Bones, Boots, Beats & Bears

Journey through diverse landscape of mountains, prairies, forests, and badlands. Drive the Cowboy Trail with picturesque rolling hills, ranch land and cowboys alongside the road to Waterton Lakes National Park, a beautiful and idyllic place with the lake, mountains, waterfalls, and the stately old Prince of Whales hotel. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park contains the largest collection of rock art in North America dating back thousands of years. In the heart of the badlands, you will travel through otherworldly landscapes and topography. This area is a fossil hotbed, there are dinosaur bones scattered all over in Dinosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller, where you can also visit the amazing Royal Tyrrell Museum! Highlights also include Elk Island National Park, Rocky Mountain House, Banff & Jasper National Park, Robson Provincial Park, Wells Gray Provincial Park.

What's included

• International Flights from the UK based on economy class
• 1 night in a Calgary Airport Hotel
• 23 days Motorhome hire
• 4,000Km package included
• Personal kits and vehicle provisioning kit included
• Campgrounds

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Itinerary

Day 1 Calgary

Upon arrival make your way to your airport hotel for your first night in Alberta.

Day 2 Calgary – Kananaskis (85 km)

Pick up your motorhome from the rental station and head west through the rolling prairie hills to the Kananaskis, a collection of over 10 provincial parks and wildlife reserves.

Day 3 Kananaskis – Waterton Lakes National Park (330 km)

Head south through the rolling prairie hills and cattle country to Waterton Lakes National Park. You drive the Cowboy Trail, a journey through big sky country into the heart of the Old West through ranching country along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, to the province’s deep south.

Day 4 Waterton Lakes National Park

A full day to explore Waterton Lakes National Park. Drive to Redrock Canyon and hike to Blakiston Falls. Keep your eyes on the lookout for bears on the drive to the canyon. Take the Shoreline Cruise down the lake or drive the Akamina Parkway and rent a canoe on Cameron Lake.

Day 5 Waterton Lakes National Park – Writing on Stone Provincial Park (210 km)

Today you’re entering the Canadian Badlands with its unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations.

Day 6 Writing on Stone Provincial Park

Located in the magnificent Milk River Valley in an area of prairie grasslands and eroded sandstone formations, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is home to the highest concentration of petroglyphs and pictographs on the North American Plains. The park has been nominated by Parks Canada as a World Heritage site and is a sacred place for many aboriginal peoples.

Day 7 Writing on Stone Provincial Park – Dinosaur Provincial Park (270 km)

A beautiful drive with many interesting stops along the way. From dinosaur eggs to the best corn you have ever tasted, it’s all here!

Day 8 Dinosaur Provincial Park

This park is home to the largest concentration of Cretaceous fossils on the planet and it is surrounded by dry hoodoos. Explore where the dinosaurs once roamed along breath-taking scenery.

Day 9 Dinosaur Provincial Park – Drumheller (175 km)

Today you will explore more of the Canadian Badlands and our Travel Book points out many interesting sites to visit. From a suspension bridge, to ghost towns and a coal mine – lots to explore! Drumheller was founded on coal but now thrives on another subterranean resource – dinosaur bones. Hoodoos dominate this badlands landscape, which has featured in many a movie (mainly Westerns). Visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is a must, along with a hike in the badlands.

Day 10 Drumheller – Elk Island National Park (300 km)

Today you take the ferry across the Red Deer River and have the option to visit several sites on your way to Elk Island National Park. Stop at Horsethief Canyon to enjoy the views, or at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. Try some delicious fudge In Big Valley, a western flavoured town. Our Travel Book shows you the way.

Day 11 Elk Island National Park

From the comfort of your RV, watch for the bison, elk, moose, white tailed and mule deer that freely roam the park. Feel the thrill of seeing them in their natural habitat. You may even spot the elusive Canadian lynx or coyote.

Day 12 Elk Island National Park – Rocky Mountain House (285 km)

Today you drive past Edmonton in the direction of the Rocky Mountains. The road takes you across prairies and endless skies via northern section of the Cowboy Trail to Rocky Mountain House. This town has a long history dating to the 18th century with the presence of British and Canadian fur traders and many explorers such as David Thompson, in search for a passage west to the Pacific Ocean. Many travellers used this location as a stop on their way farther west or northwest, just like you today in the 21st century!

Day 13 Rocky Mountain House – Banff National Park (258 km)

Today you keep following the Cowboy Trail. Lined with working and guest ranches, horseback trail rides and rodeos, located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, this is some of Alberta's prettiest country. Head to Banff located in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.

Day 14 – 15 Banff National Park

Canada’s oldest national park is famous for its unparalleled mountain scenery and jagged mountain peaks. You have two full days to explore the park. Take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, try the hot pools, stroll down Banff Avenue and check out the stores, visit Two Jack lake and Lake Minnewanka.

Day 16 Banff National Park – Jasper National Park (290 km)

Today you drive the world’s most scenic highway, the Icefields Parkway. Our En Route Travel Book makes sure you will not miss anything along the way. Visit the famous azure blue waters of Lake Louise and Peyto Lake. Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon should not be missed! Marvel at the snowy peaks, icy-blue lakes and the famous Athabasca Glacier. See the Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, walk on air on the Glacier Skywalk.

Day 17 Jasper National Park

Enjoy a full day to explore Jasper National Park. Defined by glaciers, lakes and mountains, Jasper National Park has a lot to offer! Take the Jasper SkyTram, the longest and highest in Canada, and enjoy the views. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery at Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake or swim in the warm waters of Lake Edith and Lake Annette. Take a cruise on Maligne Lake and relax in Miette Hot Springs. Mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beaver and bear roam freely!

Day 18 Jasper National Park – Wells Gray Provincial Park (320 km)

The Yellowhead Highway takes you through Mount Robson Provincial Park (named after the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) and the Cariboo Mountains to Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Day 19 Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park is famous for wildlife (black bears, grizzlies, moose, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, cougar, etc.), waterfalls and wilderness. Check out Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls, which plunge down into mist-filled gorges.

Day 20 Wells Gray Provincial Park – Lillooet (290 km)

While driving on Highway 97 and 99, you can experience BC’s historic gold rush past. This journey takes you past historic buildings, through unique geological landscapes, and to parts of the original Cariboo Wagon Road that were used by more than 10,000 pioneers during the 1860s.

Day 21 Lillooet – Whistler (130 km)

Drive through the scenic Coastal Mountains and stop at Duffey and Joffre Lakes with stunning views. Though Whistler is known as one of the world's leading ski resorts, there's no reason why you have to wait until winter to visit this beautiful, mountainous resort town. Hustling and bustling throughout the summer months, Whistler has plenty to offer outdoorsy, active, adventure-seeking visitors.

Day 22 Whistler

Check out the mountain resort of Whistler. Rent a bike or kayak, set out on a hike or take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Day 23 Whistler – Vancouver area (170 km)

Drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway along the Pacific Ocean. Lots to see along this route, from waterfalls, a copper mine to beautiful vistas.

Day 24 Vancouver area – Delta (14 km)

Today your tour comes to and end, Drop off your rental and check in for your flight home.

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Dates

Selected departure dates between May - September

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23 nights, 24 days

  • International Flights from the UK
  • 1 night in a Calgary Airport Hotel
  • 23 days' motorhome rental
  • 4,000 km's
  • Personal kits & vehicle provisioning kit
  • Campgrounds
  • Available from Regional & Irish airports, prices and durations may vary
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At a glance


23 nights, 24 days

  • International Flights from the UK
  • 1 night in a Calgary Airport Hotel
  • 23 days' motorhome rental
  • 4,000 km's
  • Personal kits & vehicle provisioning kit
  • Campgrounds
  • Available from Regional & Irish airports, prices and durations may vary
  • Sale now on

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2020 - Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)
Winner of British Travel Awards 2020

Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully protected - We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA
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We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

Price Match Guarantee
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If you find the same tour cheaper through another operator, we'll match the price.

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