Alberta, Canada Travel Tips
Alberta has been on our travel bucket list for many years and in early September we finally had the opportunity to visit this part of Canada. Sandwiched in between British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Alberta is home to Banff and Jasper — two of Canada’s prettiest national parks.
I visited Jasper in the winter earlier this year, but I had to come back to see the infamous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Banff and experience some warm-weather hiking in Jasper. September turned out to be the perfect time to visit. We avoided the summer crowds and we were lucky enough to see the fall colors changing!
Where to Stay in Banff National Park:
If you want to be near all the best attractions in Banff, we recommend staying three nights at Paradise Lodge & Bungalows in Lake Louise and at least two nights at either Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa or Fox Hotel & Suites right in downtown Banff.
Where to Stay in Jasper National Park:
Not to Miss:
Calgary is the closest airport to Banff National Park. From here, you can rent a car and drive 1 hour and 30 minutes to downtown Banff. Highlights in this area include: Banff Gondola, Banff Hot Springs, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake.
From Lake Louise area, the drive to Jasper takes about 4 hours, but plan for plenty stops along the way! Highlights near Jasper include Maligne Canyon, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, and Maligne Lake (Spirit Island).
After exploring Jasper, you can either drive back to Calgary (about 6 hours) or fly out of Edmonton airport, which is an easy 4 hour drive from the town of Jasper. We stayed in the brand new Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel, which is actually attached to the airport by a covered walkway. It’s the best place to stay if you have an early flight out of Edmonton!