Who doesn't love a fall road trip? The Alberta summers are dry and the winters are just straight-up unforgiving. This makes autumn the best time to hop in your car and take off on a little trip. These are the fall road trips in Alberta you need to take this year to make the most of the season.
The thing about Alberta is that it's completely packed to the brim with surreal scenic destinations.
Even if it's a drive of about 30 minutes, you're more than likely to find some hidden gem that will leave you in awe.
Our list not only covers the short day trips that you can take spontaneously over any day of the weekend but also the overnight stays you might have to plan ahead for.
Regardless of the length of the road trip itself, you can rest assured that you'll be feasting your eyes on some incredible fall foliage.
Fall in Alberta is painfully fleeting, so you better move quickly if you want to explore these enchanting settings to your heart's content.
Just imagine the larch trees, the slight breeze in the air, the crunch of the leaves — if those things appeal to you, you might want to save this page and fill up the gas in your tank.
Because it's road trip time, baby.
Address: Maligne Lake, Jasper, AB
Why You Need To Go: Just picture the phenomenal azure-coloured waters of the lake reflecting the golden trees nearby and tell us this road trip doesn't sound tempting.
Address: Waterton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This adorable town is beautiful all-year-round but there's something uniquely wonderful about staying at a Swiss-style inn when it's surrounded by stunning fall hues.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Address: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, AB
Why You Need To Go: This provincial park between Alberta and B.C. lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and therefore the staggering views are guaranteed. It's honestly such a big park that you can do just about anything. Canoeing, hiking, camping — you name it.
Address: Kananaskis Village, Kananaskis Country, AB
Why You Need To Go: This little hamlet in the foothills of the Rockies is perfect if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. With so many rivers, lakes, and waterfalls nearby, you won't ever be bored.
Address: Drumheller, AB
Why You Need To Go: You might not think that the badlands are a goldmine when it comes to fall scenes but you'd be surprised. You can venture to the plains without worrying about the scorching heat and take in the mesmerizing colour of the canyons as they change before your eyes.
Address: Canmore, AB
Why You Need To Go: Honestly, this town has such Hallmark vibes that you'll want to set up shop here for good, not just for a road trip. Head to one of their many turquoise lakes or even check out the local brewery scene.
Address: Improvement District No.9, AB
Why You Need To Go: Let's be real: you haven't been explored Alberta until you're driven down this breathtaking road. The drive is so scenic that you'll have seen the best of the Alberta Rockies without even stepping a foot outside your car.
Address: Invermere, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: This B.C. town is literally three hours away from Calgary. An ideal adventure that will make you so glad that you chose to venture on a road trip in the first place.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.