7 Nights: Banff National Park And The Kootenays (Approximate Distance: 1,750 km)

Banff National Park And The Kootenays
DAY 1: Calgary To Banff
150 km

Pick up the RV in Airdrie in the morning and head west on Highway 1 towards the mountains. Upon your arrival in Banff, you can park in the designated RV parking lot near the train station and explore the village on foot.

Arrive at your campsite in Banff National Park in the late afternoon.

Nearby Campsites
  • Gift and souvenir shopping on Banff Avenue
  • Stroll along the Bow River
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site
DAY 2: Banff
250 km

The entire day will be spent exploring the many highlights in and around Banff. Start the day with a visit to Bow Falls just outside of town, followed by a gondola ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Here you will have a breathtaking 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. After lunch drive to Surprise Corner for a spectacular view of the Banff Springs Hotel, also known as Banff’s castle in the mountains. From here continue to the Hoodoos just up the road.

End the day by driving the Minnewanka Loop, with stops at Two Jack Lake and Minnewanka lake.

Nearby Campsites
Bow Valley
  • Bow Falls
  • Sulphur Mountain boardwalk
  • Minnewanka Lake
DAY 3: Banff To Revelstoke
300 km

Depart Banff in the morning via the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) towards Lake Louise but leave the highway to merge onto the Bow Valley Parkway just west of Banff. The 48 km Bow Valley Parkway runs parallel to Highway 1 but provides visitors a more scenic and leisurely route between Banff and Lake Louise. Along the way, you can stop for a hike at the Johnston Canyon and take a photo at the Castle Mountain viewpoint. Visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Shortly after departing Lake Louise in a westbound direction, you will arrive in Yoho National Park, where you will visit Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge. On your way to Revelstoke, you do not want to miss the stop at Information Centre at Rogers Pass. Upon arrival in Revelstoke, you can visit the Revelstoke Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric dams in Canada.

Nearby Campsites
Lake Louise
  • Hike at Johnston Canyon
  • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
  • Emerald Lake
DAY 4: Revelstoke To Nelson
250 km

Travel south from Revelstoke and board a small ferry for the 20 minute crossing of Upper Arrow Lake. Nestled deep within the natural beauty of the Kuskanax Valley you will find the Nakusp Hot Springs. There are two pools fed by water from natural mineral springs originating from the forest a short distance away.

After a relaxing soak in the hot spring pools, you will drive along the shoreline of Slocan Lake to arrive in Nelson in the afternoon.

Nearby Campsites
Upper Arrow Lake
  • Upper Arrow Lake ferry ride
  • Nakusp Hot Springs
  • Views of Slocan Lake
DAY 5: Nelson To Fernie
325 km

Cross the Kootenay Pass, one of the highest highway accessible points in Canada to make your way to the Creston Valley. Explore the town of Creston or enjoy one of the many outdoor activities like canoeing or hiking, or a visit to one of the local wineries.

You will arrive in Fernie later in the afternoon, where small-town charm meets adventure in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Nearby Campsites
Creston Valley
  • Kootenay Pass
  • Downtown Creston
DAY 6: Fernie To Invermere
225 km

Travel to Invermere, with stops at the Fort Steele Heritage Town, Columbia Lake Provincial Park and Dutch Creek Hoodoos. The past lives and breathes at Fort Steele Heritage Town. This well-preserved town is perched on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains since its gold rush beginnings in 1864.

According to K’tunaxa legend, the Hoodoos represent the rib cage of a huge sea monster known as Yawuʔnik̓.

Nearby Campsites
Fort Steele
  • Dutch Creek Hoodoos
  • Fort Steele Heritage Town
DAY 7: Invermere To Canmore
175 km

Travel the Banff-Invermere Highway, which will take you through the Sinclair Canyon and to the impressive Kootenay Valley viewpoint, where you will have breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermilion mountain ranges.

The highway continues through Kootenay National Park, the least visited National Park in the Canadian Rockies, opting to go for a 1.6 km walk at Marble Canyon.

Nearby Campsites
Sinclair Canyon
  • Sinclair Canyon
  • Marble Canyon
DAY 8: Canmore To Airdrie
125 km

Depart Canmore in the morning. When you enter Calgary, on the west side you can stop at the Calgary Olympic Park, one of the venues of the 1988 Winter Olympics that took place in Calgary. Return your RV to Fraserway RV in Airdrie before 11:30 am.

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