Begin your adventure in the gorgeous city of Calgary. The day offers a perfect opportunity to discover Alberta's biggest town on a stroll through the city centre. Calgary is a modern city with plenty of cultural attractions. The downtown core features a mix of heritage and modern architecture, along with a tree-lined river walk. On a clear day, the mountains seem close enough to touch, giving you a taste of your adventure to come.
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Alberta's beautiful natural landscape will leave you spellbound today as you make your way to Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta's south. En route, pass through historic Fort Macleod, home of the first North-West Mounted Police settlement in western Canada.
Take time to spot the local wildlife such as antelopes, coyotes, eagles and moose.
Campground wise, you have a choice of private and National Park campgrounds to make your base for exploring the park and its surrounds. The Townsite campground is handy to downtown Waterton but is popular and reservations are required in peak summer months.
With such beautiful scenery, you'll find it hard to decide which direction to head in today. Take a drive out on the Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock Canyon. Numerous interpretive pullouts along the way will provide an insight into the history of the area. Stop to admire the colourful roadside wildflowers and views of jagged mountain peaks and alpine meadows.
After visiting Red Rock Canyon, head out on the Akamina Parkway (Cameron Lake Road). It's a half hour drive each way but plan to spend time stopping along the way. At Cameron Lake, a number of short trails are worth discovering, including a 1.6 km walk around the lake.
For the more adventurous, take the short, strenuous trail from the Waterton Visitor Resource Centre up Bears Hump or explore the various hiking trails in the area. If you have more time to spend in the area and are travelling in July and August, consider a trip across the border to Glacier National Park.
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Today you cross the provincial border and drive into Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s prairie provinces.
Evergreen splendor awaits you as you prepare to explore Saskatchewan’s Cypress Hills. The forested plateau vaults itself above the prairie, creating an unexpected mountain-like oasis. Enjoy tranquil accommodation in the comfort of your RV in this idyllic setting. Biologically unique, with lodgepole pine forest, rare wild flowers and animal species, the park sits at 1,392m and has some of the highest points East of the Rockies.
In the hilly Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, enjoy days filled with hiking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, rides on horseback, swimming in the lake and zip lining through the forest canopy.
If you wish to explore local taste and a bit of Canadian history, venture back to Maple Creek where quaint restaurants and coffee shops await and then proceed north on Highway 271 toward Fort Walsh National Historic Site.
Fort Walsh was another North-West Mounted Police site, built in June 1875, to curb the illegal whiskey trade and protect Canada's nearby border with the United States. Visitors can tour the Fort's buildings, the former townsite, cemeteries and the whiskey trading post. Fort Walsh is part of the Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve.
Today’s route ends with you arriving at Grasslands National Park, one of Canada’s most unique ecosystems.
Carved out of the rolling prairie landscape is expansive land where mixed prairie grasses are preserved and endangered species are protected. Catch a glimpse of a black-footed ferret, short-horned lizard, black-tailed prairie dog or bison.
When night falls, gaze into the sky to enjoy one of nature's greatest star-light displays.
With no light pollution, Grasslands National Park is one of the largest and darkest Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. RV Camping is available at Frenchman Valley Campground and Rock Creek Campground.
From family-friendly interpretive walks to remote backcountry adventures for only the most experienced of hikers, Grasslands National Park has it all.
If you're more into driving and spotting wildlife, plan to do so around dawn and dusk when there is more likelihood of seeing animals. The Ecotour Scenic Drive will provide you with stunning landscapes through the Frenchman River Valley in the Park's West Block.
Travel to the East Block and discover astonishing dinosaur bones exposed in the eroding layers of earth. The East Block badlands are the richest resource for dinosaur fossils in Canada. You might like to overnight at Rock Creek Campground and experience a more rustic style of camping. Rock Creek is home to the McGowan Visitor Centre where you'll find a wealth of information about the area and things to do in the East Block. The campground offers amazing skies, both day and night, the leopard frogs' symphony at dusk and the meadowlarks' serenade at dawn. 50 Amp electric sites are available and we recommend reserving in advance.
Today you’ll be cruising through prairie towns as you travel north-east today to rejoin the Trans Canada Highway on your way to Regina. Take some time to explore the quaint city of Moose Jaw and walk the cozy downtown streets of this beautiful city. It boasts the highest number of tourist attractions per capita in Canada – surely you’ll find something to enjoy.
From Moose Jaw, it's only another hour's drive to your overnight destination at Regina. Overnight recommendation: Kings Acres Campground located on the outskirts of Regina - approximately 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital city is located near the geographic centre of North America. The unique training academy of the “Mounties”, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with its impressive ceremonies and parades, should not be missed.
Choose the Wascana Centre for your evening stroll. The park is larger than Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park and offers shelter for many wild birds. If you’re looking for dessert, visit the Milky Way, a popular locals’ go-to spot for creamy ice cream treats.
We recommend overnighting at Kings Acres Campground. Be sure to check the CanaDream app for other recommendations and partner discounts.
On your way to Saskatchewan’s largest city, Saskatoon, stop in the Lumsden Valley where you can visit several farmers’ markets along Highway 6. As you travel north, this is a great opportunity to stock up on farm-fresh vegetables and homemade jams and pies.
Saskatoon is a picturesque city full of restaurants and cultural attractions. In the evening, stroll along the riverside walkway to enjoy the sunset. Our overnight recommendation is Gordon Howe Campground located within city limits - approximately 5-10 minutes’ drive from the city centre.