Welcome to Edmonton, a city known for sunny days (we get 325 of them per year), a breathtaking river valley, and throwing a good party (our city hosts over 30 festivals annually)! Edmonton is full of art and culture, fun, unique flavours, and plenty of nature to explore but most importantly we are located on Treaty 6 land, the perfect place to begin ‘living tradition’.

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If you’re looking to get out of the city there some great day trip options nearby and of course, the amazing Canadian Rockies are only a few short hours away!

Take a Day Trip to Elk Island Park - Only 30 minutes outside of Edmonton is a wildlife haven; a quiet paradise where you can see many local animals (including Bison), take a hike, canoe, and camp. Elk Island Park is a nature lover’s dream! Stop for lunch at Katie’s Crossing to fuel up for a day of adventure but remember this restaurant is cash only.

36 Hours in Jasper National Park - Set out on the 4 hour drive from Edmonton to Jasper National Park, stop near Hinton at Folding Mountain Brewery for a local craft beer and lunch. Before you enter the townsite check out Miette Hot Springs to relax those stiff muscles. Enjoy a walk around Jasper’s downtown area for shopping and art gallery browsing. Visit Downstream Lounge for dinner and then wander over to The STAND EASY for live music and entertainment. On Day 2 grab breakfast on the go and head out early to Maligne Lake to soak up the beauty of Jasper’s natural waters. Premium Cruise hosts their first tour at 9:30am and takes you through some of the most stunning vistas in the Rockies. Check out the View restaurant at Maligne Lake for a gourmet lunch with, of course, and incredible view. Back in town you can visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives for a history lesson or grab a local beer at Jasper Brewing Co. Enjoy a casual dinner at Jasper Pizza Place and a night under the stars at the Jasper Planetarium. On your last day in the Canadian Rockies visit the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for breakfast and a leisurely stroll around the hotel grounds. Nearby you could check out the Jasper Skytram for one last look at the mountains before heading home. If you’re feeling more active you could also head a little further to Horseshoe Lake for a hike, a swim, or if you’re brave enough a cliff dive!

3-4 Days in Jasper and Banff - From Jasper, drive the Icefield Parkway down to Banff. Allow for a few extra hours for picture stops at places such as the Columbia Icefields Centre to get some shots of the lovely Athabasca Glacier, Sunwapta Falls, Crowfoot Glacier, Athabasca Falls or Mistaya Canyon.  The Icefields Parkway is a great place to hike and explore. Check out AllTrails for trail suggestions, difficulty level and estimated time to completion.

Once in Banff, head over for dinner at High Rollers (and put your bowling shoes on if you feel up to a game).  Enjoy an evening of wandering the lively streets of Banff, soaking up the views and sneak a delicious Beaver Tail in if you still have room (locations throughout Banff).

The next day, wake up early and head out to Johnston Canyon to wander the beautiful trails that wind along Johnston creek to several gorgeous waterfalls. After that, you can check out the majestic (and haunted!) Banff Springs Hotel. Free guided tours  of the hotel are available, inquire at the concierge.  This can be a wonderful place to stop and have a small snack or lunch.

Other options in Banff for lunch include:

Later in the day you can visit some of Banff’s amazing art galleries! If you’re looking for something to do n the evening check out the Cave Lantern Tour, a fun after-dark tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

After a busy day, sleep in and spend a little extra time enjoying the mountain air! If you’re hungry for breakfast check out Tooloulou’s or Melissa’s Missteak. Before you head off don’t forget to live tradition and visit the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum to learn more about the extraordinary heritage of the First Nations people of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies.

On your way home, head through Calgary.  Make sure you have the true Albertan experience and stop at The Doughnut Mill and Peter’s Drive-In at Gasoline Alley in Red Deer for road trip fuel on the way back to Edmonton.