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Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

2. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Begin your unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specifically designed for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

3. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

4. Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

Sit back and relax onboard a comfortable and unforgettable 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) cruise along Maligne Lake. Take in the views of the surrounding peaks of the Canadian Rockies, alpine glaciers, and azure water of the lake. Watch out for wildlife and learn from your guide about the early explorers and indigenous people of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the tiny but very famous Spirit Island, which is only accessible by boat, and enjoy a short nature trail before returning to Home Bay.

Lake Louise: Open-Top Bus Shuttle to Moraine & Lake Louise

5. Lake Louise: Open-Top Bus Shuttle to Moraine & Lake Louise

Embark on an exciting tour to beautiful Lake Louise and Moraine Lake from a meeting point in Lake Louise. Learn about the area from a local guide and experience a traditional indigenous offering to the land. Take time for yourself once at the lake. Ride the open-top bus back to the meeting point. Board the open-top double-decker explorer shuttle in Lake Louise and head off to breathe in some fresh mountain air. Snap photos, take in panoramic views, and learn about the area from a local guide, ready with fascinating stories and to answer any questions. Experience a traditional indigenous offering to the land on your way to the iconic lakes. Once there, marvel at the Canadian Rockies and the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks. Many stunning hiking trails are accessed right from the drop-off area. Explore at your own pace and then head back on the bus.

Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

6. Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

Complete your trip to Calgary with a visit to the Heritage Park. Spend an incredible day at Canada’s largest living history museum, and witness history come to life. Explore the historic buildings and antique machinery, ride authentic attractions, interact with costumed improvisational actors, learn about the history of Western Canada and have lots of fun. The park encompasses 4 distinct areas that you can reach by train or by feet: • 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and Indigenous Settlement • 1900s Living Historical Village • 1930s to 1950s - Heritage Town Square Each area is full of exciting things to see and do, taking you back in time to the early days of Western Canada's history. Visit the exhibitions of Calgary's Electric Streetcar System, Standard Gauge Railway, Gasoline Alley Museum with an impressive vintage car collection, Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort and many others. Explore inside the historical homes and saloons, see a blacksmith in action, explore the origins of Alberta’s energy industry at Prospect Ridge – including the new STORYSEEKER exhibit. Visit the farm animals in the Ranch Area and find out how Veterinarians plied their trade at the turn of the century in the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit at the Nanton Livery Stable – also new for 2022. Don't forget to ride the antique midway rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Bowness Carousel, the Caterpillar and the Whip - the world's first thrilling attraction. Finish your day by riding the S.S. Moyie paddle-wheeler boat or take a horse-drawn wagon tour. Food and drinks are available in various locations throughout the park, along with several shopping opportunities to find the perfect souvenir.

Edmonton: 1-Hour Segway Adventure in Louise McKinney Park

7. Edmonton: 1-Hour Segway Adventure in Louise McKinney Park

From the meeting point in Louise Mckinney Riverside Park, you’ll have a safety video briefing and Segway training in order to begin the tour. Along with your enthusiastic and knowledgeable expert park guide, embark on your 1-hour Segway ride through the park that is part of the North Saskatchewan River valley parks system.   Enjoy the rich history of the Chinese Gardens, marvel at the modern architecture of the funicular, venture toward the promenade, and take amazing pictures of the river valley. Explore like you've never explored before and don't hesitate to ask your guide any questions as you ride along.

Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

8. Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Calgary and its landmarks, from the Calgary Tower and Heritage Park to the famous WinSport's Canada Olympic Park. Travel through the city while discovering how the Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the railway helped to create this cosmopolitan city. Discover city sights such as Calgary City Hall, Olympic Plaza, Telus Spark, Calgary Zoo, East Village, Studio Bell, Stampede Park, Lougheed House Shopping Areas, Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada Olympic Park, Crescent Hill Peace Bridge, Downtown Calgary, Chinatown and Calgary Tower. This tour includes 3 brief stops, allowing for photo opportunities and additional commodity of the sights. At the end of the tour, you will be retuned to the base of the Calgary Tower.

Banff: Sunsets and Stars Evening Walking Tour

9. Banff: Sunsets and Stars Evening Walking Tour

Take an evening sunset walk and watch the stars come out while experiencing nature at remote trail locations. Watch a stunning mountain sunset and feel the awe of seeing the first stars appear. Explore Banff National Park like never before and see nature by night. Be escorted by professional mountain guides and see more of the area with the use of headlamps and lanterns. Hike along local trails around Banff and take the unique opportunity to watch the nocturnal world come to life.

Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

10. Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River on a family-friendly canoe tour. Get ready to be amazed by extraordinary views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies around you. This sightseeing tour is perfect for the whole family and doesn't require any previous experience. Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff. As you journey upstream, your expert guide will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing, and interesting local facts. Admire the scenery around you, while learning how to paddle as a team. After 1 and a half hours of fun, enjoy a complimentary, refreshing lemonade on the shore.

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What people are saying about Alberta

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Once you are there at the Icefield Center, after tickets all transportation is taken care by them, from Regular bus to huge tire bus to glacier & transfer back to regular bus to sky field & return back to Center.

The ride was very smooth and the views from the top are amazing! It was not very crowded, so we enjoyed some snacks and drinks while watching the sunset!

Our guide Judy was knowledgeable, pleasant and proud of her city. The driver was skilled.

Awesome experience. Perfect way to end our 2 week trip of Glacier, Banff and Jasper.

Well worth the trip the staff wear helpful and friendly