Explore the incredible Rocky Mountains on a scenic self-drive tour of BC and Alberta
This trip is an incredible self-guided exploration of the world-renowned Canadian Rocky Mountains. You’ll love the flexibility of this 11-day fly-and-drive-style road trip. Follow your route to all the must-see mountain spots, but the main goal is to show you the exceptional, hidden gems that are off the beaten track.
Enjoy the drive along some of the country’s most spectacular roads, and you can decide how to spend your time at your destination, depending on your fitness level. Whether you want to relax in the hot springs at Radium or Banff, go rafting on Kicking Horse River, or take an epic hike in Waterton, there is something for everyone in Canada’s mountain playground. You’re sure to fall in love with the Rockies during this epic road trip from Calgary and will likely be planning your trip back before you leave!
Highlights of the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour
Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Welcome to Calgary
When you arrive in Calgary, you can collect your rental car from the airport. The day is yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Calgary
Day 2 Discover Waterton National Park
Your tour begins with a drive south to Waterton, which is just above the US border. Waterton National Park was given a combined UNESCO designation with Montana’s Glacier National Park. Spend the day exploring the lakes, waterfalls, and many hiking trails of this gorgeous park. Keep an eye out for wildlife and local bison during your hikes!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Waterton
Day 3 Scenic Drive to Radium
Head north and admire the incredible mountain scenery as you drive on the Crowsnest Pass, through the Frank Slide, and Fernie. You’ll follow the mighty Columbia and Kootenay Rivers to Radium Hot Springs. You may want to finish your day with a relaxing visit to the hot springs.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Radium Hot Springs
Day 4 Hike in Mount Revelstoke National Park
Today, you’ll travel through impressive glittering glaciers and meadows in the sky on your way to Revelstoke. Spend the day exploring the beautiful alpine meadows, forests, and many trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Revelstoke
Day 5 Drive Through the Mountains to Kamloops
You have another awe-inspiring drive ahead of you as you drive to Kamloops. Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake is a great place to stop and explore on your way. In the afternoon, you could take an optional excursion to the BC Wildlife Zoological Reserve to visit local animals being rehabilitated.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kamloops
Day 6 Visit Wells Gray Provincial Park
You have a long drive today, so it would be a great idea to make a stop at Wells Gray Provincial Park. Whether you are going for a hike or just stopping for a picnic, be sure to visit the incredible waterfalls before leaving. Continue your drive past Mount Robson and on to Jasper.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Jasper
Day 7 Explore Iconic Jasper
Today is sure to be a highlight of your trip as you explore Jasper and witness the spectacular idyllic sight of Maligne Lake and its stunning mountain backdrop. Finish the day by taking an optional guided canoe tour in the evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Jasper
Day 8 Icefield Parkway and Lake Louise
Take the famed Icefield Parkway towards Banff. The drive today is full of incredible places to discover. Take a hike to see the alpine lakes, glaciers, emerald forests, and waterfalls along your route. Stop at Lake Louise to experience another classic Canadian scene as you view its serene turquoise waters.
There is an optional 2-night heli-glamping excursion you can book to spend some time at an isolated alpine lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Golden
Day 9 Waterfalls and White Water
Today will be dedicated to Yoho National Park. There is plenty to see and do, including visiting spectacular Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, and Kicking Horse River. You can book an optional white-water rafting tour on Kicking Horse River for a fun afternoon adventure.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Golden
Day 10 Mountain Towns to Kananaskis
Leave Golden in the morning and begin your drive to Kananaskis. On the way, you can stop in Banff to visit the hot springs and experience the charm of this popular spot. Or, if you’re looking for a quieter spot, visit the mountain town of Canmore. Enjoy the beautiful scenery away from the main tourist track in Kananaskis.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kananaskis
Day 11 Return to Calgary
Say goodbye to the mountains as you drive towards the prairies to drop your car off at the Calgary airport. Your tour officially ends here, and you can begin your journey home or start the next leg of your travels.
Overnight Location: None
Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour Price and Dates
This self-guided tour of the Canadian Rockies is run as a custom tour, and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.
The best time to travel to the Canadian Rockies for this road trip tour is during summer and early fall. This tour is available from June to October.
Private Self-Guided Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- Groups of 2+: $1,350 USD per person
Accommodation on the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour
This tour is based on hotel accommodations. Hotels on this trip are 3-star standard accommodations and offer comfortable rooms with modern conveniences. The hotels will be in specially selected towns along your route to give you easy access to nearby attractions.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms, including those for solo travellers, are by request.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel in Calgary
Calgary is a metropolitan city with tons of restaurants and attractions to see, so you may not be spending much time in your room here!
Hotel in Waterton
Enjoy a tranquil night in Waterton National Park. Fall asleep and wake up to nature’s sounds at the foot of several beautiful hiking trails.
Hotel in Radium Hot Springs
Not your average highway town, Radium Hot Springs has one of the cutest cafes to have breakfast, the Big Horn Cafe. Enjoy soaking and relaxing in the hot springs facility.
Hotel in Revelstoke
If there was ever a town for hipster ski bums, Revelstoke is it. With a downtown full of boutique shops, cafes, and bars, you’ll never be bored here.
Hotel in Kamloops
Kamloops is the gateway to the Okanagan, which means lakes and wine abound. Stroll the adorable downtown core for some great grub and beer.
Hotel in Jasper
Relax in a cozy 3-star standard hotel surrounded by immense mountains. Stroll the streets and take your pick of various top-notch restaurants and bars.
Hotel in Golden
Make sure to walk on the pedestrian bridge hanging over the Kicking Horse River and get some beer and tacos from Whitetooth Brewery and Reposados.
Hotel in Kananaskis
Get a room in a comfortable 3-star standard hotel at the foothills of Kananaskis Country. Enjoy being surrounded by nature.
What’s Included in the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour?
Meals are not included on this tour.
Accommodations for 11 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Calgary are not included but can be added as a supplement.
Transportation during the Tour
This is a self-drive tour. You will pick-up and drop-off your rental vehicle at the Calgary Airport.
- Standard vehicle rental
- Canadian taxes
- 24/7 access to helpline
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from Calgary
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
- Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
- Entrance fees to National Parks
- Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
- Vehicle insurance
- Additional nights before or after the tour
- Single occupancy upgrades
- Optional activities or excursions:
- Hot springs entry, Radium Hot Springs Day 3
- Entry to BC Wildlife Zoological Reserve Day 5
- Guided canoe tour in Jasper Day 7
- Heli-glamping for 2 nights Day 8 and 9
- Rafting on Kicking Horse River Day 9
Frequently Asked Questions about Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour
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