Travel Alberta

Northern Alberta Route

8 days

Visitors will explore wide open wilderness, visit historic sites and watch the mesmerizing northern lights on this cultural tour of northern Alberta. 

  • Edmonton

    With more than 30 annual festivals, the largest mall on the continent and lots of fresh green space, Edmonton is a popular cultural destination. 

    West Edmonton Mall

    Families love the indoor waterpark and amusement park - and with  more than 800 stores and services, recommend plenty of shopping time. And a second suitcase.

    Shopping Districts

    Popular shopping areas include independent boutiques in historic Old Strathcona and a dozen fine art galleries on 124th St. Tip: No provincial sales tax means more money for shopping.

    Art Gallery of Alberta

    The new gallery anchors the city's arts district and is a spectacle in itself. A steel ribbon swerves through the building, which houses international travelling exhibits and hip late night art parties. 

    Old Strathcona

    Whyte Avenue is a hub for live entertainment, shopping and dining. Visitors can browse shops housed in heritage buildings, dine at lively pubs and ethnic restaurants and catch a show at an independent theatre. 

    Fort Edmonton Park

    Tucked in the lush river valley, this big living history park has an authentic 1919 steam train, a fur trading post, a 1920s midway and costumed interpreters in many of the historic buildings. 

    Overnight in Edmonton

  • Edmonton

    Continue your client's exploration of our province's capital.

    Elk Island National Park

    Recommend a stop at the visitor centre for insider info from park staff before exploring this protected aspen parkland and wetland. Your clients are in for a thrilling close-up look at the herds of free roaming bison and 250 species of birds. 

    Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

    Visitors can learn the story of Ukrainian pioneers with an interactive tour of historical buildings with costumed interpreters. The village hosts cultural performances and has a cafe serving traditional homemade food. 

    Overnight in Edmonton

  • Fort McMurray

    From Edmonton, the drive to this northern city is scenic and surrounded by boreal forest, bountiful fishing spots and outdoor adventure. Edmonton to Fort McMurray - 4.5 hours 

    Northern Lights Experience

    Fort McMurray is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights. Book your clients a guided tour for the best watching spots, hot chocolate and photography tips. 

    Overnight in Fort McMurray

  • Fort McMurray with return to Edmonton

    Encourage your clients to take their time as they return to Edmonton and explore authentic experiences and trails along the route.

    Indigenous Experience

    On the return trip, recommend a stop at Metis Crossing in Smoky Lake (just off of Hwy 63). This is a cultural interpretive centre with a zipline, outfitted historic buildings and aboriginal art studios. 

    The Deh Cho Trail

    An alternative road trip north - perfect for RV travellers - crosses an iconic suspension bridge to the 19th century missionary rectory, a Hudson's Bay trading post and wilderness campgrounds. 

    Overnight in Edmonton

  • Jasper National Park

    Picture a mountain getaway surrounded by soaring peaks, turquoise lakes, untouched wilderness and a really cool mountain town. This is Jasper National Park, Canada's larges Rocky Mountain Park. Edmonton to Jasper National Park - 4 hours 

    Northern Lights

    Jasper lies in the heart of a huge dark sky preserve, a perfect setting for chances to view the northern lights. The night sky blazes with colour in this mesmerizing display. Optimal viewing times are September through April. 


    Suggest that your clients take a wildlife tour to see bear, elk, sheep, goats, coyote, wolves and moose and to learn about the mountain eco-system. 


    Prepare your clients for astonishing views of six mountain ranges, the Athabasca River and the town of Jasper. Plus an excellent change to spot a grizzly bear forging for berries far below. 

    Maligne Lake & Canyon

    Just south of Jasper, your clients can take a boat tour on Maligne Lake to famous Spirit Island. Or explore the spectacular geology of Maligne Canyon 10km (6.2 mi) from Jasper. 

    Raft Tours & Whitewater Rafting

    Rafting adventures hosted by knowledgeable, professional guides are tailored for every skill level. Everything from an easy family float to white-knuckled, whitewater thrills! 

    Overnight in Jasper National Park 

  • Jasper Dark Sky Festival

    Continue to explore Jasper at night during an iconic festival

    Jasper Dark Skies Festival

    The town celebrates its official status as the world's second largest dark sky preserve with a star-gazing festival in October. Visitors join in astronomy talks, night sky photography workshops and guided star hikes. 

    Overnight in Jasper National Park 

  • Jasper National Park to Calgary via Rocky Mountain House

    Suggest the 'road less travelled' and encourage your clients to enjoy the scenery and history along this route. Jasper National Park to Calgary - 6.5 hours

    Rocky Mountain House

    Take the quiet David Thompson Highway to the site of fur trading posts in the community of Rocky Mountain House. Visitors can explore the forts, catch big fish and explore the wilderness. 

    Mountain Climbing

    Your clients can contact the Centre for Outdoor Education in Nordegg for guided rock climbing, canyoneering and caving tours. 


    Visitors can choose from many scenic hiking trails in the area. Take a full day to hike the 14-km Siffleur Falls trail through an ecological reserve and past three rushing mountain waterfalls. 

    Overnight in Rocky Mountain House 

  • Calgary

    Explore Calgary's top attractions and visit the downtown core and local communities for shopping and fine dining. 

    Heritage Park Historical Village

    The past comes to life at Heritage Park Historical Village, a lively western town of yesteryear. This year marks the Park's 50th Anniversary!

    TELUS Spark

    Calgary's new science centre satisfies even the most curious amount us with cool interactive exhibits. 

    Calgary Zoo

    Every trip is an adventure at the zoo. Be sure to recommend the Canadian Wilds area for a viewing of Alberta animals like grizzlies, cougars and wolves. 

    Canada Olympic Park

    The mountain bike trails, Olympic luge track and zipline are sure to get your clients' adrenaline pumping.

    The Calgary Stampede

    Calgary's wild west spirit is on show at the Calgary Stampede, the biggest rodeo on the planet. Event runs for 10 days every July. 

    Overnight in Calgary 

  • Calgary

    Encourage your clients to continue to explore Calgary and area for their final day in the province, prior to their departure from Calgary's International Airport.