Cowboys Stampede in Calgary, small town charm meets scenic mountain splendor in Canmore, Banff opens up its wonders and Lake Louise shimmers with possibilities
Distance: 117 miles, 2 hours, 10 minutes
Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is known as "the little city that oil built." Today, visitors in July can attend the world's biggest rodeo at the Calgary Stampede. Athletes and sports enthusiasts should visit Win Sports Canada Olympic Park as well. Casual and inexpensive meals can be found at one of the city's many cutting-edge food trucks.
65 miles, 1 hour, 8 minutes
Situated one hour west of Calgary, Canmore is adjacent to Banff National Park. Once a coal-mining center, Canmore served as the home to the Nordic Ski events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Enjoy exceptional mountain biking at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.
16 miles, 23 minutes
Banff is the gateway to Banff National Park, which was the first national park in Canada. Enjoy scenic views in this dynamic town nestled high in the Canadian Rockies. Visit Cave and Basin National Historic site to view interactive and historical displays that commemorate the birthplace of Canada's national park system.
4) Lake Louise
36 miles, 40 minutes
Savor alpine wonders and incredible history at Lake Louise. Known for its incredibly blue water, Lake Louise also boasts spectacular views of glaciers as well as the surrounding peaks. Visit the hamlet of Lake Louise for shopping and dining opportunities.