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Guided Self-drive Tours of Western Canada


Tour Routes - Alberta Cities and Drumheller

Calgary Drumheller

Drumheller – 120 commentary points

Canada's Dinosaur Capital and home to one of the world’s best dinosaur museums.

This tour is worth at least one full day of your time and is easily accessible from Calgary in 1.5 hours or 2.5-3 hours from Banff. We approach Drumheller using Highway 9 from Highway 2 and you will enjoy an introduction to the earth’s history and palaeontology.

There are 2 loop tours from the town. Each takes approximately 2 hours, more if you make longer stops.

The Dinosaur Trail, highlights include:

  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum
  • World's Largest Dinosaur
  • Bleriot Ferry
  • Orkney Viewpoint and more

The Hoodoo Trail:

  • Wayne and the Last Chance Saloon.
  • Rosedale Suspension Bridge
  • Hoodoos
  • Atlas Coal Mine Historic Site and more

To leave Drumheller, GyPSy offers 2 commentary routes. Back to Highway 2 using Highway 9 again. This is the way to use if traveling to Edmonton.

For Calgary and to join the route to Banff National Park, you can choose to follow the route through the pretty town of Rosebud. This route joins the tour network close to Calgary Airport.

Highway 2 Calgary to/from Edmonton – 50 commentary points each way

This is true Prairie driving. Highway 2 or the Queen Elizabeth II Highway is the main highway connecting Southern Alberta to the provincial capital of Edmonton. This 3 hour drive is flat and straight!

There aren’t many stops along the way but GyPSy Guide will keep you entertained all the way with stories of settling the west, how Alberta got rich and even some of the rivalries between Alberta’s 2 major cities.

Once we reach either city we will have the choice to join the city tour or bypass and head to the mountains the fastest way.

Calgary City Tour

Starting from downtown, there are to loops to follow. The downtown loops takes us on a quick excursion around Calgary’s business heart and includes Calgary Tower, Chinatown and the Eau Claire Market.

The larger loop takes us south past the Olympic Saddledome, Calgary’s largest mall – the Chinook Centre, Heritage Park and then back to the city via the elevated Sarcee Trail with an option to visit Canada Olympic Park.

** Note that due to Calgary’s boom in construction some routes may be blocked or changed periodically. Please contact our office for a detailed map of the route if you intend to follow this tour.

Edmonton City Tour

Our tour route begins by driving west along Jasper Avenue past the Visitor Information Centre. The tour route includes these highlights:

  • Whyte Avenue
  • West Edmonton Mall
  • Fort Edmonton
  • Muttart Conservatory
  • Royal Alberta Museum and more

You can also join onto the tour loop by driving north towards the city centre if you are arriving from Calgary or from the Gateway Visitor Centre close the Edmonton Airport.

If your plan is to drive straight to Jasper, GyPSy will offer you to use the Anthony Henday ring road to bypass the city from the south. You can also use this route if you just can’t wait to get to the West Edmonton Mall!

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