These are some of the day trips from Calgary that I can recommend.
They are listed alphabetically.
*****Athabasca Glacier; (308km and 5 hours from Calgary) Don’t let the distance put you off as there is lots to see on the way there.
Part of the Columbia Icefield The glacier currently recedes at a rate of 2-3 metres per year and has receded more than 1.5 km in the past 125 years and lost over half of its volume. The glacier moves down from the icefield at a rate of several centimetres per day. Due to its close proximity to the Icefields Parkway, between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, and rather easy accessibility, it is the most visited glacier in North America. The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourists. There’s a restaurant at the icefield centre. See Jasper National Park
***Banff National Park ( 128 km from Calgary)
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Throughout the summer the crystal clear water has a turquoise tint with a white froth below the falls whipped up by the torrent of water from above.
Grotto Canyon, Kananaskis canyon, Johnston Canyon, Elbow Lake, Elbow Falls, King’s creek, Watridge Lake, Karst Spring, Moose Mountain, Heart Creek, Blue Rock Creek, Cat Creek Falls, Bow Falls, Opal falls, Troll Falls, Sheep Falls, Spray Falls, etc.
See Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield.
The 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Called the Icefields Parkway, it passes about 100 of the frozen rivers, and nudges the base of the most accessible glacier in the world.
**Jasper National Park ( 416 km and 6.5 hours from Calgary) Please click here for map
Jasper is the largest and most northerly Canadian rocky mountain national park, part of a spectacular World Heritage Site. Comprised of delicate and carefully protected ecosystems, Jasper’s scenery is none-the-less rugged and mountainous. In this special corner of Canada you can thrill to the thunder of Sunwapta Falls, enjoy the serene beauty of Mount Edith Cavell, connect with nature along 1,000-plus kilometres of trails, experience Athabasca Glacier up close or just resign yourself to a relaxing soak in Miette Hotsprings. Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Columbia Icefield Area and the Athabasca Glacier, etc.
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“Kananaskis Country includes five provincial parks, four wildland provincial parks, one ecological reserve and several provincial recreation areas. It also encompasses the Canmore Nordic Centre, a world class facility built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as well as Nakiska Ski Resort, which was specially designed for the alpine events.”
Spray lakes, Kananaskis Lakes, Elbow Lake, Opal Falls, Elbow Falls, etc.
Lake Louise: Please see Banff National Park
**Waterton National Park (264 km or 2h 40 min from Calgary)
In this breathtaking part of the world, the majestic Rocky Mountains rise suddenly out of the rolling prairies. Amid the peaks are the lakes of Waterton Lakes National Park, carved out of the rock by ancient glaciers. Red Rock Canyon, Prince of Whales Hotel, Waterton Lake, Cameron Lake, wildlife, etc.
White water rafting: Water Adventures
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