7 days in Ottawa, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

7 days in Ottawa, Banff National Park & Calgary Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Ottawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Banff National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calgary
— 2 nights
Fly

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Ottawa

— 1 night

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
On the 1st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Canadian Museum of History, wander the streets of ByWard Market, and then examine the collection at National Gallery of Canada. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Rideau Canal National Historic Site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Parliament Hill and Buildings.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Ottawa road trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Ottawa. In August, daily temperatures in Ottawa can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Banff National Park

— 3 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Banff National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Moraine Lake, cruise along Bow Valley Parkway, explore the world behind art at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs, and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ottawa to Banff National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Banff National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ottawa in August, with highs in Banff National Park at 24°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Calgary.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Calgary

— 2 nights

Stampede City

Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
On the 6th (Fri), meet the residents at The Calgary Zoo and then step off the mainland to explore Prince's Island Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Glenbow Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from Calgary Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Calgary day trip planning site.

Drive from Banff National Park to Calgary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Banff National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Calgary, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature
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