R-tinerary would like to provide you with a free itinerary! This trip itinerary begins in the Canadian Rockies in the town of Jasper and ends at Niagara-on-the-Lake. We want to share this fabulous free itinerary with you; this way you will know how our trips are presented. All of our trips include our actual itinerary along with average temperatures.
This 10-day trip begins in the heart of Jasper National Park in the quaint town of Jasper, Canada. Coupled with Jasper’s unpretentiousness, this friendly town has half the annual visitors as Banff. In Jasper, dine in delicious restaurants offering spectacular, mountain views. Also stay in an adorable lodge, hike to one of the most interesting canyons in the Canadian Rockies and enjoy whitewater rafting. Then, travel south to Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway spying ancient glaciers along the route.
At Lake Moraine witness a fabulous sunrise. Then, hike to teahouses and the toe of glaciers at Lake Louise. Consequently, along the way, discover lakes with the most intense shade of turquoise.
In addition, spend time in the charming ‘best-kept secret’ town of Canmore, where you have the chance to climb, crawl, wiggle and slide through a cave. Enjoy a bike ride through a picturesque forest to the town of Banff. As well as dine at inspiring restaurants.
Finally, fly to Toronto and spend the final days of this trip in the well-preserved, 19th-century village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake is in the heart of the Niagara wine region. This village sits amongst a pristine countryside and offers unique shops, only a few miles from Niagara Falls.
This R-tinerary trip describes the best places to stare in awe at incredible glaciers and spectacular hiking trails away from the crowds. We include information on biking on non-motorized trails, along with fabulous locations for dining on regional foods. Also detail unique local accommodations to frequent along the way.
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Day 1: Fly to Edmonton, Canada
Pick up Rental Car
Shop in Edmonton
Drive to Jasper
Stay Bear Hill Lodge (2 nights)
Dinner at Downstream
Day 2: Breakfast Bear Hill Lodge
Hike Maligne Canyon and the Trail of Six Bridges
White Water Rafting
Dinner at Earls Kitchen and Bar
Day 3: Breakfast Bear Hill Lodge
Drive to Lake Louise via Icefields Parkway
Stay at the Post Hotel and Spa
Dinner at the Pub at the Post Hotel
Day 4: Sunrise Lake Moraine
Hike Agnes Tea House to Plain of Six Glaciers
Stay at the Solara Resort & Spa
Dinner at Red Rock Pizza
Day 5: Breakfast in the Condo
Rat’s Nest Cave
Dinner at the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Day 6: Breakfast in the Condo
Mountain bike to Banff
Lunch at Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub
Bike to Canmore
Dinner in the Condo
Day 7: Breakfast in the Condo
Hike Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots
Drive to Banff Overlook
Dinner at Saltlik
Day 8: Breakfast in the Condo
Drive to Calgary International Airport, Fly to Toronto
Drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Stay in Vacation Rental
Dinner at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf and Country Club
Nightcap at the Sandtrap
Day 9: Breakfast at the Red Rooster
Bike to Niagara Falls
Voyage to the Falls Tour
Bike to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Dinner at Three Sister’s Winery
Return the Rental Bikes
Day 10: Breakfast Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf and Country Club
Shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Drive to Toronto and Fly Home
Budget Rental Car
Currents of Windermere
6004 Currents Drive NW, Edmonton
“Welcome to Currents of Windermere, conveniently located in South West Edmonton just off Anthony Henday and Terwillegar Drive. Currents of Windermere is Edmonton’s finest new shopping center destination, featuring quality retailers, convenient services, entertainment and convenient and delicious dining options.”
Jasper National Park
“Jasper National Park was established in 1907, and is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometers of mountain wilderness. Jasper is the wildest of the mountain parks and contains a superb backcountry trail system as well as the world-famous Columbia Icefields, one of the only Icefields in the world accessible by road. It is internationally-renowned for hiking in the park, skiing at Marmot Basin and wildlife viewing, and is home to some of North America’s rarest animals, including healthy populations of grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves.”
Canadian National Parks
Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites are the ultimate awe-inspiring experience.
Bear Hill Lodge
100 Bonhomme Street, Jasper
“Whatever your preference we have just the right place for you. We offer a wide variety of accommodations from small to large, simple to luxurious. All feature cozy duvets on comfortable beds.”
620 Connaught Drive, Jasper
“The DownStream was recreated in 2008 by local owner Sotirios Korogonas as a concept for a modern restaurant and lounge that captures Jasper’s mountain town spirit and casual feel. Our kitchen fashions town’s freshest and most innovative plates.”
Banff National Park
“Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Trail of Six Bridges
This is listed as #23 of the Best Hikes of North America and is considered the “Most Interesting Canyon in the Canadian Rockies”. The hiking distance is 2.25 miles one way (from the 6th bridge) and is considered an easy hike. It took us 1-2 hours to hike each way with some sightseeing along the route. To shorten the hike, you can also access the hiking route from the Fifth Bridge.
Maligne Canyon is situated in a deep river gorge surrounded by eroded limestone cliffs. The highlight of the canyon attraction is the tumbling waterfalls, wilderness scenery, the underground streams and the surrounding limestone jagged cliffs.” Along the hiking route, visitors cross six bridges – each with unique views of the surrounding forest, cliffs and Maligne River.
Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting Company
“The journey down the river starts 50 kilometers (30 miles) from its glacial source. This river is aptly named Sunwapta (turbulent waters). The first half of the trip is gentle and scenic paddling. The latter portion presents sustained whitewater up to Class 3+. This run is very challenging and is tailored for those who are physically fit and strong swimmers.”
Earls Kitchen and Bar
600 Patricia Street, Jasper
“Experience the mountains up-close and personal, watch wildlife in its natural and spectacular environment, and relish in your Rocky Mountain adventures. Boasting the best view in Jasper from the patio with 280-degree view of the Canadian Rockies. Across the street from the historic Athabasca Hotel and just one kilometer from downtown Jasper. It is a sleek, upscale chain serving gourmet burgers, comfort food, cocktails, wines & beers.”
Driving Distance from Jasper to Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway is 230 km (143 mile) on Rt. 93.
The Icefields Parkway is described as one of the most scenic drives in the world. National Geographic Traveler Magazine has labeled the Parkway as one of the “20 Drives of a Lifetime”. Make sure to plan for limited access to food along the drive. It is advised you bring along a boxed lunch or snacks. There are many hiking options along the Parkway in the two National Parks (Jasper and Banff) and so much to view along the way.
The below sites/stops are listed from North to South along the Icefields Parkway:
Athabasca Falls, about 30 km (18 miles) south of Jasper. “A powerful and very picturesque waterfall.” It is listed as a “Class 5” waterfall with a drop of 80 feet and width of 60 ft. Plan to spend about 1 hour to hike, view and fully enjoy these falls. We arrived early in the morning and so glad we had, when we were leaving it was getting crowded (tour buses).
Sunwapta Falls, to see the Upper Falls follow the paved trail from the parking lot along the fenced ridge of Sunwapta Canyon to the falls. It is a .5-mile round trip hike. To see the Lower Falls, walk along the canyon to the trail sign and turn right. Follow the trail through the forest along a gorge for .75 miles until you reach the lower falls. You can climb down the steep section to get a better view of the three falls that form the lower falls. These falls were truly beautiful and much less crowded than Athabasca Falls.
Tangle Creek Falls, this waterfall is just off the highway. The waterfall is a multitiered cascade fall; the spray from the falls almost reaches the highway.
“Imagine a journey out onto the rugged icefields of an ancient glacier; the chance to experience the magnificence of such a powerful force of nature. If that sounds exciting to you, then you won’t want to miss the Icefields Parkway—a scenic drive that winds its way between Jasper and Lake Louise passing through the Columbia Icefield and providing stunning views of the Athabasca Glacier.”
The Icefields Parkway and the Athabasca Glacier are one of the Canadian Rockies’ most beautiful and fascinating sights.
“Part of the colossal Columbia Icefield that bestrides the continental divide in Banff and Jasper national parks, the Athabasca Glacier is the most visited in North America. It is easily visible from the Icefields Parkway. The glacier has receded in the past 125 years but still covers an area of approximately 6 square km (2.3 square mi) and at its thickest, measures 300 m (980 ft).”
The Crossing Resort
The Crossing Resort is family owned resort located midway between Jasper and Banff. “Full services on site such as 3 dining venues a Pub, Gas Station. Nestled at the base of towering Mt. Wilson, and surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and glaciers, The Crossing Resort boasts a spectacular alpine location unmatched anywhere in North America.”
Crowfoot Glacier Viewpoint
The spectacular Crowfoot Glacier can be viewed from a lookout point on the world-famous Icefields Parkway about 34 km (21 mi) north of Lake Louise. Attached to the north eastern side of Crowfoot Mountain, overlooking Bow Lake, the glacier’s runoff feeds into the Bow River, which flows from Banff National Park through the City of Calgary to the Alberta prairies.
Herbert Lake Trail
Herbert Lake is a 1.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Louise, the trail offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is best used from May until October.
“You have seen photos of the lake, but they haven’t prepared you for how it feels to experience it yourself. Rounding the corner, the sight of the emerald green water and rugged peaks and glaciers hits you viscerally. Late in the day, with the glowing sun dropping behind Mount Victoria, it is quiet and still. As you wander around the lakeside path it seems like the whole scene is for just you to enjoy. It is a feeling you will remember forever.”
The Outpost at the Post Hotel & Spa
200 Pipestone, Lake Louise
“Originally built in 1942, The Post Hotel resonates with the spirit of its colourful founder, Sir Norman Watson – and the dedication of its current owners. Born in Switzerland, brothers Andre and George Schwarz were raised to appreciate good food, good wine and good company. For more than 35 years, their shared passion has been to welcome guests to this world-class Canadian Rocky Mountain resort. The Post Hotel & Spa is both the ideal accommodation for relaxation.”
The Outpost at the Post Hotel
A comfortable, “English Style Pub” setting with a lovely fireplace offering a pub-fare menu and sports events on TVs.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
“Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening Emerald Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.”
Lake Agnes Tea House Hike, Big Beehive Summit to Highline Trail, then the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, and back to Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail.
This hike is considered moderate in difficulty and is about 14 miles. Plan on this hike taking about 5 or 6 hours. Make sure to bring water and salty snacks and wear good hiking shoes. Also, make sure you start early; the first few miles of this trek can be crowded.
The trail can be taken in either direction starting with the Plain of Six Glaciers or Lake Agnes Tea House. Some people prefer to go to Lake Agnes first then cross over to the Plain of Six Glaciers. This way you get to see continuous glimpses of Lake Louise as you descend down from the Plain of Six Glaciers.
Take note that the Highline Trail does require a steep and strenuous climb over the Big Beehive summit. There are two (seasonally opened) small, rustic teahouses along this route with restrooms, water sources, along with food and beverages. The teahouses only accept cash. (There is an ATM machine in the lower level of the Chateau Hotel). Neither teahouses have electricity or running water and are resupplied with helicopter drops. The houses were originally built in1901 and currently offer 100 types of tea.
Solara Resort & Spa
183 Kananaskis Way, Canmore
“Sheer luxury artfully combined with the warm comforts of a rugged mountain retreat. The resort includes elegant suites with fireplaces, balconies, plus a spa, an indoor pool, and a conference center.”
Red Rock Pizza
#100-1005 Cougar Creek Drive, Canmore
Canmore Cave Tours
129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore
“Our Adventure Tour is our flagship tour and has been recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. As the longest tour we offer in Rat’s Nest Cave, the Adventure Tour is the complete package. Cavers will rappel 18m (that’s 6 Stories!) inside the cave, plus have the opportunity to push your limits in the warm-up squeeze, challenge squeeze, and the Laundry Chute – a section of the cave that adds a little extra challenge but a whole lot of extra fun. Visit the impressive Grand Gallery – the largest known room in the cave, then surround yourself with ancient cave formations in the Grotto. You will spend approximately 4 hours underground on the Adventure Tour and we promise it will be an unforgettable 4 hours!”
Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
622 Main Street, Canmore
“We strive to be recognized as the premier Rocky Mountain hospitality brand. We are fiercely committed to our colleagues, community, environment, and guests by crafting fresh food, a dynamic beer selection, locally made soda, and engaging experiences.”
902 Main St., Canmore
Locally owned and operated. “Established in the mid-90’s Rebound is one of the premier bike shops anywhere, known world-wide for top quality customer service, bikes, accessories, parts, and rentals. With mountain, road and fat biking as our specialties we aim to stock only the highest quality brands our industry has to offer in those categories.”
Bike ‘n Hike Shuttle
A shuttle service for bikers between Banff and Canmore, operating daily during the summer months.
“Perfect for those that want to ride the Legacy Trail, Rundleside Trail or Goat Creek Trails between Banff and Canmore.”
Goat Creek Trail
Goat Creek Trail is a 37.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is best used from June until October.
Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub
120 Banff Ave, Banff
“A favorite place to rub shoulders with locals, and enjoy good Canadian and English pub food and drink. From celebrities and the girl next door all join Tommy for fun!”
This is a paved trail that follows the Trans-Canada Highway and can be completed in about an hour. The trail head is at the edge of town along Banff Avenue. It is 15 miles from Banff to Canmore.
Johnston Canyon Hike
Hike Lower Falls, then to Upper Falls, and then onto the Ink Pots. The total round-trip hike is about 8 miles and considered easy. Along the Lower Falls “you pass over sturdy iron catwalks attached beneath overhanging canyon walls,” the water is below you. At the Upper Falls there are two viewpoints, one at the bottom of the falls, the other at the top. At the Ink Pots, there are seven cold mineral springs bubbling to the surface. The key to this hike is to hike early, it gets crowded later.
Johnston Canyon Lodge – Blackswift Bistro
Hwy 1 A, Banff
“Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, apres-hike drink specials – our chefs create delicious hand crafted meals and offer gluten free and vegetarian options. Join us for locally inspired food that is the ideal complement to a day of hiking, cycling or exploring the Rockies. A river stone fireplace sets the atmosphere in this casual bistro named after a rare migrating bird called the “Black Swift” which nests in the creekside walls of Johnston Canyon. There is also an outdoor patio that overlooks the creek so you can enjoy a frosty draft beer or late lunch outdoors.”
Mount Norquay Ski Resort
Just past the mountain switchbacks on the road to the ski resort, is a pullout on the right side of the road. Here is an incredible view of the town of Banff and surrounding mountains.
“The Regional Service between Banff and Canmore provides a quick, convenient, and environmentally conscious way to travel. Leave your vehicle where it is, don’t worry about trying to find parking.”
221 Bear St., Banff
“Our selection of steaks, mains and salads will satisfy any appetite, while our signature wine list, beers on tap and handcrafted cocktails ensure the perfect pairing. The restaurant offers a picturesque backdrop of beautiful Banff and a quintessential comforting dining experience.”
Driving Distance to Calgary National Airport 1 h 18 min (120.2 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W
Calgary International Airport
2000 Airport Rd NE
Toronto Pearson International Airport
6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga, ON L5P 1B2, Canada
Driving Distance from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake is 1 h 22 min (125.8 km) via Queen Elizabeth Way/QEW
“Nestled in the corner of the Niagara Region just beyond Niagara Falls, the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake epitomizes old town charm. Known by the locals as NOTL, this must visit village is bordered on both sides by waterfront with arbor-framed streets among lush boulevard gardens. Wander through the Heritage District as you discover whimsical boutiques, enthralling antique shops and delightful bistros – maybe even a horse drawn carriage or two. Beyond the quaint old town, explore the area’s several wineries, breweries and distilleries, world class theatre at the Shaw Festival, important historical landmarks and stunning waterfront views. Located only 20 kilometers from the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect day trip during your getaway to Niagara Falls.”
The vacation rental we booked in Niagara-On-The-Lake is no longer listed.
R-tinerary recommends searching VRBO, Airbnb, or Booking.com to find a suitable place for your travel needs. In searching the following looks to be a great place in a great location.
Contemporary [West] Loft in Historic Niagara
“The Fire Hall Lofts (and Bakery), created in 2019, put you in the middle of Niagara’s Wineries (Wayne Gretsky Estates is a walk away), bike trails, The Shaw Festival Theatre, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, historic forts from the War of 1812, specialty shopping in old town NOTL, The Outlet Collection mall – and the World Heritage site of Niagara Falls. Check our list of amenities. We have furnished and provisioned each loft as your home away from home. We hope you enjoy it all!”
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club Patio and Dining Room
143 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Our patio offers a casual menu in an informal setting with a full bar as well as a selection of wines and beers. The Dining Room has an excellent view of the Niagara River. The Golf Club was established in 1875 and is the oldest course in North America.”
Sandtrap Pub & Grill
358 Mary St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
This is a sports pub that offers local beer, pizza, wings, burgers, etc. and offers pool tables and darts. “Best Pizza and Wings in town”. They also feature home-made soups, sandwiches, and other entrees and they offer take-out.
Little Red Rooster Restaurant
271 Mary St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Little Red Rooster Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake is where the locals go for great comfort food classics for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Whether your craving is for fluffy, light-as-air pancakes or a hearty meat lasagna, the Little Red Rooster serves huge portions, just right for a big appetite or for sharing and sampling with family and friends.”
Zoom Leisure Bike Shop
431 Mississauga, Street Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Discover why Niagara is one of Canada’s most popular cycling destinations. Two-wheeled touring with Zoom lets you experience Niagara’s friendly towns, incredible architecture, lush gardens and vineyards, world-class wineries, craft breweries and historic landmarks in a whole new way.
- Dedicated cycling trails with no hills to slow you down make for a leisurely day of cycling at a very relaxed pace. Even if it’s been years since you’ve been on a bike, you’ll have no trouble pedaling your way around Niagara.
- Our talented team of tour guides help you experience Niagara like a local, taking you to must-see landmarks and off-the-radar gems.
- Our huge fleet means you’ll get a bike that’s a perfect fit. Comfort cruisers, efficient hybrids, and fun tandems! – we let you choose how you want to cruise.
We make it easy to fly solo. While our tours are a blast, we understand that some riders prefer to venture off on their own. We’ll outfit you with a great bike, an easy-to-read map and some great stop suggestions and send you on your way.”
Bike Path from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls is about 13.5 miles.
The bike trail runs along the Niagara River. Along the trail there are over 20 wineries, most offer tours of their vineyards and facilities and provide opportunities to taste and buy their wines. Also, along the trail are roadside stalls where local farmers sell fresh fruits and vegetables, and the Butterfly Conservatory as well as the Niagara Botanical Gardens. Bikers pass through a beautiful park called Queenstown Heights near the Niagara Escarpment. “The Niagara Escarpment is one of the world’s natural wonders, it is a prominent rock ridge that spans nearly 1,000 miles in an arc across the Great Lakes region forming the ancient backbone of North America. Niagara Falls cascades over it, giving the escarpment its name.” The trail descends a hill going into the Falls area; remember you have to climb the hill when leaving. It’s not too bad. The bike path puts you onto the Parkway where you cross the road and ride on a paved shoulder for about half of a mile. When bikers near the falls, there is stop and go traffic, this is the worst part of the ride due to traffic and the number of people.
You end in the tourist frenzied Niagara Falls area.
“Niagara Parks features some of Canada’s most desired natural sights and travel destinations, and Niagara Parks Attractions showcase these through classic experiences, beloved by generations of explorers for more than 130 years. Whether standing in awe under the roar of the falls or soaring over a rushing whirlpool, our iconic Canadian experiences always show you something new.”
Voyage to the Falls Tour
5920 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
A 20-minute boat ride into the very heart of Niagara Falls, boat sails every 15 minutes. The Hornblower Niagara Cruise is the only boat tour operating on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Reserve tickets in advance for the ‘Voyage to the Falls’ boat tour. The tickets are “general admission”. This boat tour takes riders along the Niagara Great Gorge where you admire views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. You can stay dry in the indoor viewing area or welcome the powerful mist on the outdoor deck. The boat tour company provides rain ponchos.
Two Sisters Vineyards, Kitchen 76
240 John Street E, Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Our table is yours … We want you to feel at home dining indoors year-round and outdoors on our terrace during the warmer months. Kitchen 76 offers delicious, elegant menus showcasing produce from local farmers, as well as seasonal produce from our own property in beautifully presented dishes with authentic Italian ingredients that pair perfectly with our wines. Chef carefully selects Kitchen76, many of our pizzas and pastas are traditionally made with authentic Italian influences.”
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club Patio and Dining Room
143 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The heritage district and surrounding areas of Niagara-on-the-Lake present a diverse shopping experience. Whether it’s antique shops, specialty foods, wines, apparel or unique gifts. The Merchants of Niagara-on-the-Lake deliver shopping options for visitors of all ages.
Driving Distance from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto Pearson International Airport is 1 h 19 min (121.9 km) via Queen Elizabeth Way
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