-Day Tour

Uncover your inner archaeologist as you look for fossils and learn about the prehistoric creatures that roamed the hills and grasslands outside of Alberta's capital. Visit Drumheller on this full-day excursion, explore rugged canyonlands, and get-up close looks at monolothic hoodoo rock formations.
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  • 10 hours
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Canmore

Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Canmore

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Discover the Canadian Rockies' favorite resort town and its beautiful environment on a guided tour of Banff. You'll visit the intriguing hoodoos earth pillars shaped by centuries of wind, then spot where Banff's history began. Ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola, and enhance your experience with a boat cruise on the majestic Lake Minnewanka (if you choose the upgrade option). Canmore hotel pickup and dropoff is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Calgary and Banff Mountain Biking Adventure

Calgary and Banff Mountain Biking Adventure

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Head out from your Calgary meeting point into the mountains for a mountain biking adventure. Your guide will help customize the perfect trail for your group based on everyone’s skill and endurance. The rides are generally through Kananaskis Provincial Park or Canmore Park, both stunning locations to experience the Rocky Mountains on an unforgettable ride.
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  • 8 hours
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1-Day Tour: Calgary, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake

1-Day Tour: Calgary, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake

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By discover Lake Louise, strolling along its emerald green shores with a picture-perfect view of Lake Louise. Emerald Lake is famous for the beautiful blue-green color .
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Waterton Lake National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary

Waterton Lake National Park 1-Day Tour from Calgary

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks, see the saturated strata in colorful canyons, and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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