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7 Destinations You Need To See On Your Next Road Trip Out Of Calgary

Soak up the majestic mountains and incredible views on the open road.

7 Top Destinations For Your Next Calgary Campervan Road Trip
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For Calgarians who are itching for a bit of a city escape, there's no time like summer. Alberta is an absolutely beautiful province with dramatic mountains, rolling ranchlands and large lakes. You might have some favourite gems you'd love to get back to, but there are also tons of amazing spots to visit that may not be on your radar. Why not hit the road and explore something new?

If you don't own a car (or you're looking for a fresh spin on your travels this season), there's an easy way to get both your accommodation and transportation organized in a single booking: rent a campervan!

Road tripping through Alberta is one of the best ways to explore the province, and if you don't have your own camper, you can rent one with Outdoorsy.

Outdoorsy is the world's largest peer-to-peer rental marketplace for campervans, RVs and trailers, and they can help make your next dream adventure happen with rigs that start at an affordable nightly rate of $65.

Outdoorsy is the world's largest peer-to-peer rental marketplace for campervans, RVs and trailers, and they can help make your next dream adventure happen with rigs that start at an affordable nightly rate of $65.

Gather your friends, family, partner or even just your dog (yes, many Outdoorsy rentals are pet-friendly), and enjoy Alberta via a retro Airstream, vintage Volkswagen, or decked-out RV.

Whatever you choose, Outdoorsy has thought of everything you'll need for your epic road trip, including peace of mind with fully insured rentals, 24/7 roadside assistance, and customer support (just in case).

While you research your options, check out these ideas for a little inspo as to where you'll take your home on wheels when you hit the road out of Calgary.

Take In The Majestic Rockies At Banff National Park

Price: $10 per adult, $20 for groups

Address: Banff, Alberta

Suggested Rig: 1986 Airstream (Sleeps 6)

Why You Need To Go: It's easy to see why more than 4 million people visit Banff National Park each year. This park covers more than 6,600 square kilometres of dramatic landscape in the Canadian Rockies, and it's a popular spot for hiking, camping and biking.

One of the best ways to explore the park is by campervan — imagine driving into the wilderness, setting up camp and waking each morning among the mountains.

A few points of interest here include Moraine Lake, where you can canoe, hike or relax the day away; the scenic views of Sulphur Mountain via gondola; and the shops on Banff Avenue.

If you take a quick stop in Cochrane en route, you'll find photo ops galore among the rolling, cowboy-country hills.

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Explore Kananaskis Country

Price: Various

Address: 1 Hwy. 40, Kananaskis, AB

Suggested Rig: Celestial Backpacker (Sleeps 2)

Why You Need To Go: For a more laid-back and relaxed Rocky Mountain experience, take the scenic drive through Kananaskis Country. Whether you're into white-water rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, or one of the many other outdoor activities Canmore offers, you'll be ready for anything with a fully outfitted campervan.

On your journey, don't miss Highwood Pass. At over 7,300 feet, it's the highest road pass in the country. And while you're up there, check out the interpretive trails of Highwood Meadows.

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Grab Your Icefields Parkway & Lake Louise Photo Ops

Price: Various

Address: Icefields Pkwy., AB

Suggested Rig: 1985 Volkswagen T3 Westfalia (Sleeps 4)

Why You Need To Go: The Icefields Parkway is another must-see in the Canadian Rockies. Here, you'll find amazing waterfalls, emerald-coloured lakes and ancient glaciers emerging from thick, dense forests.

You'll be grateful you opted for accommodations on wheels if for no other reason than to be first in line for your adventure on the Columbia Icefield, one of the world's biggest non-polar ice fields. Touch, traverse and even drink from the Athabasca Glacier, then, when you reach the cliff's edge, take a walk on the glass-floored Skywalk — if you dare!

Leave time for the famous Lake Louise and its gorgeous emerald green water on your way home. The walk and photo ops are more than worth the drive and stay.

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Soak Up The Rushing Water & Scenic Trails Of Waterton Lakes National Park

Price: $10 per adult, $20 for groups

Address: Hwy. 5, Waterton Park, AB

Suggested Rig: 2005 Jayco Greyhawk (Sleeps 6)

Why You Need To Go: Located just on the edge of Alberta's rolling prairies, Waterton Lakes National Park is the place to go for big, blue open skies that go on as far as your eyes can see.

The area's crystal-clear lakes, roaring waterfalls and mountain views make this stunning locale perfect for camping, hiking, kayaking or simply relaxing and soaking in the views from the bar at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel.

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Saddle Up For The Wild West Cowboy Trail & Rocky Mountain House

Address: Hwy. 22, AB

Suggested Rig: 1967 Aristocrat Lo-Liner (Sleeps 3)

Why You Need To Go: Slow down and take in the ranches, farms, rolling hills, and big skies of the Cowboy Trail as you drive along Highway 22 through the Rocky Mountain Foothills.

With touring farms and ranches, horseback trail riding, western-themed attractions and shopping, there's plenty to do during your for your home-on-the-road summer experience.

Take time to stop in at important landmarks like the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, where you can learn about the Indigenous people and traditions of the area, and camp along the North Saskatchewan River banks.

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Go Back In Time At Dinosaur Provincial Park

Price: Free to visit, camping from $8/night

Address: Dinosaur Provincial Park, AB

Suggested Rig: 2018 Dodge ProMaster (Sleeps 4)

Why You Need To Go: For a truly unique trip, venture into Alberta's Badlands, home to Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park contains over 150 full dinosaur skeletons and 50 species that you can actually dig for and find.

There's so much to see down here that you'll definitely want a night or two, which is easy to organize when you're travelling in a campervan. On your way to or from the park, check out a show at the historic, quaint Rosebud Theatre right on the river.

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Marvel At The Beauty Of Camrose Historic Prairie

Price: Various

Address: Camrose, AB

Suggested Rig: 1985 van Pablo (Sleeps 2)

Why You Need To Go: For something picturesque and a little off the beaten track, make your way northeast to Camrose. Nicknamed "Rose City" (because of the many wild roses nearby), Camrose has beaches, trails, golfing, festivals and camping galore.

There's a ton of history to explore in the area, including the original 1911 CN Railway depot at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, and one of the oldest playhouses in the province, the Bailey Theatre.

On your way home, make a short but so-worth-it detour to Sylvan Lake for some swimming or paddling. If you have kids in tow, or if you're a kid at heart, book a game of ranch tracker (basically capture the flag) at Red Deer's Heritage Ranch.

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These are just a few of the many fun and fabulous places you can visit on your Alberta road trip. But no matter where you end up, getting and staying there in a camper van or RV gives you everything you need with zero compromises on freedom, comfort, and convenience.

Take a look at the unique Outdoorsy options in and around Calgary, and arrange a pickup or dropoff of your preferred ride. Outdoorsy owners have a wealth of info and experience (not to mention insider tips on the best camping spots), so don't be afraid to collect some handy hints before you hit the trail.

Learn more about Outdoorsy by visiting their website or following them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

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 adventure.

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