Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour

Canada
Walking
Self-Guided
Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour

Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour

Prices

From $1,375USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Explore the incredible Rocky Mountains on a scenic self-drive tour of BC and Alberta

See the highlights and explore the quieter parks of the incredible Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Drive through spectacular scenery, including Mount Robson, Crowsnest Pass, and the Icefield Parkway, to name a few.

Look for iconic Canadian wildlife such as bison, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and more!

Let your route guide you to the most beautiful spots, and you can choose how you want to explore them.

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!

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
Distance
None
Meals
None

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
Distance
271km
Meals
None

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
Distance
392km
Meals
None

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
Distance
252km
Meals
None

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
Distance
212km
Meals
None

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
Distance
441km
Meals
None

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
Distance
None
Meals
None

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
Distance
310km
Meals
None

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
Distance
None
Meals
None

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
Distance
181km
Meals
None

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
Distance
86km
Meals
None

Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour to the Canadian Rockies is run as private tour for your group only.

Prices below are per person:

  • Groups of 2+: $1,750CAD per person
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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.

Night 1

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!

Night 2

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.

Night 3

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.

Night 4

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.

Night 5

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.

Night 6-7

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.

Night 8-9

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.

Night 10

Hotel in Kananaskis

Get a room in a comfortable 3-star standard hotel at the foothills of Kananaskis Country. Enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour?

Meals

Meals are not included on this tour.

Accommodations

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.

Also Included

  • Standard vehicle rental
  • Canadian taxes
  • 24/7 access to helpline

Not included

  • 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
  • Fuel

Optional Extras

  • 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

Frequenty Asked Questions about Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour

How hard is the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour?

We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. This tour has an easy rating as you choose the hikes and activities you want to participate in and can customize the length and difficulty.

Is my driver’s licence valid in Canada?

Most standard driver’s licences are valid in Canada; however, International Drivers Permit might be required, or some exemptions might apply. Please check this source about driving with foreign license in Canada.

Is the vehicle insurance included?

No, vehicle insurance is not included in the package. We strongly suggest having one for this tour to avoid liability in case there is damage caused to the vehicle. You can either book vehicle insurance during the booking process, or get one by yourself.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Rocky Mountain Road Trip?

No, meals are not included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover any activities you choose to do. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Calgary to start this tour?

Fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC). You will pick up your rental vehicle at the airport.

Is the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour in English?

The route guides and program details provided will be in English.

Where does the Rocky Mountain Self-Drive Tour end?

This tour ends in Calgary, where you will drop off your car rental at the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Canada for this tour?

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.

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Prices

From $1,375USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. This tour has an easy rating as you choose the hikes and activities you want to participate in and can customize the length and difficulty.

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